Sang’alo Institute of Science & Technology (SIST) is a public institute of Technology in Kenya. The name Sang’alo is derived from a Bukusu local language word “Sangala” meaning happiness. SIST is situated in Bungoma County, Bungoma South Sub County, and Seven (7) Kilometers South East of Bungoma town on the Bungoma-Nambacha-Kakamega road. It lies on 550 acres land. It begun by offering purely agricultural courses but with time incorporated other Technical and Business courses. Sang’alo Institute is in an off-town environment that is very good for learning.
To be a Centre of Excellence in Capacity Building, Research, Science & Technology.
To provide skills and quality Training in Research, Science and Technology to enhance sustainable National Development.
Technology our Lifeline
The history of SIST dates back to 1924 when the late paramount chief of Bukusu , Mzee Sudi Namachanja donated 610 acres of land to Dr. Cameron , a scotish veterinarian to establish a centre for vaccination and treatment of livestock. In 1927, the farm developed into a livestock improvement centre for upgrading indigenous cattle to enhance milk and meat production. In 1977, the institute admitted its first intake of twenty students to study certificate in general agriculture. SIST became a public institution in 1993. Its governance was put under the management of board of governors (BOG) appointed by the ministry of education science and technology. This facilitated the posting of lecturers by the Teachers service commission.
SIST is in a serene environment that makes it an ideal place for learning. Students pursue various academic courses in Business, General Agriculture, Applied Science, Automotive Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Building & Civil Engineering, ICT, Clothing & Textile and Hospitality Management
The institute has been recognized as a National Centre for Excellence in Agriculture. We practice free range dairy keeping and zero grazing. Alongside zero grazing, is a biogas unit and a milk processing unit that produces yoghurt .We also practice horticulture, tissue culture banana farming and bee keeping.
Innovation & Research
We are one of the driving forces in Research and Innovation and some of our innovations have attracted the attention of the president. We have participated in an Exhibition in Cairo, Egypt where our Torsoy Health drink received a lot of attention. The same product participated in an International Research Conference in Kigali, Rwanda, our students came out number 4 in Africa. Some of our innovations are undergoing incubation in readiness for commercialization. One such innovation is the solar powered lawn mower which is undergoing incubation at the Chandaria Foundation.
To protect our researchers and innovators, we have an intellectual property policy and we have set up a Technology Innovation Support Centre (TISC) in collaboration with Kenya Intellectual Property Institute (KIPI). We support innovations in the Western Region and we are members of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
Some of our awards winning innovations at Regional as well as National TVET Fairs include: Solar powered lawn mower, Solar powered irrigation pump , Torsoy Health Drink ,The solar tent, Visitor registration module, The fish scale mouth wash, The village battery that uses salt solution among others
Partnerships & Collaborations
The industry has been instrumental in the provision of industrial attachment to trainees. However we endeavor to enhance collaborations both at the local as well as international levels in areas of research, trainees and staff exchanges. This would be of critical value to the institute with particular respect to benchmarking for standards and best practices. We have MOUs with: KALROKakamega, Masinde Muliro University, Kibabii University
We attach our students to the industry and encourage them to have the hands-on experience that is the focus of the Government towards the attainment of vision 2030. We are a centre of Excellence in Agriculture and have an exchange programme with the Netherlands
- To develop skills and competence responsive for market needs.
- To generate knowledge for solving problems in the community
- To provide solutions to problems in the community
- To improve institutes infrastructure
- Establish collaboration and linkages with stakeholders
- Integrate ICT in Learning ,training ,research and management
Our institution is now admitting students for CBET programs in : Hair dressing level 4, 5 & 6 • Beauty therapy level 4, 5 & 6 • ICT level 5 • Horticulture level 4, 5 & 6 • Dairy plant management level 4, 5 & 6 • Social work and community development level 5& 6 • Masonry Level 4 • Plumbing Level 4 • Electrical Installation Level 4& 5 • Electrical Engineering (Power Option) Level 6 • Automotive Engineering Level 6 • Automotive Technician Level 5
TVET Programs Experience
The institute is ISO 9001:2015 Certified and has been in the forefront in offering TVET programs in the country. The high quality of training has ensured that those graduating from our institution have been able to get employment from the public and private sectors and quite a number are engaged in self-employment.
We are a powerhouse in Games and Sports. Some of our achievements include; We are National champions in volleyball and hockey , while our students have also excelled in National athletics, drama (best dance, soloist, actor / actress ), as well as national ball games ( Volleyball, Soccer & Rugby)
Sang'alo Institute of Science and Technology has developed an Institutional electronic platform inform of eBooks and eLearning that helps in preserving and distributing digital learning materials. This open educational materials can be accessed by the students hence enhancing their knowledge uptake apart from the face to face classroom lectures. These materials can be accessed through the following links eLearning Platform and eBooks Platform
Vision 2030 has in mind the fact that Kenya’s pool of talent is small and inadequately trained for integration into the job market. Measures will therefore be taken to improve the national pool of skills and talent through training that is relevant to the needs of the economy. The current transition rate from secondary level education to university will be increased and the postgraduate training strengthened, particularly in science and technology.