Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Vice President, Prof. En’ge Wang has lauded the research and technological innovations being undertaken by JKUAT noting that development in any country is only possible through skilled and knowledgeable workforce.
Addressing JKUAT and Sino-Africa Joint Research Centre (SAJOREC) staff when he visited the institution, Friday August 5, 2016, Prof. Wang said, CAS will continue to support JKUAT through awarding of scholarship and staff training.
“Although my background is in Physics, I have come to appreciate the importance of the environment and I am confident that the research undertaken in this centre will bear fruit,” said Prof. Wang.
During his visit, 15 JKUAT students were awarded scholarships to undertake masters studies in life sciences at CAS. The awards follow a batch of an earlier one where 10 students got the same scholarship. Three of the beneficiaries are back while 7 decided to pursue their PhD studies in their various fields in China.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Imbuga, urged the students to be relentless in pursuing their academic goals and be good ambassadors of the University while in China. She thanked CAS for their continued support and urged them to increase the number of scholarships being awarded.
“These scholarships epitomises our university vision of becoming a University of global excellence in training, research and innovation for development,” said Prof. Imbuga adding that they will aid in attaining Kenya’s quest for a knowledge based economy.
On SAJOREC, Prof. Imbuga said JKUAT recognises the urgent need for conservation of biodiversity and the university is working with counties in the country to foster indigenous plant for conservation in Kenya and strengthen the diversity of the project.
JKUAT is host of a multimillion shillings Botanical Garden and the Sino-African Biodiversity Research Center. It covers 16.23 hectare with an approximate floor area of 4300m2. The botanical garden which is expected to be completed by November 2016 will be based on 7 thematic gardens, among them; an African garden, medicinal garden, orchard garden and an Asian exotic garden. The aim of these gardens is to create a wholesome recreation center for the communities around JKUAT and Kenya.
Prof. Imbuga noted the centre will be the hub of Sino-African cooperation in biodiversity-related research.
The meeting was also addressed by Deputy Director-General, Wuhan Botanical Garden CAS, Prof. Qingfeng Wang, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research, Production and Extension, Prof. Esther Kahangi, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration, Prof. Victoria Ngumi, Director Institution for Biotechnology Research, Prof. Bernard Nyende and Director, SAJOREC, Prof. Robert Gituru.