The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Ngumi held discussions with a delegation from the Copperbelt University, Zambia, led by the University’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Naison Ngoma, who visited Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology to familiarize themselves with the institution’s training, research, innovation and entrepreneurship activities, Tuesday, October 30, 2018.
In her welcoming remarks, Prof. Ngumi briefed her Zambian counterpart on JKUAT’s growth and development trajectory, having begun as a middle level college (Jomo Kenyatta College of Agriculture and Technology) offering diploma courses in Agricultural Engineering, Food Technology and Horticulture. The Vice Chancellor noted that the institution had over the years, witnessed phenomenal growth in terms of academic programmes and student enrollment.
“We are a leading institution in the region in Engineering, Agriculture, Technology and Information Communication Technology,” said Prof. Ngumi.
She further pointed out that “JKUAT graduates are currently serving in various sectors of the economy in the country and the region including leading private and public organizations, such as Safaricom Limited and Kenya Power Limited, among others.
Prof. Ngumi welcomed the new efforts towards revitalizing the existing partnership in Mining Engineering between JKUAT and the Copperbelt University, as well as enhancing and enriching the areas of collaboration to incorporate more areas of mutual interest to both institutions. JKUAT signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Copperbelt University in 2013.
Prof. Ngoma commended JKUAT for setting enviable standards in its core areas of training thus attracting a number of universities in the region and beyond keen on forging partnerships. He said that the review of the existing partnership to incorporate more areas of training was timely, given that countries in the region share common challenges thereby seeking joint efforts in providing solutions.
Prof. Ngoma who was accompanied by the Director of External Relations, Ms. Nchimunya Silenga, Chief Finance Officer, Mr. Fanuel Musonda and Ms. Maureen Mulindwa (Business Development) noted that besides the School of Mining and Mineral Sciences, the Copperbelt University has expanded the schools offering various programmes in the areas of Built Environment, Engineering; Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Business, ICT as well as Medicine.
Both parties agreed to embark on the review of the current partnership. Prof. Losenge Turoop from the College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences (JKUAT) was present during the discussions. He led the visiting team on a guided tour of various training, research and innovation sections of the University.