The Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga has urged Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) staff to take advantage of the introduction of the devolved system of governance in the country to stamp their authority in the fields of trade that may spur the country’s economic development.
Prof Imbuga said JKUAT would increase access to higher education in the country through partnerships, innovations and research activities; increased marketing of its programmes and exploring alternative sources of funding in order to cater for its operational costs considering that only 30% of its funding comes from the national government.
Responding to recent concerns regarding the quality of university graduates in the country, Prof. Imbuga who is also the Chairperson of the Universities Joint Admissions Board (JAB), urged universities in the country to offer quality education.
The Vice Chancellor stated that JKUAT had put in place mechanisms to check on the quality of graduates from the institution and urged staff to remain steadfast to the University’s Philosophy and Mission.
She informed the participants attending a Risk Management Policy Framework (RMPF) workshop in Nanyuki that the University was in the process of purchasing 250 acres of land within Juja which will be used for research and other activities as the University had embarked on major innovative and technological activities.
Also present was the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research, Production and Extension Prof. Esther Kahangi.