Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and Makerere University, Uganda, Wednesday February 10, simultaneously launched Telematics Learning Centres to foster teaching and research in food science and nutrition in Africa.
The event which was coordinated from Stellenbosch University, South Africa, is part of a broader partnership among the three institutions under the auspices of Partnership to Strengthen University Food and Nutrition Sciences Training and Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (PASUFONS), an EU funded project.
Speaking at the launch, Stellenbosch University Deputy Vice Rector (Academic Affairs), Prof. Arnold Schoonwinkel commended the three universities for working to see the telematics centres a reality, saying the practice had enhanced learning and teaching at the South African institution.
Prof. Glaston Kenji who represented JKUAT at the launch lauded the initiative saying it had come at the right time. He said through the venture, JKUAT would easily reach the region with the Ph.D in Food Science and Nutrition course, which was conceived with the region in mind.
Makerere University’s Prof. John Muyonga thanked the partners for accomplishing the centres and expressed readiness of his institution to take the venture to its full cycle.
Launched in June 2014, PASUFONS which is expected to run up to November 2016, aims to accomplish among others: review of existing food and nutrition sciences academic programmes, joint research, development of course material, short term courses for technical and academic staff, joint teaching through use of virtual teaching and learning facilities, and dissemination of project outputs.