Pan African University Institute for Basic Sciences Technology and Innovation (PAUSTI) has for the second time this year held a joint graduation ceremony with Jomo Kenyatta Univerity of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) in which 51 PAUSTI candidates drawn from 18 African countries were awarded their post graduate degrees on Friday 30th November 2018.
During the event, the African Union Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology, Prof. Sarah Anyang Agbor noted that the continent still faced numerous socio-economic challenges that could mainly be addressed through harnessing science, technology and innovation.
The ceremony also saw the installation of Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi as JKUAT Vice Chancellor, following her elevation to the position by Education Cabinet Secretary, Amb. Amina Mohamed in August 2018.
JKUAT Vice Chancellor Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi said the graduation was an important milestone to both JKUAT and PAUSTI, as it marked a significant step in integration of Africa through higher education and research, as espoused in the PAU objectives. She challenged the newly minted scholars to collectively deploy their knowledge, experience and energy; towards the realization of Africa’s development aspirations as codified in the AU transformative Agenda 2063.
The event that marked the 32nd Graduation Ceremony for JKUAT and 4th for the Pan African University saw the continental graduate training university present a total of 51 graduands, five of them at doctoral level and the remaining 46 were conferred with masters degrees.
The graduation ceremony was also graced by the Pan African University Council president, Prof. Dominique Nzinzi, Vice President Prof. Paulo H. S. Carvallo, Rector, Prof. Kassa Belay and PAUSTI Director, Prof. Gabriel Magoma and other PAU institutes Directors
PAU is a flagship project of the African Union; founded in 2010 to promote Africa’s socio-economic transformation and integration. It is implemented through a network of excellent universities based in the five nodes of Africa. The JKUAT based PAUSTI graduated its inaugural batch of students in November 2014.