Egerton University, one of Kenya’s leading academic institutions, is set to make history by becoming the home of the Regional Research Centre (RRC) of the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB).
This groundbreaking initiative, the first of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa, has opened doors to a new era of scientific collaboration and innovation on the continent.
A significant step towards this monumental achievement took place during a recent visit by senior members of ICGEB New Delhi, including Dr Ramesh Sonti, the Director, and Dr Jitendra Thakur.
Their visit focused on inspecting the location of the future RRC, nestled within the Physical Science Complex on Egerton University’s Main Campus in Njoro.
The state-of-the-art facility will house four advanced laboratories and office spaces, providing an ideal environment for cutting-edge research in genetic engineering and biotechnology.
Present during the visit were key figures from Egerton University, including Deputy Vice-Chancellor Prof. Bernard Aduda, acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor Prof. Richard Mulwa, and Prof. Josiah Omolo, the ICGEB Egerton University lead.
Together, they engaged in fruitful discussions with the ICGEB New Delhi team, laying the foundation for a robust partnership.
Egerton University’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Isaac Kibwage, warmly welcomed the ICGEB New Delhi team and carefully considered their proposals regarding necessary equipment and infrastructure.
Winning the bid to host the RRC in 2022 marked a momentous achievement for the university, reflecting its commitment to advancing scientific research and innovation in the region.
The impending establishment of the ICGEB RRC at Egerton University holds immense promise, not only for the institution but also for aspiring scientists across sub-Saharan Africa.
This collaboration represents a ray of hope, offering unprecedented opportunities for groundbreaking research in genetic engineering and biotechnology.
The synergy between Egerton University and ICGEB is poised to create a gateway to unparalleled scientific discoveries, shaping the future of research and development in the region.
As the preparations for the RRC move forward, the global scientific community eagerly anticipates the transformative impact this collaboration will have on genetic engineering and biotechnology research in sub-Saharan Africa.
Egerton University’s role as the host of the ICGEB RRC underscores the university’s dedication to advancing knowledge, fostering innovation, and nurturing the next generation of scientific pioneers.