The Commission for Universities Education Thursday June 20, 2013 opened a three day exhibition at Kenyatta International Conference Centre, Nairobi attracting over 40 universities, the highest number participating in the education fair launched eleven years ago.
The large number of participants has come about as a result of the established colleges that were awarded charters early this year and elevated to universities.
As always, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) outshone the pack, judging by the interest and enthusiasm of leading industrialists and secondary school students who were attracted to the stand.
Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi who was the guest of honor visited the stand and lauded JKUAT’s impressive research record which he noted has led to the development of a number of products.
Accompanied by JKUAT Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga, Prof. Kaimenyi challenged the university to find ways of commercializing the novelties.
Visitors at the JKUAT stand were treated to an array of academic programmes, ongoing research and technology transfer initiatives. Teachers and secondary schools students spent time sampling the diverse programmes in Engineering, Agriculture, build science, Health Sciences and Enterprise.
Due to demand, the University continues to review its curriculum while at the same time initiating new programmes. The College of Health Science for instance has a new undergraduate programme in Medicine and Surgery expected to admit its first students in September 2013 while the school of Agriculture and Building Sciences has commenced a new Bachelor of Science in Quantity Survey Programme.
The University is as well exhibiting a number of research and technology outputs in a variety of areas including dry rice farming, African Indigenous vegetables and tissue culture.