Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology Alumni can now locate and network with their former colleagues following the launch of the alumni tracer study.
The University through the Directorate of Alumni and International Students Office (ALISO) with support of key stakeholders is set to trace and connect all JKUAT Alumni courtesy of the tracer study programme that was launched, December, 14, 2017 by the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Research, Production and Extension, Prof. Mary Abukutsa at the JKUAT Alumni Business Center at Woodlands Office Park along Woodlands Road, Nairobi.
The programme seeks to enhance the active engagement of former students in the affairs of their alma mater. The Alumni are also primed to play a lead role by sharing their thoughts with the aim of enriching and ensuring the curriculum students go through is responsive to market dynamics.
Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga who was represented by Prof. Abukutsa at the launch, hailed the tremendous work done by the Alumni Association in partnership with ALISO in re-activating Alumni connections and networks with former students and termed the move as a positive step towards building a critical network of job creators and mentors.
Under the tracer study programme, “JKUAT Alumni can take smaller but extremely important roles in giving back to the university through talks, mentorships, internships/ job opportunities, purchase of memorabilia and participation in Alumni reunion activities designed to reunite Alumni and their families,” Prof. Imbuga observed.
She urged JKUAT Alumni in influential positions to help the University to bridge the gap between industry and research, and to consider setting up foundations at their alma mater. She further encouraged innovators and entrepreneurs to take advantage of the Business Centre’s modern facilities to launch their business startups.
The Director, ALISO, Dr. Churchill Saoke said, “the tracer study will enable the Association to build stronger relationships around areas such as mentorship, investments, advocacy as well as creating brand loyalty and commitment amongst alumni fraternity.”
The tracer study, Dr. Saoke added was driven by four approaches including engagement of alumni volunteers who are already making phone calls to the alumni and questionnaires seeking opinion of the graduates of various academic programs they studied at JKUAT. The questionnaire that has been developed is available at the Alumni Association website.
Other approaches include: e-mail communication to Alumni and use of key persons per class tasked with creating alumni groups to ignite interest among former classmates to engage and employers’ approach to give feedback on JKUAT programmes and the suitability of JKUAT graduates in the workplace.
The Alumni Association Chair, Arch. Christopher Naicca appealed to Alumni to provide feedback through questionnaire. Those who were present included the CEO, National Youth Council, Mr. Ray Ochieng, Managing Director, SOWITEC, Mr. George Aluru, Mr. Benard Onguso, an entrepreneur with investments in aviation, real estates, hospitality and renewable energy.