Brief History

Sang’alo Institute of Science & Technology (SIST) is a public institutes 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) Kilometres South East of Bungoma town on the Bungoma-Nambacha-Kakamega road.

Historical Perspective

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.

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.
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
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 https://elearning.sist.ac.ke/ and https://elearning.sist.ac.ke/ebooks/
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.
The Students' Union is a democratic organisation run by students for students and it is through their involvement that we can provide new and exciting services. Each year a committee of students is elected by the students, to run the Union.
Caring for the students' well being and success is the aim of the office of the dean. Right from the time of arrival a student is welcomed with a process of induction into various aspects of the college life. This begins with registration after which those in need of accommodation are appropriately helped. There are limited facilities in both the Men's and Women's Hostels. General Catering Services are also provided on pay as you eat (PAYE) basis. What follows next is a broad orientation of the College's rules and regulations pertaining to the conduct and behaviour of students'. Co-curricular, spiritual, as well as general guidance and counseling programmes are well provided. A critical objective of the above endeavors is to inculcate a culture of care to society and responsible dialogue with stakeholders. The Dean of Students is responsible for students' social welfare, students' development programmes and students' organizations .
There are extensive opportunities for sport and recreation, supported by a team of staff who provide activities to suit all ability levels at the college's sports centres. Tournaments and leagues take place throughout the year. There are outdoors sports facilities for football, basketball, hockey, rugby, volleyball, athletics etc. The focus is on sport for both recreation and excellence.
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.
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