IMTR/RTC

The Institute for Meteorological Training and Research/ Regional Training Center is a major Branch of the Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD) of the Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources (MEMR). It is located approximately eight kilometers, west of Nairobi City Centre along Ngong Road at Dagoretti Corner, within the premises of KMD Headquarters. Public transport is sufficiently catered for through a variety of commuter buses and mini-buses.

History

The Institute for Meteorological Training and Research (IMTR) is a branch of the Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD) under the Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources (MEMR) charged with the responsibility of training personnel in meteorology, hydrology and related geo-sciences in the country and the Anglophone countries in Africa. The Institute was established in 1964. A year later, 1965 it was upgraded to the status of the World Meteorological Organization Regional Training Centre (WMO-RTC) for the Anglophone Africa. There are only 23 such training centres in the world including eight in Africa. IMTR RMTC is regarded as a “Centre of Excellence” specialized in training meteorology, hydrology, applied meteorology and related geosciences.

The WMO RMTC-Nairobi, generally referred to as the Institute for Meteorological Training and Research (IMTR), has two components:-

  • The Institute for Meteorological Training and Research (IMTR) located on the grounds of the Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD)
  • The University of Nairobi, College of Biological and Physical Sciences, Department of Meteorology located at Chiromo Campus.

The two components work very closely together, especially in the coordination of international training programmes for the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) members. The Permanent Representative (PR) of Kenya with WMO heads all the international matters concerning this collaboration. The PR of Kenya with WMO is recognized channel of communication between WMO Secretariat, Geneva, Switzerland and Kenya on matters pertaining to Meteorology, including application, education and training, research and development.