Four PhD scholars from four Japanese Universities are on a week-long research exchange programme at the JKUAT’s department of horticulture. The scholars who are researching on biomass with specific interest in sweet sorghum have each been matched with a Kenyan counterpart in the same field.
According to Dr. Hunja Murage, the project’s coordinator at JKUAT, the Japanese scholars under the Institute of Plant Science and Resources, and whose research had mainly been basic laboratory oriented had come to JKUAT for practical field research.
Out of the four scholars, two are from Tokyo, one from Nagoya and another one from Okayama Universities.
While commending the collaboration, Dr. Murage noted that the benefits had become real and tangible. He disclosed that so far, a Kenyan PhD scholar from JKUAT, Mwajita Mwashasha Rashid was in Japan for two years to carry out a research on rice biofertilizer courtesy of the exchange programme, while Paul Kamau and Emily Gichuhi had been admitted for their PhDs in Japanese Universities to study rice breeding.
Earlier during a meeting with the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga, Dr. Watary Sakamoto from Okoyama University noted that it was his desire to enhance the programme by venturing into other unexplored fields of mutual interest.
Others present were Prof. Esther Kahangi, the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Research, Production and Extension (RPE) and Dr. Satoshi Naramoto from the Department of Biological Sciences, Graduate School of Science, the University of Tokyo.
The scholars will after the weeklong field study move to Kakuzi where they will continue with their research on eucalyptus plantations biomass.