JKUAT Students Scoop Bayer Innovation Awards

JKUAT Students Scoop Bayer Innovation Awards

Three students from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) were on September 27, 2018 rewarded after clinching top honours in the coveted Bayer innovation competition. The initiative was sponsored by Bayer East Africa Limited in collaboration with JKUAT. Under the initiative, students were required to come up with innovative ideas that would be implemented in the agriculture sector. Mellany Metah, Mary Gladys Waweru and Brian Pondi who were first second and third respectively, were selected after beating over 50 contestants in a thesis themed ‘Addressing Smallholder Farming Challenges through Innovations’ which was submitted… Continue reading →

The Engineers Board Evaluates Engineering Programmes

The Engineers Board Evaluates Engineering Programmes

The Engineers Board of Kenya (EBK) conducted an accreditation exercise for two engineering programmes – Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Mining and Mineral Processing Engineering, both offered at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Thursday, September, 2018. The EBK Board members led by the Chairman, Eng. D. M. Wanjau and the Registrar/Chief Executive Officer Eng. Nicholas Musuni, were received by the University’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi. During the meeting attended by the Engineering Faculty and the University Administration, Eng. Wanjau said, accreditation of engineering… Continue reading →

AgriQ & Automations Bags Kenya Innovation Challenge

AgriQ & Automations Bags Kenya Innovation Challenge

AgriQ & Automations Start-up Company currently being incubated at the JKUAT Industrial park won the Kenya Innovation Challenge, September 21, 2018. The challenge dubbed ‘Future of Agribusiness’ was organised by Meet the Farmers Conference (MTFC) and saw AgriQ and Automations trounce  Agrifor, Dophia, Agronomy Plus and Vinis start-up companies to bag the crown. MTFC is an initiative of Crenov8, a leading conglomerate consulting & Digital Media firm in the Middle East, Dubai, and Africa. MTFC Challenge is designed to promote ground-breaking ideas for early stage agro entrepreneurs from all sectors of the agriculture ecosystem using… Continue reading →

JKUAT Receives irrigation equipment from Italian partners

JKUAT Receives irrigation equipment from Italian partners

Agricultural engineering teaching and research at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology has received a major boost following the donation of a KSh. 12 million irrigation system by a consortium of Italian companies. The equipment that supports a number of agricultural applications such as irrigation, de-flooding and mud drainage will also be crucial in JKUAT’s role in implementing a number of government led irrigation projects such as Galana Kulalu. Speaking during the equipment handover on Tuesday September 26, 2018, Deputy Head of Mission at the Italian Embassy in Kenya, Angela Loi said the initiative… Continue reading →

School of Food and Nutrition Science Programme Licensed

School of Food and Nutrition Science Programme Licensed

The Kenya Nutritionists and Dietetics Institute (KNDI) has given JKUAT conditional license to run two Bachelor of Science programmes; the Human Nutrition and Dietetics and Food Science and Nutrition domiciled in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources for a period of three months.  The full license will be granted upon the completion of the dedicated Food Science and Nutrition laboratory. KNDI revealed this, September 26, 2018 at the conclusion of the two-day inspection exercise of the programmes offered in the School of Food and Nutrition Sciences. KNDI is mandated to provide training, registration, licensing,… Continue reading →

IMO in Bid to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

IMO in Bid to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has heightened efforts to assist reduce greenhouse gas emissions through its five regional Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre (MTCC) in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Caribbean and the Pacific. Towards this end, JKUAT, which hosts the MTCC-Africa region has taken the lead in data collection and reporting on fuel consumption and emissions, promotion of low-carbon technologies and awareness creation on the effects of emissions in line with MARPOL Annex VI regulation. MARPOL Annex VI, entered into force 19 May 2005, limits the main air pollutants contained in ships exhaust gas, including Sulphur… Continue reading →

Harnessing student creativity through FabLabs

Harnessing student creativity through FabLabs

A Japanese scholar is pushing for establishment of low-cost Fabrication Laboratories (FabLabs) in local universities in order to improve creativity and innovation among students and staff. Dr. Shohei Aoki of Keio University added that the facilities should be incorporated in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)curricula fields which require ingenuity. He said that FabLabs can make “almost anything” and the students will benefit directly from the hands-on experience by systematically understanding the theory behind their innovations. Dr Aoki who was speaking during an open seminar at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, September… Continue reading →

Leverage on Technology Transfer to Increase Funding

Leverage on Technology Transfer to Increase Funding

Director, Agritrace Consulting Limited, Mr Fred Oduke has told scholars that there is need for African countries to gravitate towards knowledge based economies if they are to compete effectively with the rest of the world. For this to be realised, he advocated for greater synergies between governments, academia and private sector. “As it has been sung from the time of our founding fathers, a country’s economic growth will depend on its ability to bring knowledge, technology, entrepreneurship and innovation to the center of its development agenda,” elucidated Mr. Oduke. Speaking during the 3rd Innovation Incubation… Continue reading →

Researchers urged to Transform Colleges into Alternative Sources of Funding

Researchers urged to Transform Colleges into Alternative Sources of Funding

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology researchers have been challenged to step up their innovative efforts and reinvent themselves in order to transform the various colleges within the institution to become an integral alternative source of funding university activities. The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi was addressing university researchers when she visited the colleges to familiarize herself with the work environment. Prof. Ngumi told the researchers that it was everyone’s responsibility to become innovative in support of the university. The Vice Chancellor assured the researchers that the university is setting up a research… Continue reading →

Clinical Medicine Stakeholders Convene to Address Skills Gap

Clinical Medicine Stakeholders Convene to Address Skills Gap

The Department of Clinical Medicine convened a stakeholders meeting to give input into three Masters programmes set to be rolled out in a bid to enhance the training of clinical officers in the country. The programmes are; Master of Clinical Medicine – Child and Adolescence Health, Master of Clinical Medicine – Maternal and Reproductive Health and Master in Clinical Medicine – Oncology and Palliative health. The programmes have been tailored to address the shortage of highly trained health practitioners in the country as well as provide skilled and competent personnel for realising the implementation of… Continue reading →