• Management of Air Pollution is Key in Environmental Conservation

    Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology through the Institute of Energy and Environmental Technology (IEET) organized a two-day workshop on February 24th and 25th, 2022 in collaboration with African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) and National Environment Trust Fund (NETFUND) to educate and build capacity of counties on air pollution management. The workshop comes at time when air pollution has been ignored as one of the most prevalent environmental health risks in recent years despite its significance in contributing to high mortality rate globally. In Kenya, for instance, about 18,000 people die annually from… Continue reading →

  • Embassy of Indonesia and JKUAT Strengthen Partnership

    The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi held discussions with the Indonesian Ambassador to Kenya, Dr. Mohamad Hery Saripudin when he paid a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor, Thursday, February 24, 2022 at the JKUAT Main Campus. Their discussions explored different ways JKUAT can strengthen its global presence through partnerships with institutions of higher learning in Indonesia. The possible areas of collaborations namely training, research and student and staff exchange programmes between JKUAT and Universitas Ilmu Pengetahuan Bogor (IPB) based in Indonesia. During the meeting, which was a follow up to discussions  which started… Continue reading →

  • Academia as a Catalyst for Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation

    To effectively address the challenges facing biodiversity and environmental degradation, it is important to understand that threats to biodiversity are social and not necessarily biological. These were the sentiments of Dr. John Waithaka during a seminar at JKUAT on ‘The role of Universities in Biodiversity Conservation’, February 24, 2022. Dr. Waithaka, who is a Member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature World Commission, said biodiversity has significant economic and social value and it is vital for universities to play a critical role in championing for policies and action towards addressing biodiversity and environmental… Continue reading →

  • ISO Training for JKUAT Staff Underway

    Training of teaching and non-teaching staff on the ISO Standards adopted by the University is currently ongoing. The training which is organized by the Administration Division’s Planning Section, is aimed at ensuring the University staff and Management are well accustomed to the critical issues overarching efficient service delivery to the all the institution’s stakeholders. Speaking during the opening remarks, the Management Representative (MR) and Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Administration, Prof. Benard Ikua, commended the staff for their “continued dedication and commitment to the University.” He noted that the “training was a continuous learning… Continue reading →

  • Huawei Datacom Certification Training Launched

    With digital transformation of the economy on an upward trajectory in recent years, learning institutions are posed with new requirements to meet the demands of the technologically dynamic industry. In conformity with its vision to be a “University of global excellence in Training, Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Development,” Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) has heeded the calls of the industry by launching a university-industry collaborative training to ensure holistic graduates in the field of Information and Technology are released to the market. In collaboration with Huawei, JKUAT on Tuesday, February 22,… Continue reading →

  • JKUAT Team Visits Paderborn University to Evaluate Exchange Programme

    Lecturers from the Department of Rehabilitative Sciences in the College of Health Sciences visited Paderborn University (UPB) in Germany, for an evaluation of their DAAD funded joint digital programme known as international virtual academic collaboration (IVAC). This follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and Paderborn University in 2021. The first phase of IVAC has been completed and the two institutions are readying for the second phase (IVAC II). The JKUAT team which was led by Dr. Nassib Tawa included, Dr. Wallace Karuguti… Continue reading →

  • Alcohol, Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Training Opens

    The University’s Alcohol, Drug Abuse (ADA) Prevention and Control committee and staff from other departments have commenced a five-day training at the Sino-Africa Joint Research Center. The week-long training which commenced February 14, 2022, is organized by the University and will see officials from the National Authority for the Campaign against Drug and Alcohol Abuse (NACADA) based in Nyeri County, build the capacity of the University’s ADA Prevention and Control Committee and other staff on the prevention of alcohol and drug abuse at home, school, workplace and the community at large.   The training initiative… Continue reading →

  • Farmers in Makueni Reap from Soil Water Retention Technology

    Farmers in Makueni County are now reaping huge benefits from a pilot agricultural innovation project that has been rolled out in the rain-starved area. The innovation has proven to increase yields between 3-5 times during a single harvest season. The innovative technology is a Michigan State University engineered and scientifically tested water conservation soil root zone optimizing approach that dramatically increases crop production system requiring less water.   According to project experts, the effects brought about by the Subsurface Water Retention Technology (SWRT) on yield production, is not a fluke, and what farmers are experiencing… Continue reading →

  • Industry Experts Tip Horticulture Students on Job Market Dynamics

    The Department of Horticulture and Food Security in the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (SOAES), organized a seminar Wednesday, February 9, 2022 that saw students interact with officials from Highchem Group of Companies that provides agro-based solutions to farmers and currently also offers internships and attachment and job opportunities to JKUAT graduates.  The seminar whose overarching theme was: Industrial Training and Partnerships, provided an important platform for students to share knowledge and ideas aimed at ensuring they are well grounded in matters related to the industry’s job requirements, demands and expectations. The students comprised… Continue reading →

  • JKUAT Collaborates with Forbes Marshall on Student Training

    The Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and Forbes Marshall East Africa, have initiated a training collaboration with an objective of giving students practical industry knowledge and skills. The training targets the areas of Steam Engineering and Energy Conservation and will see students from the College of Engineering and Technology (COETEC) and the College of Pure and Applied Sciences (COPAS) benefit from the hands-on mentorship. Forbes Marshall is a leading multinational engineering company, specializing in steam engineering and control instrumentation, with a footprint of 75 years. In East Africa, the company has been… Continue reading →

  • JKUAT Documentary Production Wins Top Honors

    A University produced film titled: Kabaa Irrigation Scheme documentary has clinched the Best Documentary Award in the recently concluded Kenya Music and Cultural Festival competition held in Mombasa. The production done by 19 students and staff, beat stiff competition from other productions by local universities, county governments and production firms to emerge the best. The documentary, which premiered at the 94th edition of the Kenya Music and Cultural Festival, organized by Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage, features footage of how Machakos County Government has transformed the lives of people living in the semi- arid… Continue reading →

  • Research Chair Trains SMEs in Coconut Value Chains to Enhance Productivity

    The Second National University Research Chair on Manufacturing that is supported by the National Commission for Science, Innovation and Technology (NACOSTI) in partnership with Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), conducted a training for SMEs from Kilifi, Mombasa and Kwale counties to address identified gaps and challenges that hinder their productive engagement in the coconut value chains. The training intervention was a response to an assessment survey by the Manufacturing Research Chair held by Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) which is implementing the Manufacturing Project on Coconut Value Chains, which revealed various… Continue reading →

  • Labor Based Technology Training for Somalia Engineers Kicks off

    Engineers from Somalia’s Ministry of Public Works, Reconstruction and Housing of the Federal Government of Somalia have commenced a five-week short course training at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). The short course is aimed at equipping them with crucial hands on skills in road management. The training, a collaborative initiative between JKUAT and the Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA), will see the twenty participants taken through three thematic areas, namely; Rigid Pavement Design and construction, Project Management and Labor Based Technology. With the worldwide demand for skilled labor especially in the engineering… Continue reading →

  • JKUAT Steps up Bid to Host ICGEB Regional Research Centre

    Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) has continued its charm offensive towards attaining the host status for the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB). If granted, the University will serve as ICGEB’s Regional Research Centre (RRC) for East Africa. On Tuesday, February 1, 2022, JKUAT hosted a high-level delegation from the ICGEB Facility Inspection committee led by the Director General, Dr. Lawrence Banks, with a mission to assess the University’s suitability as a host for the Centre. The team also comprised a delegation from the National Commission for Science, Technology and… Continue reading →

  • Prof. Munala Retains SABS Deanship Unopposed

    Prof. Gerryshom Munala has retained deanship at the School of Architecture and Building Sciences (SABS), paving way for a second stint at the leadership position he has held for the past two years. Just like in his first stab for deanship, Prof. Munala easily sailed through unopposed, with no opponent expressing interest to unseat him. He thanked the School’s faculty members for expressing their faith in him and giving him an overwhelming vote of confidence. “Barely a month after assuming office for my first term in 2020, COVID-19 struck. We experienced a lot of challenges… Continue reading →

  • Dr. John Kinyuru Publishes in Nature

    Dr. John Kinyuru, a Food and Nutrition Research Scientist, in the Department of Food Science and Technology, JKUAT has jointly published with others in the globally acclaimed scholarly journal, Nature. The paper titled Inventory reveals wide biodiversity of edible insects in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo was published January 28, 2022. Dr. Kinyuru in collaboration with seven other scholars sought to give a first insight on inventory showing diversity, perception, consumption, availability, host plants, harvesting techniques and processing techniques of edible insects in South-Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The study recorded twenty-three edible… Continue reading →

  • JKUAT Students and Staff Set to Fly the Kenyan Flag High

    JKUAT staff and students will join the two Softball Men National teams (Men Senior and Under-23) set to take part in the African Qualifiers for the World Baseball and Softball Confederation (WBSC) in Pretoria, South Africa early February 2022. Patrick Murangiri (Nutraceutical Science 4th year), Nixon Keya (Nutraceutical Science 4th year), Brian Muli (Finalist Medicine and Surgery) and Moses Kipchirchir (Supply Chain Management 3rd Year) were named in the Under-23 softball squad while two JKUAT alumni and former JKUAT Softball captains, Vincent Cheruiyot and Dennis Katumo will join the senior team. The batch of students is joined by two JKUAT Staff, Ms. Hellen Ng’ethe and Mr…. Continue reading →

  • JKUAT Students and Lecturer Win Huawei Excellence Awards

    Terence Omondi, a fifth year student pursuing Bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications and Information Engineering at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology bagged the top prizes at the recently held Information and Communications Technology competitions organized by HUAWEI. Terence wadded off stiff competition from 3000 students drawn from across 40 universities and colleges to emerge the best in the network track category. Terence is set to team up with two other students from the University who will represent JKUAT at the regional competitions which will be conducted virtually on February 19, 2022. The student will… Continue reading →

  • JKUAT and CUT to Forge an Inter-University Partnership

    Across the globe, inter-university partnership and collaboration has been deemed critical in strengthening the efforts of universities in globalizing their programmes and becoming more competitive in global markets. “JKUAT is guided by a clear vision as a University of Global Excellence in Training, Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Development and as a University, we have always championed interdisciplinary collaborative research across industry and academia,” said the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi. She was speaking when she met a delegation from the Central University of Technology (CUT), South Africa, who had visited Jomo Kenyatta University… Continue reading →

  • Varsity Commence Training of African Epidemiologists

    Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) has received fifteen (15) students drawn from Sub-Saharan African countries who are sponsored by the Second European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership to pursue Masters degree programmes in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. The scholarship beneficiaries comprised of seven (7) students from Kenya, three (3) from Malawi and one (1) each from Rwanda, Namibia, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. The postgraduate training initiative is aimed at building capacity for qualified epidemiologists across sub-Saharan Africa who will be tasked with leveraging on reliable epidemiological data to efficiently monitor, analyze and… Continue reading →

  • JKUAT Students Win Mitsubishi Scholarships

    Ten students pursuing Bachelor of Commerce degree programme in the College of Human Resource Development at JKUAT have been awarded scholarships worth Kshs. 64,954 each by the Japan based Mitsubishi Corporation. The scholarships were awarded to needy students who have demonstrated consistent record of academic excellence in their studies. Speaking during the handing over ceremony held at the University, Thursday, January 20, 2022, the General Manager, Mitsubishi Corporation, Nairobi Liaison Office, Mr. Katsutoshi Nishi, said, the scholarship is a strategic initiative to spur global development through education. “We are happy to offer the scholarship and we hope that you… Continue reading →

  • Prof Anne Muigai Publishes In Nature

    Anne Muigai, a Professor of Genetics in the Department of Botany, JKUAT, has published an article in Nature Journal. The article titled; Expanding Global Access to Genetic Therapies, highlights the hindrance of global access to genetic therapies due to intellectual property and pricing practices in the field. In the article, Prof. Muigai notes that the treatment of rare genetic diseases is costly (currently ranging from USD 373,000 and USD 2.1 million) and calls for the scientific community to look for innovative ways to ensure human genome therapies are developed in ways that will allow them… Continue reading →

  • LCEFoNS Actors Take Stock of Phase I in Readiness for Phase II

    The Legume Centre of Excellence for Food and Nutrition Security (LCEFoNS) led by Prof. Marc Hendrickx (KU Leuven, Belgium) and Prof. Daniel Sila (JKUAT, Kenya) took stock of the successes gained by the project in its first phase of implementation, January 12, 2021. Since inception in 2017, the project, funded to the tune of Euros 3,735,000.00 (Ksh. 410 million), under VLIR-UOS initiative has facilitated a total of 24 students with their postgraduate training (8 PhD and 17 Masters) and enhanced the laboratory infrastructure at JKUAT through procurement of discipline related research equipment. Dr. Elizabeth Wafula,… Continue reading →

  • Agro-based SMEs Trained on Nutrition-Sensitive Production

    According to Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), food loss and waste drains billions of shillings from the global economy every year, estimated to represent a third of the global food production. About 40% of the food that reaches consumers is thrown away, and nearly 30% of harvested crops in sub-Saharan Africa go to waste with implications on environment, food security, small-scale farmers’ incomes and nutrition. To address this, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) partnered with Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to train Kenyan Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) on all aspects of… Continue reading →

  • JKUAT Hosts First School on Sustainable Additive Manufacturing Technology

    The thought of new concepts such as printing of body parts (instead of looking for a donor) or a customized dream car may seem absurd, yet rapidly emerging technologies such as Additive Manufacturing (AM) also known as 3D Printing are set to revolutionize the future in more ways.  This therefore calls for capacity development as a strategy to meet the demands. It is against this backdrop that the Department of Mechatronic Engineering at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) in collaboration with the Professorship of Additive Manufacturing, Freiberg University of Mining and Technology… Continue reading →

  • Head of State Awards Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi the Prestigious EBS Award

    During the December 12, 2021 national celebrations to mark the country’s 58 years since attaining the status of a republic, His Excellency, President Uhuru Kenyatta awarded several Kenyans in recognition of their contributions to the country in their various capacities. Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) was one of the institutions whose three members of staff were awarded the national honours by the President for their distinguished services. The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi was awarded the Elder of the Burning Spear (EBS). Prof. Wambui Ngumi, a Professor of Botany, who is a… Continue reading →

  • The Year that Was: Events that Shaped JKUAT in 2021

    The economic and social disruption caused by the COVID 19 pandemic is devastating to say the least. The pandemic that ravaged the globe has caused loss of human life and presented an unprecedented challenge to public health, food systems and the world of work. To JKUAT and the education sector at large, the pandemic disrupted the day-to-day activities of institutions due to the lockdown that was witnessed across the globe in 2020 and the beginning of 2021. As much as the pandemic affected a range of activities in the sector, it was not all gloom… Continue reading →

  • JKUAT Students Win Top Awards at the Africa Statistics Day Hackathon

    Two teams from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology have won top awards at the just concluded Africa Statistics Day Hackathon. The teams; Data Crunchers and Green Force that comprises of multidisciplinary students have emerged winners in the annual Hackathon challenge, held at the Strathmore University scooping first and second positions. The Hackathon event held from November 18-December 18, 2021, was organized by Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) in conjunction with its partners, Office for National Statistics-(ONS) UK, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD) and Strathmore University’s @iLabAfrica to encourage better use… Continue reading →

  • Thirty Teams to Represent Varsity at KUSA Games

    Thirty teams from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology will represent the University in various sporting activities during this years’ 8th Kenya University Sports Federation games to be held at Kibabii University between December 18-21, 2021. The teams are slated to compete with other universities in Athletics, Badminton, Baseball, Soccer, Karate, Scrabble, Hockey, Chess, Softball and Taekwondo, among others. Following an exemplary performance in a similar tournament staged at the University this year, optimism around the JKUAT community remains high that a repeat of the success is possible. With added pressure mounting on the… Continue reading →

  • JKUAT Embarks on Planting Green Gold

    The University has plans to enter the crop export market following the commencement of Hass avocado tree planting. The exercise brought together members of staff from the Research, Production and Extension (RPE) Division, and the University’s marketing company, JKUATES to plant 144 seedlings of avocado crop on Friday December 17, 2021 at the University’s Juja campus. While launching the exercise, Deputy Vice Chancellor RPE, Prof. Mary Abukutsa, lauded the initiative citing the immense benefits which include tackling climate change, as well as boosting food security and nutrition due to its superfood status. This, she further… Continue reading →

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