Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof. Victoria Ngumi has urged incoming First-Year students to take their studies seriously and work hard whether in or out of the classroom.
She noted that it was the finest way to express gratitude to their parents and guardians who continue to make significant sacrifices in order to present to them an opportunity to pursue their life goals.
“I urge you to get your priorities right and avoid the pitfalls that have befallen university students who once held lots of hope and great promise,” Prof. Ngumi said.
She made the remarks during her address to the First-Year students who recently enrolled in the institution during the September 2023 intake.
Prof. Ngumi assured the students that they had made the right decision by enrolling at JKUAT which continues to set standards in higher education, research, innovation and entrepreneurship.
“Since its inception, JKUAT has been at the forefront of fostering a culture of research and innovation among faculty and students. Our achievements, such as our role in the 2019 national population census and support for the government’s development agenda, demonstrate our commitment to excellence,” she said.
The VC further added that the university consistently ensures that its programmes are updated to suit industry demands, standards and regulations, producing students who have excelled in various fields.
With the introduction of the new funding model, the VC commended the government’s move stating that it will enhance access to high-quality education for all students, regardless of their socioeconomic circumstances.
She urged the students to take advantage of the opportunity and make wise career decisions.
“The goal of the initiative is to reduce the financial burden on students and their families; ensuring that no deserving student is denied access to higher education due to financial constraints. As JKUAT, we want to ensure that the programme succeeds and that the youth have access to high-quality training and education,” she observed.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor (DVC) in charge of Academic Affairs Prof. Robert Kinyua asked the students to internalize, comprehend and abide by the university’s rules and regulations throughout their prescribed period.
“As JKUAT, we will provide you with a platform to hone your abilities and shape you to be a problem-solver by discovering your skills through the available chances,” Prof. Kinyua averred.
Margaret Akinyi, a first-year Industrial Chemistry student, described the address as a fantastic opportunity that enabled her to interact with university administration while also learning about the numerous opportunities available at the university.
“I am thrilled to be joining JKUAT, a prestigious university that consistently produces high-quality graduates. This is an excellent opportunity for me to be trained by the best while simultaneously establishing a worthwhile career for the future,” Akinyi said.
The event was also addressed by the DVC, Research Production and Extension, Prof. Jackson Kwanza and the Registrar of Academic Affairs, Dr. Aggrey Wanyama.
By Kamau Njoroge
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