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Join us in Nairobi on a Global Engineering program, giving faculty the opportunity to expose their students to the design methods, standards, codes and regulations of engineering in Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as the social, cultural and political factors that impact engineering practice in the region.

Global Engineering

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This program will expose students to the design methods, standards, codes and regulations of engineering in Kenya, as well as the social, cultural and political factors that impact engineering practice in the region.

Sub-Saharan Africa is renowned for its young and ambitious human population, its expanding middle-class, and its rapid economic growth in sectors ranging from agriculture, to banking and consumer goods. As African societies grow and change, the implementation of human-centered design in engineering and problem-solving processes is vital.

Why Kenya?

Kenya’s 42+ tribal groups – spanning 3 of the 4 African language groups – along with its breathtaking landscapes, iconic wildlife, and rapidly modernizing cities make this one of the most diverse countries in Africa. Built on Muslim-Arab trade along the coast, Christian missions in the interior, and a primarily agricultural and tourism-driven economy, Kenya is now rapidly changing, providing a fascinating case study for globalization, culture, and modernization in a growing economy. In Nairobi, where this program will primarily be based, students will engage with the innovation and industry that characterizes the city’s engineering space.

Learning Outcomes

During this course, students will:

  • Hone cross-cultural responsiveness through Kiswahili and Maa lessons, directed lectures on the socio-cultural/historical context of Kenya, and meaningful culturally immersive activities
  • Discuss the engineering design method, and human-centered design in particular, as applied to specific projects in Nairobi through lectures and site visits
  • Analyze the interplay between cultural and political factors in engineering design in Kenya
  • Demonstrate flexibility, adaptability and innovation in solving problems in the Kenyan context

Note: Specific learning outcomes and activities can be constructed in collaboration with EDU Africa’s dedicated curriculum development team.


Mark Hankins

Mark Hankins

Mark Hankins is the CEO of African Solar Designs, a renewable and rural energy company that prides itself in being a thought-leader and pioneer in the Kenyan energy sector. Mark has worked in East and Southern Africa for over twenty years. He has worked on renewable energy projects with the likes of the UN, the World Bank, USAID, the GEF, Sida and the Shell Foundation.

He has also worked with numerous African governments. He is the author of the books, Solar Electric Systems for Africa and Stand Alone Solar Electric Systems.

Dr Tonny Omwansa

Tonny Omwansa

Dr Tonny K. Omwansa is a lecturer in the School of Computing and Informatics at the University of Nairobi; he also offers his services as a facilitator and/or mentor at Nairobi Design Thinking School. He is the co-author of Money, Real Quick: Kenya’s Disruptive Mobile Money Innovation, a study on the impact and projection of mobile money in Kenya and across the world. He is also the founder of Nairobi Design Thinking School and Nairobi Innovations Week.

He is a formidable expert on marketable design and innovation in the Kenyan context.

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