Welcome to Kiambu Institute of Science and Technology (KIST). KIST is an equal opportunity Technical, Vocational Education & Training (TVET) Institute, in the State department of Science and Technology under the Ministry of Education Science and Technology offering post-secondary Technical training.The institution was built through Harambee efforts by the local people and some generous donations from two Protestant Church organizations from overseas viz: I.C.C.O. of Netherlands and E.Z.E of West Germany.
From the planning stages, 40 years since our inception, the aims and objectives of the institute were set to be and still remain as follows:
To train Kenyans to acquire the skills and abilities necessary to improve their social and economic status.
To prepare young Kenyans for employment or self-employment preferably in the rural areas.
To train young Kenyans for manpower requirements necessary for National Development.
KIST admitted the first batch of 125 students, 75 male and 50 female, in September 1973 in Carpentry, Masonry, Plumb¬ing and Secretarial courses. Currently, the student’s population stands at over 2000.
Over the years, KIST has diversified courses offered in the seven academic departments and has graduated more than 14,000 trainees in the different fields.
The core function of KIST is to undertake educa¬tion and training in TVET programs, promote re-search and technological development, and disseminate
Information on research and innovations. Thus, the institute, through the courses it offers, contributes towards the realization of the Vision 2030 goal of creation of employment and generation of wealth through Science, Technology and Innovations.
The Institute has tackled the challenges of producing middle level manpower for a developing country with considerable success. It has distinguished itself as an institute with high academic standards and has adopted strict academic discipline that forms the basis for a strong institution.
KIST has established a Linkages and Collaboration Department whose goal is to affiliate with other national and international Institutions and enhance quality training as it benchmarks with other institutions of higher learning and industries. Currently, KIST is in linkage and collaboration with Bake for Life - Uganda, PUM Senior Experts and Zadkine College - Netherlands and Centurion Systems - Kenya. However, the institute seeks other institutions and organization so as to ensure that each department is linked to a specialized organization.
KIST, is now a fully accredited KASNEB and ICDL