PAUSTI Admits New Postgraduate Students

Dr. Wahome addresses the new students

The Pan African University Institute for Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation (PAUSTI) based at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) has admitted the 8th cohort comprising 115 students, drawn from record setting 41 African countries.

Out of the total students admitted, 73 will pursue MSc studies, while 42 are expected to study PhD degrees in various programmes such as mathematics, molecular biology and biotechnology, civil engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering.

Addressing the students during the induction ceremony held at PAUSTI, Friday, March 12, 2021, Dr. Wahome Rureri who represented Kenya’s Ministry of Education, lauded PAUSTI for attracting highly talented and self-driven students from across Africa, whom he said, are expected to provide innovative and sustainable solutions to Africa’s social- economic challenges.

Dr. Wahome pledged government’s support to PAUSTI saying the growth in student population can be attributed to concerted effort and quality education and training being offered.

The new students keenly follow the induction ceremony .

“The government of Kenya is very supportive of PAUSTI as is evidenced from the developments herein. As government, we value our partnership with AU that gives the scholarships in collaboration with the African Development Bank and the lead thematic partner, JICA,” said Dr. Wahome.

Dr. Wahome praised JKUAT for being at the fore front of developing innovations, noting, “The Institution is proactive in Africa’s development through various research initiatives such as PAUSTI and Sino Africa Joint Research Centre”.

He urged students to uphold Covid-19 protocols in order to prevent further spread of the disease.

JKUAT Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi said JKUAT will continue to offer full support to PAUSTI in order to actualize the full implementation of the African Union-led University.

Prof. Ngumi reads her speech during the induction ceremony

While congratulating the students for getting an opportunity to study at PAUSTI, Prof. Ngumi challenged them to use their energy and creativity and engage in cutting edge research whose results could be leveraged for the continent’s economic development.

“I therefore urge you to rise up to the challenge and be agents of change that will create tangible action plans that promote economic development, environmental sustainability and social inclusion to end poverty and put Africa on the path to sustainability,” said Prof. Ngumi.

Prof. Hiroshi Koaze who spoke to the students on behalf of JICA, said the Agency is ready to partner with them in their academic journey to make Africa a great continent..

Prof. Koaze encouraged the students to immediately start thinking of research and innovations stating, JICA is ready to support the incubation and commercialization of viable innovations.

On his part, PAUSTI Director, Prof. Gabriel Magoma reported that besides the core units in their areas of specialization, the students will also be exposed to common courses such as history of Africa, gender and human rights and entrepreneurship.

Participants at the end of the orientation ceremony

The courses, he added, were meant to help the students have a deeper appreciation of the continent in their search for sustainable solutions.

Prof. Magoma expressed his delight at the increase in student numbers noting, the diversity will enhance the students’ world view and help in the conceptualizing and providing solutions to development challenges.

The Pan African University (PAU) is a flagship project of the African Union that aims to harness higher education, scientific and technological research to drive the continent’s economic development, social integration and global competitiveness.

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