The Regional Centre Training Institute (RCTI), the training section of RCMRD admitted new students for the first intake of the year. The 98 first year students will see the population of RCTI students grow to 930 students having started with 50 students in 2016. The new students will be pursing two programs Geospatial and IT Diploma and certificate programs, which runs from two and a half years to one and a half years. The students will be pursuing courses such as; Diploma in Land Survey, Diploma in Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Diploma in Cartography and GIS as well as Diploma in IT. Other students enrolled for a Certificate in Land Survey and a Certificate in IT.
Group photo of the new RCTI students with members of Staff and RCMRD Management
A day after reporting, as the norm the students embarked on an orientation program for one week. The session entailed guidance and counselling sessions on life skills, drug and substance abuse, HIV talks from HIV patients, a talk from Ajira Kenya on online opportunities, and talks by lecturers and Geospatial experts from RCMRD. The orientation session also provided the students with an opportunity to understand better the career choices and opportunities available in the Geospatial and IT fields.
While addressing the students, RCMRD GIS Analyst Mr. David Ongo, highlighted about the KUZA Mentorship program, which will provide mentorship in Earth Observation fields and the GEO Hub which he spearheads - an innovation hub for young people with ideas, an innovative space that nurtures and mentors students in RCTI and other universities.
Mr. Macharia, the Acting Academic registrar emphasized on the uniqueness of RCTI. The college is unique that it helps students on internal attachment where they are trained on current geospatial technologies latest in the market such as GIS, GPS, Drone technology and maximally conduct field practical’s hence we produce market ready students.
Addressing the students on the last day, the Director General Dr. Emmanuel Nkurunziza, reemphasized that RCTI is a unique institution which is within RCMRD hence there is industry and school interaction. He added,’ we are committed to making RCTI a premier geospatial institute in the region ‘. Later in the day, the students were treated to snacks and free entertainment to welcome them to RCMRD Community.
The Director General RCMRD joins staff and students in a dance to welcome the new Students