UoN and University of Rome to train space scientists

Following the deployment of the first Kenyan satellite in to space in May 2018, the University of Nairobi has embarked on improving its human capital that will fuel space exploration, space engineering and joint space research.

This was revealed when a team from the University of Rome paid a courtesy call on the Vice-chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi on April 9, 2019.

Speaking on behalf of the University of Rome, Prof. Paolo Gaudenzi said that his institution is keen on re-establishing a collaboration with the University of Nairobi in the areas of space engineering, space science, computational mechanics and biostatistics, among others. He observed that this will go a long way in helping Kenyan space scientists develop their skills. They will be leveraging on their strong partnership with European Space Agency, NASA, internet and telecom companies in Europe.

On his part, Prof. Mbithi outlined the many partnerships the University of Nairobi has with industry players, universities within the continent and overseas, and the joint research happening with universities in United States of America, China, Canada and Europe.

“I challenge the School of Engineering and Physics Department to put in more efforts to so that together we can explore space science”, he said.

Former UoN Vice-chancellor, Prof. Crispus Kiamba, narrated with nostalgia his days as the University of Nairobi Vice Chancellor and his interactions with Malindi Space Station and the University of Rome. He observed that Malindi Space Station is the best satellite tracking station globally and it works in close collaboration with Italian space station and NASA. “Space science knowledge is important to the university intellectual discourse and restarting this collaboration is key, “he opined.  

The two universities discussed students and staff exchange programs. The University of Rome is keen on supporting the School of Engineering train space scientists and space engineers.

Going forward, Prof. Peter Ngau, Principal, College of Architecture and Engineering, will lead the negotiations between the two universities and it is hoped that the discussions will see the launch of academic programs on space science, space technology and joint research. Space science offers plenty of opportunities at the international level.

Expiry Date: 
Wed, 2019-09-25 (All day)