Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha has commended Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology’s (JKUAT) contribution towards innovation development and dissemination in the country, a role that he said had helped the country rank high in Africa.
He said the University’s innovative efforts had contributed immensely to Kenya becoming quite competitive in the region because of the capacity for technology creation, adoption and innovation, making the country be ranked second only to South Africa as an innovation giant, according to recent media reports.
Prof. Magoha made the remarks today, in a speech read on his behalf by the Ministry’s Administrative Secretary, Commissioner Peter Okwanyo during the officially opening of the University’s 10th Open Day at the Juja Main Campus.
He said the leadership role played by the University in providing facilitation and support towards the recent successful national census was commendable. He encouraged the youth to take opportunities available in higher education, and especially to pursue courses in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), which he said, were critical for the country if it was to achieve its development agenda as envisioned in Vision 2030 and the Big Four Agenda.
Prof. Magoha said it was the government’s desire to see that the country’s youth were provided with access and relevant education for a successful nation and sustainable economic progression, which was why his ministry had engaged all stakeholders in the implementation of the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC). The minister believed CBC was fit and an asset to the education sector. The government, he said, was convinced and firmly believed it shall achieve this important milestone necessary for the bright future of the country.
In his remarks, the Chairman of JKUAT Council Prof Paul Kanyari Njuki said the University was endowed with very talented and innovative students and staff who had over the years dedicated themselves to the noble enterprise of providing all round solutions to the country’s various challenges that complimented the Government’s Big Four Agenda.
He however appealed for support from both public and private sector to hold the young innovators and researchers as they make effort to surmount challenges that come with industrialization and commercialization of innovations.
Addressing the same gathering, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi said the University had invited secondary schools to the Open Day as future leaders of the country well aware that they needed to be adequately prepared and equipped with information, skills and knowledge for successful and progress at individual, community and national level.
“The University has utilized all possible information and communication, in bringing to the attention of all youth on the importance and purpose of Open day,” he told the gathering.
She welcomed stakeholders to identify and adopt beneficial research and innovation outputs offered by the University in solving the various challenges facing the society and country at large.
Prof. Ngumi invited the secondary school students to join JKUAT for their career progression as it had an unrivaled capacity for teaching and hands-on training in the various fields of their interest, adding that its academic programmes were accredited and highly rated by both students and employers.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research Production and Extension, Prof Mary Abukutsa appreciated the University Management for the support that has ensured that the exhibitions have taken place for the past ten years uninterrupted.
Among those present were the Juja Member of the County Assembly Mr. Kamlesh Shah among other invited guest.