Rift Valley Institute on Food Processing Benchmarking Mission at JKUAT

Prof. Sila showcases some of the facilities available in the food Fortification lab

Collaboration between learning institutions is vital in providing viable opportunities for students and staff to ensure they are equipped with vital skills and information as well as provide new skills towards doing business.

This was firmed up when the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (COANRE), Principal, Prof. David Mburu hosted a delegation from the Rift Valley Technical Training Institute (RVTTI) that visited Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture (JKUAT) on a benchmarking mission on areas of Food production, Farm management and Horticulture, Wednesday, June 16, 2021.

Speaking during the meeting, Prof. Mburu emphasized on the importance of fostering partnerships amongst institutions pointing out that the move helped in the exchange of ideas that eventually strengthened those involved as it bridged the gap in the sharing of expertise and knowledge.

“The students enrolled in institutions offering diploma courses need to know there are opportunities to advance their studies in Universities and should be encouraged to join degree programmes after completing diploma courses,” the Principal asserted.

With the technical courses at JKUAT been highly practical, Prof. Mburu stated that the consortium would get a better understanding when it comes to the improvement of their curriculum to ensure that their students got the requisite competent based skills that would set them apart from their peers in the competitive job market.

The University, he further noted, was fully committed to partner with like-minded institutions in spearheading skills enhancement of students and staff.

On her part, the RVTTI Deputy Principal, Academics, who was also the team leader Mrs. Janet Otieno, appreciated the cooperation that existed between her institution and JKUAT stating, “This will enhance access to, and support of quality education while increasing lifelong learning opportunities”.

She said the County Government of Uasin Gishu was a major driver in improving Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions, adding, the benchmarking mission would go a long way in providing invaluable expert advice which would be important in providing competency-based courses for the students.

Their visit, she noted, had introduced them to better methods of value addition on their products as well as shape their students to be competitive in the professional world. She said their presence at the University had further given them a wider perspective on other viable opportunities they could tap on as an institution.

JKUAT and RVTTI staff pose for a group photo after the meeting

“We want to be producers and market ourselves as a viable institution for prospective students,” Mrs. Otieno emphasized.

The Deputy Principal said her Institute was not only focused on equipping their students with professional skills but also ensuring they changed their attitude as a game changer in order to produce holistic individuals in the future.

Also in attendance were the Dean, School of Food and Nutritional Sciences (SOFNUS), Prof. Daniel Sila and Dean, School of Natural Resources and Natural Resources (SONRAS), Dr. Francis Njonge.

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