After successfully serving two – five-year term (2008 -2018) at the helm of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Mabel O. Imbuga, Professor of Biochemistry will on Friday July 27, 2018 deliver her last key exit address.
During the seminar which will be attended by key government officials, strategic partners and the University Community, Prof Imbuga who was only last week decorated with honorary doctorate degree by UK based Cardiff Metropolitan University for her contribution to university teaching, research, innovation and leadership in Africa will use the occasion to recount milestones and challenges that JKUAT has waded through, and later launch the 2018- 2022 JKUAT Strategic Plan.
Some of the notable multi-million projects that have been successfully accomplished during Prof. Imbuga’s tenure include; winning the bids to host the Pan African University at JKUAT, as well as the Regional Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre (MTCC) for the Africa region.China financed Sino African Joint Research Centre (SAJOREC), that is proactive in spearheading biodiversity research in Africa was implemented and actualized during her tenure.
Besides, she was at the forefront in the establishment of JKUAT industrial and Technology Park which was instrumental in supporting the implementation of the Government’s literacy programme. The University is also home to JKUAT Instant Noodles factory as well as the Innovation and Prototyping Integrated Centre (iPIC), the SAFARI building, for small animals’ research, and the Nixtamalization milling machine, the new technology to boost food security.
She took over when the students population was about 10,000. Today, the students’ population has surpassed the 42,000 mark. This is expected to increase even further considering that the University attracted the highest number of admitted students (4,866) according to the last KUCCPS intake, beating University of Nairobi and Kenyatta University. This is significant, and is coming at a crucial time when the number of universities in Kenya has increased to over 70.
It is during her tenure that the University became an easy target by upcoming universities for a mentor. Some of the mentored universities include; Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, Multimedia University of Kenya, Technical University of Mombasa, Meru University of Science and Technology, Cooperative University, Murang’a University, Kirinyaga and the youngest of them all – TaitaTaveta University that all graduated into fully fledged universities. With this record, JKUAT stands tall as the University that has mentored the most universities in the country.