HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF RAMOGI INSTITUTE OF ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY (RIAT)
Ramogi Institute of Advanced Technology (RIAT) is one of the pioneer technical training institutes in Kenya. RIAT is in Kisumu County on Lake Victoria’s Eastern shores at the tip of Winam Gulf, a strategic position in the East African Community due to its accessibility to the regional countries of Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. The organizational philosophy of RIAT is translated in practical terms by the local word “RIAT,” which forms the acronym for the Institute. “RIAT” means acting in unison, acting together, in the same way, at the same time. At its inception in1971, this philosophy was operationalized in mobilizing the immediate RIAT Community and Kenya’s people to act together to raise funds that were utilized to establish the initial infrastructure.
RIAT is a public middle-level Technical Training Institute. Established under the TVET Act, 2013, within Kenya’s laws and operates as stipulated in Kenya’s laws. RIAT is gearing towards playing a significant and leading role in the fulfillment of its mandate.
The Institute’s operations are also carried out per the Government policies and procedures as spelled out in official documents and circulars. The Institute is conscious of the Government’s industrialization policy and the Kenya Vision 2030, whose goals are to provide skilled and employable graduates through the TVET sector. The TVET system addresses the initial training needs at the secondary and post-secondary levels. Entry to a course in these institutions usually requires specific school certificates, specific course levels, and RPL. The enrolment in this institution is spread within the entire country.
Much emphasis is laid on the acquisition of practical skills, good work attitudes, and entrepreneurial skills. The training exposes students to 3 months of Industrial Attachment or internship to all students in their respective relevant industries to enable them to be exposed to modern technologies, interact with professionals in their separate areas of specialization. The college assesses the trainees while on industrial attachment.
In line with vision 2030, the Institute lays much emphasis on science and technology-oriented programs. RIAT has been among the ten technical institutions selected to become centers of excellence in technology training under GoK and Devotra Netherlands Projects. All the Engineering departments received modern state-of-the-art training equipment and machinery, making RIAT a model technology training Institute in the Region.