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Host Thika TTI Goes Home Empty-Handed As 2016 Nairobi TIVET Fair Ends.

Thika Technical Training Institute (Teckie) over the weekend left Mama Ngina Garden ‘shingo upande’ after losing in all categories of the 2016 Nairobi Region Technical Institutes Vocational Entrepreneurship & Training (TIVET) Fair, despite being the host.

Among the winners were Kabete TTI who won both the ICT and the Mechanical Engineering categories. The others were Kenya Technical Teachers College (Applied Sciences), Wote TTI from Makueni County (Building & Civil Engineering) and Nairobi TTI (Institutional Management).

Speaking while presiding over the closing ceremony of the Nairobi Region Fair, TIVET Director Mr. Bashir H. Mursal said that the goal of the Robot Contest and the TIVET Fair was to inculcate a culture of innovation in the TIVET graduates that could eventually be ploughed back to the national development processes. It was also geared towards identifying innovative items that could be produced for economic development.

He added that the fairs were an ideal platform for students to look for demand-driven careers. In line with government’s policy to promote business and technology incubation, he advised institutions to source funds for production of best items.

“Technical and vocational Institutions should take advantage of the Youth Fund to take loans that will enable them make large-scale production of these innovative projects for national use,” he said.
He called on the participants to always ensure that their innovations were underpinned to specific scientific research while ensuring those that were a repeat of some previous works, bore creativity through modifications, new methods, materials and so on.

The event was organized by the Kenya Association of Technical Training Institutions (KATTI), an umbrella body that brings together all TIVET institutions, both private and public. This is in line with Kenya’s Vision 2030 development blueprint which envisions a transformation into a newly industrialized, middle-income country. It encourages the scientific community and the public to participate in scientific engagements towards addressing critical national problems.

To benchmark the country’s achievements with the rest of the world, case studies on innovations, research paper presentations, TIVET fair shows, Robot competitions and exhibitions from Innovators are used to promote their efforts to transform scientific research in Kenya into entrepreneurship and attract investments.

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