JKUAT has renewed a MoU with Eritrea’s National Commission for Higher Education, (ENCHE) the statutory body regulating the provision of higher education in Eritrea. The renewal, signed by Prof. Mabel Imbuga and Prof. Tadesse Mehari, Executive Director, ENCHE will largely allow JKUAT to assist Eritrea in capacity building of its nationals to train at JKUAT at graduate level in selected disciplines mainly in agriculture, engineering and applied sciences.
During the first phase that commenced in 2012, a total of 15 Eritrean students have benefited through their graduate training, 3 of them at doctorate levels while another batch of six candidates are expected to graduate in November 2016. The agreement too has been credited for initiating the revision of 12 relevant curricula, while JKUAT has benefited from the Eritreans, who have developed a curriculum for JKUAT in Chemical Engineering, domiciled at the department of Biomechanical and Environment Engineering.
According to Prof. Aggrey Nyende, the coordinator in the Eritrea-JKUAT collaboration, jointly funded by Japan International Corporation Agency and the African Development Bank, has also been useful in facilitating three joint research programmes in biotechnology and agriculture. The collaborating universities in Eritrea are: Hamel Malo Agricultural College, Eritrea Institute of Technology and College of Marine Sciences and Technology.