Academia- Industry Partnership

Mr. Gitahi, Prof. Imbuga and Prof. Kahangi during the discussions

Mr. Gitahi, Prof. Imbuga and Prof. Kahangi during the discussions

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga, Tuesday, March 22, held discussions with Linus Gitahi, Chairman of Tropikal Brands Afrika Ltd on how the two institutions can work together within the industry-academia framework, to translate JKUAT innovations into tangible products.

Prof. Imbuga said JKUAT remains home to a number of innovations which could be harnessed for livelihood transformation. The innovations, the Vice Chancellor noted, cut across a number of academic disciplines including engineering, agriculture and ICT.

Prof. Imbuga identified a number of value added food science products such as probiotic yoghurt, jams, honey, and porridge which JKUAT currently produces.

Gitahi said the company was willing to work with JKUAT to push some of the innovations out of the University to the market. He added that his organization has an established distribution network across East Africa and creative brand management that could benefit the University.

Tropikal Brands Afrika Ltd manufactures household, personal care, food and baby products as well as undertaking distribution of top quality multinational brands.

Gitahi was accompanied to JKUAT by the Company’s Managing Director, Davies Mukuria and the company’s Finance Controller, Maurice Oyuyo.

Joining Prof. Imbuga to welcome the team was Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Research Production and Extension, Prof. Esher Kahangi and JKUATES Managing Director, Winfred Karugu.

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