The Chancellor of the University of Somalia, Prof. Dr. Mohammed Abdiweli Sh. Yusuf, has challenged scholars from JKUAT to forge closer collaborations in critical areas with the University of Somalia in order to expand higher education sector in Somalia.
Prof. Abdiweli was speaking during this year’s Professorial Luncheon, hosted in honour of the newly promoted university professors at the JKUAT Main Campus, Juja, Wednesday, June, 2013.
The Chancellor of the University of Somalia further rooted for a close partnership in student and staff exchange at postgraduate level for knowledge and skills transfer, curriculum development and capacity building and training at diploma level which he noted, would be critical for Somalia especially during this post-conflict era.
Prof. Abdiweli who was also accompanied by Director of Savannah Institute of Somalia, Eng. Omar, encouraged more partnerships between JKUAT and the University of Somalia at especially at professorial level as one way of reversing the effects of “brain drain” phenomenon which is prevalent in Africa.
In her address at the ceremony, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Imbuga challenged the newly crowned professors to take up the role of mentoring other budding scholars and ensuring that they upscale the number of graduate students at Masters and Doctoral level who exit the University.
Prof. Imbuga urged the professors to critically evaluate their achievements and figure out where they would like to see themselves and further advised them to foster linkages with industry and other partners so as to enhance the university’s leadership role in training, research and innovation.
The VC was particularly impressed with the number of female scholars who have joined the professorial club at the university which now stands at 24 percent and expressed the university’s commitment to enhance the gender ratio.
In welcoming the professors to the exclusive club of professors, Prof. Imbuga also challenged them to familiarize themselves with the new Universities Act 2012, and the JKUAT Charter.
The function is a major highlight on the university calendar ahead of the Graduation where the university management recognizes the achievements and contribution of its scholars in academia and service to the community.
Others who spoke at the function include JKUAT’s Deputy Vice Chancellors Professors Francis Njeruh, Esther Kahangi and Romanus Odhiambo who besides congratulating the newly appointed professors for earning the positions urged them to redouble their efforts towards the realization of the University’s Vision.
The function was graced by among others, Prof. Sashi Shama, Chair Biosecurity and Food Security at Murdoch University, Australia; former Ambassodor Prof. Festus Kaberia and Senior University Administrators.