Education, Science and Technology Cabinet Secretary, Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi has reappointed Prof. Mabel Imbuga to serve for another five years at the helm of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. Exercising his statutory mandate provided for in the Universities Act 2012, Prof. Kaimenyi in a communiqué to Prof. Imbuga said, ‘I hereby re-appoint you as the vice chancellor of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology for a period of five years with effect from 1st August 2013’.
Imbuga, a Professor of Biochemistry who has been JKUAT Vice Chancellor since August 1, 2008, has orchestrated a number of projects that have remarkably transformed the University. The institution has for instance recorded unprecedented growth particularly in student numbers, rising from slightly over 7000 students in 2008 to the current figure of 30, 000 students.
Perhaps, the most outstanding achievement of the Alliance Girls High School alumnus could be her strategic leadership that she provided in 2011 that saw JKUAT clinch victory to host the Pan African University, Institute of Basic Sciences Technology and Innovation, enabling JKUAT to be a vital actor in the promotion of inter-state relations among African countries through high training and research.
Based on JKUAT track record in information, communication technology training, Prof. Imbuga is currently spearheading an ambitious plan to support the government’s one laptop per child blueprint, bringing together a consortium of more than ten partners. This plan is anchored on JKUAT’s personal computer assembly project which has the potential to produce 1.4 million laptops annually to meet President Kenyatta’s primary schools laptop dream.
Prof. Imbuga’s last five years tenure was also characterized by prudent financial management enabling the institution to remain afloat regaining its financial footing.
The Vice Chancellor who is also the current chair, Joint Admissions Board is a University of Nairobi alumni where she earned both her undergraduate, Msc and Ph.D degrees between 1975 and 1988. A prolific researcher, Prof. Imbuga, who is currently the chair, Inter-University Council of East Africa joined JKUAT as an Associate professor in 1997, having served at the University of Nairobi for over two decades from 1985. From 1999 she served as Dean, Faculty of Science for two terms, before assuming the position of professor and Deputy Vice chancellor (Academic Affairs) in 2004 and 2005 respectively.