Mount Kenya University has signed a new deal to help in capacity building for vital skills needed in the petroleum sub-sector.

The local university’s chairman Simon Gacharu said the academic partnership deal signed with China University of Petroleum (East China) will help Kenya produce world class experts for the oil and gas industry.

Gicharu, in a statement to media from China, said the purpose of the Memorandum of Understanding is to develop academic cooperation on the basis of equality and reciprocity and to promote relations and mutual understanding between the two institutions.

“MKU is very keen in offering the best and quality education that will give our graduands the skills needed in the market. The experts we will be producing to the market will be world class that is why this MoU spells a bright future for our students and faculty,”Gacharu said.

In the MoU signed by Gicharu and Dr Fengchi Luan, Dean of College of International Education at China University of Petroleum, the two institutions will jointly promote and develop academic cooperation, exchange teaching staff and research personnel and exchange of curriculum.

The MoU will also see the two institutions start student exchange programme and develop joint scientific and or technological research projects, among others.

The memorandum of understanding will be in force for a period of five years and the administration of the MoU will be the responsibility of dean of the College of International Education, China University of petroleum (East China) and the director of global linkages at MKU.