Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology organized a leadership training for various heads of departments in a bid to strengthen inter-departmental relations and ensure shared leadership thus actualizing a common foundation in addressing challenges facing the University, April 17-18.
The two-day training was centered on providing a platform to deliberate on various issues facing the University at the departmental level as well as underlining the importance of a harmonious working relation of different departmental heads in steering JKUAT to greater heights.
Speaking during the training, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Ngumi said that the training was geared towards improving staff efficiency and sensitization on the roles and obligations of departmental heads.
“Through this forum we will be able to ensure efficient and effective provision of University services and delivery of quality education which will go a long way in churning out holistic students”, Prof Ngumi asserted.
Prof. Ngumi urged those present during the training to inculcate mentorship programmes in their departments adding that nurturing of young talents is crucial in ensuring consistent supply of a competent workforce.
She applauded the JKUAT fraternity whose efforts have made the University a preferred education hub in the region and encouraged the heads of department to be at the fore front in actualizing the vision and mission of the University thus contributing towards the social and economic development of the country.
“It is no secret that prospective students and their parents prefer JKUAT, if this year’s placement of university students which has put the University first in the second year running, is anything to go by. However, our real task is staying on top of the pile,” said the Vice Chancellor.
As the saying goes, “if you want to go fast, walk alone but if you want to go far, walk with others,” Deputy Vice Chancellor in-charge of Research and Production and Extension (RPE), Prof Mary Abukutsa urged participants to embrace partnerships with colleagues and stakeholders with similar objectives aimed at uplifting the University in relation to research and staff quality improvement.
“Collaborations are vital in achieving the University’s objectives and this training will anchor this agenda going forward,” she affirmed.
According to Director, Academic Assurance (DAQA), Prof. Okong’o Eric Rang’ondi, speaking on curriculum development, urged academic departmental heads to fine tune their students’ curriculum to meet stakeholders and industry needs and also provide solutions to problems in the market in a bid to ensure students who graduate from JKUAT are fully equipped in their areas of expertise.
On the importance of the training, Head of Human Nutrition Sciences Department, Dr. Florence Kyallo lauded the training organizers saying the forum was a noble idea especially for the newly appointed heads as they were sensitized on their roles and on crucial University policies.
“Such training sessions will encourage interactions between staff which will lead to exchange of salient ideas and solutions,” stated Dr. Kyallo.