Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology will continue to forge strategic collaborations with industry aimed at enhancing its core functions of training and research. The Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga informed Ms. Gloria Powell, IBM Innovation Centre Manager; JKUAT was a leader mainly in Computer Science, Information Technology, Engineering and Entrepreneurship and expressed the University’s intent to explore avenues for possible collaboration between the two institutions.
Powell who had paid a courtesy call on Prof. Imbuga, Thursday, October 11, 2012 expressed IBM’s interest to collaborate with JKUAT in a programme where IBM would utilize its resources to advance Information Technology skills among JKUAT faculty and students. “The objective is to graduate students with skills that will give them a cutting edge in the job market.”
Prof. Romanus Odhiambo, the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs said JKUAT training in Information Technology was now available in all its teaching campuses “now found almost in all the counties in Kenya”. JKUAT academic programmes, Prof. Odhiambo added, were highly competitive and in great demand “a situation that has witnessed an increase in JKUAT student population from less than 10, 000 to the current number of over 30, 000 students in less than four years.”
Ms Powel later held sessions with Faculty and selected staffers drawn from the Academic Division, Institute of Computer Science and Information Technology and ICT Directorate led by Dr. Suleman Okech, Dr. Stephen Kimani and Dr. Joseph Wafula respectively.