JKUAT and CUT to Forge an Inter-University Partnership

Prof. Ngumi (right) addresses the delegation from CUT

Across the globe, inter-university partnership and collaboration has been deemed critical in strengthening the efforts of universities in globalizing their programmes and becoming more competitive in global markets.

“JKUAT is guided by a clear vision as a University of Global Excellence in Training, Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Development and as a University, we have always championed interdisciplinary collaborative research across industry and academia,” said the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi.

She was speaking when she met a delegation from the Central University of Technology (CUT), South Africa, who had visited Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) for consultations on a possible collaboration between the two institutions, January 24, 2022.

The discussions held by both JKUAT and CUT were geared toward mutual interests in several areas, including student/staff exchange, technology and innovation sharing in selected disciplines among others.

“Our vision is to be a leader in matters technology in the continent and globe at large. As a university, we are aware we need collaborations among our academic peers and industry to achieve this,” said CUT Senior Director, Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching Dr. Ntsoaki Malebo.

Round table discussion between JKUAT and CUT

Prof. Ngumi informed the delegation that JKUAT has been at the forefront in fostering a culture of research and innovation among faculty and students.

“More top-notch research enterprises are taking place at JKUAT that have earned the University a much-needed prestige not only in Kenya but in sub-Saharan Africa. JKUAT is for example, home to the Legume Centre of Excellence for Food Nutrition Security, Cassava Virology Lab, EU funded Food Fortification Lab, and Innovation Prototyping Centre among others,” said Prof. Ngumi.

She further noted that JKUAT hosts the Pan African University Institute for Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation, a graduate hub that has thrust JKUAT prominence in Africa’s integration and development through graduate training and research.

Dr. Malebo said, CUT is venturing out for such collaborations to ensure that as academia, they develop African solutions that are beneficial to the communities around the continent.

“I believe inter-university collaborations like this one will go a long way in widening the research and academic horizon of both our students and faculty through technology transfer and knowledge sharing,” said Dr. Malebo.

Commemorative group photo as the two Institutions forge partnership

For a successful collaboration, both parties agreed that they need to identify special niche areas of each institution and forge collaborative research and innovations in those areas.

The delegation was also received by Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance, Prof. Bernard Ikua, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Prof. Robert Kinyua and Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research, Production and Extension, Prof. Mary Abukutsa.

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