The recently appointed Chair of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) Council, Amb. Mahboub Maalim has pledged to give the university management total support as it runs the affairs of the institution.
Speaking when he paid a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor Prof Victoria Wambui Ngumi during his maiden visit to the University Thursday, November 19, 2020, Amb. Mahboub said his role and that of the council was to facilitate the Vice Chancellor’s work so that she can run the institution smoothly.
“We are here to support and guide you on the best path to follow, and this requires frequent consultations where need be. We will be at your service any time because we are aware you know what is to be done,” said Amb Mahboub.
The new Chair lauded the University management for the bold step it took to reopen the doors for new and continuing students following the closure of all learning institutions on March 15, 2020 due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. He however urged the university administration to ensure that all guidelines to combat the virus set aside by the government were religiously observed.
He said JKUAT continued to be perceived positively by people and was, therefore, everyone’s responsibility to safeguard and protect the institutions’ name.
Said Amb. Mahboub, “JKUAT has a good name. The perception out there is very good, to an extent that I was congratulated by several people on learning that I had been appointed to chair the council.
He urged the government to encourage education diplomacy between countries, a move he noted, would not only strengthen the academic standards but also enhance the bilateral relations between countries.
In her welcoming remarks, Prof Ngumi, who presented Amb. Mahboub with the University’s instruments of operation assured him of her management’s unwavering support.
She said JKUAT was a brand name that continued to produce achievers in various fields because of the hands-on training imparted to students by highly qualified staff. The University, she noted, had the largest engineering programmes amongst Kenyan universities, and prides itself on having an architectural course accredited by the Commonwealth Association of Architectures, among other enviable achievements and successes.
Ambassador Maalim is the immediate former and longest-serving Executive Secretary at the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), where he was voted in for two terms, serving from 2008 to 2019.
Previously, he served as Permanent Secretary in two government ministries, namely; Ministry of Water & Irrigation (2005-2008) and Ministry of Special Programmes in Kenya’s Office of the President, coordinating disaster risk reduction programmes, Arid and Semi-Arid Lands Projects (2004-2005), among others.
Present during the meeting were Deputy Vice Chancellors; Prof. Robert Kinyua (Academic Affairs) and Prof. Benard Ikua (Administration).