JKUAT and CAS Renew Agreement on SAJOREC

The JKUAT Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Ngumi.Vice President, CAS, Prof. Yin HEJUN interacts during the signing ceremony

JKUAT and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) have extended the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the operation and management of the Sino Africa Joint Research Center (SAJOREC) for another five years. The MoU will strengthen the two institutions’ collaboration in training and research.

Both JKUAT and CAS share a common interest in expanding their educational connections of collaboration in academic capacity building and education and research; both of which are facilitated by the MoU.

The MoU will also ensure the University keeps using the SAJOREC’s state of the art infrastructure and scientific equipment and continue to play a significant role in research-related issues in the country.

Speaking during the official signing ceremony, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, said that the establishment of SAJOREC in 2013 resulted in a cooperative relationship between JKUAT and CAS that has produced results on the country’s most urgent concerns.

“As a result of the relationship, cutting-edge research and technology facilities have been established which have been critical in making a concrete influence on everything from environmental sustainability to agricultural advances; technology transfer to healthcare solutions,” Prof. Ngumi averred.

She also said that a crucial aspect of the partnership was the development of the modern agricultural demonstration area stationed at SAJOREC, which has demonstrated enormous potential in crop production that could be utilized in improving Kenya’s food security through increased yields.

In addition to raising the profile of JKUAT in important fields like biodiversity geographic remote sensing and molecular biology, the Vice Chancellor stated that the collaboration has given staff and students opportunities for skills training in China through SAJOREC and joint research publications in high impact journals.

The Director, SAJOREC, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Prof. Qingfeng Wang and Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Ngumi display the signed MoU.

Prof Ngumi commended CAS and, by extension, SAJOREC for their assistance in placing the University in a position to provide innovative answers to difficult societal challenges and contribute to the nation’s long-term growth.

Prof. Yin Hejun, Vice President of the CAS, stated that the academy is keen in establishing partnerships with institutions that aspire to produce action-based research that provides practical and sustainable solutions to the Kenya and the world as a whole.

“JKUAT has a long existing partnership with China throughout the years and has proved beneficial in matters of upskilling of staff and students through research driven initiatives,” Prof. Yin observed.

With JKUAT hosting one of many CAS research centers throughout the world, he stated that the institution would continue to provide interchange of ideas and experience that might benefit both universities in establishing a synergistic relationship.

SAJOREC Director, Prof. Robert Gituru lauded the JKUAT and CAS managements for deciding to continue with the joint endeavor, which has proven critical in supporting research at the University.

“This is a momentous occasion for both institutions, notably JKUAT, because it ensures that they will continue to use the resources of SAJOREC to develop long-term answers to development challenges,” Prof. Gituru asserted.

The ceremony also marked the tenth anniversary of JKUAT and CAS’s collaboration through SAJOREC, which will be crucial in the varsity’s mission to continue establishing trends in higher education, research, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

JKUAT and CAS officials after renewing agreement on SAJOREC

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