Envoy lauds JKUAT for fostering Kenya-Japan relations

Japan Ambassador to Kenya Ken Okaniwa.

Japanese envoy to Kenya Okaniwa Ken has lauded JKUAT for fostering Kenya-Japan relations, giving the college a certificate of commendation in recognition of the enduring collaboration between the university and Japan.

The certificate expresses gratitude to JKUAT for its distinguished service in deepening mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and the Government of Kenya.

Okaniwa underscored the success story of the collaboration between Japan and Kenya, emphasizing the pivotal role played by JKUAT through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

“Fostering human capacity development is essential for cultivating a self-sufficient and adaptable nation as it enables individuals and communities to take a proactive approach in dealing with their unique challenges and prospects,” said Okaniwa.

The Ambassador’s presentation coincided with the 3rd AFRICA-ai-JAPAN Joint Coordination Committee meeting, which brought together stakeholders from the Ministry of Education, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), JKUAT, Pan African University of Science, Technology and Innovation (PAUSTI), and officials from the Japanese Embassy in Kenya.

On her part, JKUAT Vice Chancellor Prof Victoria Wambui Ngumi appreciated the support JKUAT has received from the Japanese government, saying the collaboration over the years has significantly contributed to JKUAT’s international agenda.

“Through our partnership, we have opened up opportunities for our students, faculty, and researchers to engage with their counterparts from around the world, gaining invaluable exposure to diverse cultures, perspectives, and cutting-edge research,” attested Prof Ngumi.

Principal Secretary in the State Department for University Education and Research Dr Beatrice Inyangala lauded the milestones recorded by the AFRICA-ai-JAPAN and thanked Japan for its educational and research support in the country.

By Kamau Njoroge

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