• ALISO Convenes Forum for International Students

    Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology’s Alumni and International Students Office (ALISO) hosted a sensitization meeting for its international student community, February 23, 2024. Over 50 students gathered to learn about Kenyan laws, university regulations, and cultural integration, aimed at facilitating smooth and enriching experience for foreign students. Representatives from the Commission for University Education, Kenya National Qualifications Authority, and the Department of Immigration Services provided valuable insights and answered student questions. Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, commended the students for selecting JKUAT as their preferred destination for higher education. She highlighted JKUAT’s… Continue reading →

  • JKUAT Researchers Unveil Livestock Deworming Drug ‘Bromecure’

    Two JKUAT dons; Dr. John Kagira from the Department of Animal Science and Prof. Naomi Maina from the Department of Biochemistry, have collaborated to develop an innovative drug named Bromecure. This groundbreaking solution, derived from pineapple and seafood extracts, offers a novel approach to deworming in livestock. It holds tremendous promise in optimizing gut health among goats, sheep, and cows, thereby fostering enhanced livestock production for farmers. Bromecure’s development marks a significant advancement in livestock management. By leveraging bromelain from pineapple peels and chitosan from seafood waste, the drug offers a safer and more sustainable… Continue reading →

  • JKUAT Consortium Secures NRF Grant to Advance Climate-Smart Food Technologies for Kenyan Nutrition Security

    A consortium of multidisciplinary researchers and industry players in the African indigenous vegetables value chains spearheaded by Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), has won a competitive grant worth KES 15 million from the National Research Fund (NRF) to upscale the African indigenous vegetables (AIVs) climate-smart technologies for food and nutrition security in Kenya. The consortium brings together a team of ten members drawn from JKUAT, IREN Growthpad Ltd, Local Development Research Institute (LDRI) and Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST). According to NRF Chief Executive Officer, Prof. Dickson Andala, “Despite… Continue reading →

  • JKUAT Students Win Mitsubishi Scholarships

    Mitsubishi Corporation has awarded scholarships to 25 Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) Bachelor of Commerce students from the College of Human Resource Development (COHRED). The number is the highest among past similar scholarships awarded by the Corporation. The scholarship initiative, which has benefited over 40 JKUAT students in three years, is based on a rigorous screening procedure that identifies students from needy background who demonstrate academic excellence. The Wednesday, February 14, 2023 event saw the students awarded scholarships certificates.  The gesture is a financial boost that is expected to help the students… Continue reading →

  • JKUAT and UGENT Explore Expanded Collaboration

    Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and the University of Ghent (UGENT) held discussions to explore possibilities of expanding existing areas of partnership. The talks held at JKUAT Council Boardroom on Monday, February 12, 2024 centered on finding areas of mutual interest in research and student and staff exchanges, particularly knowledge and skill transfer among women. The meeting highlighted boosting research and knowledge transfer, as well as finding areas that the two institutions could leverage. Speaking virtually during the meeting, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi said, JKUAT is very eager to… Continue reading →

  • JKUAT-Fujita Partnership to Enhance Potato Farming in Kenya

    Academia-industry linkage has been recognized as a vital catalyst for driving innovation and tackling challenges. Kenya’s dynamic agricultural landscape, this synergy has taken on new significance especially in the crucial potato farming sector. Recognizing the pressing need for sustainable solutions and enhanced productivity, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT)   has embraced a collaboration with Fujita Corporation, Japan for a potato value chain project. According to Prof. Daniel Sila, a lead researcher of the project, the two organisation have a shared vision to revolutionize the potato value chain by leveraging cutting-edge research and industry… Continue reading →

  • Tomato Farmers Reap Benefits of an App that Combats Tuta Absoluta

    Tomato Farmers in Machakos County Kenya have benefited from a mobile Application (App) that monitors infestation of the destructive pest Tuta Absoluta. The App is named PeMOST, an acronym for Pest Monitoring and Surveillance in Tomatoes. This innovation combines Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Geographic Information System (GIS) through remote sensing, a method commonly used to collect physical data from satellites and integrating it into the GIS. This makes it possible for the pest to be monitored and controlled. PeMOST which is now available on the Google Play store was jointly developed by JKUAT’s Dr. Joseph… Continue reading →

  • JKUAT, Hasselt University Train on Bioinformatics

    The JKUAT Institute of Biotechnology Research (IBR), in collaboration with Hasselt University of Belgium, has successfully completed the training of a cohort comprising 42 postgraduate students and technical staff on programming with R and its application. This initiative, made possible through the VLIR-OUS funded project, ‘Directed Breeding Programs for Improved Crop by Genetic Bioinformatics Research and Development in Kenya (C-BIRD),’ marks a significant step towards enhancing the expertise in bioinformatics for postgraduate students. The training encompassed the fundamental syntax of the R programming language, as well as the application of R in real-world scenarios, particularly… Continue reading →

  • JKUAT Secures €300,000 Grant for INNOECOFOOD Research Initiative

    JKUAT has secured a €300,000 grant for the Eco-Innovative Technologies for Improved Nutrition, Sustainable Production, and Marketing of Agroecological Food Products in Africa (INNOECOFOOD) research project. This project, funded by Horizon Europe, marks a significant milestone for JKUAT as a key member of the consortium. Comprising partners from diverse regions including Europe (Portugal, Germany, UK, and Turkey), East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania), Southern Africa (Namibia), West Africa (Ghana), and Northern Africa (Egypt), the consortium’s coordinating institution is CIIMAR in Portugal. In Kenya, JKUAT is collaborating with institutions such as the Kenya Marine and Fisheries… Continue reading →

  • Prof. Ngumi Joins the Governing Board of AICAD

    Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, has been appointed to the Governing Board of the African Institute for Capacity Development (AICAD) for a two-year term. This appointment follows her election as the Vice Chancellors’ representative of the AICAD 30 member universities in Uganda, Tanzania, and Kenya at the recent Annual General Meeting held in Arusha, Tanzania. This appointment places her among the key decision-makers shaping the future of capacity development initiatives across East Africa. AICAD Governing Board is composed of esteemed individuals, including the Principal Secretaries of Education and Treasury from Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda,… Continue reading →

  • Fostering Youth-Led Agriculture and Climate Resilience

    In an endeavor to cultivate resilience and promote innovative solutions in agriculture, the Smart Mechanized Agriculture & Climate Action for Humanity and Sustainability (SMACHS) is seeking collaboration with Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) to mainstream youth voices in addressing pressing agriculture and climate change issues. During a visit to JKUAT, SMACHS Patron, Ms. Charlene Ruto expressed the Foundation’s commitment to ushering in a new era of youth-driven, climate-resilient agriculture. Their aim is to empower young people to actively contribute to food security and climate action through the adoption of smart, mechanized agricultural… Continue reading →

  • JKUAT TVET Institute Holds Career Fair for Prospective Students

    JKUAT Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Institute held a career fair for prospective students from Nairobi and the neighboring areas. The event served as a forum for high school leavers to engage and connect with the university before making informed career choices. The event aimed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to make informed decisions about their future education and career prospects. Welcoming the school leavers to JKUAT on Friday 2, February 2024, the Director, TVET, Dr. Fridah Simba urged them to select JKUAT since it is one of the… Continue reading →

  • Prof. Gituru Wins Chinese Academy of Science Award

    Prof. Robert Wahiti Gituru, an Associate Professor of Plant Biosystematics in the Department of Botany at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), won the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ (CAS) prestigious award for International Cooperation, which was presented at the CAS Annual Congress in Beijing, China on December 24, 2023. Prof. Gituru becomes the first African recipient of the award that recognizes and honors individuals from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) who have made significant contributions to international scientific and technological cooperation. The award recognizes Prof. Gituru, the African Director of the Sino-Africa… Continue reading →

  • JKUAT Shines in Latest Webometrics Rankings

    Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology has maintained its position as premier institution of training, research and innovation, according to the January 2024 Webometrics ratings. JKUAT has been ranked second best university in Kenya, after the University of Nairobi, in the latest standings. The University has also jumped 304 positions to be placed number 2142 globally. In Africa, JKUAT is ranked 60th place out of the 2057 institutions that were included in the survey. Also known as the ranking web, Webometrics is the largest survey of higher education institutions in the world. Currently, over… Continue reading →

  • Prof. Muigai Shares Insights at JKUSOB Workshop

    Jomo Kenyatta University Society of Biologists (JKUSOB) hosted Deputy Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and Research at the National Defence University-Kenya (NDU-K), Prof. Anne Muigai, as the Guest Speaker for their intergenerational bioscience workshop on February 2, 2024. The workshop, a convergence of academia, industry leaders, and aspiring young minds, was held under the overarching theme of mentorship, networking in the scientific journey, bridging academia and industry through research, and shaping a new crop of scientists. Prof. Muigai, a luminary in Molecular Population Genetics, seized the opportunity to share insights from her illustrious career and… Continue reading →

  • Revitalizing Kitui County’s Mango Industry through Integrated Pest Management

    In the heart of Kitui County, where the golden allure of mango orchards paints the landscape, a silent threat has been steadily encroaching upon the cherished mango industry. A baseline survey undertaken by the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), cast a stark revelation – between 45% to a staggering 65% of mangoes harvested in Kitui succumb to the clutches of post-harvest losses. The culprits? Pests and diseases running rampant, unchecked by effective control mechanisms. As the mango orchards in Kitui County stand at the brink of… Continue reading →

  • Renowned Canadian Investigative Writer Volunteers at JKUAT

    Dr. Steve Buist, a former investigative reporter, editor, and feature writer for the Toronto Star and Hamilton Spectator newspapers in Canada, has volunteered to teach journalism students at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). Buist brings with him a wealth of experience in investigative journalism and has been involved in some high-profile projects in the journalism world that will help students better understand the process of developing and publishing investigative work. His visit and volunteer work will take place between January and April 2024, and will be a vital step in providing students… Continue reading →

  • IEET and TOBE SHOJI Organize Plastic Material Recycling Training

    The Institute of Energy and Environmental Technology (IEET) at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) in collaboration with Tobe Shoji and JICA, hosted a two-day training on Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) material recycling for staff, students and industry stakeholders on Tuesday, January 23, and Thursday, January 25, 2024. The training will aid efforts geared towards recycling the 40,000 tons of PET bottles made in Kenya annually, most of which is disposed of in landfills. The initiative that targets staff and students enrolled in plastic recycling courses as well as energy sector stakeholders among other… Continue reading →

  • JKUAT and IU-Indianapolis Forge Alliance for Public Health Advancement

    Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) is joining forces with Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IU-Indianapolis), Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health to advance healthcare outcomes through the Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) Project. The ECHO Project is a transformative initiative aimed at connecting primary care teams with interdisciplinary specialists. Its objective is to disseminate knowledge and enhance the capability to deliver optimal care for complex chronic health conditions. According to Prof. Sherri Bucher, Chair of the Department of Community and Global Health at IU-Indianapolis, the project leverages technology to facilitate mentoring… Continue reading →

  • JKUAT Mathematics Don Officiates at 2024 AFCON

    JKUAT’s Pure and Applied Mathematics don, Dr. Waweru Kamaku, made his second bow at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) as he seized the spotlight to command the field in the electrifying group stage clash between Morocco and DRC Congo. The match, which ended in a one all draw, took place on Sunday, January 21, 2024 in the host Country Côte d’Ivoire. Dr. Kamaku made his AFCON debut in 2022 when he wrote his name in the history books by becoming the first Kenyan center referee in the tournament. Additionally, he took on the role… Continue reading →

  • Wilhelmsen Ship Management Visits JKUAT on a Scouting Mission

    JKUAT has continuously produced top-notch graduates for the workforce, particularly in the field of Marine Engineering. As a result, the institution is now recognized in producing high-caliber training programs for Kenyan seafarers employed by global shipping firms. This recognition was solidified during a courtesy visit on Monday, January 15, 2024, when Wilhelmsen Ship Management (WSM), Acting General Manager, Africa (Marine Personnel), Mr. Craig De Savoye, met with the University Management Board and College of Engineering and Technology faculty members. The meeting aimed to establish a potential partnership between the two institutions, facilitating WSM, a company… Continue reading →

  • DHARC Gives Insights into Antimicrobial Resistance in 10 Kenyan Counties

    The misapplication of antimicrobials in both human medicine and food production poses a serious risk to every nation, especially given the scarcity of new antimicrobial agents in development. Shedding light on this issue in the context of Kenya, researchers at the Digital Health Applied Research Center (DHARC), domiciled at JKUAT, conducted a comprehensive assessment across 28 facilities in 10 counties. Their goal was to evaluate the diagnostic capacity for Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), examine antibiotic use, and assess existing antimicrobial stewardship practices. This endeavor, funded by the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) and the Global… Continue reading →

  • Council Vouches New Strategic Direction for JKUAT

    The newly appointed Chairman of JKUAT Council, Dr. Micah Onsando has said the University will fully deploy its capabilities to contribute to the development goals of Kenya and the world. Dr. Onsando said JKUAT had resident research and innovation capacity in key areas such as agriculture, engineering, biotechnology, health and information technology, all of which can be tapped to spur Kenya’s socioeconomic transformation. Dr. Onsando was speaking on Monday December 18, during the JKUAT Council workshop to validate the University’s draft Strategic Plan for the 2023-2027 period. The Chair of Council noted that the University… Continue reading →

  • Pioneer ‘Wheelchair Champions’ Conclude Specialized Training

    Twenty-six (26) undergraduate students from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) underwent intensive training as part of the JKUAT Wheelchair Project, in partnership with Motivation Charity Trust (MCT). With the training, the students now become ‘wheelchair champions’ and are the first group in the country to qualify as therapists with specialized wheelchair skills. The training, held at the JKUAT Wheelchair Learning Centre on December 14 and 15, 2023, focused on equipping students from the BSc Physiotherapy and BSc Occupational Therapy programs in the Department of Rehabilitative Sciences with the skills to establish and… Continue reading →

  • Satellite Ground Station to be Established at SAJOREC

    Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and the Aerospace Information Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (AIRCAS) are in their final discussions towards the establishment of a Satellite Ground Receiving Station (GRS) that will be based at Sino-Africa Joint Research Centre (SAJOREC). To ratify JKUAT as a Centre of Excellence in research and technology in Remote Sensing and Space Applications, the establishment of the GRS will allow JKUAT and the country to have access to high-resolution earth observation (EO) data from a constellation of Chinese satellites at no cost. Speaking during… Continue reading →

  • External stakeholders give feedback on JKUAT Strategic Plan

    Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology on Thursday December 7, 2023 convened an external stakeholders’ forum to review and provide input into the draft strategic plan covering 2023-2027 period. Representatives of the community, research institutions, suppliers, trade unions, alumni, parents, industry, government and development partners attended the meeting. Chairman, Kiambu County Coordinated Stakeholders Association, Kimani Kangethe commended the University for coming up with the Strategic Plan; noting that it will be key in reforming the operations of JKUAT. The blueprint, he added, provides good benchmarks for sustainable and strategic collaborations with the host community…. Continue reading →

  • Innovative Brilliance Shines at JKUAT Tech Expo 13.0

    The 13th edition of the JKUAT Tech Expo culminated with Aqua Coin emerging as the winner, securing Kshs.100,000 for their groundbreaking innovation—a prepaid water management system aimed at empowering consumers to monitor their water usage and advocate for mindful consumption. Emphasizing the significance of access to safe drinking water as a fundamental human right and a vital aspect of public health and economic development, innovator Mugendi Mugi highlighted the prevailing challenges in efficiently managing water supply systems. These challenges encompass revenue collection, water wastage, and the lack of transparency in water management. “The prepaid water… Continue reading →

  • JKUAT’s Omena Project Shows Remarkable Progress

    Omena traders along Lake Victoria in Kenya are reaping the rewards of innovative fast-drying and cooling techniques. This groundbreaking concept, developed by researchers from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) under the leadership of Prof. Nelson Ojijo from the Food Science Department, aims to enhance the sector that sustains millions of livelihoods. This project, funded by the European Union through the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), is part of a groundbreaking initiative, the Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Ecosystem for Inclusive Rural Transformation and Livelihoods in Eastern Africa (AIRTEA), and is already… Continue reading →

  • JKUAT Dons and Students Trained on Cash and Voucher Assistance

    In response to the escalating impact of climate change-induced natural disasters, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology Nairobi CBD Campus (JKUAT-NCBD) joined forces with the CALP Network to conduct groundbreaking training sessions on Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA). Recognizing the increasing frequency of cyclic flooding, droughts, and disease outbreaks, the initiative aimed to equip academic researchers and future NGO professionals with the essential knowledge to address the dire needs of affected communities. The unprecedented training, held on the 16th (for academic staff) and 23rd of November (for students) of 2023, attracted 50 eager participants,… Continue reading →

  • JKUAT Baseball Grounds to be Scaled Up

    Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and Ifwebuildit organization are working on a partnership deal that will see the organization upscale the University’s baseball ground to be the epicenter of the sport in Kenya and beyond. The proposed partnership between JKUAT and Ifwebuildit will transform the university’s 10-acre baseball grounds into a premier destination for the sport in Africa. The collaborative effort aims to elevate the facilities and make them a central hub for baseball enthusiasts and athletes alike. This was revealed on Monday, December 4,2023 when the co-founder and manager of the Nairobi… Continue reading →

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