Student Exchange Program: Tokyo City University and JKUAT

On February 23rd, the Africa-ai-Japan Project and the College of Engineering and Technology (COETEC) welcomed exchange students and staff from Tokyo City University to Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).

The team, consisting of eight (8) students and one (1) staff member, visited JKUAT to engage in knowledge exchanges primarily focused on Material Engineering.

Prof. Momozawa (Second Right), Tokyo City University Students and JKUAT Engineering students sharing ideas at iPIC Centre laboratory

The overarching goal was to identify areas of collaboration while providing an opportunity for both staff and students to experience academic and research environments beyond their home country. Additionally, the visit aimed to facilitate the integration of foreign faculty members to teach at the university, both virtually and in person.

Prof. Ai Momozawa, the head of the delegation and an expert in Medical Engineering from Tokyo City University, expressed satisfaction with the collaboration, highlighting Tokyo City University’s commitment to working with JKUAT to enhance capacity building and foster achievements.

This collaboration stems from the Sakura Science Extension Program, which involved five (5) staff and ten (10) students from JKUAT. Spearheaded by JICA Expert, Engineering, Dr. Shohei Aoki of the Africa-ai-Japan Project, the team was hosted by Tokyo City University and sponsored by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and JICA in October 2022.

Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi welcomed the visiting team, emphasizing the positive impact of inter-university collaboration. She expressed gratitude for selecting JKUAT and reiterated the university’s readiness to host the students and staff, viewing the partnership as a significant opportunity for enhanced cooperation in higher education.

Prof. Ngumi emphasized the potential of this exchange to foster research and innovation, leveraging African knowledge and Japanese scientific technology for mutually beneficial development outcomes.

Centre; Prof. H. Koaze and Prof. A. Momozawa share a commemorative photo, after one of the sessions at iPIC Centre

Chief Advisor of the Africa-ai-Japan Project, Prof. Hiroshi Koaze, conveyed appreciation to the visiting team and assured them of continuous support.

Dr. Eng. Hiram Ndiritu, Principal of the College of Engineering, also expressed gratitude for the delegation’s visit, highlighting JKUAT’s growth in research and resources through collaboration with Japanese Universities, particularly in Engineering.

The event saw presentations from various experts from JKUAT in the field of Engineering, including, Dr. Ruthandi Martin, Dr. O. Gerald, and Dr. Ing. M. Wamai.

This collaboration reflects the broader trend of Japanese universities partnering with institutions across continents. In 2020, Africa was specifically targeted for collaboration on projects promoting international exchange and establishing information platforms for Japanese universities.

(Posted by Esther Ndiwa)