Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga has challenged Kenya’s diplomatic corps to proactively market the country’s academic institutions in order to foster global linkages and cooperation. Prof. Imbuga said that Kenyan universities had immense potential that could be harnessed in partnership with global agencies to spur national growth and development.
The Vice Chancellor was speaking Friday May 29, 2015 when she received over 40 officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade serving in foreign missions who were on a familiarization tour of JKUAT.
Prof. Imbuga told the diplomats that JKUAT had fossilized beneficial linkages with a number of research institutions in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe. She cited the establishment of Kshs. 1 billion biodiversity research Center at JKUAT in partnership with University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Prof. Imbuga told the officials JKUAT was now an important player in Africa’s integration and development through the presence at JKUAT of the Pan African University, an African Union sponsored graduate school that she said attracted students in specific thematic areas of training and research from the entire continent.
JKUAT, she added, had also partnered with Korea Maritime University and Australia’s Curtin University in specific aspects of marine and mineral processing engineering training and research. The university she told the guests, was working with researchers in India in a USAID funded technology transfer project on tractors to aid Kenya’s small-scale farmers.
“There is great potential in our institutions. We can do better by bench-marking our activities with other universities and research facilities in other parts of the world. To bridge this gap, we need to work together,” Prof. Imbuga reminded the diplomats.
Speaking on behalf of the diplomats, Amb. Simon Nabukwesi, Director, Kenya Foreign Service Institute expressed satisfaction at high standards of research and innovation activities at the University, and pledged to seek new partnership for JKUAT in their new destinations.
The officials who were also addressed by Deputy Vice-Chancellors; Prof. Romanus Odhiambo, Prof. Otoki Moirongo and Prof. Victoria Ngumi later visited various research project mainly at the Engineering Workshops, Food Technology and JKUAT Nissin Foods