A senior Japanese official has said that Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology remains a veritable exemplification of the robust bilateral relations between Kenya and Japan. The State Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Hiroyuki Yoshiie said JKUAT offered a great opportunity for further cooperation between the two countries especially in higher education realm.
The Minister who toured the Innovation and Prototyping Integrated Center during his visit to JKUAT on Saturday July 8, 2017 lauded the innovation outputs by students and staff of the University.
Receiving the official to JKUAT, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga said the University had been a beneficiary of Japanese technology, human capital exchanges and funding.
Because of continued support, Prof. Imbuga, added, JKUAT had emerged as a regional centre of excellence that was building capacity for Africa by hosting the Pan African University Institute for Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation (PAUSTI).
The Vice Chancellor further noted that as a lead thematic partner in the implementation of the African Union led PAUSTI, Japan had become an important international partner in fostering Africa’s human resources in the areas of science, technology and innovation.
The Minister was accompanied to JKUAT by MEXT Director General for International Affairs, Kazuaki Kawabata; Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Japan in Kenya, Yoshihiro Katayama and Kenya JICA Chief, Keiko Sano, among others.