The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi held discussions with the Indonesian Ambassador to Kenya, Dr. Mohamad Hery Saripudin when he paid a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor, Thursday, February 24, 2022 at the JKUAT Main Campus.
Their discussions explored different ways JKUAT can strengthen its global presence through partnerships with institutions of higher learning in Indonesia.
The possible areas of collaborations namely training, research and student and staff exchange programmes between JKUAT and Universitas Ilmu Pengetahuan Bogor (IPB) based in Indonesia.
During the meeting, which was a follow up to discussions which started in May 2021, between the Embassy and JKUAT, the Ambassador said, he was delighted to be at JKUAT and recalled the several meetings he has held with the University Management.
He updated the Vice Chancellor on some of the progress made since the last meeting, including the possibility of concluding the formalization of the partnership with JKUAT through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between JKUAT and IPB.
Dr. Sarispudin thanked the University Management for their continued cooperation in exploring collaboration with IPB University, noting the collaboration would boost agricultural expertise among staff and students from the two institutions.
“This collaboration once actualized will provide a programme for both staff and students which will cover a wide range of activities like staff and student exchange programmes and other disciplines especially in Agriculture,” Dr. Sarispudin noted.
The Ambassador also welcomed the University Management for further discussions on other areas of possible collaboration, further stating that “the Embassy has outreach programmes tailored for the youth and the Embassy was willing to visit the Campus and share information on government scholarship and study opportunities in Indonesia.”
Dr. Sarispudin urged the University Management to encourage more students and staff to apply for scholarship opportunities in Indonesia, particularly at IPB which he emphasized, “has many good opportunities in agriculture,” although the numbers of those who have expressed interest are still low,” Dr. Sarispudin, observed.
On her part, Prof. Wambui Ngumi appreciated the Ambassador for visiting JKUAT and thanked the Embassy for being kind to share available opportunities such as scholarship and student and staff exchange with the University community. She stated that the gesture will boost training and research capacity amongst JKUAT staff in agriculture and other fields.
“This University strives to collaborate with institutions which will improve and strengthen its mandate as a research and training hub. This will be a good opportunity to enhance staff and student skills in the agriculture sector,” Prof. Wambui stated.
She assured the Ambassador of increased interest from JKUAT staff and students once the partnership is formalized.
The Vice Chancellor also used the occasion to bring the Ambassador to speed on the progress the University has made towards the actualization of the MoU, noting JKUAT had finalized the document which was now in the final formal approvals before being signed.
Those who addressed the meeting include the Deputy Vice Chancellors: Prof. Robert Kinyua (Academic Affairs), Prof. Mary Abukutsa (Research, Production and Extension) and Prof. Benard Ikua (Administration and Finance).