Community–University Partnerships Key for Development

Mr. Kang’ethe makes his remarks during the meeting. Listening on (from left) is Mr. Bosco, Prof. Ngumi, Prof. Ikua, Prof. Kinyua and Prof. Moirongo

Kiambu County Coordinated Stakeholder Association (KCCSA) has resolved to strengthen the existing relationship between them and the University which has seen the community benefit from technical trainings in agribusiness, value addition and procurement among other areas of interest.

While paying a courtesy call to JKUAT’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Ngumi in Juja, the County Chairman of the Association, Mr. Kimani wa Kang’ethe outlined the importance of Community-University partnership as an integral part in solving county challenges.

Leading a delegation of the KCCSA Juja Chapter, Mr. Kang’ethe pledged to work closely with the University administration, the Local Administration, County and National Governments in addressing security and drug abuse concerns in Juja by forming a Joint Management Committee that would spearhead the initiative.

He challenged the University to hasten the process of incubating more business start-ups that would benefit the society especially the youth as was envisaged during the establishment of the JKUAT Industrial Park.

Mr. Kang’ethe lauded the University for the academic support that has seen 16 needy students from the 12 Sub-counties of Kiambu benefit from scholarships in the past 4 years.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ngumi  extolled the collaboration between JKUAT and the community and assured them of her support towards realizing the dream of making Juja a University City.

On future collaboration, citing the Juice Pulper, Brick Making Machine, Chaff Cutter and Bricket Making Machine, Prof. Ngumi informed the delegation that the university had a lot of innovations and technology that could benefit the people especially the women and the youth.

“From machine fabrication to value addition of agricultural produce, JKUAT has the top brains you need to help the community grow and develop economically,” said Prof. Ngumi.

She advised the delegation to identify the problems they face as a community so as to help the University come up with tailored solutions that are beneficial to them.

Director, University Community Collaboration Department, Prof. Philip Ngunjiri implored the association to take advantage of the collaboration and guarantee sustainable working relationships that meet the needs of all stakeholders.

JKUAT staff and KCCSA members pose for a group photo

He was optimistic that the collaboration would be effective because JKUAT was the only public University that had established a dedicated department to handle community collaboration to help Juja and Kiambu County at large to realise their potential.

The meeting was also addressed by Chairman Juja KCCSA Chapter, Mr. John Bosco, Deputy Vice Chancellors; Prof. Moirongo Otoki, (Finance) Prof Robert Kinyua (Academic Affairs) and Prof Benard Ikua (Administration) among other staff of the university.

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