Japanese Companies Explore Partnerships with JKUAT

Prof. Seiichiro Yonekura, the head of the Japanese delegation (left) interacts with the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi after the meeting

A delegation comprised of 38 senior officials from Japanese companies visited JKUAT on November 1, 2023, with the primary objective of gaining insight into the university’s offerings and exploring opportunities for partnership and collaboration.

Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, who received the guests at the University expressed her enthusiasm for collaboration, while highlighting the long-standing and constructive relationship between JKUAT and Japan.

Prof. Ngumi acknowledged the pivotal role played by the Government of Japan through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in JKUAT’s development over the years.

She said Japan’s unwavering support had led to the establishment of state-of-the-art infrastructure, including modern laboratories and tuition blocks, which significantly enhanced JKUAT’s teaching and research capabilities.

A cross-section of the Japanese delegation during their visit to JKUAT

Furthermore, Prof. Ngumi pointed out that Japan had been instrumental in fostering human capital development at JKUAT by providing training opportunities for staff at leading Japanese universities.

“This collaborative effort has not only improved the skills and knowledge of our personnel but also facilitated cultural exchanges and mutual understanding between Kenyans and the Japanese,” said Prof. Ngumi.

Prof. Seiichiro Yonekura, the head of the Japanese delegation, expressed his gratitude to the University Management for warm reception and underscored the importance of research collaboration and technology transfer partnerships between JKUAT and Japanese institutions.

He highlighted Japan’s success in manufacturing and conveyed their eagerness to share their expertise and knowledge to promote cross-cultural learning and benchmarking for the betterment of livelihoods.

Seated from left: Prof. Daniel Sila, Dr. Hiram Nderitu, Dr. Michael Kimwele and Dr. Caroline Ngugi have a chat with Prof. Seiichiro Yonekura

During their visit, the delegation had the opportunity to engage with the university and gain insights into ongoing research projects. This was made possible through presentations from key figures at JKUAT, including Chief Advisor of JKUAT AFRICA-ai-JAPAN, Prof. Hiroshi Koaza, Principal of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Prof. Daniel Sila, Principal of the College of Engineering and Technology, Dr. Hiram Ndiritu, Dr. Michael Kimwele from the College of Pure and Applied Sciences, and Dr. Caroline Ngugi from the College of Health Sciences.

The exchange of ideas and expertise during this visit holds great promise for the future collaboration between JKUAT and Japanese companies, which could enhance mutual growth and development in various fields.

The companies were drawn from various fields including construction, agriculture, legal, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, energy and information technology.

Japanese delegation explores collaborative opportunities with JKUAT

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