Over 4000 students were awarded diplomas and conferred with degrees during JKUAT’s 25th Graduation Ceremony, Friday July 31st. Among the graduands was Kenya’s founding First Lady, Her Excellency, Mama Ngina Kenyatta, who was conferred an honorary degree of Doctor of Science in Entrepreneurship (Honoris Causa). The event which was presided over by the Chancellor, Prof. Geoffrey Ole Maloiy, also witnessed award of 59 doctorate degrees, the highest number to be conferred by the University, in one ceremony.
Addressing the ceremony on behalf of Education CS, Prof. Kaimenyi, Principal Secretary for Science and Technology, Prof. Collette Suda commended JKUAT on the recent rollout of Taifa Laptop saying it affirms the University’s engineering ingenuity and versatility to meet Kenya’s technological needs.
The University, she added, had equally demonstrated its commitment to operate in environmentally safe environment by achieving ISO 14001:2004 certification on Environmental Management Systems (EMS).
The Principal Secretary announced that the first beneficiaries of free primary education were set to join Universities in September 2015 with JKUAT slated to admit 3,567 through the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS).
Prof. Suda urged the graduands to desist from retrogressive practices like terrorism and instead, invest their talent, knowledge and energies in productive activities that will take Kenya forward.
Chancellor Maloiy informed the ceremony that JICA supported Africa-ai-Japan project being implemented in the University will transform JKUAT into a regional innovation hub. He said, the initiative slated to spend Kshs. 25 million this financial year, will strengthen postgraduate training and research in agriculture, food security, molecular biology, biochemistry and engineering.
Prof. Maloiy also cautioned university students from unwarranted and misguided activities, calling on them to respect their seniors and uphold the defining virtues of respect, tolerance and creativity in their daily undertakings.
Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga said JKUAT had inaugurated the ICT Centre of Excellence and Open Data (iCEOD), which would promote data publication, accessibility and re-use to spur sustainable socio-economic growth and development in Kenya. The University, she reported, had as well established the Intellectual Property and Industry Liaison Office (DIPUIL) to take stock, protect and commercialize JKUAT’s intellectual property.
The Acting Council Chairperson, Bertha Dena pledged that her team would work towards positioning JKUAT to play a leading role in training, research and innovation.