Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi has challenged students to engage in research projects that will provide solutions to address global issues such as climate change and environmental degradation, thus promoting sustainability.
In her welcoming address delivered to the first year students on Friday, September 10, 2021, Prof. Ngumi congratulated the new students admitted under the Kenya Universities Central Placement Services (KUCPS) and the Alternative degree programme.
“I congratulate each one of you for excelling in your Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examination to earn your place in this University. I wish you all the best in your academic endeavours and a very bright and enjoyable experience as you discover JKUAT,” said Prof. Ngumi.
During the 2021/22 academic year, the Vice Chancellor reported that JKUAT was “admitting over 6,529 new students under KUCPS,” a figure she said, represented 7.9 % increase compared to the 2020/2021 intake where 6008 students were admitted.
Prof. Ngumi further stated that the University anticipates this year’s admission to go up owing to cases of inter-university transfers.
During the interactive virtual session, the Vice Chancellor used the occasion to offer words of advice to the new cohort and counselled them “to shun inappropriate behaviour in form of drugs, illicit brews, sex for favours and immorality,” which she noted, has affected higher institutions of learning.
“My motherly advice to you as my dear daughters and sons is this: get your priorities right from the word go, and avoid the pitfalls that have befallen many university students who once held lots of hope and great promise which was ruined by loss of focus,” advised Prof. Ngumi.
The Vice Chancellor’s Address was preceded by welcome speeches from Deputy Vice Chancellors, Principals and Deans on Thursday, September 9, 2021, where Prof. Mary Abukutsa, Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Research, Production and Extension, gave an overview of the division terming it as “the other side of the academic coin of JKUAT.”
She outlined the five directorates of RPE as well as research centres which would be relevant to the incoming students, urging them to innovate and participate in the annual Tech Expo that facilitates linkage between the student innovators and the relevant industry.
On his part, Prof. Bernard Ikua, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration and Finance) explained the role of the division that is charged with facilitating other arms of the University and therefore, support the emotional and intellectual growth of a holistic individual.
Prof. Ikua stated that the University is committed to quality service delivery as per the Service Charter and compliance with global standards ISO 9001 2015 and EMS 14001 2015 Standards.
“Administration and Finance is concerned with Human Resource, providing the staff who interact with the students throughout their stay in the university. This includes hospital and healthcare services, transport to and from other auxiliary centres of training, catering and accommodation, as well as security,” said Prof. Ikua.
In his remarks the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs, Prof. Robert Kinyua, congratulated the students’ meritorious achievement despite the disruption of the Form Four academic calendar. He appreciated the students for choosing JKUAT, a testimony of the University’s unique and competitive programmes that are recognized globally.
“JKUAT has enabled many renowned leaders, researchers and innovators to realize their potential and excel. I urge you to strive to be active learners who are explorative and innovative in order to generate new ideas and contribute to solutions to emerging challenges,” advised Prof. Kinyua.
The Vice Chancellor’s Address was a culmination of the orientation week which was characterized by several induction activities for the new students and familiarization with university procedures.