Varsity Community Pays Tribute to the Late Prof. Junkichi Iwasa

The Late Professor Emeritus, Prof. Junkichi Iwasa/Picture Courtesy

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, has on behalf of the University Community, eulogized the former Chairman of the Japanese University Council Consortium, Prof. Junkichi Iwasa following his passing on.

In her glowing tribute to the Japanese academic, the Vice Chancellor, said, she received the sad news of Prof. Iwasa’s passing on with deep sorrow and humble acceptance of God’s will,” noting that Prof. Junkichi Iwasa, a Professor Emeritus of University of Okayama, and one of the founders of the present-day Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), played a critical role during the University’s inception in the year 1981.”

Prof. Wambui said that the late scholar served as the Deputy Chairman of the Japanese University Consortium between 1980 and 2000, a position he used very ably to steer the University to great heights.

In his position, Prof. Wambui added, the Japanese don was very instrumental in lobbying for the University grants from the Government of Japan, a role the Vice Chancellor observed, “Will forever be remembered.”

He was at the forefront in aiding the then JKUCAT staff train for short and long-term courses in Japan. These trainings, it should be noted, equipped the staff with various skills that they later applied to steer the University to its current status.

Prof. Iwasa was one of the pioneers who initiated the famous JKUAT’s Babaroa Award which benefited exemplary students from all departments in various fields including the best students in academics, sports, among others.

“Even after leaving JKUAT in the year 2000, the Vice Chancellor recalled, “Prof. Iwasa’s love for the institution remained steadfast, and he was among the distinguished guests who joined JKUAT staff to mark the 20th anniversary celebrations in 2016.

We celebrate Prof. Iwasa for the distinguished role he played that has seen the University grow tremendously, observed the Vice Chancellor, further noting, “It is sad that the cruel hand of death has robbed us a great man, and an academician whose services will remain etched in our mind.”

On behalf of the University Council, Management, Staff and Students, we send our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family, friends, relatives and colleagues, and ask the Almighty God to grant them strength, courage and peace to bear the loss.

Professor Iwasa will be laid to rest on Thursday, March 10, 2022, in Japan.

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