Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology is set to inaugurate a teaching and research centre in Eldoret town. Vice Chancellor, Prof. Imbuga revealed that the institution had finalized plans to offer its academic programmes in the commercial and administrative hub of Uasin Gishu County in the coming months.
Prof. Imbuga who was speaking when she hosted Uasin Gishu Governor, Hon. Jackson Mandago, Wednesday, July 9, 2014, noted that JKUAT equally had a number of technology transfer and value addition programmes that could be harnessed to foster wealth creation in Uasin Gishu and neighbouring counties.
Governor Mandago urged the University to mount the much needed technology and skills based courses mainly in engineering, ICT , architecture, and health sciences, that he said were rare in the country’s counties despite their known great potential in driving rural development.
“The County government is sponsoring over six hundred students through certificate and diploma levels annually, to create a pool of technicians to foster our development bid,” Mandago explained.
The Governor added that his County was keen to support and develop local cottage industries to spur rural development through job creation. To achieve this, he noted, his government planned to establish an innovations centre in partnership with relevant institutions like JKUAT.
JKUAT is already running its academic programmes in Nakuru and Kitale within the larger Rift Valley region.