The demand to produce globally competitive workforce has over the years seen Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) enter into partnerships with industry and a number of universities globally. The latest partnership, sealed Monday, November 11, 2013, has laid ground for exchange of resources, technology, and knowledge between JKUAT and Flensburg University of Applied Sciences (FUAS) of Germany.
Speaking during the signing of the partnership, Prof. Dr. Thomas Schmidt from the FUAS School of Business said the initiative will be critical in fostering not only academic excellence but also cultural integration among Kenyan and German nationals.
“We are happy to work with JKUAT particularly in the areas of regenerative energy, informatics and computing,” reckoned Prof. Dr. Schmidt.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs Prof. Romanus Odhiambo who received the German Academic to the University on behalf of the Vice Chancellor expressed JKUAT’s readiness for the initiative, saying the two institutions had much to learn from each other in the common thematic areas.
“The experience of FUAS spanning over a century in business and informatics training will help us benchmark and enrich our programmes towards globalism in training, research and innovation,” averred Prof. Odhiambo.
Prof. Esther Kahangi, the Deputy Vice Chancellor Research, Production and Extension Division, hailed the partnership and reiterated the commitment of her team towards successful implementation of the initiative.
Prof. Kahangi challenged researchers from FUAS in the area of renewable energy to work closely with their counterparts in JKUAT who have been working towards fostering rural electrification in the country.
Besides mounting joint academic programmes, the initiative also entails staff and student exchange programmes, joint development of research funding proposals and joint academia-industry partnerships.