The French Embassy is ready to facilitate collaborative initiatives with Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology to promote the learning and teaching of French language among students and staff at JKUAT.
The Cooperation Attaché at the French Embassy in Kenya Ms. Ayito N’Guema was speaking at JKUAT Main Campus Juja, Friday, February 20, when she paid a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor before meeting staff and students drawn from Westlands Campus.
The Embassy official further said, there were many students and staff exchange and scholarship opportunities in higher education that JKUAT staff and students could explore for their career and professional growth as well as for national development.
Noting that the French Embassy had just concluded the first ever French higher education forum to promote French language in higher education institutions in Kenya, Ms. Ayito N’Guema revealed that Ecole des Hantes Etudes Commerciales (EDHEC) Business School was one of the institutions invited to engage with higher learning institutions in Kenya.
EDHEC Business School’s International Admissions Manager Cathy Pagan, said her organization felt greatly honoured to be at JKUAT to share with students and staff, noting that EDHEC has developed strong partnerships with the best business schools in universities around the world, and was happy to forge partnership opportunities.
According to Ms. Pagan, EDHEC, one of the best institutions in the world, was ranked number 3 by the Financial Time 2014 for its MSc. in Finance program.
The Vice Chancellor appreciated the visit by the French Embassy in Kenya and EDHEC, and welcomed partnerships to promote the learning and teaching of French at JKUAT given that the University was well placed to play a critical role in promoting the use of French having established an operational Linguistics and Foreign Language Centre which is currently domiciled in the College of Human Resource Development (CoHRED).
The don urged the young scholars to embrace foreign language proficiency because the mastery of foreign language has the potential to unlock the world of possibilities available globally.
“We also have the JKUAT based Institute of Basic Sciences, Technology & Innovation (PAUSTI) where we have prioritized the French and English language learning so that students can be proficient in two languages, i.e. English and French,” Prof. Imbuga said.
She therefore appealed to all students to acquire French language proficiency skills so that they could fully exploit the many opportunities available not only at JKUAT but also in other parts of the globalised world.
The interactive meeting that was also addressed by Director Westlands Campus Dr Mike Iravo, Dr. Kabaare Karanja, was attended by among others: Dr. Ephantus Kihonge, Dr. Esther Kagiri, Dr Jane Omwenga and Mr. Wilberforce Senelwa.