State Urges Varsities to Leverage on Research, as JKUAT Marks 36th Graduation

State Urges Varsities to Leverage on Research, as JKUAT Marks 36th Graduation

The Principal Secretary, State Department for University Education and Research, Amb. Simon Nabukwesi, has called upon universities in the country to leverage on inter-disciplinary research to generate supplementary funds to address resource scarcity. Amb. Nabukwesi stated that despite Government’s commitment to fund institutions of higher learning, the adverse effects of Covid-19 pandemic have compelled Government to adjust capital spending towards mitigating the impact of the Covid-19. “While the Government has remained steadfast in funding institutions of higher learning, this has lately been complicated by the adverse effects of the pandemic on various economic sectors. The… Continue reading →

Ministry of Education Lauds JKUAT’s Second Virtual Graduation

Ministry of Education Lauds JKUAT’s Second Virtual Graduation

The Ministry of Education through the State Department for University Education and Research has lauded Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) for successfully staging a second virtual graduation ceremony under the most stringent of COVID-19 protocols. The institution’s 36th Graduation Ceremony, held on Friday, 9th April, 2021, is the second to go virtual, coming just three months after the inaugural virtual graduation held on 18th December, 2020. In what may be the reality for the unforeseeable future as the pandemic persists, a total of 4,332 candidates were awarded diplomas and conferred degrees at… Continue reading →

JKUAT Graduates Kenya’s First PhD in Health Communication

JKUAT Graduates Kenya’s First PhD in Health Communication

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) has made history, becoming the first University in Kenya to confer a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Health Communication during the institution’s 36th graduation ceremony, conducted virtually on Friday, April 9, 2021. During the graduation ceremony, Dr. Agnes Mercy Wahome, the first female Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) became the first person in Kenya to attain the PhD degree. After working in several health facilities including Kenyatta National Hospital and Nazareth Hospital, Dr. Wahome experienced a big gap… Continue reading →

Student Empowered to Leverage on Agro-Ecology to Boost Youth Employment

Student Empowered to Leverage on Agro-Ecology to Boost Youth Employment

Africa’s population majorly comprises of youth aged between18-35. However, in spite of this promising generation, unemployment is still a major challenge as many graduates prefer whitecollar jobs to agriculture, yet the agriculture sector holds the key to resolving youth unemployment. It is for this reason that a joint collaboration involving Youth in Agro-ecology and several agricultural stakeholders and organizations was mooted to provide a viable platform for youth and agricultural stakeholders to exchange ideas, opinions, and information about agriculture. The stakeholders included the Youth in Agroecology and Business Learning Track Africa (YALTA), Africa Agribusiness Academy (AAA),… Continue reading →

JKUAT Launches New Course in Data Science and Analytics

JKUAT Launches New Course in Data Science and Analytics

It is no longer idle talk when people say, “Data is information. Information is knowledge. And knowledge is power.” Organizations, institutions including governments across the world generate large volumes of data in various departments and fields. The global demand for combined statistical and computing expertise outstrips supply, with evidence-based prediction forecasting major shortage in data analysts, at least, in the next 10 years. To address this gap in the country and the region, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) has launched the Bachelor of Science in Data Science and Analytics programme. The new… Continue reading →

HoDs Sensitized on Aligning Varsity Policies and Practices

HoDs Sensitized on Aligning Varsity Policies and Practices

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology held a two-day virtual seminar to sensitize Heads of Departments (HoDs) on policies and practices to fast-track implementation of University’s strategic plan. Speaking during the first day of the training that opened, Monday, March 29, 2021, the Vice Chancellor, Prof Victoria Ngumi, reminded the Heads of Departments of their roles and responsibilities and encouraged them to familiarize themselves with the statutes in order to understand their obligations. She urged Chairpersons of Departments (CODs) to step up and take the lead as academic and administrative heads in their departments…. Continue reading →

JKUAT Scientific Conference Affirmed a Success

JKUAT Scientific Conference Affirmed a Success

“A well-organized conference with good themes. Consider more days for the conference with less time per day as opposed to a full day being online.” “The conference well captured the diverse research from the various disciplines across the different sectors providing us with a wide range of insightful research information.” “Being the inaugural virtual JKUAT Scientific Conference, it was most impressive. Many thanks to all involved in organizing. There were challenges, and expectedly so, like presenters have challenges with sharing their presentations, little breaks in connectivity, being timed out of breakout rooms while presenting…but all… Continue reading →

STI as Frontline Force in Response to COVID-19

STI as Frontline Force in Response to COVID-19

Investment in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) is essential for economic development and social wellbeing of society. This is according to Director General, National Commission for Science, Technology & Innovation, Prof. Walter Oyawa. He said research was an enabler of STI and that there was need for academia and research institutes to increase investment in research of STI for the betterment of society. Prof. Oyawa, who was the Chief Guest during the 15th JKUAT Scientific, Technological and Innovation Conference, said although the COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged the globe taking its toll on the research ecosystem,… Continue reading →

Challenging Patriarchy Key to Attaining Gender Equality

Challenging Patriarchy Key to Attaining Gender Equality

Women’s workforce participation has been steadily increasing all over the world but persistent inequalities and gender dynamics have continued to make them subordinate. According to Ms. Everlyn Milanoi, the Protection, Gender and Inclusion Senior Officer for International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the patriarchal set up of the society is the root of all inequalities and therefore, there is need to have policies and practical actions to ensure gender equity. Ms. Milanoi stated that challenging patriarchy in the workplace is not only in line with, but also an essential component of principled… Continue reading →

Towards Commercialization of University’s Research Outputs

Towards Commercialization of University’s Research Outputs

Commercialization of research outputs in universities has been a boggling phenomenon even at a time when institutes of higher learning have long been seen as failing to fully capitalize on its ground-breaking research. To fully exploit their research outputs, Kenyan universities, including JKUAT, have come up with enterprise wings in a bid to enhance their commercialization and entrepreneurial activity thus ensuring financial stability. Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology Enterprises (JKUATES) is a State Corporation operating as a limited company and is fully owned by Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. It provides… Continue reading →