New first year students totaling about 7,075 have commenced their academic pilgrimage at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).
This was revealed, Friday, September 8, by the Vice Chancellor, Prof Mabel Imbuga in her address to the new students who included 3,034 females, admitted to JKUAT during the 2017/2018 Academic Year.
Prof. Imbuga hailed the new students for choosing JKUAT out of the over 60 Universities, 31 of them public universities. She pledged the University’s commitment to train them to “the highest professional standards that will guarantee secure career prospects in the competitive market.”
Navigating through the characterization of “What a University is,” Prof. Imbuga contented that, the word “University” means – a place for teaching universal knowledge and the cultivation of curiosity. Universities worldwide exist to find solutions to problems; a place for critical appreciation of achievements and the training of the mind at the highest level for intellectual purposes.”
The don informed the freshmen and women that they had joined a University that has excelled in scholarship, a feat she attributed to JKUAT’s “unique curriculum that is well balanced for personal growth and market expectations.”
She further said, JKUAT’s curriculum is pragmatic, student and industry centered, aimed at enhancing critical thinking and problem solving faculties, thus enriching creativity and innovation.
Learning at JKUAT, the VC said, is grounded in the scientific method aimed at inspiring students to venture into the enterprise of added value research, which has become part of the institution’s culture that is entrenched amongst faculty and students. This attribute, she added, has earned JKUAT a solid local and global reputation and challenged the students to internalize the culture.
The Vice Chancellor underscored the place of personal discipline and time management as a key requirement to excellence and encouraged all students to pay great attention and devotion to official learning and instructional hours.
The Professor of Biochemistry reminded the students of their cardinal role in propelling JKUAT’s Vision through scholarship, further urging them to be guided by JKUAT’s core values of: Integrity, Transparency, Quality, Professionalism, Innovation, Dynamism, Teamwork, Accountability, Collegiality and Patriotism, which she termed as, “noble values that are the foundation of life and source of success.” As young scholars, the students were challenged to be open minded and to embrace diversity in nationalism and the notion of Global citizenship. This will enable you to develop cultural awareness resulting in a deeper sense of cultural empathy.
The Prof. Imbuga, emphasized the need to uphold regulations governing University examinations, and admonished them to shun any examinations malpractices, adding that at JKUAT degrees are earned through hard work.
As a mother, Prof. Imbuga counselled students facing any challenges to reach out to close friends as well as help from the Administration, in addition to seeking services provided by JKUAT Students’ Association – JKUSA, instead of resorting to mass action to address problems.
On HIV/AIDS pandemic, the Vice Chancellor, while the scourge in Kenya has been well managed in recent years, the pandemic remains a great danger particularly to the youth. She gave an example of Kiambu County, “with a population of close to 2 million people, accounts for 4.7 % of the people living with HIV/AIDS in Kenya, with ten percent of the affected being youth. She therefore advised the students to avoid casual sex and make use of Voluntary Counseling and Testing Services for information on HIV/AIDS.
Present at the function included Deputy Vice Chancellors, Principals of Colleges, Dean of Students, among others.