JKUAT Students win Emerald Knowledge Competition award

Prof. Robert Kinyua awarding the certificate to Mr. Ndung’u for having participated in the Emerald competition

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) students participated in the annual Emerald Knowledge Competition and emerged as the runners-up among 32 universities in Kenya. The competition is aimed at giving university students an opportunity to provide innovative ways of accessing and using the databases provided by the Emerald publishers. The winners were awarded money and certificates following their win.

Speaking during the certificates presentation ceremony on Tuesday, August 29, 2023, Prof. Robert Kinyua, the JKUAT Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs (DVC-AA) acknowledged the participants’ good work and urged them to continue in the same spirit.

Prof. Kinyua said, “I appreciate the work well done in flying the JKUAT flag high and emerging second in the competitions. I encourage you to keep up the good work.”

The team of five JKUAT students who participated in the competition came up with a project aimed at raising awareness on the best way to fully utilize the resources that Emerald Publishers offer.

Mr. Stephen Kimani who was one of the participants, explained that their project was aimed at raising awareness of the various ways people can use Emerald Publishers on and off campus.

“Through the partnership with Iontbo, which is an organization focused on mental health, we were able to visit Thika Girls High School and shed light on the different ways to maintain mental wellness. This was made possible through the knowledge offered by a book published by the Emerald Publishers tittled, Art in Mind,” explained Mr. Kimani.

Mr. Mathias Ndung’u who also participated in the competition emphasized that the interaction with his peers as they raised awareness in various student clubs was not only a good learning experience but also a chance to tackle the many issues surrounding mental health.

“Our project provided us with a chance to interact with fellow students and talk about mental wellness which is an issue that most of us can relate to,” Mr. Ndung’u added.

On her part, Dr. Roselyne Mang’ira, the University Librarian, congratulated Elton Mwenda, Emily Chivai, and Hellen Phoebe for their win and emphasized that JKUAT was increasingly upscaling its information databases towards providing high-quality teaching and research resources to the library users within the university.

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