JKUAT and Universitas Ilmu Pengetahuan Bogor (IPB University) have agreed to kick start their collaboration of student and faculty exchange as the two institutions draft a memorandum of understanding to cement the partnership. This was established during a virtual meeting between JKUAT and IPB University held on May 18, 2021.
The meeting convened by the Ambassador of Indonesia in Kenya, Dr. Mohamad Hery Saripudin is a follow up meeting to the courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor, April 6, 2021, where the ambassador sought to initiate discussions and explore possible areas of collaboration between JKUAT and the IPB University in Indonesia.
Dr. Saripudin assured the two universities of his unwavering support and assured that the collaboration will be fruitful and beneficial to both Kenya and Indonesia.
“I am confident that this collaboration will assist in building brigades and open other avenues of collaborations between Indonesia and Kenya. Our Embassy in Nairobi is committed to support the two Universities,” said the Ambassador.
With the linkage between Indonesia and World Agroforestry (ICRAF), Dr. Saripudin said the Embassy will rope in ICRAF in the collaboration especially in the area of forestry and tropical agricultural research.
“It is my belief that parallel channels in the two universities and ICRAF expertise will make the collaboration even stronger,” extolled Dr. Saripudin.
On her part, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi welcomed the collaboration saying it will catalyse JKUAT’s international collaboration efforts as it strives to be a University of global excellence in training, research, innovation and entrepreneurship for development.
“JKUAT has been at the forefront in fostering a culture of collaborative research and innovation among faculty and students, producing novel outputs that are beneficial to society,” said Prof. Ngumi.
While highlighting JKUAT’s competence in agriculture, engineering, information technology, health, built environment, applied and social sciences, Prof. Ngumi said they will anchor on the collaboration and build the capacity on areas the IPB University is strong at.
“Leveraging on the expertise the two universities have, it is my hope that we can engage in collaborative research and develop programmes of international standards that can be implemented and taught in both institutions,” said Prof. Ngumi.
Echoing Prof. Ngumi’s sentiments, IPB University Rector, Prof. Iskandar Slrega said he was delighted that the two institutions had common areas of interest such as agriculture and business that would catapult the collaboration efforts.
“As we develop a memorandum of understanding, it is important to form a consortium of researchers from the two institutions to ensure that we have a well-formulated document for implementation,” said Prof. Slrega.
IPB University is a leading University in Indonesia on scholarships, students and faculty exchange programmes, training as well as in research.