The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga has added another feather on her hat following her election to the position of Vice Chairperson to the Interuniversity Council of East Africa (IUCEA), an intergovernmental body, comprising of over 80 universities drawn from member countries of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi – established under the East African Community Act of 2009 to spearhead higher education and research in east Africa.
The announcement was contained in a letter by Prof. Mayunga Nkunya; the Executive Secretary of IUCEA informing Prof. Imbuga she had been elected to serve as the Vice Chairperson for a period of two years with effect from July 1, 2012. The elections were conducted during IUCEA 3rd Annual meeting held in March 2012 in Kigali, Rwanda under the theme ‘role of universities in fostering knowledge driven economies in East Africa through universities /industry partnerships.
Prof. Imbuga, the vice chancellor and professor of biochemistry has been instrumental in forging greater JKUAT/Industry collaborations aimed at transforming JKUAT to a more research and development oriented university. The hosting at JKUAT of the Pan African University, Institute of Basic Sciences, Innovation and Technology that JKUAT won last year through a competitive bid should be understood in this light.