The Iranian government has offered Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) three scholarships to students willing to pursue nanotechnology studies in Iran.
Making the announcement, Monday February 18, 2019, the Iranian Ambassador to Kenya, Dr. Hadi Farajvand said his country was interested in venturing into a collaborative arrangement with JKUAT in the area of nanotechnology because of the niche the university has in the region.
According to Dr. Farajvand, nanotechnology has the potential to increase the efficiency of energy consumption, foster food security, solve major health problems and massively increase manufacturing production at significantly reduced costs.
“As we seek collaboration, Iran’s mission is to transfer knowledge and technology in a bid to improve the quality of human life,” said Dr. Farajvand.
The collaboration will see the Government of Islamic Republic of Iran help JKUAT formulate postgraduate programmes in nanotechnology, equip nanotechnology laboratories and bring professors in the field of nanotechnology in a bid to build capacity in the field and raise awareness about nanoscience.
Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi while welcoming the Dr. Farajvand to JKUAT lauded the Government of Islamic Republic of Iran for choosing JKUAT as a partner in the spread of nanotechnology in the region.
Citing the Pan African University Institute for Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation (PAUSTI) hosted in JKUAT, Prof. Ngumi assured the ambassador that with PAUSTI’s reach in the continent, the proper adoption of nanotechnology will help African achieve its manufacturing and social transformation.
According to Web of Science, Iran ranks fourth in nanotechnology in the world after China, United State of America and India. Nanotechnology is a field of research and innovation concerned with building ‘thing’ – generally, materials and devices – on the scale of atoms and molecules.