Zetech started in campus room - Daily Nation

Zetech started in campus room

Sunday March 13 2011

By Edith Fortunate [email protected]

Zetech College offers training in information technology (IT), media arts, hospitality, and business. Courses in IT happen to be the most sought after.

The college was started in 1996 by a Second Year mechanical engineering student at the University of Nairobi, in his room in Hall 13.

Mr Ken Mbiuki was interested in computers. He used his savings from a part-time job he had at the Kenya Tea Development Authority during the holidays to buy a computer.

Due to much effort and determination, Zetech College moved to Summit House in 1999 to bigger premises in order to enable more people to take courses. The institution started offering courses in technology.

Zetech College has since produced hundreds of graduates. Many of its former students are pursuing further studies in local and international universities.

The institution offers courses ranging from communication, ICT, engineering, hospitality, and design at certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, and degree levels.

The degree programmes are offered in collaboration with the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). The advanced diplomas, diplomas, and certificate courses are offered through accredited examining bodies.

The degree programmes include Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Mass Communication, Bachelor of Purchasing and Supply Management, Bachelor of Commerce Business Administration, Bachelor of Business Information Technology, and Bachelor of Science Information Technology. The college also offers diplomas in these areas.

JKUAT organises frequent visits to inspect and scrutinise Zetech College to ensure the quality of the degree courses offered.

The institution’s curriculum is frequently updated to reflect the dynamic needs of the job industry and incorporates the latest methodologies to maintain a dynamic learning environment.

According to the management, Zetech College strives to provide the kind of training that recognises the critical role that education plays in the development of the country.

The college also offers training programmes aimed at developing middle and top level human resource, for both the public and the private sector.

“We also offer programmes that are appropriate to the needs of full-time workers, given that many people go to school nowadays to improve their professional qualifications,” notes Mr Mbiuki.

Among the examining bodies associated with Zetech are JKUAT, the Institute of Commercial Management (ICM), the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC), the Business Technical Education Programme (BTEP), City and Guilds, Association of Business Executives, and the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

The college now has several branches, all registered with the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology.

The institution has a team professionals who oversee its day-to-day operations. It has 200 teaching and non-teaching staff.

One of Zetech’s major achievements is anticipated in 2012, when it expects to become a full-fledged university. The new campus will be located on Thika Road.