Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) has reviewed its Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Bachelor of Computer Technology curriculum to make them more relevant to industry demands.
The revision which was done in partnership with The Microsoft Africa Development Centre (ADC) will impact the delivery of 128 units within the university’s two Computer Science and Computer Technology courses. It will introduce new and innovative concepts, including Applied Machine Learning, Virtual Reality, Quantum Computing, and User Experience Design, as well as industry-standard tools at the education level to improve students’ familiarity with them as they enter the workplace.
The curriculum is expected to come into effect in time for the September 2023 students’ intake. It will assist in preparing students for the demands of a rapidly changing technology industry by emphasizing practical skill development and simulating real-world experience within the classroom.
Catherine Muraga, the Managing Director at Microsoft ADC, said “We are delighted to have partnered with JKUAT in the curriculum review process and have our experts contribute specialized knowledge that will allow for tech industry-ready students and use of improved standards of teaching. ”
Dr Lawrence Nderu, Chairman, Department of Computing at JKUAT added that the review process has been extensive, with invaluable insights and recommendations from experienced industry experts that will add significant value to classroom instruction.
”We look forward to providing our students with best-in-class education that integrates practical skills building and theoretical understanding as they prepare for success in the technology industry,” he said.
Similar curriculum review initiatives will be implemented at other institutions of higher learning as part of efforts to bridge the ever-present gap between industry and academia, particularly in the technology sector.