Six students hailing from the Departments of Horticulture and Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at JKUAT, have been honored as the recipients of the inaugural KIKI Trust Fund Scholarship.
Paul Joshua Iligha, Solomon Ohare Owiti, Thomas Antone Odongo (from horticulture), Mbarak Abdalla Salimin, Brian Omondi Ambonya and Leans Bruno Kipkorir (from civil engineering) each took home Kshs. 100,000 and a certificate of recognition for their exemplary academic performance in the year 2022-2023.
The KIKI Trust Fund was established by the visionary Professor Makoto Kimura and the Late Mr. Kiyoshi Kita. The two individuals dedicated their lives to the betterment of the people of Kenya, particularly in the fields of horticulture and civil engineering.
Prof. Makoto Kimura, in his role as a JICA expert within the JKUAT Department of Civil Engineering, was instrumental in setting up African Institute for Capacity Development (AICAD) and the Pan African University of Science, Technology, and Innovation (PAUSTI) both domiciled at JKUAT.
The late Mr. Kiyoshi Kita, a dedicated servant of the farming community in Kenya worked as a JICA expert at JKUAT and his involvement in the JKUAT Farm and Horticulture Department, as well as the establishment of AICAD demonstrated his visionary approach towards sustainable agriculture and rural development.
During the award presentation, KIKI Trust Fund Trustees, Prof. Kiptanui Too, and Dr. Mercy Mwaniki announced that the KIKI award scheme, totaling KSHS. 3,000,000, will be available for the next five academic years, commencing in September 2023.
Expressing gratitude for the fund, JKUAT Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, acknowledged the profound impact of Prof. Makoto Kimura and the late Mr. Kiyoshi Kita on education and capacity building at JKUAT and across the African continent.
Prof. Ngumi conveyed her deepest appreciation, stating, “Your legacy is secure in the hearts and minds of the students who will benefit from these scholarships. Through your generosity, you have empowered the next generation of leaders in horticulture and civil engineering.”
She advised the six students to embrace the scholarship opportunity with dignity and commended them for their unwavering dedication to excellence. She encouraged them to strive for a brighter and prosperous future.
The award ceremony was attended by Deputy Vice Chancellor (RPE) Prof. Jackson Kwanza, Ag. Deputy Vice Chancellor (Admin and Finance) Dr. Eng. Hiram Ndiritu, Ag. Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Prof. George Thiong’o, Ag. Principal, College of Engineering and Technology, Dr. Eng. Charles Kabubu, Ag. Principal, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr. Lucy Kananu Murungi, AFRICA-ai-JAPAN, Chief Advisor, Prof. Hiroshi Koaze and Chair of Departments, Dr. Catherine Ngamau (Horticulture) and Dr. Eng. Simon Mdondo (Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering).