Meru University launches Luban workshop to enhance TVET education

Meru University of Science and Technology (MUST), in collaboration with Tianjin City Vocational College (TCVC) in China, has launched a Luban Workshop sub-centre at the university’s main campus as a move to enhance TVET education in Kenya and foster international academic partnerships.

The workshop is named after the famous ancient Chinese Master Craftsman Lu Ban.

Speaking during the workshop’s inauguration ceremony, MUST Vice Chancellor Prof. Romanus Odhiambo said the initiative is the result of a harmonious collaboration between the two institutions.

“Within this workshop, we will establish the Vocational Education Lecture Hall, Silk Road E-commerce and Information and Communication Technology education programmes, each designed to empower our students and professionals with practical skills and knowledge that align with the demands of modern technological advancements,” said Prof. Odhiambo.

TCVC’s Deputy Vice Chancellor Mr. Liu Sheng said the programmes that will be offered at the workshop are designed to equip participants with the skills and knowledge required for the dynamic job market.

“I’m confident that the workshop sub-centre will become a beacon of excellence and foster a new generation of skilled professionals who will shape the future of our nations,” said Sheng.

Minister Counselor Zhang Yijun, from the Chinese Embassy in Kenya, said the workshop complements similar facilities at Machakos and Taita Taveta universities.

“I believe it will open employment, development and future career opportunities for the youth and play a crucial role in enhancing friendship and cooperation between China and Kenya,” he said.

Other senior government and organizational representatives present during the event were Director Geng Jie from the Tianjin Academy of Education Sciences and representatives from Kenya’s Ministry of Education Higher Education and Research Division among others.

By Thuita Jaswant

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