Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology is hosting a twelve-member delegation team from the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) of Tanzania, and Innovative Agricultural Research Initiative (iAGRI) who are in Kenya for organizational transformation study tour.
The objective of the two-day tour at JKUAT that began Wednesday, 26th August, is to identify strategies used by the University to achieve excellence in the face of a challenging higher education environment, with a view to incorporate lessons learned into ongoing transformation efforts at SUA.
The delegation led by SUA Chairman of University Council, Philemon Luhanjo and iAGRI Director, Prof. David Kraybill, was received by acting Vice Chancellor, Prof. Romanus Odhiambo who commended the visiting team for showing interest in JKUAT.
Prof. Odhiambo hopes the deliberations will be of great impetus to SUA’s bid to transform itself into a higher education powerhouse in the continent especially in the field of agriculture. He also assured the team that the University is ready to work with SUA towards realizing its transformation agenda.
Philemon Luhanjo acknowledged that as much as SUA aims to become a 21st Century University, their efforts to bring transformation is hindered by institutional structures, policies, procedures and workplace norms.
“SUA’s current structure and system no longer fit the increasingly competitive environment for higher education in Tanzania, the changing nature of national funding for higher education and rapidly shifting needs of the Tanzanian economy,” said Luhanjo.
Mr. Luhanjo applauded JKUAT’s achievements especially in technology, research and innovation. He also thanked the University for allowing the delegation to visit and hope that the discussions will help SUA attain its study tour objectives.
Speaking during the forum, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research, Production and Extension) Prof. Esther Kahangi said, she was optimistic that the ideas exchanged, experienced shared and knowledge gained, will be critical in the strengthening of SUA to maximize research outputs and development of technology solutions. She also encouraged the team to put the ideas and knowledge gained into practice.
The consultative forum attended by various JKUAT, SUA and iAGRI members of staff deliberated on JKUAT’s corporate strategies, structures, systems and organizational culture that collectively have catapulted the institution to the pedestal of “Global excellence in Training, Research and Innovation for Development.”
The two day study tour was wrapped up with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in research, training, consultancy and extension between SUA and JKUAT.