Experts urged to take lead role in critical scientific discourse

Experts urged to take lead role in critical scientific discourse

Experts in various fields of knowledge and areas of human endeavor have been challenged to take a front line role in important national scientific discourses and meaningfully contribute in shaping and driving the debates on issues affecting the Kenyan society and humanity at large. This was reported during the Christian and Scientific Association of Kenya (CSAK) forum  themed: Facilitating synergistic interactions between science and religion, organized by the JKUAT Chapter at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Friday, April 5, 2019. Addressing the members, CSAK National Project Leader and Director of Research Innovation at Mount… Continue reading →

Tapping youth potential to turn counties into knowledge centres

Tapping youth potential to turn counties into knowledge centres

Over 100 students from JKUAT’s School of Public Health, have undertaken an intensive hands-on training on identification, documentation and sharing of health knowledge within Kenyan counties. The students who are set to embark on their field attachments May 2019, are expected to use the knowledge and skills acquired during the workshop to assist counties document successful case studies with potential to foster service delivery within the devolved units. The training was staged by the University in partnership with the Council of Governors (COG), through the  Maarifa Centre. It was one of the initiatives rolled out… Continue reading →

Practical Training to Empower the Community

Practical Training to Empower the Community

Over the years, universities and their researchers have been accused of failing to connect with the society which is why there has been a growing decline in the trust people place in institutions and experts. To change this narrative, JKUAT’s Prof. Henry Bwisa says there is a need to develop new ways of collaborating and engaging with the community. According to the Professor of Entrepreneurship, universities need to create opportunities for both students and lecturers to work personally and directly with the community, to share knowledge, listen to their creative ideas and work together on… Continue reading →

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 →