Okayama University Don Visits

Professor Kiyoshi Okuda, addresses staff and students at JKUAT

Professor Kiyoshi Okuda, addresses staff and students at JKUAT

Researchers at JKUAT have been asked to exploit the numerous opportunities to collaborate with their counterparts in Japanese universities in the various disciplines of applied sciences, crucial in adding value to Kenya’s development agenda. Kiyoshi Okuda, Professor of Reproductive Physiology and Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Okayama University, Japan told a seminar at JKUAT, the Government of Japan had recently transformed Okayama University into a Supper Global University.

The new status will enable the University to invite more scholars from around the world to study and conduct research, a prospect that he said would be of interests to JKUAT researchers and its Pan African University, based students.

Professor Okuda was emphatic that his University had made immense advances many frontiers of knowledge citing animal research, where his University had he said established a modern training and research centre in Assisted Reproductive Technology to provide solutions to the numerous human and animal health science problems. The centre, he said, has been instrumental in tackling the many challenges facing animal and its food production related processes in Japan.  He said through concerted research, his country’s milk production had been tripled to 10, 000 kilograms per cow per year in under two decades.   Intensified research, Prof. Okuda added in artificial insemination that stood at 99 percent in Japan compared to Kenya’s 17 percent was instrumental in boosting animal food production.

The don who was speaking at JKUAT, Wednesday, November 12, 2014, the eve of the JKUAT Scientific conference noted that advances in human health sciences were closely linked to the scientific progress reported in animal sciences. He said the first test tube baby technology developed in the United Kingdom over 40 years ago originated from studies conducted in animal sciences.

A section of audience during the lecture

A section of audience during the lecture

Speaking at the forum, Prof. Esther Kahangi, JKUAT Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research, Production and Extension said JKUAT was willing to collaborate with Okayama University to address the low milk production in Kenya that she said at 1500 kg per cow per year.

Accompanied by 11 other distinguished professors from Japan, Prof. Okuda is at JKUAT to participate in the JKUAT Annual Scientific Conference that opens, Thursday, November13, 2014. During the two-day conference, JKUAT will seal a Memorandum of Understanding with Okayama University to be represented by its President, Prof. K. Morita.

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