Calls for innovation as JKUAT staffer gets Motorized Wheelchair

Calls for innovation as JKUAT staffer gets Motorized Wheelchair

Fred Odawo will forever remember the events of Tuesday, March 21, 2017. That day, at around 3:30 pm, he gleefully swapped his manual wheelchair for a motorized one. For nearly three decades, the administrator at JKUAT’s College of Health Sciences (COHES), relied on friends to push him around; into office, washrooms and eateries. The motorized wheelchair was therefore a literal game changer for Fred. He was gaining autonomy; getting back his dignity.  And he did this in full presence of his colleagues at the COHES, led by the Principal, Prof. Haroun Mengech. “I have had… Continue reading →

Japan meets Africa at JKUAT Multimedia & Development Festival

Students and staff from JKUAT and the Pan African University Institute for Basic Sciences Technology and Innovation (PAUSTI) got a chance to watch award winning projects of the 2016 Japan Media Arts Festival. The artistic productions were staged as part of JKUAT Multimedia and Development Festival (MDF), 2017. It was the first time, an Africawide audience was treated to the Japanese cultural and technological finesse expressed through the media. The productions that covered areas such as cognitive science, dance, and animation were tailored to expose students to multidisciplinary approach to problem solving; with media and… Continue reading →

JICA to Support Africa’s Human Resource Development

JICA to Support Africa’s Human Resource Development

A special advisor to the President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Yukio Okamoto has said that Japan will stand with Africa in the continent’s bid to develop its human resources. Mr. Okamoto said it was through investments in science, technology and innovation backed by a qualified human capital that Africa can unlock its potential. The official who was speaking Tuesday February 7, 2017 at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology gave the example of Japan; which he said, solely relied on its human resources in aftermath of debilitating World War II, for… Continue reading →

Another JKUAT Scholar Co-publishes in Nature

Another JKUAT Scholar Co-publishes in Nature

Another Geneticist from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) has jointly published with others in the current issue of the prestigious globally acclaimed scholarly journal – Nature. The paper titled ‘Extinctions, genetic erosion and conservation options for the black rhinoceros’ (Diceros bicornis) was published on February 8, 2017. Dr. Shadrack Muya, JKUAT’s Dean, School of Biological Sciences, in collaboration with eleven other scholars, sought to find out whether the black rhino was extinct as declared by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This is following a documentary done in Maasai… Continue reading →

CS Decries Politicization of Varsity Education

CS Decries Politicization of Varsity Education

Education Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Fred Matiangi has decried politicization of university education, saying it had eroded capacity of local institutions to offer quality education, research and innovation. The scramble for ethnic representation in the varsities’ top management, the CS said, often happen without quality considerations hence hampering service delivery. To strengthen higher education, Dr. Matiangi offered a panoply of policy recommendations touching on management, financing and access. He urged University Management Boards (UMB) to effectively play their advisory role in order to reduce wastage and misadventure in the institutions. On higher education financing, the CS… Continue reading →

Initiative to Spearhead Health Data Mngt & Sharing Launched

Initiative to Spearhead Health Data Mngt & Sharing Launched

Kenya’s health sector is currently undergoing upheavals occasioned by the debilitating doctor’s strike. Besides personal emoluments and deployment of specialists in county hospitals, the doctors are also agitating for well-equipped health facilities with adequate supplies of medicines and other consumables. If these prayers are answered, doctors believe sustainable sanity could prevail in the country’s health sector. But one critical aspect that is often overlooked in the health sector reforms concerns collation, curation and real-time sharing of health related data. Many times, it is a case of the left hand not knowing what the right hand… Continue reading →

JKUAT Graduates among Most Preferred by Employers

JKUAT Graduates among Most Preferred by Employers

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology is one of the most preferred learning institution among employers, parents and students. A recent study commissioned by Madison Insurance revealed that 63.9% of employers preferred public university graduates from JKUAT after University of Nairobi. This accolade follows a recent triumph where JKUAT Mombasa Campus was voted as the Most Preferred Training Institution in the coast region trouncing University of Nairobi, Moi University, Technical University of Mombasa, and Mt. Kenya University. This was during the 2016 Business Award ceremony organised by the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and… Continue reading →

Data Analytics Centre Launched at JKUAT

Data Analytics Centre Launched at JKUAT

A new centre to drive data sciences and business analytics in Africa has been unveiled at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.  The Kenyan German Centre for Data Analytics (KGDA) is a culmination of successful academic and research collaboration between JKUAT and the German Flensburg University of Applied Sciences (FUAS). The Centre is expected to maintain and develop internationally competitive technological expertise while stimulating local economy through the application of cutting-edge research to industry-based problems. The founding of the Centre was announced Monday February 20, 2017 by Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga during the… Continue reading →

New Study to boost antibiotic treatment

New Study to boost antibiotic treatment

Scientists at Britain’s University College London (UCL) are excited following new and promising studies likely to lead to new ways of developing resistance free antibiotics.  The study, pioneered by Dr. Joseph Ndieyira and published in U.K based journal Nature Scientific Reports, has established that antibiotics have the ability to use brute-mechanical forces to penetrate and destroy microorganisms. Antibiotics, the study finds could still kill drug-resistance bacteria if they ‘push’ hard enough into bacterial cells.   Dr. Ndeiyira explains that while antibiotics worked in different ways, they nevertheless needed to bind to bacterial cells as a way of killing… Continue reading →

JKUAT to Host IMO’s Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology has won an international competitive bid to host the regional Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre (MTCC) for the Africa region. The feat announced by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will see the University lead an ambitious global project funded by the European Union through the IMO to mitigate harmful effects of climate change. According to the briefing by the IMO, JKUAT will host the will host MTCC-Africa in collaboration with Kenya Ports Authority and Kenya Maritime Authority. Similar programmes are being mounted in Asia through China’s Shanghai Maritime University;… Continue reading →