Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and Somalia’s Savannah University have formalized a capacity building and technology transfer partnership that will see the two intuitions jointly mount academic programmes and implement staff and student exchange programmes towards fostering Somalia’s human capital in areas of health, commerce and management.
Speaking during the formalization of the cooperation at JKUAT Wednesday September 10, 2014, Savannah University President, Prof. Mohammed Sheikh Yusuf noted that the initiative will play a big role in building capacity of Somalia’s human resources, in the wake of immense intellectual hemorrhage because of intermittent war.
“It is time to demonstrate to the world that Somalia is not just about war. It has an economy, academia, civil service and much more,” said Prof. Yusuf. “We believe JKUAT is an important institution to help Somalia realize these aspirations.”
Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga welcomed the move and expressed readiness of her institution to contribute to the reconstruction of Somalia through higher education. JKUAT, Prof. Imbuga noted, was in the forefront in training quality and relevant manpower for Africa through the Pan African University Institute of Basic Sciences, Technology and innovation (PAUISTI); which is hosted at the Juja based institution.
Additionally, JKUAT has made forays into other African countries with its programmes currently on offer in Tanzania, Rwanda, Somaliland and Nigeria. Savannah University is the latest addition to a network of excellent universities in Africa, Canada, Australia, China, Japan, USA and United Kingdom, that JKUAT has forged linkages with to ensure its graduands suit the needs of a dynamic world.