The Director of Technical and Higher Education at the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Mr. Daisuke Ueda, has commended JKUAT for its leading role in training, research and innovation, both in the region and Africa at large. The Tokyo based official said by successfully hosting the Pan African University Institute of Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation (PAUSTI), JKUAT had risen to the call to integrate the continent through higher education.
Mr. Daisuke also applauded JKUAT for training Eritrean and Somalia nationals, which he added had enabled JICA to support the countries despite the Agency not having offices in both Eritrea and Somalia.
The move by JKUAT to train beyond Kenya, the Director opined, had created a model that could be adopted to reach and serve under capacitated areas in the continent. Some 23 Eritrean nationals have enrolled for masters and PhD in Food Science and Technology, Biotechnology Research, Horticulture, Chemistry and Statistics at JKUAT, with JICA funding.
Daisuke was speaking Friday, October 30, 2015 when he paid Vice Chancellor, prof. Mabel Imbuga a courtesy call.
While receiving the official to JKUAT, Prof. Imbuga thanked JICA for its unwavering technical and funding support to the University since inception. The Vice Chancellor said the strong foundation had enabled JKUAT to excel in various fields like engineering, agriculture, architecture, technology, as evidenced by hosting of PAUSTI and AICAD.
Prof. Imbuga added that the coming on board as thematic partner in the implementation of the African Union led PAUSTI by JICA was further pointer of the effort of the Agency to spur Africa’s higher education.
PAUSTI, Prof. Imbuga said, had graduated the first cohort of students with the second batch expected to graduate in 2016.
Mr. Daisuke who was on a three day visit to Kenya also discussed with Prof. Imbuga academic and research collaboration between JKUAT and Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology (E-JUST).