Jkuat university as many would call it is one of the best universities one can obtain higher education around east Africa today with most research work ranking the university among the best ten in the region. The university’s main campus is located just over 45km from the capital city Nairobi along Thika super highway in the small town of Juja. Other than just producing the best professionals in the field of agriculture, technology,information technology and business the university staff and students have earned accolades both locally and internationally for their innovation in trying to apply basic knowledge from class to better the society and make life easier which indeed is a reflection of their motto; setting trends in technology and agriculture. Here are some of their contributions to the society in the extra curricula field:
Nissin foods limited
This project was launched late 2013 in an event presided over by the deputy vice president William Ruto whose main function is to help eradicate hunger in the society and at the moment the company which is a limited entity has managed to produce its first product the jkuat nissin nodules which are first foods commonly referred to as indomies. They produce two flavors of the food, chicken flavor and nyama choma flavor. This product seems to have achieved its aim of hunger eradication with the way it has been assimilated in the market due to their favorable prices and taste.
Tissue culture bananas
This was born as a result of extensive agricultural research by students and lecturers at the institution and has since become a popular project at the university which is by far the most popular by the public. Tissue culture bananas are a special improvement of the normal banana which has been made stronger to resist adverse weather conditions and mature in a period of one year though experts comment that if more water is given to the plant maturity can occur just in 9 months. The fingerlings are known to be bigger and also produce significantly more than the traditional banana which has helped grab the market with only a seedling being sold for as low as sh. 100.
Bio-metric land registration system
Although this is a system currently in the making it is important to acknowledge one of the latest innovations which earned recognition by the ministry of lands which has since set plans to adopt the project. As discussed by one of the minds behind this innovation miss Jane Mwai the system which uses various database systems will be able to receive land records on location, size and the owner and the data will be linked to one’s finger prints hence once the finger prints are shown all the data is retrieved. This project will indeed be a relief to curb corruption and many paper works which have derailed transactions in this sector.
This is not a popular name to the outside but has greatly been appreciated by the jkuat fraternity since its inception by jkuat Christian union over 3 years ago. The aim of the project at initiation was Christian evangelism by students but since then this has changed after the students resorted to build a school in the area which initially had none. The project is yet to be completed but the community has already started attending school in the area after several classes were completed.
Corporate social responsibility may seem a requirement to all organization but this school has leaped far over these vague statement ton indeed better lives around its environs and Kenya at large not forgetting to highlight employment opportunities and schools manned by the school around their local area. Indeed the trends continue to be set in agriculture and technology through higher education.