A team of researchers from Okayama University, Japan were at JKUAT, Thursday, March 1, 2012 to compare notes and explore new frontiers of research cooperation with their counterparts at JKUAT. During a brief meeting with the vice chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga who was franked by her Deputy Vice chancellor in charge of Research, Production and Extension, Prof. Esther Kahangi, the Japanese team of five led by Dr. Wataru Sakamoto, a leading scientist in plant stress, expressed their university’s interest to support rice breeding research at JKUAT aimed at increasing rice productivity through molecular technology.
Speaking to the Japanese guests, Prof. Imbuga welcomed the new areas of collaboration and informed the visitors the establishment of the Pan African University, Institute of Basic Sciences and Technology at JKUAT that opens its doors for postgraduate training and research is likely to come with more opportunities. She invited Okayama University scholars to explore the new prospects to further strengthen the JKUAT –Okayama collaboration.
JKUAT has been collaborating with the University of Okayama for years, in an arrangement that has seen a number of JKUAT scholars mainly from the College of Engineering and Technology and Faculty of Agriculture receive higher training at Okayama University. Currently for example, three JKUAT staffers are in Japan pursuing PhD and MSc degree studies under the collaboration.
Okayama University researchers have been as well supporting JKUAT annual Scientific Conference by providing financial support and through their scholar’s participation in the conference.