Partnership to Catalyse Technological Growth

Prof. Imbuga (right) and Mr. Kim (left) sign the partnership papers

Prof. Imbuga (right) and Mr. Kim (left) sign the partnership papers

A recent study conducted by the National Institute of Multimedia Education in Japan, showed that an increase in exposure to educational Information Communication and Technology (ICT) solutions has a significant and positive impact on the growth of nations.

However, with the emergence of many educational ICT solutions, it is vital to be careful which solution you are using.

Over the years, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology has been a regional powerhouse in ICT. To foster her dominance in the region, the institution, Wednesday 3, 2016 partnered with EMCAST of South Korea, to enhance technological development and industrialisation in the country.

EMCAST is a South Korean Education Technology Company that specialises in the development of e-learning contents and platform. The two organisations will develop an innovation space that will connect people, incubate startups and surface information catalysing the growth not only the country’s technological space but also the continents.

A section of JKUAT and EMCAST Staff delibarate on the  collaboration

A section of JKUAT and EMCAST Staff delibarate on the collaboration

Speaking during the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga, acknowledged that ICT has become part and parcel of our everyday life especially in the education sector.

“ICT plays a critical role in our society. We cannot move without technology. I am confident that this collaboration will be a boost to the School of Open, Distance and eLearning (SODeL),” said Prof. Imbuga.

While thanking the Republic of South Korea for introducing EMCAST to the University, Prof. Imbuga acknowledged other partnerships JKUAT has with institutions from South Korea such as the Korea Maritime Institute in Marine Engineering, Yeungnam University in student and staff exchange and Kukkiwon in the field of taekwondo technology and education.

EMCAST Senior Manager of International Development Cooperation, Luke Yung Geun Kim, said his company designs and delivers the most effective and practical e-learning services around the globe, adding that through the partnership, he was looking forward to enhance professional skills of JKUAT staff and students.

From Left; Grace Kim of EMCAST, Mr. Kim, Prof. Imbuga and Prof. Kahangi display the partnership document.

From Left; Grace Kim of EMCAST, Mr. Kim, Prof. Imbuga and Prof. Kahangi display the partnership document.

“Our strength is in e-learning content and systems and we are ready to support SODeL in designing and delivering practical e-learning solutions,” said Mr. Kim

On her part, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research, Production and Extension) Prof. Esther Kahangi, said JKUAT values collaborations that bear fruit. She was confidence that this collaboration will yield tangible results.

The MoU will remain in force for five years at the end of which both parties will review the collaboration.

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