The Kenyan High Commissioner to Namibia, Mr. Peter Gitau has urged local universities to be at the forefront in promoting education tourism in the country. The diplomat singled out many opportunities available for exchange and partnerships particularly between Kenyan and Namibian institutions.
Mr. Gitau lauded Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) for its leading role in the fields of agriculture and engineering and impressed on the institution to aggressively market its programmes not only in Kenya but also across the continent.
“Kenyans in Namibia have made a mark due to their professionalism. Your lecturers and students will greatly benefit from linkages with Namibian Universities”, said Mr. Gitau.
The High Commissioner cited the ongoing collaboration between JKUAT and University of Namibia (UNAM) where the two institutions have hosted visiting lecturers mainly in engineering fields for the last three years.
Welcoming Mr. Gitau to JKUAT, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga underscored the strong culture of quality training which has placed the institution on the global map.
“Besides engineering and agriculture programmes, JKUAT now offers an array of courses on health sciences at bachelors and graduate levels”, averred Prof. Imbuga.
Prof. Imbuga further asserted that by hosting the Pan African University Institute of Basic Sciences Technology and Innovation (PAUISTI), the institution has further widened its opportunities for students and researchers from all over Africa, Namibia included.
The Vice Chancellor was accompanied by the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Research, Production and Extension, Prof. Esther Kahangi and the Varsity’s Corporate Communications Officer, Dr. Michael Ngonyo