Dons at JKUAT have been advised to be proactive in seeking for increased government and private sector partnership as a way of advancing their professional capabilities crucial in their central functions of teaching and research. The Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga emphasized the many benefits likely to accrue from such partnership citing consultancy and joint research undertakings.
Prof Imbuga who was speaking to Faculty of Agriculture staffers during a consultative forum, Tuesday July 10, 2012 reminded the dons they had greater obligation to promote JKUAT Mission and Vision since ‘Agriculture’, their faculty’s name was part of the University’s brand name.
She praised the Faculty, saying it was one of the fastest growing institutions of the university that had registered the highest growth in the establishment of new programmes that was responsible for the Faculty’s marked increased number of students witnessed in the last four years. The vice chancellor as well commended Faculty of Agriculture dons for exhibiting admirable imagination that had enabled them to win leading research projects globally saying the joint projects were instrumental in attracting considerable funds to the university.
Prof. Imbuga noted that the Faculty of Agriculture was a leader in attracting foreign students through its popular postgraduate programme in Research Methodology hosted at the Faculty and implemented under the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM). Established in 2004, RUFORUM is a consortium of 29 universities in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa with the mandate to oversee graduate training. The forum has also been at the forefront in polarizing the role that universities play in contributing to the well-being of small-scale farmers and economic development in sub-Saharan Africa region.
The function was also addressed by Deputy Vice Chancellors, Prof. Romanus Odhiambo and Prof. Francis Njeruh and Prof. Kamau Ngamau, the Faculty Dean among others.