Japanese Ambassador to Kenya H.E. Ryoichi Horie has reaffirmed his country’s commitment to strengthen bilateral co-operation with Kenya in education and industrialization. The Ambassador was speaking, Tuesday, September 17, 2019 when he paid a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi.
While lauding JKUAT’s training and research knack, Ambassador Horie acknowledged that the collaboration between JKUAT and Japan through JICA was critical in ensuring the two countries continued to produce research with a global reach and impact.
“The political stability of Kenya in the region is vital in providing a conducive environment for collaborations especially in the education sector,” said Ambassador Horie.
Apart from academic exchanges for both students and staff, the ambassador said he was aware of Japanese companies operating in Kenya and was willing to provide a link between the companies and startups in the country. He was confident that such linkages would provide a great platform for students who were keen in venturing in entrepreneurship.
On her part, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi acknowledged that JKUAT had enjoyed a long and constructive relationship with the people of Japan dating back to 1979.
“The development of JKUAT over the years has taken place in the backdrop of strong support from the Government of Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA),” confirmed Prof. Ngumi.
She further said the collaboration and support had made it possible for JKUAT to emerge as a regional research and innovation powerhouse offering over 400 academic programmes in diverse fields such as agriculture, engineering, technology, health sciences, enterprise development, built environment and other applied sciences.
While thanking the Japanese government for the capacity building support in human resource, Prof. Ngumi urged the ambassador to support the innovation value chain, enhance collaboration and linkages through Africa-ai-Japan Project to ensure that JKUAT and Kenya at large develop novel technologies to leverage and leapfrog Kenya’s development challenges.
“It is my belief that the collaborations and linkages will present the opportunities to come up with viable research outputs and innovations geared towards Africa’s socio-economic progress,” opined Prof. Ngumi.
Present during the courtesy call were; Deputy Vice Chancellors, Prof. Otoki Moirongo, Prof. Bernard Ikua and Prof. Robert Kinyua.