The government of Japan has expressed satisfaction at the momentous advancement that Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), an institution that was founded over 30 years ago as a middle level college through the funding provided by the Japanese government, was making. Eiji Inui, Director General in charge of Africa Department at Tokyo based JICA headquarters has reaffirmed that JKUAT was so far the single most important project that JICA had undertaken in Africa, that as well stood out in the world as one of the shining example of Japan’s foreign aid assignments.
Speaking at the University when he made a brief familiarization visit , Wednesday January 17, 2013, the JICA official singled out the recent establishment at JKUAT of the Pan African University, Institute of Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation(PAUISTI) which he said would enable JKUAT to play a larger role in Africa’s development agenda.
Mr. Inui who was received by the Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga pledged JICA’s interest in supporting PAUISTI as a thematic partner saying, Tokyo would in February 2013 dispatch a team of experts to conduct a feasibility study that will inform JICA on the best way to support the Pan African University project at JKUAT. Mr.Inui informed the Vice Chancellor, the recommendations from the experts are likely to receive attention during the 5th Tokyo International Conference on African development scheduled to be held in Yokohama, Japan, in June 2013.
On her part, Prof. Imbuga informed the JICA diplomat, JKUAT had made considerable growth and expansion in terms of students enrollments and academic programmes noting that since the end of the official JICA financial support to JKUAT in the year 2000, the university had now own campuses in most of the country’s main towns. The University Vice Chancellor added the institution had as well transformed the former Faculty of Engineering, that was a major beneficiary of JICA funding into the College of Engineering and Technology. Plans were underway to transform the remaining faculties into university colleges.
Prof. Imbuga was accompanied by the varsity’s three Deputy Vice Chancellors- Prof. Romanus Odhiambo, Prof. Esther Kahangi and Prof. Francis Njeruh