Ambassador Explores Collaboration with JKUAT to Boost Agricultural Expertise

Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi (right) interacts with the Indonesian Ambassador to Kenya, Dr. Mohamad Hery Saripudin

As part of efforts to foster educational partnerships and promoting agricultural expertise, the Indonesian Ambassador to Kenya, Dr. Mohamad Hery Saripudin, visited Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), June 20, 2023.

The purpose of his visit was to explore collaboration with Universitas Ilmu Pengetahuan Bogor (IPB) University, with the aim of benefiting staff and students from both institutions.

During a meeting with the JKUAT Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, Dr. Saripudin expressed his enthusiasm for the collaboration, emphasizing its potential to strengthen agricultural knowledge and skills among the academic community.

Recognizing the importance of education diplomacy, one of the key missions of the Indonesian Embassy in Nairobi, the ambassador highlighted the mutual benefits that such collaborations bring.

“This partnership strengthens the bilateral ties between Kenya and Indonesia. Through knowledge exchange, joint research initiatives, and student mobility, this collaboration will undoubtedly contribute to the growth and development of the agricultural sector in both countries,” said Dr. Saripudin.

Round table discussion between JKUAT and the Indonesian Embassy

The meeting between Dr. Saripudin and Prof. Ngumi served as a follow-up to the previous partnership discussions held between JKUAT and the Indonesian Embassy. The Vice Chancellor warmly welcomed the collaboration, stating it would contribute to the university’s agenda of internationalization.

“The envisioned collaboration between JKUAT and IPB University holds tremendous potential for advancing agricultural expertise and fostering academic growth. By pooling our resources, faculty, and research capacities, our two institutions can create a dynamic exchange of knowledge and skills that will benefit both students and staff members,” said Prof. Ngumi.

One of the primary goals of the collaboration is to enhance agricultural, bio-science and fisheries education and research. This partnership aims to develop joint programs, research projects, and student exchanges that focus on agricultural practices, sustainable farming methods, and emerging technologies.

The Ambassador emphasized that the collaboration between JKUAT and IPB University will also open doors to broader educational opportunities.

“By encouraging student exchanges, internships and joint academic projects, the partnership will promote cultural understanding and foster a global mindset among the participating individuals,” said Dr. Saripudin

Accompanying the Ambassador were, Dr. Eva Anggraini, Director of Global Connectivity at IPB University, Mr. Amdi Usman, the Indonesia Embassy Attaché for Social, Cultural, and Education Affairs, and Ms. Sri Kurniasih from the Media and Secretariat of the Ambassador.

Ambassador explores collaboration with JKUAT to boost agricultural expertise

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