Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology researchers have been challenged to step up their innovative efforts and reinvent themselves in order to transform the various colleges within the institution to become an integral alternative source of funding university activities.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi was addressing university researchers when she visited the colleges to familiarize herself with the work environment.
Prof. Ngumi told the researchers that it was everyone’s responsibility to become innovative in support of the university.
The Vice Chancellor assured the researchers that the university is setting up a research grants office to avail more funds to them as part of her leadership vision and strategic plan geared towards making JKUAT an entrepreneurial and research-based institution.
“We are setting up a research grants office to encourage our colleges to think entrepreneurial and bring in alternative funding with the universities undergoing tough financial times,” said Prof. Ngumi.
She further urged JKUAT researchers to be the principle investigators when collaborating with other universities so as to enhance the university’s visibility.
“Let us set the standards in research and whenever we are collaborating with other universities. Be the lead investigators,” Prof. Ngumi advised.
She appealed to individuals having consultancy firms to have them registered with the university with a pledge to actualize the Income Generating Unit policy which will clearly define procedures for generating money for both parties.
Prof. Ngumi challenged all the dons to publish more academic books and acclaimed refereed journals in order to cut the budget on importation of books and instead use their books in teaching and making references.
Present during the Vice Chancellor’s visits included the Deputy Vice Chancellors; Prof. Mary Abukutsa (Research Production and Extension), Prof. Bernard Ikua (Administration) and Prof. Robert Kinyua (Academic Affairs).