Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and City University of Mogadishu (CU), held discussions on Friday, August 27, 2021 aimed at establishing potential areas of academic collaboration between the two institutions.
The online meeting spearheaded by the JKUAT Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, provided an important platform for the City University leadership to express their collaboration interests and for JKUAT management to expound on the viable support that would make the agreement a success.
The envisaged collaboration between City University and JKUAT is set to be formalized through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), a process that Prof. Ngumi indicated “would promote Pan-Africanism and ensure quality given the new rigorous measures put in place implementing MoUs.”
Speaking at JKUAT during the meeting, the Executive Vice President & Provost at City University, Abdulkareem Jama, said, the interest to partner with JKUAT in Agriculture, Marine Science, and Information Science, was informed by JKUAT’s expertise and excellent track record in the African region.
“The focus on those three core areas is necessitated by the need to produce a workforce that can boost major drivers of the socio-economic growth of our country, Somalia and therefore catalyze its development,” Mr. Jama explained.
The College Principals and Deans of Schools in Agriculture, Engineering, as well as Pure and Applied Sciences, who participated in the discussions virtually, exemplified the various internationally recognized courses aligned to the collaboration interests and the existing partnerships which would be beneficial in providing perspectives during the development of the required curriculum.
In his remarks, President of the City University, Dr. Abdullahi Barise stated that City University intends to run online degree programmes with JKUAT with a key focus on capacity building in research and communication skills.
The City University leadership also hailed the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Research, Production and Extension, Prof. Mary Abukutsa’s invitation to collaborate in research through the Institute of Energy and Environmental Technology (I.E.E.T), noting it would provide the much-needed solutions on nuclear, chemical and medical waste management, which if not addressed, could backtrack the gains made in marine and coastline development.
Present during the face-to-face and virtual meeting included the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Administration and Finance, Prof. Bernard Ikua, Ag. Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Prof. David Mburu and Director, Linkages, Dr. Kaibui Mwikamba.
The meeting was a follow up to the initial discussions held between Prof. Ngumi and Mr. Jama in February 2021 and attended by the Chairman of JKUAT Council, Amb. (Eng) Mahboub Maalim at the JKUAT Nairobi CBD Campus.