Ministry of Education Nairobi 29th January, 2019 – The Kenyan government and the Government of Japan have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to extent the Pan-African University for Science Technology and Innovation, (PAUSTI) network project.
The project aims at strengthening Science, Technology and Innovation Training in Africa to boost manufacturing and spur economic growth across the continent.
Cabinet Secretary for Education, Amb Amina Mohamed signed the MoU ON behalf of the Government of Kenya while the Representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency in Kenya, Ms. Keiko Sano signed on behalf of the Government of Japan.
The Vice Chancellor, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, (JKUAT), Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, whose institutions hosts PAUSTI, also signed the MoU.
The signing was done at the Ministry of Education Headquarters at Jogoo House today.
Amb Mohamed said the extension of the project will ensure that all the components envisioned in the project are realized.
She said the project had enabled 450 students have gone through this programme 128 of whom had completed Masters Degrees while 14 have attained PhDs.
“This is commendable progress,” the Cabinet Secretary said.
She added that the establishment of the innovation Prototyping and Invention Centre (iPIC) and the Small Animal Facility for Research and Innovation (SAFARI) had boosted research and innovation capacity of JKUAT and PAUSTI researchers.
Ms. Keiko Sano said that the extension will enhance the capability of the Centre for Scientific Equipment Maintenance.
She expressed hope that the Project will produce graduates with skills and knowledge in Science, Technology and Innovation for industrial development in JKUAT and Pan African University Institute for Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation (PAUSTI).
Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi thanked the Government, PAUSTI and JICA for agreeing to extend the project, saying it will strengthen STI in Africa and boost manufacturing and spur economic growth across the continent.