JOOUST to establish cultural institute to preserve African heritage

JOOUST VC Prof Emilly Akuno (right) with Acting Chancellor Prof Shem Wandiga awarding a PhD graduand.

JOOUST (Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology) is set to establish an Institute of Cultural Heritage and Material Science to preserve the African culture.

Newly installed Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof Emilly Achieng’ Akuno, speaking during the university’s 11th graduation ceremony, disclosed that the establishment of the institute will play a strategic and significant role for the good of society.

“The institute aims to contribute to the preservation and understanding of cultural assets while advancing scientific knowledge in material science,” the VC stated.

For Prof Akuno, the interdisciplinary approach not only aligns with the university’s dedication to academic excellence but also positions JOOUST as a key player in addressing contemporary issues bridging cultural heritage and scientific exploration.

“The institute of Cultural Heritage and Material Science seeks to deepen the connection between JOOUST and its surrounding community. Furthermore, its global perspective on cultural preservation and material science will bolster the university’s standing on the international stage, fostering collaborations and partnerships that transcend geographical boundaries,” the VC said.

Members of  staff.

She underscored the significance of digitization in improving efficiency, accessibility and transparency, noting that a robust ICT investment makes delivery of work in all facets to be of desired quality.

“Simultaneously, JOOUST has capitalized on digital technologies to provide e-Learning opportunities, catering to the evolving needs of both students and professionals through the Centre for e-Learning. JOOUST acknowledges the significance of e-Learning in delivering adaptable and accessible education. Utilizing digital technologies, JOOUST offers a range of e-Learning opportunities, encompassing online Degree programmes, Blended Learning, and Open Educational Resources,” Prof Akuno affirmed.

A total of 1331 graduands were conferred with various PhDs, Masters and Bachelor’s degrees, diplomas and certificates.

The congregation of graduands.

The VC told the graduands that the ideals and principles that have been instilled in them during their time as students must now be put into action. She implored them to remain steadfast pillars of hope upon which the nation relies.

“Failure is not an option. Say “no” to corruption, vices, nepotism, fraud, and bribery, and say “yes” to hard work, selfless service, honesty, integrity, and charity. The formal and informal training you have received is intended to enable you to fulfill God’s purpose in your lives and to be a blessing to your generation and future generations. We have every confidence that you will be exemplary representatives and ambassadors wherever you go,” Prof Akuno counselled.

Chief guest of the event Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu said his ministry was satisfied with the gains that JOOUST had continued to make, especially in its research.

In a speech read on his behalf by Dr Joyce Ngure, Assistant Director of Research in the Ministry of Education, the CS stated that he is aware that the university has made substantial progress in various fields, resulting in several notable publications and securing competitive grants to the tune of 94 million shillings over the years.

He also urged the university to optimally utilize the JOUUST Blue Economy Research institute as an opportunity for Marine Science advancement in the region and beyond.


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