Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology is set to review its current Memorandum of Understanding with Zetech College, a premier collaborating centre. The review, slated to enhance the collaboration, comes in the wake of successful implementation of various JKUAT programmes at various levels by Zetech College.
The collaboration between JKUAT and Zetech came into effect in November 2007 with the initial seven programmes in Information Technology, Business Administration, Community Development, Purchasing and Supplies Management at Certificate and Diploma levels besides bridging courses in English and Mathematics.
Following the success of the programmes at Zetech, the college was allowed to mount additional programmes in various fields including Human Resources, Mass Communication, Microfinance, HIV/AIDS Management and Public Relations at Diploma level. Seven undergraduate programmes of JKUAT are also offered at Zetech. The student population pursuing 23 JKUAT programmes at Zetech currently stands at 1075.
While lauding the college for the academic gains already consolidated, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga urged Zetech management to continue upholding quality, relevance and global orientation of their training; fundamentals that continue to epitomize JKUAT’s training and research endeavours.
“We are happy with our collaboration with Zetech College and the progress the institution has made,” reiterated Prof. Imbuga.
Zetech College’s new Principal, Prof. Edwin Wamukoya thanked JKUAT for strategic leadership and mentorship that has seen Zetech emerge as a leading professional training institution in the country.
“It is in line with this success that we seek to renew and review existing MoU between the two institutions for continued progress,” averred Prof. Wamukoya.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Research, Production and Extension, Prof. Esther Kahangi commended the college for sustained provision of quality education, attested by the increasing numbers of student population enrolled in an equally expanding portfolio of academic programmes.
On his part, Zetech College Chairman Eng. Ken Mbiuki assured JKUAT of their readiness and commitment to continue with the beneficial cooperation whose aim is to increase access to quality training to the people of Kenya.
Prof. Imbuga further said the two institutions will implement a staff exchange programme to enhance capacity building between the two institutions.
JKUAT and Zetech are currently exploring additional areas of collaboration beyond the initial thematic areas.