Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology has launched a data analytics consultancy and training programme which aims to help corporations and government generate, curate and analyse locally available data for effective planning and decision making. The programme which is mounted in collaboration with Germany’s Flensburg University of Applied Sciences (FUAS) with initial funding by DAAD, is in response to the global transition into knowledge based economy.
Speaking Wednesday January 21, 2015, during the signing of memorandum of agreement to actualize the programme, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga said the initiative will foster uptake of skills and knowledge to staff, students and other ICT industry players.
“The industry-university involvement in this project will also help to move new discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace,” said Prof. Imbuga in a speech by Deputy Vice Chancellor for Finance, Prof. Bernard Otoki.
Prof. Thomas Schmidt of FUAS welcomed the move saying it will improve practical training in the thematic areas. He noted that the partner institutions had requisite manpower and infrastructure to effectively implement the programme.
In the initiative which also ropes in Polytechnic of Namibia, participating universities will mount a graduate programme to focus on business computing and data analytics. There will be common modules in the academic programmes to facilitate trans-institutional and cross-national joint research and supervision.
The programme is expected to complement and strengthen the decision by JKUAT to establish a regional data sharing centre with support from Kenya’s Ministry of Information Communication Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) and the United Nations.
Present during the ceremony were Principal, College of Pure and Applied Sciences Prof. David Mulati, Acting Registrar Administration, Dr. Jane Ngethe, Head of Linkages, Dr. Kaiboi Mwikamba and Josephat Mukabi of Polytechnic of Namibia, among others.