Talks to Establish African-German University Held

Talks to Establish  African-German University Held

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga today, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, received at JKUAT, a German delegation drawn from a consortium of five universities. The team was in Kenya as part of consultations whose aim is to establish the East African-German University of Applied Sciences. The initiative which is supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) was informed by a 2016 study that revealed glaring skills gaps in the graduates from local universities in the backdrop of increasing demand for qualified workers by the industry. The consortium led by Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences… Continue reading →

School of Public Health Reviews Curricula for Six Programmes

School of Public Health Reviews Curricula for Six Programmes

The School of Public Health convened a two-day workshop to review curricula for six academic programmes under its stable. The workshop held on March 1-2, 2018 at the Sino African Joint Research Centre, brought together stakeholders from teaching, regulatory, professional and employing agencies. The review was part of School’s strategy to soar quality and relevance of the graduates by infusing the views, experiences, and expectation of different stakeholders. The Dean, Prof. Simon Karanja said besides the curricula review, the school had undertaken a number of targeted reforms to foster competitiveness and compliance with statutory and… Continue reading →

Workshop on Internationalization of Higher Education Staged

Workshop on Internationalization of Higher Education Staged

African countries have been challenged to come up with progressive policies in order to foster internationalization of higher education. JKUAT Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga said that increased demand for higher education had given rise to unprecedented mobility of students, academics yet immigration laws of many countries in the continent had not evolved to match the prevailing conditions. The Vice Chancellor added that JKUAT had made a number of commitments and action plans to enhance global visibility including increase in the enrolment of foreign students and enhanced exchanges among faculty and staff with other countries…. Continue reading →

PS to Leverage on Evidence-Based Research for Decision Making

PS to Leverage on Evidence-Based Research for Decision Making

There is need to identify effective and efficient ways of increasing the use of evidence based research in agricultural decision making to improve agricultural productivity and service delivery.  This is according to Principal Secretary in-charge of Agriculture Research, Prof. Hamadi Boga. “Research will play a vital role in the achievement of the four pillars of development spearheaded by President Uhuru Kenyatta, especially the pillar on food security and nutrition,” elucidated Prof. Boga. The PS was speaking, March 14, 2018 at JKUAT, when he attended the 5th HORTINLEA annual forum that brings together researchers, small holder… Continue reading →

Shujaa Tractor Paves Ways for Agricultural Mechanisation

Shujaa Tractor Paves Ways for Agricultural Mechanisation

Agriculture being the backbone of the Kenyan economy, mechanisation is paramount to increase the food basket of the country hence enhancing the economic growth. According to Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga, Kenya has a well developed agricultural research ecosystem but it is lagging behind in the use of modern science and technologies in agricultural production. “The average Kenyan farmers still use outdated and ineffective technologies to tend to their farms leading to low agricultural yields,” opined Prof. Imbuga. She was speaking during the Kenya National Workshop Agreement (KNWA) on Low Horsepower Tractor Specification held on… Continue reading →

HORTINLEA Meeting, Stakeholders’ Forum Opens

HORTINLEA Meeting, Stakeholders’ Forum Opens

Researchers working under the Horticultural Innovation and Learning for Improved Nutrition and Livelihood in East Africa (HORTINLEA) project funded by the Ministry of Education and Research of Germany, have made significant achievements in generating knowledge on African Indigenous Vegetables (AIVs). This knowledge covers genetic diversity and seed systems, plant nutrition and fertilizer management, water management and irrigation, pest and disease management, harvesting and postharvest handling, value addition as well as health benefits of AIVs. This was revealed during the official opening of the 5th HORTINLEA Annual General Meeting and Stakeholders Forum at Jomo Kenyatta University… Continue reading →

JKUAT Don Elected African Academy of Science Fellow

JKUAT Don Elected African Academy of Science Fellow

JKUAT scholar and top researcher has been elected as a fellow to the African Academy of Sciences (AAS). Prof. Mary Abukutsa from the department of Horticulture bagged the honour following her decades’ work as researcher, policy advisor and innovator. Abukutsa who is serving as Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Research Production and Extension, joins a battery of globally sourced accomplished scholars and researchers at the Pan African Organization that aims to promote sustainable development in Africa through science, technology and innovation. In his congratulatory message, AAS Executive Director, Nelson Torto thanked Prof. Abukutsa for… Continue reading →

JKUAT Ropes in Japanese Company to Boost E-learning

JKUAT Ropes in Japanese Company to Boost E-learning

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology has inked a partnership with a Japanese firm to promote smart learning in the University. The initiative will see KJS Company transfer e-learning technology; mainly software, hardware, and a management platform to JKUAT. The company will as well equip staff with requisite skill on content creation, sharing and management. Speaking during the signing of the agreement, March 1, 2018 Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga welcomed the partnership, terming it a significant step towards enhancing JKUAT’s capacity to provide quality teaching to the students. “We are keen to leverage… Continue reading →

Varsity Students Leverage on Technology to Conduct Electronic Elections

Varsity Students Leverage on Technology to Conduct Electronic Elections

JKUAT Society of Engineering Students (SES) held its annual hand-over elections on Tuesday February 27, 2018 and for the first time in the history of the society the exercise was done electronically. The society used an electronic voting system that had been designed and built by final year engineering students; Koi Anyango, Frederick Kirimi, Lucy Masaba and Pascal Aloo. The whole exercise which normally takes close to two hours, took only 40 minutes. The system is an electronic voting box with a touch display that allows the voter to conduct the voting exercise with ease…. Continue reading →

Repositioning African Universities for Sustainable Development Goals

Repositioning African Universities for Sustainable Development Goals

Universities in Africa have the onerous task of honing creative and sustainable ideas and innovations to power Africa’s socio-economic transformation, in line with aspirations of United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), an official has said. Dr. Belay Begashaw, the Director General for Sustainable Development Goals Centre for Africa (SDGC-Africa) however warned that the role could only be executed if the institutions repositioned themselves as centres of excellence manned by quality manpower. Dr. Begashaw said SDGC-Africa had embarked on an ambitious plan to strengthen tertiary education in the continent under the auspices of the Kigali Initiative…. Continue reading →