JKUAT and Japan’s OMU in Collaboration Talks

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Ngumi confers with the Vice President, Osaka Metropolitan University, Prof. Toshiyuki Matsui during the talks.

JKUAT management held a meeting with Osaka Metropolitan University delegation, to explore potential options for collaboration in areas of mutual interest, including science, technology, and agriculture. The meeting provided both organizations with a forum to explore how to map out the process of formalizing their cooperation.

The meeting, held on Monday, March 18, 2024, focused on areas of research collaboration as well as staff and student exchange in a move that could enhance knowledge and skills interchange between the two institutions.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Ngumi, emphasized the value of partnerships and stated that the university is actively seeking strategic alliances that will not only facilitate the necessary exchange of knowledge and skills but also play a crucial role in fulfilling its mission to be the best training provider and a center of excellence.

“As JKUAT we take pride in being among the best in Research, Innovation, Agriculture and Engineering areas. Once this partnership is realized, it will catapult us to higher levels of achievement and provide a strong platform for the two universities to share their experiences,” said Prof. Ngumi.

Prof. Ngumi also stated that JKUAT is focused on internationalization, which she believes could be an

The Vice President, Osaka Metropolitan University, Prof. Toshiyuki Matsui receives JKUAT merchandise from the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Ngumi after the talks.

important avenue for the university to increase staff and student skill sets through exchanges, as well as improve academic standards and the quality of research and inventions to internationally recognized levels.

Echoing her sentiments, Vice President, OMU, Prof. Toshiyuki Matsui said OMU is eager to expand its reach in Africa and work with JKUAT through their numerous programmes that offer staff and student exchange and research opportunities.

“We are present across Europe, but we were particularly interested in Africa because we think it might be a strategically important region for partnerships that may lead to the flow of information and skills. This partnership could be beneficial to both of our organizations,” said Prof. Matsui.

Prof. Matsui also said the university was eager to expand its global reach through mutual cooperation with other institutions in initiatives that will allow for long-term academic growth and training quality.

“OMU was formed by the amalgamation of Osaka City University and Osaka Prefecture University. We feel this relationship, once concretized, could be essential in providing a firm foundation for developing a fluid interchange of ideas and expertise between the two institutions,” observed Prof. Matsui.

The meeting was also addressed by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research, Production and Extension, Prof. Jackson Kwanza, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Prof. Robert Kinyua and Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance, Prof. Bernard Ikua.

JKUAT and Osaka Metropolitan University in collaboration talks.

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