Harness Agricultural Research for Food Security

Harness Agricultural Research for Food Security

Speakers at the just concluded JKUAT Food Industry, Nutrition and Career and Research Expo 2.0 (J-FINCRE 2.0) have called for funding and integration of homogenous researches in Agriculture in a bid to improve Agricultural practices in Kenya. The expo themed ‘Sustainable Industrial Development and a Secure Future of Food in Kenya’ organized by the Society of Food Technologists and Nutritionists (SOFTAN), Friday March 29, 2019, was aimed at reinforcing links with university and industry. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Programme Coordinator, Mr. Allport Robert said the agricultural research being undertaken by the various research institutes… Continue reading →

Building Capacity of African Chemistry Scientists

Building Capacity of African Chemistry Scientists

There was aura of expectation and enthusiasm as fifteen delegates drawn from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia converged at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and technology for the hands-on training on Gas Chromatography with Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS). The training organised under the auspices of the Pan Africa Chemistry Network (PACN) aims to equip African scientists with skills and knowledge in order to deliver sustainable solutions to challenges facing the continent in critical areas such as environment, energy, food, health and water. Christina Pius, an assistant lecturer in environmental chemistry at Mkwawa University College of Education,… Continue reading →

Medicine Course Accredited as School Gains Global Visibility

Medicine Course Accredited as School Gains Global Visibility

The Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (M.B., Ch.B.) degree programme offered by Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology has been accredited by the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board (MPDB). The nod from the regulator comes months ahead of the graduation of the inaugural cohort of JKUAT medicine students. Through certificates signed by MPDB Chairman, Prof. George Magoha and Chief Executive Officer, Daniel Yumbya, the Board has also certified Gatundu Level 5 Hospital as a teaching facility for JKUAT. The Board noted that JKUAT had met requisite curriculum and teaching facilities for the programme;… Continue reading →

JKUAT Karen School of Law: A Law School with a Difference

JKUAT Karen School of Law: A Law School with a Difference

Ever heard of a Law School that inclines its legal graduates to training on emerging legal issues that link law to science, agriculture, technology and innovation? The Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology’s Law School based in Karen, has cut a niche for itself in the legal practice in the region by introducing this new approach to the practice of law. According to Dr. Busalile Jack Mwimali, the School’s Dean and Senior Lecturer, the current fourth industrial revolution is characterized by a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital… Continue reading →

Departmental Fire Marshals Trained

Departmental Fire Marshals Trained

Each department at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology now has at least two certified fire marshals who will be critical in spearheading the assessment and elimination of possible fire hazards in their respective departments as well as managing fire and leading staff to safety in case of any fire emergencies. The University through the Security Department concluded the first phase of the 3-day precautionary training that saw over 100 staff members from all departments undergo the intensive hands-on fire training drills and skills, March 25-27, 2019. The training focused on basic fire… Continue reading →

JKUAT Students Top the 2019 Oracle Student Hackathon

JKUAT Students Top the 2019 Oracle Student Hackathon

A team of four students comprising of three from JKUAT’s School of Computing and Information Technology – Keith Martin, Alexander Muithi, Kennedy Wangari, and one from Catholic University of East and Central Africa – Teresia Muiruri have clinched the top honors in the Data Science Track at the just concluded 2019 Oracle Student Hackathon. The hackathon challenge held, March 20-21, 2019, was organised by Oracle Academy in partnership with iLab Africa and Moringa School. The challenge saw over 100 students from different institutions and technical backgrounds participate in four thematic areas: Internet of Things, Application… Continue reading →

Ten Somalis Trained on Road Maintenance Using Do-nou

Ten Somalis Trained on Road Maintenance Using Do-nou

Ten Somali nationals have completed three-week hands-on training on road maintenance using Do-nou technology at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. The participants were inducted on the use of local resources including labour and materials to improve accessibility especially in rural settings. Do-nou is a Japanese technology of road repair that utilizes gunny bags filled with appropriate materials such as gravel, sand or construction waste. The bags are then systematically laid for spot improvement on impassable roads. The training was made possible through a collaborative venture between the University; Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)… Continue reading →

River Monitoring Stations Launched During World Water Day

River Monitoring Stations Launched During World Water Day

The effect of climate change globally is taking a toll on water resources. Many communities are experiencing receding water levels in reservoirs, rivers, and lakes as temperatures rise, and rainfall patterns shift. To effectively and efficiently manage the depleting water resource, the Water Research and Resource Center (WARREC) based at JKUAT in collaboration with Water Resource Authority and The Nature Conservancy (TNC), installed 6 telemetric river gauging stations in the rivers feeding Ndakaini and Sasuma dams. The stations were launched during the World Water Day celebrations in Ndakaini Dam, March 22, 2019. The initiative being… Continue reading →

Reelected Deans to Roll out New Initiatives

Reelected Deans to Roll out New Initiatives

Dr. Drusilla Makworo has been elected for another two-year term as Dean, School of Nursing. The don who clinched the position unopposed; has vowed to use the new term to improve academic and research environment at the school. Key among Dr. Makworo’s priorities is to set up a research grant that students and staff from the School can leverage to undertake applied studies in the thematic areas. “We have had impressive increase in graduate student numbers which currently stands at 14 doctorate students compared to only three in 2016,” she noted. She added that in… Continue reading →

New Policies Required to Curb TB Menace

New Policies Required to Curb TB Menace

Recent statistics released by the World Health Organisation ranked tuberculosis(TB) as the deadliest communicable disease globally, ahead of HIV/AIDS and Malaria. The statistics revealed that TB claims approximately 1.6 million lives annually compared to HIV/AIDS and Malaria which stand at 940,000 and 435,000 respectively. Local health experts attributed the rise of this epidemic to poverty and poor policies during the commemoration of the world TB day, organized by the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture Medical Students Association (JKUSMA) Thursday, March 21, 2019 at the University. It was also revealed during the event that the biggest… Continue reading →