Industrialization and Enterprise Development Cabinet Secretary, Adan Mohamed has said his ministry will work closely with JKUAT in establishing the Nairobi Industrial and Technology Park to enhance uptake of research results from the University by industry players. The Cabinet Secretary emphasized that collaborations between academic institutions and the industry was critical in acquisition of practical and hands-on skills and competencies needed to drive modern economy. He further lauded JKUAT for its business incubation programme supported by the Japan International Cooperation Agency, JICA, which he opined was critical to fostering Kenya’s socio-economic goals.
Adan was speaking Monday November 24, 2014 at JKUAT during the institutions 24th graduation ceremony in which over 3000 graduands, 54 of which were from the JKUAT based Pan African University, were conferred with various degrees.
The Cabinet Secretary added the government had initiated strategic progammes mainly in transport and energy sectors aimed at making the country competitive in the global arena.
Addressing the graduation congregation, Tatsushi Terada, Ambassador of Japan to Kenya who led a delegation to JKUAT noted that Japan had strong partnership history with the University, and that JKUAT was the most appropriate institution in Kenya to host PAU. Mr. Terada added that Japan was greatly honoured to support PAU as a Lead thematic partner; a move that he reckoned would improve higher education in Africa.
During the ceremony Dr. Nkozasana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson, African Union Commission was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Science in Public Health. Dr. Zuma then presided over the conferment of graduate degrees to the PAU graduands who were drawn from 11 African countries. The top AU diplomat earlier inaugurated the PAU complex that will house laboratories, lecture theatres and offices.
The graduation ceremony was attended by a number of personalities from academic diplomatic and government circles.