JKUAT Welcomes Exchange Students and Staff from Japan

Prof. Ngumi (centre) welcomes the guests led by Prof. Tomihide (left) and Prof. Koji Takeda of Tokyo University of Agriculture (right)

Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi on Monday February 20, welcomed exchange students and staff from two Japanese universities to Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

The teams from Tokyo University of Agriculture and Utsunomiya University are in JKUAT to carry out knowledge exchanges in the areas of food and nutrition security, sustainable agriculture, animal health and agricultural produce value addition, among others.

The visit is part of JKUAT’s internationalization bid that includes exposing staff and students to academic and research environments outside the country, while also welcoming foreign faculty to teach at the university either virtually and in-person.

Head of the Utsunomiya University delegation, Prof. Tomohide Natsuaki noted that his University was pleased to collaborate with JKUAT in developing competent human resource to drive the achievements of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals in Africa.

Under the Inter-University Exchange Project, Utsunomiya University is working with JKUAT and six other African universities to produce next generation of African and Japanese leaders that can effectively fuse African knowledge and Japanese scientific technology to deliver mutually beneficial development outcomes.

Principal, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Prof. Daniel Sila takes the exchange programme students through a session

The project targets masters degree students from who are inducted in a course on global management besides undertaking student summit and series of symposia. Over 200 JKUAT students have since benefited from the project, with some taking exchange programmes in Japan.

While appreciating the enviable outcomes of the partnership, Prof. Ngumi noted that JKUAT recently established a graduate school as part of its broader strategy to strengthen postgraduate training in order to effectively contribute to the development aspirations of Kenya, Africa and the rest of the world.

The Vice Chancellor added that JKUAT was also repositioning as a research university capable of providing solutions to cross border challenges such as climate change induced food insecurity. By working with Japanese universities, Prof. Ngumi added that JKUAT will strengthen its resident capacity in agricultural research.

Dr. Michael Ouyabe from the Tokyo University of Agriculture said that Japan had honed specific technologies that could be deployed to leapfrog Africa’s development. He also noted that Africa equally carried inherent potential that Japan needs.

Dr. Ouyabe who currently works with Centre for Global Initiatives however urged African countries to get their priorities right in order to generate maximum benefits from international partners like Japan.

Yuzu Nakano, one of the exchange students pursuing animal science from Tokyo University of Agriculture, said the visit to JKUAT would enable her to learn about Kenya’s agricultural sector and the country’s culture through interaction with local colleagues.

Similar learning optimism was expressed by Gloria Njeri Mwangi a final year Food Science and Technology student from JKUAT who believes the exchange programmes provides JKUAT students with extra opportunity to learn from other countries.

At hand to assist the Vice Chancellor receive the guests was Principal, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Prof. Daniel Sila and other JKUAT staff engaged in the exchange programmes.

Exchange programme delegates with JKUAT officials after reception ceremony

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