New JICA Chief in Renewed Support for JKUAT

New JICA Kenya Chief, Shinkawa Makoto (left) makes a point during his coutesy call on Prof, Ngumi (right)

The new Japan International Cooperation Agency Chief Representative in Kenya Shinkawa Makoto has commended the growth of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, which he characterised as a shining symbol of strong ties between kenya and Japan.  The official was speaking Wednesday May 15, when he paid a courtesy call on the JKUAT Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi.

Mr. Makoto noted that by hosting the Pan African University Institute for Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation, JKUAT had become a major actor in supporting Africa’s development agenda through higher education and research.

“Because of its strong teaching and research capabilities, JKUAT has become a very famous university in Japan. That is why several Japanese delegations visiting Kenya, both from government, academia and the private sector, come to JKUAT,” the Mr. Makoto said.

He noted that JICA would continue its close collaboration with JKUAT in the thematic areas as a way of supporting the development of Kenya and the rest of Africa.

While receiving the official, Prof. Ngumi highlighted the long cooperation history of JKUAT and Japan through JICA that had given the university a strong foundation in infrastructure, human capacity building and research and innovation support.

“Through PAUSTI, JKUAT is home to students from 47 African countries. Interactions with Japanese scholars has exposed our staff and students to new technologies, ideas and values,” Prof. Ngumi said.

The Vice Chancellor called for even stronger partnership with JICA under the tenure of Mr. Makoto who has previously worked in Kenya for three years – training farmers in western Kenya.

Since its establishment in 1981 as a middle level college, JKUAT has immensely benefited from Japanese aid and cultural exchanges with Japanese universities and research institutions.

Currently, JICA is supporting the implementation of the Africa-ai-JAPAN Project, that aims to strengthen scientific and research infrastructure in JKUAT as a way of support successful implementation of PAUSTI.

Mr. Makoto was accompanied by Africa-ai-JAPAN Project Chief Advisor, Prof. Hiroshi Koaze and Simon Kariuki from the JICA Kenya Office.

On hand to receive the JICA official alongside the Vice Chancellor were Deputy Vice Chancellors: Prof. Jackson Kwanza (Research, Production and Extension); Prof. Robert Kinyua (Academic Affairs)

JICA official with JKUAT

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