The year 2010/2011 has been very exciting at IBR. We have had an increase in the number of PhD students enrolment from 3 to 9 students. We have also had the highest number of M.Sc. students submitting their thesis for examination, hence we expect the highest number of graduands this coming July 2011.
We have also had the highest number of scientific publications, with our research base being boosted with 4 new research grants: 2 NCST grants for 2 Ph.D. students, 1 RPE grant for one Ph.D. student and 1 NCST grant for an IBR research fellow. The University has also budgeted 10 million Kenya shillings to complete the new IBR lab. We have also continued to train our staff at both M.Sc. and Ph.D. capacities, since leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
In this coming year, IBR will concentrate on increasing the research grants, equipping the new IBR lab which should be completed by June 2011, and setting up a microbial culture collection depository in collaboration with Prof. Hamadi Boga of Botany department and the KWS. Finally, IBR in collaboration with ILRI and KARI is taking its first steps in genetically transformed plants research. What an exciting year.
Dr. Aggrey Bernard Nyende