Horticulture Students Establish Greenhouse Vegetable Seedlings Farm

Horticulture Students Establish Greenhouse Vegetable Seedlings Farm

JKUAT students from the Horticulture Students Association (HOSA) have set up a greenhouse farm for vegetable seedlings in order to enhance their capacity in farming practices aimed at addressing the demand for quality seedling material in the region. Speaking during an interview, HOSA Patron, who is also the Director, Directorate of Performance Contracting and Appraisal (DIPCA), Prof. John Wesonga said, the HOSA Project seeks to provide students with a platform that will empower them with practical skills, encouraging them to take a central position in showcasing their innovation skills and products. “This initiative gives the… Continue reading →

Architecture Staff Trained on New Tutoring Programmes

Architecture Staff Trained on New Tutoring Programmes

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology’s School of Architecture and Building Sciences (SABS) held a five-day training on Autodesk programmes and Building Information Modelling (BIM) from July 15 – 19, 2019. According to the faculty members who participated in the training, the new programmes that will be used to tutor students, are aimed at changing the way buildings and wider infrastructure are planned and developed from design through to execution and maintenance. The programmes utilizes raw data and turns it into valuable, actionable information that can help deliver value during every stage of the construction and… Continue reading →

JKUAT Students Win #MyLittleBigThing Challenge 2019

JKUAT Students Win #MyLittleBigThing Challenge 2019

Two JKUAT students emerged winners in the just concluded #MyLittleBigThing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2019 Challenge. Stephen Muchiri, a Control and Instrumentation student and Ruth Gathii, a Project Management student bagged the top positions from a pool of over 100 participants. Stephen emerged winner with his Auto-Alcoblow project while Ruth was the 1st Runner-up with The Power in Plastics project. The challenge organised by MK Afrika in partnership with Cambridge University and Safaricom among other partners invited undergraduate university students from across the country to submit innovation ideas around the SDGs. The ideas presented must… Continue reading →

Talks to Set up Sandwich Panel Factory Underway

Talks to Set up Sandwich Panel Factory Underway

JKUAT in association with Ndarugu Metropolis team have commenced talks with Agro-Project Group and Hennecke companies to put up a Sandwich panel factory at the special economic zone, Ndarugu, Juja. The meeting held July 10, 2019, was convened to help the University fraternity to understand the sandwich panel production process and how they would work with the two companies to develop a sandwich processing plant at Ndarugu. Speaking during the meeting, Ndarugu Metropolis, Chairman, Francis Michuki, said the factory would be used to produce panels required by Agro-Projects Group to build industrial buildings including cold… Continue reading →

Japan Committed to Support Research and Innovation in Kenya

Japan Committed to Support Research and Innovation in Kenya

The government of Japan through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will continue supporting Kenya’s bid for sustainable socio-economic development, an official has said. Senior JICA Representative Satoshi Sugimoto said higher education and research remained one of the key priority areas where Japan was closely working with Kenya. The official was speaking on Tuesday July 9, 2019 at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) during a press tour where the University showcased some of its research and innovation outputs. Mr. Sugimoto noted that JKUAT, which was established through a technical bilateral cooperation between governments… Continue reading →

Women Leaders Push for Food Security and Nutrition

Women Leaders Push for Food Security and Nutrition

Kenyan women leaders have called for targeted interventions towards enhancing food security and nutrition in the country. Speaking at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, July 9, 2019, the leaders led by Kirinyaga County Governor, Anne Waiguru lamented that despite their immense contribution to the country’s food basket, women are still not food secure. “Food insecurity not only threatens the health and well-being of the whole family, it also disenfranchises and disempowers women from being able to earn an income resulting in greater poverty outcomes for the entire community,” said Governor Waiguru. Citing the… Continue reading →

Prof. Ngumi Urges Secondary Schools Students to Shun Drugs

Prof. Ngumi Urges Secondary Schools Students to Shun Drugs

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, has urged secondary school students to shun drug abuse and instead to embrace and practice high ethical standards in order to have a smooth and productive transition to university education. Prof. Ngumi was speaking at Gitwe Girls High School, Kiambu County, Saturday, July 6, 2019, where she officiated as the Chief Guest during the school’s prize giving day. The Vice Chancellor urged parents to support teachers and students in order to produce holistic responsible students who are morally upright “Parents too have… Continue reading →

Varsity Receives Greenhouse Facilities to Enhance Climate Smart Agriculture

Varsity Receives Greenhouse Facilities to Enhance Climate Smart Agriculture

Students should be in the frontline in promoting climate smart agriculture and trigger action against climate change, a major threat to food security in the region. This is according to Principal, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Prof. David Mburu who acknowledged that new farming methods have to be developed and taught to enhance agricultural productivity. Prof. Mburu was speaking during the handing over ceremony of greenhouse facilities and equipment by JICA to JKUAT, July 5, under the project dubbed “Survey with the private Sector for Dissemination Japanese Technologies on Greenhouse Horticulture for Local Farmers’… Continue reading →

Collective Effort Will Spur Economic Transformation, Experts Say

Collective Effort Will Spur Economic Transformation, Experts Say

Local experts drawn from the manufacturing sector, government and academia have urged stakeholders in the sector to work together to bridge the gap between imports and exports in order to shift Kenya’s economy from a trading to manufacturing nation. The experts reiterated the need to have need-based policies and incentives such as credit loans, tax incentives and policies that will encourage the purchase of local products instead of importation to encourage local and foreign investments. They stressed the need to specifically encourage the struggling small and medium size enterprises (SMEs), through the Buy Kenya, Build… Continue reading →

Stakeholders Meet to Review Emergency Medicine Course

Stakeholders Meet to Review Emergency Medicine Course

JKUAT School of Medicine staged a curriculum review workshop for the masters degree course on emergency medicine. The event held on Tuesday July 2, brought together stakeholders from various institutions in the health sector. The medics, scholars, managers and regulators who offered their insights on the content, structure and duration of the proposed programme. Kenya’s emergency healthcare system has faced a number of challenges including personnel, equipment and logistics. It is these gaps that JKUAT hopes to fill by rolling out the programme. According to the International Federation for Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine is, “a… Continue reading →