A delegation of senior administrators from Trent University in Canada has opened discussions with Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), to explore viable areas of collaboration that will be of mutual benefit to both institutions, Thursday, January, 10, 2019.
JKUAT Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi while welcoming the delegation led by the President and Vice Chancellor, Dr. Leo Groarke, was delighted to open discussions and engage the leadership of Trent University with a view to forge a strong partnership. Prof. Ngumi highlighted the growth of JKUAT from a middle level college offering diploma courses in Agricultural Engineering, Food Technology and Horticulture to a formidable training, research and entrepreneurial university. She assured the delegation of her commitment to support partnership discussions whose ultimate objective is to enrich the two institution’s strengths in training and research.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs, Prof. Robert Kinyua, hailed the discussions, stating that JKUAT has witnessed phenomenal growth in terms of student enrollment and academic programmes spread in five colleges of; Pure and Applied, Health Sciences, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Human Resource Development, Engineering and Technology.
He added that the collaboration talks signified a positive development for the university, while the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Research, Production and Extension, Prof. Abukutsa reiterated recent developments including the ongoing re-positing of the university as a research and entrepreneurial University attuned to the changing regional and global dynamics as championed by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ngumi.
Trent University President and Vice Chancellor, Dr. Groarke expressed gratitude to the JKUAT Vice Chancellor for accepting to host the discussions. He said, his university offers a range of courses across the humanities and social sciences and would be open to potential partnerships in the subject areas.
“We are here to familiarize and identify areas we could work together. Trent University is relatively young institution and our main strength is environmental science. We recently introduced School of Agriculture.”
Dr. Groarke who was accompanied by Marilyn Burns (AVP Marketing, Recruitment & Enrollment Management), Glennice Burns (AVP International), Mr. David Burns and Ms. Ngina Kibathi (Executive Assistant to the President), further pointed that Trent University was keen in partnering with JKUAT “in student and staff exchange programmes and research collaboration,” stating that currently, Trent University has collaborations in Ghana and is looking forward to work with JKUAT.
Prof. Viviene Matiru welcomed the new efforts towards establishing the partnership between JKUAT and the Trent University, terming it of mutual benefit. The meeting was addressed by academic heads drawn from various JKUAT Schools and Departments who, beside expressing a strong desire to work with their counterparts from Trent University, they also showcased training and research strengths and opportunities available in their subject areas for staff and students in the two institutions of higher learning.