Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga has said the University is committed to produce high quality and competent architects to drive the country’s development needs. Averring that Kenya was experiencing unprecedented growth in built and natural environment industry, Prof. Imbuga added that JKUAT continue to work with industry stakeholders and professional bodies to ensure the curriculum is responsive to current and emerging trends in the industry.
The Vice Chancellor was speaking when she hosted officials from the Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK) led by their President, Emma Miloyo at the University, Monday July 24, 2017.
Prof. Imbuga added that JKUAT was modernizing its teaching and research infrastructure in keeping with global standards. To bridge the divide between industry and academia, the Vice Chancellor informed the interactive session that JKUAT had put in place mechanisms to ensure industry professionals come on board as adjunct lecturers an arrangement that she said was also helpful in providing students with the much needed attachments and internships.
AAK President Emma Miloyo commended the University for its leadership in training and research in the areas of built and natural environment. She added that AAK was keen to work with universities in Kenya towards improving quality of training and research in thematic areas.
Miloyo said the Association has also been in the forefront of mentoring students through targeted seminars; forums which she added creates the often elusive opportunity for networking among academia and industry players.
The officials said JKUAT and AAK will continue to work together to improve the quality of teaching, research and innovation for the benefit of the country and the region.
Emma was accompanied to JKUAT by AAK’s CEO, Jacob Mwangi; and Chairperson of the Body’s Architects Chapter, Wilson Mugambi, among others.
The session was also addressed by Deputy Vice Chancellors: Prof. Romanus Odhiambo and Prof. Otoki Moirongo; and Dean School of Architecture & Building Sciences, Prof. Stephen Diang’a.