JICA Senior Director Commends JKUAT’s Collaborative Success

Senior Director, Mr. Yasuaki Momita interacts with the Vice Chancellor Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi during the meeting

Mr. Yasuaki Momita, the Senior Director of the Africa Department at the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Headquarters, recently paid a courtesy visit to Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).

During this visit, he met with the University’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, highlighting JKUAT’s pivotal role in successful collaboration initiatives led by Japan in Africa.

Mr. Momita’s itinerary included a tour of various laboratories within the Colleges of Engineering and Technology, as well as the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. As he immersed himself in the vibrant research atmosphere, he could not help but express his admiration for the groundbreaking activities taking place within the University’s academic precincts.

Impressed by the caliber of research undertaken at JKUAT, Mr. Momita commended the institution for its dedication to Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI). He emphasized the crucial role that such advancements play in realizing the development agenda of Africa, as envisioned in Agenda 2063.

“The collaborative efforts between JKUAT and JICA have proven instrumental in advancing STI in the region, contributing significantly to the university’s status as a beacon of academic excellence,” said Mr. Momita.

Prof. Daniel Sila explains to Mr. Yasuaki Momita the potato research project being undertaken in the food fortification lab

Expressing optimism about the future, Mr. Momita conveyed his eagerness to continue and deepen the collaborative research initiatives with JKUAT. He highlighted specific interest in furthering joint ventures in the areas of Science, Technology, and Innovation, recognizing the transformative impact such collaborations can have on society.

Prof. Ngumi expressed gratitude for the continued support from JICA and the invaluable contributions to the university’s mission of providing cutting-edge education and research.

“In our pursuit of excellence, JKUAT has become a hub university – a one-stop center for academic and industrial collaboration. We are proud to collaborate with esteemed Japanese companies such as Wago, KJS, Tobe, and Fujita,” said Prof. Ngumi adding that JKUAT’s international exchange programs with Kyoto University, Nagasaki University, Utsunomiya University, and Tokyo University of Agriculture, as well as collaborative research projects with Kyushu University, reflect the strength of JKUAT’s global partnerships.

The interaction involving Mr. Momita and Prof. Ngumi, attended by Deputy Vice Chancellors Prof. Jackson Kwanza and Prof. Robert Kinyua, along with officials from the AFRICA-ai-JAPAN Project, not only strengthened the existing ties between JKUAT and JICA but also laid the foundation for future endeavors that promise to shape the landscape of education, research, and innovation in Africa.

JICA Senior Director Commends JKUAT’s Collaborative Success

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