JKUAT Partners with Japanese firms to foster research and development

Mr. Godfrey Waluse delivers a speech during the forum

In an effort to foster innovation, knowledge exchange and social advancement, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology has partnered with three Japanese organizations namely: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), TOSHIBA and Mitsui & Co.

Representatives of the four institutions spoke at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) on June 27, 2023 where they expressed interest to work together in coming up with new products through research and technology transfer.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Prof. Robert Kinyua who delivered a speech on behalf of the JKUAT’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Ngumi said that the partnerships would play a crucial role in ensuring that JKUAT is at the frontline of agricultural and technological advancements.” Prof. Kinyua remarked.

Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research Production and Extension, Prof. Jackson Kwanza gifts the Chief Representative, JICA Kenya Office Mr. Hajime Iwama

Giving a presentation on Toshiba’s business in Africa, Mr. Iwasaki Shimada, Managing Director, Toshiba Africa noted that the company was making technological advancements to cut down on the use of fossil fuels and ensure a cleaner, greener environment, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.

“We are at the forefront of replacing fossil fuel energy with hydrogen, this will ensure that we drastically cut down on the Carbon dioxide emission thus protecting our environment.” explained Mr. Iwasaki Shimada, Managing Director, Toshiba Africa.

The partnership has also made it possible for the provision of numerous internship opportunities thus ensuring that the JKUAT students get practical experiences in diverse fields, ranging from agriculture, business to engineering.

On his part, Mr. Godfrey Waluse, Deputy General Manager, Mitsui & Co provided a history of his company, saying that the organization “has taken a 360-degree approach; therefore, having its hooks in different sectors in the global market. This makes it a very flexible organization and is able to accommodate different professionals and in various fields.”

This collaboration has opened doors for endless possibilities making way for groundbreaking research, transformative education and cross-cultural enhancement.

“Let us use the knowledge gained to solve different problems in our society and come up with practical solutions that can improve our living standards” urged Prof. Jackson Kwanza, Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Research Production and Extension at JKUAT.

The diplomatic relationship between JKUAT and Japan has been sustained via the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

“The long-lasting collaboration between JKUAT and JICA has facilitated the exchange of development experiences and successful initiatives.” Mr. Hajime Iwama, Chief Representative, JICA Kenya Office emphasized.

Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance, Prof. Bernard Ikua  and Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research Production and Extension, Prof. Jackson Kwanza gave key remarks and insights during the forum.

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