Persistent concerns by Kenyans eager to lay their hands on the various cutting edge innovations developed by the university in the local market will soon come to fruition following the formalization of a partnership between JKUAT and the Numerical Machining Complex (NMC) that will see the two entities work together to develop and commercialize technological innovations.
The Acting Managing Director of Numerical Machining Complex Christine Mbondo, said her institution is keen on working with JKUAT given that the university has a corpus of knowledge and expertise that could be tapped into and brought on board to actualize the NMC’s targets as set out in the country’s development blue print, Vision 2030.
Ms. Mbondo who was accompanied by other NMC staff: Michael Thubi (Research and Development), Zipporah Samoei (Marketing) and Cynthia Atamba (Corporate Affairs) further said, NMC has been working together with JKUAT for sometime on various projects, and cited the current partnership that has seen JKUAT and NMC teams work on the various home grown technologies which are set to revolutionize farming and hence addressing food security in the country. “We have been working on the tractor and the combined rice harvester which are in their last stages,” she said.
The Vice Chancellor Prof. Imbuga said the sealing of the partnership was an important milestone to both institutions especially JKUAT which she said, would contribute to the university’s desire to see the technologies that have been developed finding their way into the Kenyan market.
“This is an important day to the University. NMC is an important partner to us because we need NMC to help us to commercialize some of the innovations we have developed so that the Kenyan farmer could benefit from the university’s technology transfer programme,” Prof. Imbuga said.
The VC emphasized that as a university, JKUAT had descended from the proverbial ivory tower in order to engage with the Kenyan farmer across the country, and appealed to the NMC partners to also do the same, so that small scale farmers could access the technologies being developed by the university, in its bid to contribute to realization of the country’s development agenda.
Among other things, JKUAT and NMC will, among other things, collaborate in the conduct and promotion of research, development of innovations in areas of common interest.
The meeting was also addressed by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance) Prof. Otoki Moirongo, and attended by various directors, heads of departments and sections.