Over 100 young scientists drawn from 37 African countries visited Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) to learn about the University’s research and innovations activities, October 23, 2018.
The initiative which was jointly organized and supported by JKUAT and RUFORUM was a side event to the ongoing RUFORUM Biennial Conference 2018 themed: Aligning African Universities to Accelerate Attainment of Sustainable Development Goals. The week-long conference started October 22 -26, 2018.
Addressing the visiting scientists,Prof. Mary Abukutsa, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research Production and Extension,challenged the young scientists to use their expertise and resources to drive Africa’s socio-economic growth and development.
Prof. Abukutsa also highlighted the importance of collaborative research among the scientists.“I encourage you to work together in research in order to reach your full potential and positively impact your respective countries. Networking is key to development,” she said
She challenged the young scientists to be job creators and contribute to the economic growth in their countries.
On his part, Prof. Robert Kinyua, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, urged the scientists to be the caretakers of the natural resources in a bid of realize the African dream of absolute independence.
“Remember the status of Africa and its potential in agricultural minerals. Unless we take care of our resources all will be taken away,” cautioned Prof. Kinyua
Welcoming the scientists to collaborate with JKUAT, Prof. Turoop Losenge, who is a member of the JKUAT RUFORUM Organizing Committee, underscored the significance of scientists in understanding various occurrences and creating awareness.
Present during the address were: Dr. Patrick Mbindyo, Director of Research, and Rose Dinga, Deputy Registrar, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources.