Varsity Stages Boot camp for High School students

Varsity Stages Boot camp for High School students

A boot camp to help high school students select career paths, build character and grow entrepreneurial culture opened Monday December 11, 2017 at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. The five-day event organized by the Entrepreneurship, Technology, Leadership and Management (ETLM) Department will  see students drawn from different schools also sensitized on the academic programmes offered by JKUAT. Erick Thogo who has just finished his studies at Mangu High School said he was confident of drawing knowledge and practical skills in the workshop. “The facilitators have demonstrated competence and great understanding of the issues… Continue reading →

UN Official: Innovation Key to Sustainable Global Development

UN Official: Innovation Key to Sustainable Global Development

Universities should be at the forefront in engineering and rolling out ICT innovations that could be tapped to solve global pressing issues, the Deputy Secretary General of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has said. Malcom Johnson cited pollution, uncontrolled urbanization, e-commerce, and preclusion of rural communities from global value-chains, as pressing concerns that required sustainable solution. As citadels of knowledge, the academia, Mr. Malcom added, also contributed intellectual input in the activities of the ITU; making the UN Agency more effective in discharging its mandate in the tripartite areas of radio, standards and development. The… Continue reading →

Varsity Marked World Toilet Day Celebration

Varsity Marked World Toilet Day Celebration

JKUAT Staff and students from the Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Engineering in collaboration with Africa Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) celebrated the World Toilet Day, 19th November 2017. The celebrations involved a campaign aimed at delivering a strong advocacy message on behalf of safe sanitation and wastewater management. The campaign themed ‘Where does it go when you go?’ challenged people to think about what happens to their fecal waste after flushing. The participants were encouraged to lift the lid and ‘flush’ their answer, post it on the stall ‘wall’, and capture it… Continue reading →

More Programmes Rolled Out as PAUSTI Admits 5th Cohort

More Programmes Rolled Out as PAUSTI Admits 5th Cohort

The 5th cohort, comprising 140 students, has reported at the Pan African University Institute for Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation (PAUSTI), to pursue masters and PhD studies on African Union scholarships. The admission of the students who are drawn from 36 African countries is a great milestone in the implementation of the JKUAT based continental graduate training and research Institute, which opened its doors to the pioneer group in 2012. Besides increase in national and gender diversity, PAUSTI also rolled out two new programmes namely MSc. Mechatronic Engineering and MSc. Mechanical Engineering. Megang Junile from… Continue reading →

Varsities can help Africa realize Sustainable Development Goals

Varsities can help Africa realize Sustainable Development Goals

Universities and other research institutions in Africa have been challenged to pioneer quality, reliable and affordable innovations that could be deployed to help the continent achieve Sustainable Development Goals (DSGs). The Director General of the Sustainable Development Goal Center for Africa (SDGCA), Dr. Belay Begashaw decried the fact that African counties were importing cheap and below par products from developed economies; a situation, he added, was impeding industrialization in the continent. Dr. Belay said sustainable innovations should meet three tenets namely: promote social inclusion, be environmentally friendly and have the potential to foster economic growth…. Continue reading →

Facilities to support African innovation handed over to JKUAT

Facilities to support African innovation handed over to JKUAT

The research and innovation capacity of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology has received a major boost following the establishment of two modern research facilities by JICA, under the auspices of the AFRICA-ai-JAPAN Project. The buildings: innovation Prototyping and Invention Centre (iPIC) and the Small Animal Facility for Research and Innovation (SAFARI); are slated to stimulate research and innovation in a number  of scientific disciplines such as engineering, agriculture, biotechnology, and molecular biology. AFRICA ai-JAPAN Project is a tripartite agreement between Government of Japan, African Union Commission (AUC) and Government of Kenya, initiated in… Continue reading →

Workshop on Quality Research Proposal Writing Staged at JKUAT

Workshop on Quality Research Proposal Writing Staged at JKUAT

Over 40 participants converged at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) for a three-day workshop which aimed at helping researchers in East Africa develop high quality research proposals.  The forum which was organized under the auspices of the East African Network of Learning of Administrators (EANLA), also aimed at streamlining working relationship between researchers and their respective university research fund managers. In a keynote presentation on research experience, JKUAT prolific researcher, Professor Daniel Sila informed the participants that: excellence, integrity and proven track record, were essential ingredients for proposal funding applicants. Professor Sila… Continue reading →

4,131 Crowned as JKUAT Marks 30th Graduation

4,131 Crowned as JKUAT Marks 30th Graduation

Kenya’s labour market got a shot in the arm following the graduation of 4,131 students who were conferred with various degrees and awarded diplomas during the 30th Graduation Ceremony of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). The event staged Friday November 17, 2017, saw JKUAT Chancellor, Prof. Geoffrey Ole Maloiy confer a total of 55 doctorate degrees, 16 to female recipients. This was a major feat, considering that Kenyan universities produce under 200 PhDs combined, annually. Among the doctorate recipients was Hon. Pamela Awuor Odhiambo, Migori County Women Representative; crowned following her novel… Continue reading →

Female Graduands Debunk Stereotype

Female Graduands Debunk Stereotype

We live in a global society where women still face biases in society more so in the pursuit of careers in engineering. In Africa, for instance, there are just undesirably few women in engineering to write home about. I am willing to bet most people cannot even name a single female engineer. After all, to them engineering is a male-dominated field. As Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology marks her 30th graduation ceremony, November 17, 2017, two women have stood out of the pack. Betty King’ori and Monica Mwikali are graduating with first class… Continue reading →

Cricket Farming Training for Food and Feed

Cricket Farming Training for Food and Feed

Farmers from Kajiado, Nairobi, Kiambu, Nanyuki, Kirinyaga, Embu, Nyeri, Machakos, Kitui, Laikipia, Nyahururu, Juja and Kisii converged at JKUAT for a 3-day training on cricket farming and processing for food and feed, November 13, 2017. The training organised by the JKUAT Insect Farm (JIF) under the JKUAT Cricket Project seeks to equip farmers on how to set up a cricket farm and the day to day management of the farm. It also seeks to build the capacity of the farmers on the importance of cricket as a food and feed and explore on the opportunities… Continue reading →