Orientation for over 3000 first year students who reported at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology main campus came to a close, Friday, September 6, 2013 with an address by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga.
Addressing the September cohort, enrolled in over 77 degree programmes in the university’s various faculties, schools and colleges, Prof. Imbuga commended the students for choosing JKUAT, describing JKUAT as an entrepreneurial institution that had fostered a strong culture of research and innovation, which will greatly benefit the freshmen.
The Vice Chancellor equally noted that besides the large numbers of the new students, 13 new academic programmes were also launched during the September intake. These include: Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery; Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Bachelor of Science in: Industrial Biotechnology, Applied Bioengineering, and Bachelor of Architectural Technology among others.
Prof. Imbuga challenged the new students to be focused on their studies, and shun the pitfalls that sidetrack the country’s youth; striking a balance between freedom and individual responsibility.
“JKUAT has distinguished itself as a trend setter in training top notch scholars, researchers and innovators in a broad spectrum of fields and disciplines,” reinforced Prof. Imbuga.
The new students, the highest number in the history of admissions in the varsity, are also required to have personal computers to enable them access online taught programmes and a plethora of e-books, subscribed journals and other electronic materials available for their use.
In terms of distribution, the School of Human Resource Development has attracted the highest number at 646 students, followed by the Faculty of Science which has attracted 525 students; College of Engineering and Technology has 466, while the Institute of Computer Science and Information Technology and the School of Architecture and Building Sciences have each attracted 236 and 150 new students respectively.
Under the Alternative Degree Programme, the College of Pure and Applied Sciences is expected to receive 168 new students; College of Health Sciences has admitted 372 students while the Faculty of Agriculture will admit 296 freshmen and women.
Prof. Imbuga further urged the students to craft beneficial networks with colleagues and faculty and engage in extra-curricular activities to bolster their talents and achieve holistic growth and development.
The event held at the university graduation pavilion was addressed by the Prof. Romanus Odhiambo, Deputy Vice Chancellor- Academic Affairs,; Prof. Esther Kahangi, Deputy Vice Chancellor – Research production and Extension; and Prof. Victoria Ngumi, Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration, Planning and Development.