JKUAT Scientific Conference Hailed a Success

Part of the University Management Board led by Prof. Ngumi, (3rd right)follow proceedings during the closing ceremony

The 16th JKUAT Scientific, Technological and Industrialisation Conference has been affirmed a success by the various speakers during its closing ceremony, March 25, 2022.

While appreciating the organisers of the conference, JKUAT Chair of Council, Amb. (Eng.) Mahboub Maalim said that the theme of the conference was timely and was impressed by the diversity of the presenters and papers presented during the conference.

“The diversity of the papers and participation of the conference drawn from government, academia and industry is impressive to say the least. It is my hope that you (the participants) have interacted and built cross-cutting networks that will be useful in providing possible solutions to various challenges afflicting society,” said Amb. Mahboub.

The Chair challenged the researchers to ensure they work with policy makers so that some of the findings can be taken up by Government to inform policy aimed at taking the country’s socio-economic development forward.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi while thanking the organisers of the conference for achieving their objectives, informed the participants that this year’s conference was the best one yet.

“To enhance networking in this new normal, I was delighted to see that the conference had an e-cocktail session where the participants engaged in multi-disciplinary interaction to wind down the proceedings of the first day. This was commendable,” said Prof. Ngumi.

She further said universities need to look at different ways of communicating their research to policy and decision makers.

“As academia, we must be in the forefront in guiding the discourse of some of the challenges affecting our societies, including but not limiting to climate change and sustainability of the environment,” advised Prof. Ngumi.

The conference’s main purpose was to enhance JKUAT’s focus on research, innovation, and entrepreneurship for excellence in higher education in the era of COVID-19.

The conference attracted over 400 participants from 18 countries namely, Kenya, United States, Ethiopia, Germany, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Finland, Mauritania, Zanzibar, Tanzania, Uganda, Somalia, Nigeria, Cameroon, United Kingdom and Israel.

Chair of Council, Amb. Mahboub officially closes the virtual JKUAT Scientific Conference

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