• Biochemistry Department Bids Farewell to Final Year Students

    Jomo Kenyatta University Biochemical Society in partnership with Biochemistry Alumni on Thursday, November 18, 2021, conducted a mentorship programme for students who are on the brink of graduation.  The mentorship forum was aimed at equipping students with important life skills employers look for in university graduates. Speaking during the forum, Chairman, Department of Biochemistry, Prof. John Kinyua said the forum is a deliberate effort to respond to the needs of the industry. Although resources will continue to be in short supply, Prof. Kinyua remained optimistic that the graduating lot had been trained to quickly react… Continue reading →

  • JKUAT Students Among Winners of Kenya Space Agency Research Grant

    Nine Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) students have been awarded an additional grant by Kenya Space Agency (KSA) after successfully implementing a previous grant the Agency had awarded them to develop a simple Nanosatellite in September 28, 2020. Under the grant, KSA tasked JKUAT, University of Nairobi, and Technical University of Kenya to work as consortium to develop a 3U Nanosatellite, an Operational Space Weather System to be launched into orbit by the agency. The consortium jointly received Ksh. 3 million research grant. The Kenya Space Agency Research Grant stems from the… Continue reading →

  • Nematodes Impede Agricultural Sustainability

    Although there are no reliable estimates for the economic losses incurred due to nematodes in Sub Saharan Africa (SSA), research shows that global estimates vary considerably from $80 billion to $157 billion per year. This is as a result of the limited ability to identify the causal agents of crop problems, low agricultural productivity, exploding populations, escalating urbanization which leads to declining per capita food availability and the subsequent misdiagnosis leading to unpracticed use of pesticides. Speaking during a webinar dubbed “Food Security and the Importance of Plant Parasitic Nematodes in Sub Saharan,” Dr. Danny… Continue reading →

  • Varsity Hosts the 5th Africa Universities Cross-Country Championship

    Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology is once again playing host to the regional university games competition. The University will host a number of African Universities as they battle out in the 5th Africa Universities Cross-Country Championship, November 20, 2021. The Championship, organised by Africa Universities Sports Federation (FASU) in collaboration with host federation is held biannually and brings together over 200 athletes and officials from various universities in Africa. So far, a host of African Universities have confirmed participation including University of Johanesburg, Tshwane University of Technology, University of Ghana, Makerere University, Maseno… Continue reading →

  • Student Leaders Undergo Leadership Skills Training

    The University organized a week long training in Mombasa for the newly elected Jomo Kenyatta University Students Association (JKUSA) as part of a deliberate initiative to equip the newly inducted leaders with requisite leadership skills. The training which run from November 9 -12, 2021, saw the participants taken through several aspects of leadership that will ultimately impact on their roles as students’ representatives. Some of the aspects they were taken through included handling security issues, fundamentals of leadership, budgeting and requisition processes among other topics. Speaking when she officially closed the training, the Vice Chancellor,… Continue reading →

  • Six JKUAT Students Excel at the Red Bull Basement Competition

    Team Siren, consisting of six fourth-year Bachelor of Science in Information Technology students proved their innovation knack by emerging winners in the Red Bull Basement National Competition bagging USD 1000. Elias Ngugi Kariuki, Brian Murithi, Grace Kyalo, Josephat Wambugu, Timothy Kimani and Dennison Mutinda competed against 20 teams at the National level. They will now represent the country in the global competition in Istanbul, Turkey, December 13-16, 2021. The sextet innovation, dubbed Siren, seeks to improve ambulance response time and increase the availability of emergency services support. Brian attests that despite the increase in ambulatory… Continue reading →

  • JKUAT Health Services Scores Highly in MoH Assessment of Vaccination Centres

    The JKUAT Hospital Services has posted high scores in the inspection /assessment of the facility as a Covid-19 Vaccination Centre. This follows a verdict by a joint inspection team from the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Council (KMPDC) that conducted the assessment and evaluation of the JKUAT Hospital on Wednesday, November 3, 2021. The Ministry of Health checklist for the inspection and assessment exercise entailed various aspects which included; supply, infrastructure and storage, information management, human resource and capacity building, infection prevention control and waste management. The assessment and… Continue reading →

  • Lead Researcher to Head WHO Africa Regional Office

    Dr. Nassib Tawa founder and lead researcher at the Centre for Research in Spinal Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, College of Health Sciences in Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) has been appointed to the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa as a Rehabilitation Consultant. This came at a time when many countries are not equipped to respond to existing rehabilitation needs and as a result, numerous individuals do not have access to the services, leading to an exacerbation of their condition, further complications and lifelong repercussions. To support progress in countries… Continue reading →

  • Comprehensive Covid-19 Testing Key to Success

    Early comprehensive testing for COVID-19 is essential to curb the deadly virus that has ravaged the globe and presented a threat to health care systems worldwide. This was established during a meeting between JKUAT and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF). The two organisations are collaborating in COVID-19 testing and treatment under the project dubbed Catalytic COVID Action Project, in an effort aimed at curbing the COVID-19 scourge. Director, Technical Strategy at EGPAF, Dr. Aida Yemanerberhan said testing and case identification are key strategies in controlling the COVID-19 pandemic and was glad the project… Continue reading →

  • Gender and Sexual Harassment Seminar Held

    Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) staff have undergone refresher training on Gender and Sexual Harassment. The training conducted virtually on November 11, 2021 was organized by the university through the Directorate of Gender and Mentoring Centre, led by Prof. Wanjiru Wanyoike and facilitated by the National Gender and Equality Commission (NGEC). Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Prof. Robert Kinyua said, JKUAT is at the forefront of pushing for gender equality by mainstreaming gender-sensitive research and gender equality goals within the university policies. He noted that the training was a huge milestone in… Continue reading →

  • White Coat Ceremony for Medicine First-Year Students

    JKUAT School of Medicine marked the annual White Coat ceremony, November 5, 2021 for 140 Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) students. The hybrid ceremony that saw the guardians of the first year student join the event virtually symbolized the introduction to the Class of 2027 into the medical field. The event organised by the Jomo Kenyatta University Students’ Medical Association (JKUSMA) in collaboration with the Kenya Medical Association (KMA) saw the 140 students cloaked in white coats and recite the Hippocratic Oath for the first time before their guardians, invited guests and… Continue reading →

  • JKUAT and CIM Partner to Usher More Women into STEM

    Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) in partnership with the Center for International Migration and Development (CIM) have conducted the first career guidance fair for female students to encourage the uptake of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) courses. The career fair dubbed, SHEAspires, conducted Friday, November 5, 2021, brought together female students from various secondary schools and women professionals in STEM for an interactive career guidance forum. The initiative is a strategic move to counter what women in the profession have described as “a leaky STEM pipeline” that has seen dwindling numbers… Continue reading →

  • Africa Woodball Championships

    JKUAT plays host to five African countries during the second Africa Woodball Championships. The 2021 games will see Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi and Burundi battle out for glory, November 4-7, 2021. The four-day event begins with national teams in action in the second Africa Woodball Championship before the clubs’ action in the 5th Kenya International Woodball Championship on Saturday and Sunday. The Africa Cup Woodball Championship, organized by the Africa Woodball Federation and hosted by the Kenya Woodball Federation, will see JKUAT participate in the Kenya International Woodball Championship. Nathan Kiptoo, JKUAT Woodball Captain will… Continue reading →

  • Varsity Signs Pact towards Lake Region Blue Economy

    Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology has signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) towards the actualization and optimization of the blue economy in the Lake Victoria Basin Region. Parties to the agreement will work together on matters relating to Lake Infrastructure, Maritime Transport, Tourism, Maritime Education and Training, Fisheries, Aquaculture, Cultural and Aquatic Sports, Trade and Investment, Environmental and Natural Resource Management, among others. Speaking during the signing ceremony on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, Vice Chancellor Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, termed the initiative a timely venture, coming at a time when world leaders are… Continue reading →

  • ICT Students Urged to Be Proactive to Impact Global Community

    The School of Computing and Information Technology (SCIT), Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, convened a career fair dubbed, “The Future of Work; Career Path Series” for their students in an effort to equip them with skills that would enable them lead productive lives and contribute positively towards the global community. The career fair, graced by officials from Zalego Academy on Friday, October 29, 2021, aimed at fostering an enabling breeding ground to produce the best of the best software engineers that will innovate and aspire to be self-employed. The move, it is anticipated,… Continue reading →

  • JKUAT to Host National Assistive Technology Centre of Excellence

    The Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) is set to host the National Assistive Technology Centre of Excellence. The Centre, a first of its kind in the country and the region, will revolutionize the healthcare system in the country, catering to people with disabilities, noncommunicable diseases, mental health conditions, gradual functional decline, among others. Actualized through a strong collaboration between the University, Ministry of Health (MOH), and the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centre is anchored on the premise of Universal Health Coverage (UHC), and informed by the global shortage of strong assistive… Continue reading →

  • KEMRI Researcher Donates Drug Index Publication to JKUAT

    The School of Pharmacy in the College of Health Sciences (COHES) has received a consignment of 300 copies of the drug index book from Dr. James Kimotho of the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI). The books will be crucial in providing valuable information to staff and students on the drugs available in Kenya, their prices, side effects, doses, mode of action and warnings. According to Dr. Kimotho, who is also the author of the book, the publication aims to provide a solution to the miscommunication between Pharmacists and Doctors in dispensing available drugs in the… Continue reading →

  • Towards Preventing Communicable Diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Populations in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) continue to face a huge burden of high prevalence of communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria which expose them to outbreaks of Cholera, Ebola among others, with the situation being exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Success in the fight against these diseases is mostly hindered by either unavailability or scarcity of reliable epidemiological data and a shortage of skilled personnel in epidemiology and biostatistics who are required to conduct surveillance, public health research and timely response to disease outbreaks. To address this, the European Union (EU) has funded,… Continue reading →

  • Experts Call for More Synergy to Support Optimum Utilization of AIVs

    The demand for nutritious foods by consumers has grown exponentially over the years as the fight against lifestyle diseases rages on. The African Indigenous Vegetables (AIVs) have been proven to have high nutritional contents which are significant in addressing micro-nutrient deficiency. According to the JKUAT Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Research, Production and Extension, Prof Mary Abukutsa, an advocate of AIVs, most individuals have poor eating habits which lead to prevalence of lifestyle diseases. The increase in the uptake of AIVs will boost immunity thus keeping lifestyle diseases like obesity at bay, she notes…. Continue reading →

  • Varsity Receives Drones from JICA to Boost Geospatial Research

    Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) through the Africa-ai-Japan project has handed over two ultra-modern drones to Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) to enhance the university’s geospatial research capacity. The high-tech drones are equipped with special features such as; geo-mapping and geo-referencing, creating high-resolution images and detailed 3D models of areas of research interest of up to millimeter levels of accuracy. While receiving the drones on behalf of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi Friday, September 1, 2021, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Prof. Robert Kinyua, expressed his gratitude to JICA saying,… Continue reading →

  • Dr. Sang Elected Dean, SOBEE

    Dr. Joseph Kipyegon Sang has been elected Dean, School of Biosystems and Environmental Engineering (SOBEE) following a closely contested election held on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. Dr. Sang, a Senior Lecturer, Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Engineering (SWEED) won by eleven (11) votes against Prof. James Messo and Prof. Urbanus Mutwiwa who got nine (9) and five (5) votes, respectively. In his acceptance speech, the elated don called upon his colleagues to “pull together” and steer the School to success, a feat he acknowledged, required collective team spirit. Dr Sang also congratulated his opponents… Continue reading →

  • JKUAT, AFIDEP Commence Training of Trainers on EIPM Curriculum

    Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP), have commenced a five-day Training of Trainers exercise on the Evidence-Informed Policy Making (EIPM) curriculum. The training that is being conducted in Naivasha, runs from Monday, 25th October 2021 to Friday, 29th October, 2021, and will see experts from JKUAT equipped with the curriculum ahead of the roll-out of the training at the University early next year. The EIDM curriculum is developed on the premise that evidence plays an invaluable role in improving policy decisions, and ensuring development efforts… Continue reading →

  • Coir Ropes Production Heralds New Dawn for Local Manufacturing

    The country’s coconut subsector has made a significant milestone following the development of a new product manufactured from coconut fibre by CocoGrow Limited, an SME based in Kwale County. The SME is currently working with Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) through a collaborative agreement with the second National Research Chair Program on: “Manufacturing on Technological Innovations for the Productivity and efficiency of the Coconut Value Chains.” The Research Chair program is supported by the Canadian International Development Research Centre (IDRC) through the National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI). According to… Continue reading →

  • PAUSTI Incubation Centre of Excellence: Promoting African Innovation

    Globally, institutions of Higher Education have been criticized of being ivory towers, distant from the interests of their communities. To dispel this notion, the Pan African University Institute for Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation (PAUSTI) domiciled at JKUAT, launched a Ksh. 10 Million Incubation Center of Excellence dubbed PAUSTI CoE. The center, financed by the African Development Bank and developed by i-Hub seeks to accelerate research and development in the application of technology to drive innovation and entrepreneurship in the continent. According to the PAUSTI Director, Prof. Gabriel Magoma the state-of-the-art innovation hub will engage… Continue reading →

  • Farmers Equipped with Critical Skills for Sustainable Food Production

    Farmers play an important role in ensuring a country’s food basket is sustainable for its population. However, lack of essential skills in the commercialization of their products is an impediment in their quest to maximize value from their output. To tackle this drawback, the University Community Development and Outreach (UCDO) in collaboration with Nareto Uwezo Farmers Cooperative Society, organized 5-day training for over 40 Kiambu farmers in efforts to equip them with skills in Cricket, Mushroom, Banana and Livestock farming. The farmers will also be trained on honey processing and value addition. Speaking during the… Continue reading →

  • COVID-19 Innovation Challenge Mounted to Combat the Scourge

    JKUAT has been in the forefront in offering solutions and contributing to the global efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 scourge in the world.  From developing ventilators, producing sanitizers and masks to designing the modeling system that predicts COVID-19 infections trends in Kenya, the university has leveraged on existing human resource expertise to combat the pandemic. To contribute to this noble fight in the Coast region, JKUAT Mombasa Campus in collaboration with Mombasa County, developed a COVID-19 Innovation Challenge for high schools in the county. “In an effort to encourage young learners to critically… Continue reading →

  • Push-Pull Technology Vital in Enhancing Agricultural Productivity

    In Sub-Saharan Africa, maize, sorghum and millets are some of the main crops that support livelihoods and well-being of small-scale farmers. However, their production is affected by insect pests such as stemborers and fall armyworms, parasitic weeds and poor soil fertility. To curb this, push-pull technology is one of the strategies that has been used to overcome these constraints in Western Kenya. Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in collaboration with 17 other partners with the funding of the European Union are spearheading the Upscaling the benefits of push-pull technology for Sustainable agriCulturAL intensification… Continue reading →

  • Best Students Recognized during JKUAT Multimedia Festivals

    Students drawn from various learning institutions across the country who participated and emerged the best in various categories during the JKUAT Multimedia and Development Festivals were recognized and awarded for their creativity, innovation and excellence. The winning students at the festival, whose theme was “Transforming Lives through Knowledge Sharing” also featured the inaugural Foxston Short Films Awards, scooped cash prizes of up to Ksh 50,000 for their captivating projects. JKUAT students bagged the first and third prizes valued at Ksh 50,000 and 10,000 respectively, for the best short films, while the Kenya Methodist University, won… Continue reading →

  • COHES Sensitizes Varsity Community on Mental Health

    According to the World Health Organization, depression is a common illness around the world affecting approximately 280 million people in the world. Depression may become a serious health condition when it is not treated early enough especially when recurrent and occurs with moderate or severe intensity as it can have a profound impact on work, relationships and personal life. To help curb this predicament, the College of Health Sciences (COHES) at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, organized a mental health awareness campaign on Wednesday 13, October 2021 to sensitize staff and students on… Continue reading →

  • Science Research Crucial for Technological Innovation

    The anticipated rapid technological change across the world requires countries and institutions to form robust collaborations in a move aimed at aligning Science, Technology and Innovation systems as well as industrial policies in enhancing digital skills among students and professionals. This was revealed during the 27th Innovation Incubation Webinar held on Friday, October 15, 2021 titled: “High Performance Computing (HPC) and Big Data for Research, Development and Innovation,” organized by the Africa-ai-Japan to give students and staff a clear picture of the role higher institutions of learning play in technological advancements and what the National… Continue reading →

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