Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and Copper Belt University (CBU) of Zambia are exploring areas of partnership for the implementation of various programmes in Engineering and Mineral Studies.
Areas of collaboration identified include, research and innovation, development of common degree programmes, joint supervision of post graduate students, Quality Assurance of external examiners, joint application for funding, hosting scientific conferences and staff exchange.
According to CBU Vice Chancellor, Dr Shadreck Chama, CBU is keen on partnering with JKUAT to enhance the Engineering department at their institution because JKUAT had proved to have the technical expertise that will steer undergraduate and post graduate programmes to a higher level.
The initiative will enable JKUAT tap into CBU’s strength in Minerals Studies for the Bachelor of Science in Mining and Mineral Processing Engineering.
Addressing the consultative meeting, Deputy Vice Chancellor; Academic Affairs, Prof. Romanus Odhiambo noted that this course is gaining popularity among students as a result of the rise in discovery of minerals across the East African region in the recent past.
On her part, Deputy Vice Chancellor; Research Production and Extension, Prof. Esther Kahangi welcomed the move to operationalized a collaboration between the two intuitions noting that, “ both institutions have several thematic areas of interest and stand to benefit from the initiative”.
The universities are now in the process of drafting a Memorandum of Understanding to be signed at a later date.