April 8, 2015
"Pomp and Colour" aptly describes the celebrations marking 20 years since the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) attained fully-fledged university status in 1994.
H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta presided over the celebrations, which included unveiling the 20 Years Anniversary Monument at the university's Cherry Park, and laying a foundation stone for the renovation and extension of the JICA-supported Innovation and Prototyping Integrated Center (iPIC).
President Kenyatta is received at the Innovation and Prototyping Integrated Center (iPIC) by Japanese Ambassador Terada, VP Yanagisawa and JICA Kenya's Chief Representative Mr. Hideo Eguchi
President Kenyatta and Ambassador Terada lay a foundation stone for the JICA-sponsored Innovation and Prototyping Integrated Center (iPIC)
Mr. Godfrey Wanjala from JKUAT explains one of their innovations – a solar box cooker – to JICA’s Mr. Evanson Njenga
A Portable Wind-Solar hybrid system (WISH Box) developed under the JICA-supported BRIGHT Project
JKUAT was constructed with support from Japanese grants in 1981 as an agricultural diploma college. Three elderly Japanese gentlemen – Prof. Hiroji Nakagawa, Prof. Iwasa and Prof. Fukui played a key role during the institution's inception, and were honored to be part of the VIP entourage during the 20th Anniversary celebrations. The entourage also included Prof. Ushiyama, President of Ashikaga Institute of Technology and JICA's Vice President Ms. Kae Yanagisawa. Prof. Nakagawa beamed as he delivered his speech: "I was deeply involved in the founding of JKUAT, and I am very proud to witness its growth and great achievements since its inception."
In addition to supporting construction of JKUAT, JICA has continued to support its programs cutting across various sectors, including agriculture, engineering, energy and human resource development. Many members of the university have also received short and long-term training in Japan.
President Uhuru Kenyatta lauded Japan's long support, noting that it was "visible and tangible," as he cited the Sondu Miriu and Olkaria Power Projects. In response, Japan's Ambassador H.E. Tatsushi Terada pledged continued support to Kenya.
A cheerful Prof. Nakagawa delivers his speech. The joyful atmosphere is apparent
H.E. Kenyatta presides over the celebrations
President Kenyatta delivers his address
The imposing 20th Anniversary monument stands proud at the university’s Cherry Park