JKUAT, VIVES University Enter a Five-Year Partnership

Putting pen to paper: Pof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi (seated Center) and Joris Hindrycks sign the agreement document sealing the partnership

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and Vives University of Applied Sciences (Belgium) have entered a five-year collaborative research and academic exchange agreement. The two parties will carry out a variety of educational and applied research programmes, apprenticeships and staff and student exchanges.

Speaking at the ceremony to seal the partnership, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi said JKUAT is keen on fostering multi-disciplinary collaborations with both regional and international partners to produce useful outputs to society.

“As one of the leading universities in training, research and innovation, JKUAT prides itself in developing innovative academic, research and innovation products to support socio-economic development and livelihoods transformation at national and regional levels,” observed Prof. Ngumi.

Citing examples of top-notch research enterprises that have emanated from multi-organizational collaborations, Prof. Ngumi acknowledged that the collaborations have given the University the much needed prestige not only in Kenya but in sub-Saharan Africa.

“JKUAT is for example home to the Legume Centre of Excellence for Food Nutrition Security, Cassava Virology Lab, EU-funded Food Fortification Lab, Pan African University Institute for Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation, a graduate hub serving Africa, and Sino Africa Joint Research Centre advancing biodiversity research and conservation in the continent and the IMO’s International Maritime Technology Corporation Centre, among others,” enumerated Prof. Ngumi.

Exchange of signed documents: JKUAT and Vives University will carry out a variety of education and applied research programmes including staff and student exchange

On his part, the President, Vives University of Applied Sciences, Joris Hindrycks, said he was confident of fruitful collaborations pegged on the Kenya-Belgium bilateral relationship.

“I am looking forward to the prospect of learning from each other, the exchange program for both faculty and students, collaborating in curriculum review/development and delving in joint multi-disciplinary research for the betterment of the citizens of both our countries,” said the President.

The collaborative research and academic exchange agreement, championed by the Ministry of Education, Directorate of University Education and Research, will also see both parties participate in collaborative teaching activities, joint degree programs and conferences and seminars.

The President was accompanied by Vives University, Head of International Office, Ms. Tine Ternest, Vives University, International Relations Officer, Ms. Lies Verstraete and Education Attaché, Kenyan Embassy at Brussels, Mrs. Peris Litunya.

Mrs. Litunya said the Embassy was determined to provide Kenyan Universities with opportunities that will enable them to forge inclusive and far-reaching symbiotic collaborations with their counterparts in Belgium for prosperity.

The meeting was also addressed by the Deputy Vice Chancellors; Prof. Mary Abukutsa, Prof. Robert Kinyua and Prof. Bernard Ikua; Principals; Dr. Hiram Nderitu, Prof. George Thiong’o, Dr. Reuben Thuo; Deans; Prof. Daniel Sila, Prof. Elijah Ateka, Prof. Hellen Mberia, and Directors; Prof. Justus Onguso and Dr. Mwikamba Kaibui and Ministry of Education officials Ms. Rose Ndegwa and Mr. Abdikadir Kosar.

JKUAT and Vives University of Applied Sciences have entered a five-year partnership

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