Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology held its 21st graduation on Friday 28, 2013 where a total of 2,407 students graduated in the fields of Engineering and Technology, Agriculture, Information Technology, Science and Architecture. Out of these, 22 were awarded PhDs, 10 of them to women scholars.
Addressing the graduates, JKUAT Council Chairman Ekuru Aukot revealed that the management has commenced negotiation with employee unions to avert any industrial action that has been witnessed in different sector across the country.
“The Council vows to ensure that we are a truly independent academic institution free from any interferences, external or otherwise,” reiterated Dr Aukot.
To ensure sustainability, Dr. Aukot said the University is implementing an aggressive resource mobilization strategy to move away from the tradition ways of funding Universities.
The push for higher education has resulted in a rapid increase in student population at the University which has led to a commensurate need for additional staff and infrastructural development to maintain the quality of graduates JKUAT is famed for, stated Chancellor Prof. Francis Gichaga in his address to the graduation congregation.
JKUAT Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga reiterated that the University continues to review and develop the quality of programmes offered to keep pace with rapidly changing technological needs of stakeholders on the global platform.
“As a premier institution of technology, we are at the forefront in development of cutting edge technologies relevant to socio-economic progress of the nation” she affirmed.
The ceremony was also attended by South Sudan Ambassador to Kenya Majok Guondong, Deputy Minister for Defense Honorable Dr. Majak D’Agoot, and Under Secretary in the Ministry of Labour and Human Resource Development Honorable Angeth Acol.
Also present were Juja Member of Parliament Francis Munyua, Nominated Senator, Beth Mugo, Kenya Army Commander Lt. General Joseph Kasaon, and Vice Chancellors from various Universities.
JKUAT is the first University to graduate candidates under the new Universities Act 2012.