African Development Bank to Support Establishment of Facilities at PAUSTI

Dr. Keiko Takei (left), AfDB’s Chief Education Analyst and the project’s Principal Investigator, confer Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Ngumi.

The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the JKUAT-based Pan African University Institute for Basic Science, Technology and Innovation (PAUSTI) have initiated discussions aimed at establishing a collaboration framework that will lead to funding towards the establishment of world-class laboratories and hostels facilities at the institute.

Under the initiative christened, Second Appraisal for PAUSTI, the institute will witness infrastructural expansion in form of establishment of hostels and labs for its postgraduate students.

The laboratories will boost research capacity of PAUSTI students allowing them to engage in research geared towards providing solutions to African-based challenges.

Speaking during the meeting attended by representatives from AfDB and PAUSTI, the JKUAT Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi appreciated AfDB for its assistance and for choosing to work with PAUSTI by extending financial support for a range of projects.

“Well-equipped labs will give students practical skills that complement theoretical information learned in the classrooms. The hands-on approach improves learning and retention of knowledge across various fields, including science, engineering, medicine, and technology,” said Prof. Ngumi.

The Africa Development Bank team and PAUSTI staff

Prof. Ngumi further noted that research conducted in university labs can lead to the development of new technologies, products and services that drive economic growth and job creation. She added that investing in lab equipment and research infrastructure is important in enabling universities to foster innovation ecosystems and regional development.

While lauding AfDB for their support, PAUSTI Director, Prof. Turoop Losenge said modern research necessitates a multidisciplinary approach. He further noted that equipped labs not only provide  shared space where researchers from different disciplines can collaborate on projects and exchange ideas, but also allows them to take advantage of complementary expertise and resources.

“The labs will be essential for conducting research and innovation activities. Constructing state-of-the-art research facilities will enable the students to pursue cutting-edge research projects, develop innovative solutions to complex problems and contribute to advancements in knowledge and technology,” said Prof. Losenge.

Dr. Keiko Takei, AfDB’s Chief Education Analyst and the project’s Principal Investigator, said the initiative would further cement PAUSTI’s reputation as a center of excellence and continues to produce exceptional graduates for Africa and the international community.

“Investing in facilities such as labs and hostels is critical to creating a suitable learning environment. These projects not only enhance quality of education but also contribute to general growth of the institution and its students,” observed Dr. Takei.

The Chief Education Analyst stated that the proposed lab and hostel projects are well aligned with the AfDB’s priorities for education and infrastructure development in Africa, addressing key needs in higher education and supporting the bank’s goal of promoting inclusive and sustainable growth across the continent.

The African Development Bank (AfDB), Pan African University of Science, Technology and Innovation (PAUSTI) and the JKUAT management in a commemorative photo.

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