A delegation of leading scholars and researchers from USA and Japan representing Hitachi R and D Group, RIKEN and Purdue, Osaka and Kyoto universities, visited Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Tuesday, August 27, 2019 to share their experiences and support towards the Bio-medical Engineering Programme that is currently being developed.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Research, Production and Extension, Prof. Mary Abukutsa, who received the visiting team on behalf of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, urged the visiting researchers to also explore collaboration in other thematic areas relevant to the country’s development agenda. She further explained that it was one of the ways in which the University could contribute to the Government’s Big 4 Agenda with the aim of addressing the challenges and providing solutions to global problems.
Prof. Abukutsa stated that the new curricular was influenced by the society’s general shift towards everyday utilization of machinery and technology in all aspects of life, further explaining that the combination of engineering principles with biological knowledge will address the medical needs and revolutionize the medical field in Kenya.
General Manager, Center for Exploratory Research, Research & Development Group, Hitachi, Ltd, Shinji Yamada, said collaboration with JKUAT will go a long way in strengthening the relationship between Kenya and Japan.
Tamaral Kinzer-Ursem, a Bio-Medical Engineer from Purdue University, pledged her support in the development of the curricular. She observed that JKUAT and Purdue universities shared the same vision of using engineering principles to research and develop medical applications, treatment and diagnostic technologies related to acute or chronic medical conditions.