The decade old collaboration between Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and Kenya Medical Research Institute, has been praised for the tremendous achievements that has accrued from the partnership in terms of medical training and research. The approval was sounded by the Chief Executives of JKUAT and KEMRI; Prof. Mabel Imbuga and Dr. Solomon Mpoke, at a ceremony held at JKUAT, Tuesday April 10, 2012, where the collaboration was extended for another five years.
Commenting on the partnership, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga acknowledged that though the collaboration was instrumental in the establishment at JKUAT of the Institute of Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases (ITROMID) that was essentially charged with spearheading graduate medical training and research, the partnership too she added motivated the university to launch new undergraduate programmes in the various medical disciplines. The Institute she said was now being transformed into a fully fledged College of Health Sciences.
The Vice Chancellor commended KEMRI for its outstanding strengths in terms of manpower and modern medical laboratories that she said had supported the smooth implementation of the joint venture aimed at facilitating advanced training and research at ITROMID. Prof. Imbuga who was the inaugural director of the Institute from the JKUAT side said the collaboration through ITROMID had so far benefited up to 175 graduates who she said had pursued higher degrees at Masters and PhD levels in the various disciplines of tropical medicine.
The project the vice chancellor further added had also enabled faculty and students to generate a number of joint research publications that had been published in peer refereed journals. Prof. Imbuga assured KEMRI of the university’s total commitment to the collaboration and welcomed technical staffers from the medical research institute to take up teaching roles at JKUAT under the adjunct teaching arrangement.
On his part Dr. Solomon Mpoke, Director of KEMRI welcomed JKUAT researchers to take advantage of his Institute’s numerous field research stations spread across the country that were well equipped to advance their research interests. ‘KEMRI has centers with developed laboratories and endowed researchers particularly in parasitic threats’ Dr. Mpoke told the ceremony attended by Linah Boit, his Deputy in charge of Administration and Finance and three Deputy vice chancellors Prof. Esther Kahangi, Prof. Romanus Odhiambo and Prof. Francis Njeruh among other JKUAT officials.