Public and Private Partnership to Enhance Quality Assurance in Academia

Public and Private Partnership to Enhance Quality Assurance in Academia

Collaborative effort between academia, public and private sector is key to contributing to the quality assurance of the curricula geared towards producing holistic undergraduate students ready for the job market. According to Prof. Solomon Magano, a don at the University of South Africa, School of Agriculture and Life Sciences, their institution has successfully managed to harness the public and private sector expertise, by creating an advisory committee for the curricula which plays a key role in creating rounded students aligned to the market demands. The Agricultural scholar was speaking when he led a team of… Continue reading →

State Formulates Strategy to Transform the Agriculture Sector

State Formulates Strategy to Transform the Agriculture Sector

The Government has formulated the Agricultural Sector Transformation and Growth Strategy (ASTGS) with a view to transform Kenya’s agricultural sector and make it a regional powerhouse. The strategy, according to the Director in charge of Knowledge Management, Technology Transfer and Capacity Building, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Dr. Margaret Makelo, is anchored on the belief that, “food security requires a vibrant, commercial and modern agricultural sector that sustainably supports Kenya’s economic development and commitments to the Big Four presidential agenda, the Malabo Commitments to the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) and the United… Continue reading →

Varsity Marks GIS Day 2018

Varsity Marks GIS Day 2018

Around the globe, Geographic Information System (GIS) has been vital for better decision-making but its uptake on spatial planning has been slow especially in Kenyan counties. While the country produces over 200 GIS graduates annually, only 4 counties have taken up some of these experts despite the use of GIS being crucial in the day-to-day activities of the counties. This was one of the concerns raised as JKUAT marked GIS Day 2018, on Wednesday November 14, 2018. The event dubbed ‘Discovering the World through GIS’ was organized by students and faculty from Geomatic Engineering and… Continue reading →

Varsity Holds First International Cultural Day

Varsity Holds First International Cultural Day

The Alumni and International Students Office (ALISO) in collaboration with Jomo Kenyatta University Students’ Association (JKUSA) organized a day long International Students Cultural Event to enable students appreciate the various diversities in the university in instilling global understanding among themselves, Thursday, November 8, 2018. During the event, students from different countries showcased their cultural activities such as food, dances, art among others. The occasion was also used launch the first International students Guide to help new students have a full understanding of the university guidelines before setting off for their studies. The Vice Chancellor, Jomo Kenyatta University… Continue reading →

Inter-disciplinary Approach Key to Manufacturing

Inter-disciplinary Approach Key to Manufacturing

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) researchers have been urged to embrace inter-disciplinary team work to move innovations from the shelves to the market. This was the message by Prof. Nick Wanjohi, a political science scholar,  when he delivered a seminar on  Innovations, Research, Development and Commercialization to researchers and innovators  at the university on Wednesday November 6, 2018. Prof Wanjohi who is also the University’s former Vice Chancellor, pointed out that innovations and commercialization of new products, jointly depended on every researcher’s input for the realization of meaningful innovations with market value…. Continue reading →

Krishna Uppal Educational Fund Donates Books to JKUAT

Krishna Uppal Educational Fund Donates Books to JKUAT

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology has received 260 books from the Krishna Uppal Educational Fund. The donations worth KSh. 300, 000 will benefit students pursuing mathematics, chemistry, physics and statistics at the College of Pure and Applied Sciences (COPAS). Prof. Surindar. M. Uppal who presented the books said the Fund was keen to partner with JKUAT in supporting training and research in the country by tapping the potential of excellent students; particularly the girl child. Besides the book donation, Prof. Uppal said, beginning January, 2019, the Fund will also extend financial assistance to… Continue reading →

Kenya to Enhance, Diversify Utilization of Geothermal Resources

Kenya to Enhance, Diversify Utilization of Geothermal Resources

Kenya intends to enhance the utilization of geothermal resources for electricity generation and diversify to other innovative direct uses such as recreational, agricultural and industrial applications, among others. The Principal Secretary, Ministry of Energy, Dr. Eng. Joseph Njoroge, revealed this in his remarks to participants during the official opening of the two-day International Forum on Geothermal Technology at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Eng. Joseph Njoroge, who was represented by the Ministry’s Chief Geologist, Mr. Chrispin Lupe, further observed that this year’s conference theme, “Technological Framework and Innovations… Continue reading →

Digital Economy Key to exploiting untapped Market in Kenya

Digital Economy Key to exploiting untapped Market in Kenya

Researchers have been urged to embrace digital economies in order to exploit innovations with potential to create new markets. This was the message by Prof. Bitange Ndemo, an economist and a don from the University of Nairobi’s School of Business. Bitange was delivering in a lecture themed: Transforming the University into an Innovations Entrepreneurial University at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) on November 2, 2018. “We should embrace digital economy which is the current trend in harnessing disruptive technologies to create future jobs and stay relevant. Uber, the largest taxi company with… Continue reading →

Expert Advice Enriches Innovative Ideas

Expert Advice Enriches Innovative Ideas

University researchers and innovators have been advised to shun being over protective and defensive of their research and innovation ideas especially the shortcomings pointed out in their projects so that their innovative ideas could benefit from the input of expert entrepreneurs who are better placed to understand how the market and entrepreneurial ecosystem works. “Scientists and researchers are not the best at marketing their ideas and innovations. That aspect needs an entrepreneur,” explained Dr. Moses Alobo, a Programme Manager at Grand Challenges Africa, a project of the Africa Academy of Sciences (AAS), when he spoke… Continue reading →

Stakeholders’ Engagement Critical in Unlocking Inventions

Stakeholders’ Engagement Critical in Unlocking Inventions

The public, academia, Industry, government and the  media should work together to create an enabling environment for the flow of technology and information among people, enterprises and institutions, to unlock the innovative process at national level for the realization of the “Big Four Agenda”. The Chairperson, Kenya National Innovation Agency, Prof. Reuben Marwanga, said this while delivering a keynote address under the theme: Science, Technology and Innovation for National Development at the 2nd Biennial Conference on the State of Higher Education in Kenya organized by Commission for University Education held at the Kenya School of Monetary… Continue reading →