Professor Judith Bahemuka has challenged the world of academia in Africa to demystify the paradigm of gender parity in education. According to the Professor of Sociology, the 21st Century is defined by its drive to push the boundaries of knowledge, and characterised by progress and enlightenment in the world of academia, and not an individual’s gender.
Prof. Bahemuka, the Chancellor, University of Eldoret, made the remarks during the JKUAT’s Annual 2017 Professorial Luncheon when she addressed over 60 professors on the State of African Scholars in the 21st century.
Citing some of the great scholars who have made significant impact in Africa such as; Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, Ali Mazrui, Thomas Odhiambo, Joseph Maina Mungai and Calestous Juma, Prof. Bahemuka implored the professors to conduct cutting-edge research, apply their findings and improve the livelihoods of the citizens of the country.
Lauding JKUAT’s corporate social responsibility especially the book donation drives undertaken in Kiambu and Mombasa Counties, Prof. Bahemuka said “One thing you great minds seated here today need to understand, is that Universities are the developers of the community.”
In order to inspire and galvanise the African scholars of the 21st century, she urged the professors to make use of University-Community linkages, the vibrancy and intellectual curiosity of their students and the future they envisage for not only the country but the continent as a whole.
In her remarks, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga, congratulated the 21 recently inducted associate professors and professors after a rigorous and competitive interview process whom she challenged to become leaders in their various field and shape how future generations think in order to propel the development agenda of the country and region.
The Annual Professorial Luncheon is an annual event organized by the University where professors converge to share experiences and ideas. With the inclusion of the 21 academicians, the number of associate professors and professors in JKUAT has increased to 130.
Present at the luncheon were among others; Deputy Vice Chancellors: Prof. Romanus Odhiambo (Academic Affairs), Prof. Victoria Ngumi (Administration), and Prof. Otoki Moirongo (Finance).