Deputy Chairperson, African Union Commission, H.E. Dr. Monique Nsanzabaganwa while paying a courtesy call to the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, April 5, 2022, said the Pan African University should respond to the arising needs of the continent and ensure that we have African solutions to African problems.
The Deputy Chairperson was on an official visit to the Kenyan projects supported by the African Union among them the Pan African University Institute of Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation (PAUSTI) domiciled at JKUAT.
Dr. Nsanzabaganwa appreciated JKUAT for hosting the Pan African University (PAU) saying that the institute is at the center of the future of the continent.
“The footprint of PAU needs to be documented and the success stories told, to ensure the quest to launch Africa’s sustainable development is attained,” said Dr. Nsanzabaganwa.
She further assured JKUAT that the African Union Commission will work diligently to ensure Pan African University achieves its objectives and drive the continent’s social integration, economic development and global competitiveness.
Prof. Ngumi informed the Deputy Chairperson that JKUAT has been at the forefront in fostering a culture of research and innovation among faculty and students, and is proactive in Africa’s development, mainly through various research initiatives.
While thanking the African Union for supporting PAUSTI since its inception in November 2012, Prof. Ngumi acknowledged that the hosting of the Institute has been one of the successful collaborations in the University.
“JKUAT won the competitive bid to host the Pan African University Institute for Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation, a graduate hub that has thrust JKUAT prominence in Africa’s integration and development through graduate training and research,” said Prof. Ngumi.
On his part, Director, PAUSTI, Prof. Gabriel Magoma said, he takes pride in the fact that PAUSTI leads in publication of research findings amongst the other nodes of PAU institutes.
“It is gratifying to note that at the end of their studies, the students not only manage to publish in high impact refereed journals but also equally produce a number of innovations,” said Prof. Magoma.
To enhance the innovative knack of the students, Prof. Magoma informed Dr. Nsanzabaganwa that PAUSTI, through the support of African Development Bank established an innovation hub dubbed PAUSTI Centre of Excellence in a bid to accelerate research and development.
The Innovation hub currently boasts of 19 innovations that are being supported to a tune of USD 5,000 each with the technical support of iHub.
Dr. Nsanzabaganwa had the chance to tour the PAUSTI facilities and talk to the new cohort of students joining the Institute. She advised the student to take advantage of the opportunity and come up with bespoke solutions to the myriad of challenges facing the continent.
While appreciating Dr. Nsanzabaganwa for her visit, Beninese PhD Student, Civil Engineering, Ahouefa Reine Katte said “the uniqueness of this scholarship is that we are immersed in an environment where different background and culture mingle and intertwine.” This she believes, has made them better scholars and opened their minds to new knowledge.
Joining the Vice Chancellor in welcoming Dr. Nsanzabaganwa to JKUAT were Deputy Vice Chancellors, Prof. Bernard Ikua and Prof. Robert Kinyua, Director, PAUSTI, Prof. Magoma and Registrar, PAUSTI, Dr. Jane Ng’ethe.