JKUAT Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Ngumi has urged the new students to take their studies seriously and to work hard in and out of the classroom. This, she said, was the finest way to thank and honor their parents, guardians, and other stakeholders who continue to make significant sacrifices in order to give the students opportunities to achieve their life goals.
“I urge you to get your priorities right and avoid the pitfalls that have befallen university students who once held lots of hope and great promise,” Prof. Ngumi said.
She made the remarks on Friday, September 8, in her address to the first-year students who enrolled in the institution during the September 2023 intake.
The Vice Chancellor’s address, which coincided with the 12th annual Open Day, assured the students that they had made the correct decision by enrolling at JKUAT, which continues to set trends in higher education, research, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
“Since its inception, JKUAT has been at the forefront of fostering a culture of research and innovation among faculty and students. Our achievements, such as our role in the 2019 national population census and support for the government’s development agenda, demonstrate our commitment to excellence,” Prof. Ngumi stated.
She further added that JKUAT consistently ensures that its programs are updated to suit industry demands, standards, and regulations, producing students who have excelled in many different fields.
With the introduction of the new funding model, the Vice Chancellor commended the government’s move, stating that it will enhance access to high-quality education for all Kenyan students, regardless of their socioeconomic circumstances. She urged the students to take advantage of the opportunity and make wise career decisions.
“The goal of the initiative is to reduce the financial burden on students and their families; ensuring that no deserving student is denied access to higher education due to financial constraints. As JKUAT, we want to ensure that the government’s program succeeds and that young people have access to high-quality training and education,” Prof. Ngumi observed.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor, (Academic Affairs) Prof. Robert Kinyua exhorted the students to internalize, comprehend, and abide by the university’s rules and regulations throughout their studies period.
“As JKUAT, we will provide you with a platform to hone your abilities and shape you to be a problem solver by discovering your skills through the available chances,” Prof. Kinyua averred.
Margaret Akinyi, a first-year Industrial Chemistry student, described the address as a fantastic opportunity that enabled her to interact with university administration while also learning about the numerous opportunities available at the university.
“I am thrilled to be joining JKUAT, a prestigious university that consistently produces high-quality graduates. This is an excellent opportunity for me to be trained by the best while simultaneously establishing a worthwhile career for the future,” Akinyi stated.
The event was also addressed by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research Production and Extension, Prof. Jackson Kwanza and the Registrar Academic Affairs, Dr. Aggrey Wanyama.