Kaimosi Friends University College has initiated a partnership with the University of New Mexico to jointly establish a multi-disciplinary research center at the University College.
Dr Billy Jiveti, a researcher at the overseas university is leading the talks which begun today January 13, 2020 with a conception meeting between the researcher, our Principal Professor Ogodo J.M Nandi and the Deputy Governor Dr Patrick Saisi. The County Government is involved in the collaboration.
The center will conduct workshops, conferences as well as explore technologies and innovations which the lead researcher can explore jointly with KAFUCO students, lecturers and other local researchers.
Through the center researchers at the university college are expected to draft several research proposals in areas that can help strengthen capacities of the local community such as agribusiness and food security.
It is also expected to lead to launching of key short courses and programmes in areas such as environmrntal conservation.
Our Principal Profosseor Ogodo J.M Nandi welcomed the collaboration and pledged full support towards its establishment within KAFUCO.
He said the upcoming faculties such as the School of Nursing would greatly benefit from such programmes.
The centre is in line with KAFUCO plans to expand research and nurture innovation and explore local, regional and international linkages to strengthen this.
Professor Nandi said “We welcome the interdisciplinary research center because we are convinced that is the way to go in order to attract research funding.”
Through the Center, the University College plans to establish a language laboratory as part of efforts to strengthen training in linguistics as well as hone communicators and journalists
Among proposals by KAFUCO are community-centered research themes on food security to help the local communities strengthen commercial exploitation of the food crops adaptable to the region, such as cocoyams.
KAFUCO jointly with Rongo University and Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Teschnology are among frontrunners for a Sh3 billion research grant by Regional Universities Forum (RUFORUM) for Capacity Building in Agriculture
This is the second such centre at the University College after a biogel fuel production unit backed by BioInnovate Africa. The bioalkanol fuel production unit will be set up nex month.