The National Institute for Optics and Lasers (NIOL) was founded by Multimedia University of Kenya (MMU) under the leadership of internationally renowned Prof. Geoffrey Kihara Rurimo.
While undertaking his PhD studies at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Germany, Prof. Rurimo dreamed of establishing an Optics and Lasers Institute in Kenya to help the region’s industrial and scientific advancement. After returning home in 2006, he resumed his teaching career and in 2015 he joined MMU and pioneered the introduction of the country’s first undergraduate degree programme in Applied Optics and Lasers.
Inspired by the success of the programme, Prof. Rurimo applied for funding for the establishment of the National Institute for Optics and Lasers through the National Research Fund’s Infrastructural Support Grant. Following a rigorous and competitive process, a grant of Kenya Shillings 66 million was awarded and received in 2019, facilitating the establishment of the Institute which comprises of the state-of-the-art two training labs and one research lab and an office space.
The institute will have its first student intake in September 2021 when it admits post-graduate students for Master of Science in Applied Optics and Master of Science in Laser Technology.
This is the only institution in East and Central Africa to train in the field of Optics and Lasers and the only facility of its kind in the region.
The Max Planck Partner Research Group
The National Institute for Optics and Lasers (NIOL) has partnered with Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light to establish a Max Planck Partner Research Group based at Multimedia University of Kenya to promote post-graduate research for a period of 5 years beginning September 2021.
The Research Group comes with an annual financial support of Kenya Shillings 2.5 million and will provide research funding and scholarship opportunities to postgraduate students in the field of Optics and Lasers.
The research funds will be competitively awarded to students enrolled in the Institute’s postgraduate courses in Applied Optics and Laser Technology.
Read more: https://www.mmu.ac.ke/premier-max-planck-partner-research-group-to-be-established-at-mmu/
We offer quality, innovative and market driven academic programs at undergraduate and postgraduate levels with in-built quality control systems.
NIOL will conduct industry oriented research both independently and through its graduate students. We have dedicated one of our hi-tech labsto this cause and research work will be further supported by the Max Planck Partner Research Group which will provide competitive funding for post-graduate researcher projects.
We believe that the industrial application of light and optics will create better and more efficient industries in Africa. Our Institute will therefore work with companies and seek partnerships that will help corporations achieve sustainability through innovative design, implementation and maintenance of advanced optoelectronics and photonic devices.
Extension and Community Programmes:
We care about giving back and we will engage in community outreach programs geared towards the application of Lasers and Optics for the benefit of our community.