Education CS Lauds JKUAT’s Research & Innovation Strides

Principal Secretary for Higher Education, Dr. Beatrice Inyangala, representing Education Cabinet Secretary, Hon. Ezekiel Machogu as Chief Guest of the 12th JKUAT Open Day

Education Cabinet Secretary, Hon. Ezekiel Machogu has hailed Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) for providing a robust platform to showcase strides in learning, research, innovations and partnerships.

The Cabinet Secretary noted that the institution has offered stakeholders “a unique opportunity to engage with the faculty, students, innovators and researchers to acquaint themselves with diverse range of products and services offered by the university.”

The Cabinet Secretary spoke to the university community, high school students, faculty, researchers and industry players during the 12th JKUAT Open Day, held at the main campus in Juja on Friday, September 8, 2023.

In a speech read on his behalf by the Principal Secretary, State Department for Higher Education and Research, Dr. Beatrice Inyangala, the Cabinet Secretary, stated that the event “offers a window into the university’s cutting-edge facilities dedicated to training, research and innovation, ”and a chance to forge deeper connections with the university and explore avenues for enhanced collaboration.

“We are confident such partnerships will not only enrich the community but will also contribute to our national goals as we earnestly strive to fulfill the promises outlined in the Kenya Kwanza government manifesto, “ Hon Machogu said.

He urged high school students to use the occasion as “to gain profound insights into what JKUAT has to offer and use that knowledge to make informed career choices.

“As a Ministry, we encourage you to pursue courses in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), fields that are pivotal for our nation’s developmental aspirations,” said the Cabinet Secretary.

Dr. Clifford Obiero (right) explains the soil and land suitability project to (from left) PS, Shipping & Maritime, Mr. Shadrack Mwadime, PS, Higher Education, Ms. Beatrice Inyangala, Council Member, Mrs. Velma Mudanyi and Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi.

Hon Machogu said, he was intrigued by the wide spectrum of research being undertaken by dedicated researchers in various thematic areas such as agriculture and food security, human and animal health, environmental conservation, eco-friendly and affordable construction materials, applications in information technology, and water harvesting, conservation.

The Cabinet Secretary reiterated that access to quality university education is a cornerstone of Kenya’s priorities, as demonstrated by the diligent efforts of the Kenya Kwanza government and the Ministry of Education.

He further challenged other universities to emulate JKUAT by fostering an environment conducive to mentorship, providing the essential resources and facilities to nurture project ideas into impactful realities.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi said, the Open Day is a gateway to providing our prospective students with insights, skills and knowledge essential for their holistic growth and progress at individual, communal and national level.

“The tapestry of Vision 2030 is woven with threads of Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) alongside educational development. Government priorities under the Bottom-up Economic Transformation Agenda, places emphasis on skills upscaling as a foundation of sustainable economic transformation,” she stated.

The Vice Chancellor advised high school students to consider making JKUAT the locus of their academic journey and the launch pad of their career aspirations.

The 12th JKUAT Open Day was also attended by the JKUAT Council Members led by the Ag. Chair of Council, Mr. Hassan Abdi Mohammed including Prof. John Ndiritu, Joel K. Yego, Prof. Angelina Nduku Kioko and Mrs. Velma Mudanyi.

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