Economic independence, technology advancement and industrial development cannot be achieved without carrying out in-depth research, President of Lanzhou University, China, Prof. Wang Cheng has said. Prof. Wang added that research plays a crucial role in building a knowledge based economy as an integral part of creating long term economic prosperity in any country.
Prof. Cheng was speaking during the signing of Memorandum of Agreement for student exchange programme between Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and Lanzhou University, Friday, September 25, 2015.
The student exchange program, an offshoot of the collaboration between the two institutions, will see both JKUAT and Lanzhou University exchange up to 2 undergraduate or graduate students per academic year. The students are expected to engage in research especially in the field of dry land agriculture.
“We have received several students from JKUAT and they have been remarkable. This MoA seeks to enhance the exchange program. I believe this will give both institutions a platform to collaborate in other areas such as technology and health sciences,” said Prof Wang.
Acting Vice Chancellor Prof. Romanus Odhiambo, thanked Lanzhou University for their commitment to the collaboration and their efforts in helping JKUAT spearhead dry land agriculture research.
“The installation of a modern weather station at JKUAT provided by Lanzhou has made tremendous efforts in agricultural research especially in collection and analysis of targeted climatic data aspects,” said Prof Odhiambo.
Also during the signing of the MoA the two institutions of higher learning unveiled a Joint Research Centre plaque. The centre aims at enhancing dry land agriculture research and help transform the way agriculture is practiced in the arid and semi arid parts of the country.
The function was attended by Prof. Xiong Youcai of Lanzhou University; Director of International Office, Lanzhou University, Prof. Wang Yuhua; Director Institute of Biotechnology Research, Prof. Bernard Nyende; Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Dr. David Mburu, Chair Horticulture Department, Dr. Fridah Wanzala and Prof. Mwangi Githiri.