A team from the government of Japan through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) toured JKUAT University on Tuesday 9th July, 2019. The tour that was organized by Japanese Embassy majored on the key achievements and activities of JICA Through AFRICA-ai-JAPAN Project.
While welcoming and addressing the visitors and people present, Vice Chancellor Prof. Vitoria Ngumi praised JICA support to the university which has helped in promoting utilization and uptake of many technologies. Prof. Ngumi further added that Japan has become a major catalyst in the transformation of Africa through research and innovation.
Speaking during the tour which was held on Tuesday July 9, 2019 at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Mr. Satoshi Sugimoto noted that higher education and research is one of the key priority areas of collaboration of Japan and Kenya since cooperation of the two countries was established in 1981. Mr. Sugimoto who is a senior JICA representative added that the cooperation had emerged into an important institution of human capacity building not only for Kenya but also Africa.
During the tour, journalists had a chance to see various laboratories equipped with a wide area of equipment to support applied teaching and research in various fields. Also on display were a number of innovation and research outputs by JKUAT staff and students. Japanese private sector participation in JKUAT activities were also show cased through WAGO project in strawberry and cherry tomato.
Some of the areas visited included the ALB renovation and extension building currently going on courtesy of JICA through Africa-ai-JAPAN project. The building is aimed to provide three laboratories, four classrooms and offices for the newly formed college of agriculture.
The media tours and discussion provided a clear picture of the benefits of the collaboration between governments of Japan, Kenya and Japanese private sector ahead of seventh TICAD is set to be held in August 2019 in Yokohama, Japan.