The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) and Kenyatta University (KU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 9th October, 2020, to support road safety management in Kenya. The collaboration will provide a platform for research, innovation and academic partnership. Other key areas will include;
- The use of Technology in Road Safety
- Development of Innovative applications for Road Transport
- Data Analytics for Road Safety
- Training, Mentorship and internship in the fields of Engineering
- Use of Robotics, AI and Deep learning on data analysis
- Quality Assurance and project Management for NTSA Projects.
Speaking at the MOU signing ceremony, the Director General NTSA, Mr. George Njao, noted that through the collaboration, the Authority will have access to unique technology, specialized equipment, facilities and knowledge that will enhance road safety in Kenya. This partnership comes at a time when the Authority is in the process of implementing the Horn of Africa Gateway Development Project (HoAgDP) and this will go a long way in supporting the technological elements of the project, he added.
On his part the Vice Chancellor, Kenyatta University, Prof. Paul Wainaina said the partnership is a testimony that Universities are solution providers to the most challenging social challenges and not just ivory tower institutions. KU, Prof. Wainaina said, is very keen in spearheading research and development and seeking home grown solutions to the challenges facing Kenya. Already KU has developed a ventilator that will be used in the mitigation of Covid-19 nationally. In addition, a team of innovators from various Universities across the country are currently being hosted at Kenyatta University in a 30-day challenge to develop a new digital learning device to be rolled out across the education sector.