The Maasai Mara University has received water analysis equipment and facilities worth Sh105 million to aid in research to address water challenges facing drylands and wetlands in Kenya.
Receiving the state of the art equipment donated by the Chinese Academy Saturday, the University Vice Chancellor Prof. Mary Walingo thanked the Chinese Government for the donation and also for refurbishing the university’s laboratories.
“I would first and foremost like to thank the Chinese Academy of Sciences for their continued support and collaboration with our campus. The equipment will go a long way in helping us do further researches,” she said.
Maasai Mara University has in the recent past endured challenges in equipment, forcing the institute to take some of their students to Nairobi University for training.
“When we take our students to Nairobi University, we are usually forced to pay for laboratory services and now we are reversing this order and soon others will come to us and pay for these services,” she further added.
The University equipment will go a long way in imparting graduating students with the right skills and knowledge required in the job market and also help the campus in achieving its mission in providing quality education through innovative teaching, research and consultancy services for development.
So far the Chinese Academy of Sciences have helped Maasai Mara University in setting up a botanical garden and a water treatment facility.
By Mabel Keya-Shikuku