On June 25 2019, Nuclear Power and Energy Agency (NuPEA), brought together over one hundred students from institutions of higher learning to KAWI complex auditorium under its nuclear career talks program. Nuclear career talk is a program that NuPEA conducts in high schools and tertiary institutions where staff give career advice and talks to students on career choices and opportunities that Kenya’s nuclear power programme has for them.
The nuclear career talk at Kawi complex brought together students drawn from Departments of physics and engineering from the University of Nairobi, Jomo Kenyatta University of Kenya, Kenyatta University, Nairobi Institute of Business Studies (NIBS) technical college and Kabete National Polytechnic. The talk not only had students present but, Dean of faculties and their representatives in addition to NuPEA staff and management.
The talk sought to challenge, engage and spur nuclear technology discussions amongst students in order to create awareness, address myths and facts surrounding nuclear technology while offering careers insights.
In her opening remarks NuPEA Director of Human Resource and Administration Ms. Sophia Githuku who was elated thanked the lecturers and students for honoring NuPEA’s invitation to come for the career talk. ‘I am ecstatic this day to see young Kenyan scientist who will play a pivotal role in Kenya’s nuclear power programme seated here ready to engage on issues pertaining careers and nuclear science and technology, ‘said Ms. Githuku.
The half day career talks entailed presentations from NuPEA staff on careers, nuclear science and technology and a plenary session for questions and answers. To add cherry on the cake, students were treated to a tour of NuPEA’s nuclear power plant model to bridge the gap and boost their understanding by linking theory with practice.
Speaking during the career talk was the Dean of Engineering Kenyatta University Eng. Francis Ngokonyo who was in attendance thanked NuPEA for organizing such an auspicious event for students, which is rare and encouraged the organization to keep up the good job. ‘This kind of engagement is very important to lecturers and students because it links industry and academia by reinforcing what we have taught students in class ’said Eng. Ngokonyo in his closing remarks.
NuPEA in its nuclear career talk program has sensitized over 200 high schools and 40 tertiary institutions across the country as the country is gearing towards commissioning its first 1000Mw nuclear power plant in 2027.
By Emmanuel Wandera