The Chinese government has agreed to support the development of infrastructure, mainly classrooms, laboratories and hostels at the JKUAT based Pan African University, Institute of Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation (PAUISTI), an initiative of the African Union aimed at fostering relations among African states through higher training and research. The sentiments were contained in minutes signed at JKUAT, Wednesday April 25, 2012 between a high level Chinese delegation and Kenya’s Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology and JKUAT.
The eight member Chinese delegation drawn from Beijing Institute of Architectural Design led by Madame Yin Youhua has been at JKUAT for the last three weeks on a fact finding mission on behalf of the Chinese government aimed at establishing requirements mainly in terms of physical facilities required for the smooth implementation of the PAUISTI. Madame Youhua called for greater collaboration between Kenya and China and promised to consult with authorities back home in China to fast track the project implementation process “as soon as possible to commence higher training in Africa”.
An official of the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology Mr. Bernard Malenya praised the Chinese government for agreeing to support the implementation of PAUISTI at JKUAT. Mr. Malenya was full of praise for PAUISTI saying it was ‘a great and fantastic idea as well as a jewel in Africa’.
And Zhang Kejia, Commercial Attaché at the Chinese embassy in Nairobi said his government gave priority to Africa’s development agenda and urged for concerted effort to promote greater partnership between Kenya and China.
The vice chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga assured the Chinese team of her commitment to the full implementation of the PAUISTI saying the project was an important milestone that had brought honour and pride to JKUAT. Prof. Imbuga added that the Chinese assistance came in handy “at a time when PAUISTI is about to open doors to 100 graduate pioneering students expected in September 2012”.