Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT)
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) seeks to provide directly or indirectly or in collaboration with other institutions of higher learning, facilities for university education including agriculture, scientific, cultural, technological, and professional education, and integration of teaching, research and effective application of knowledge and skills to the life, work and welfare of citizens of Kenya. The university participates in the discovery, transmission and preservation and enhancement of knowledge and stimulates the intellectual participation of students in the economic, technological, agricultural, professional and cultural development of Kenya.
JKUAT has worked in collaboration with Western University for three years with the Western Heads East Probiotic yoghurt program and in hosting student internships in business, nutrition and health sciences. Faculty and students from both African and Canadian universities will continue to gain remarkable experiences as global citizens which come with the opportunity to work with individuals from other parts of the world.
Under the direction of a JKUAT faculty advisor, and partnered with JKUAT students, two Western Heads East student interns from business, food and nutrition, health sciences, social sciences, and FIMS will collaborate on the following priorities:
- Implement the FITI Probiotic yoghurt production handbook to establish consistent hygienic and food safety practices in making probiotic yoghurt
- Create signage displaying the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for culturing the GR-1bacteria and ensure rigid compliance to science standards
- Establish and implement quality control testing of probiotic yoghurt to ensure viability and proper levels of the probiotic bacteria in the yoghurt
- Develop a business plan for the JKUAT FITI probiotic yoghurt kitchen including clear mission and description of product, marketing analysis and unique fit of product, price-point, staffing shifts to meet sales demand, marketing plans and sales targets, bookkeeping, monitoring production and sales, cash flow statement and revenue projections, as well as recommendation for future growth.
- Marketing strategies to increase awareness on campus of the health benefits of probiotic yoghurt and to increase sales. Share marketing materials used in Tanzania to promote awareness on JKUAT campus about the health benefits of probiotic yoghurt and develop materials in Kenyan context
- Work with the student-led WHE JKUAT committee on implementing its goals and strategies for an effectively running student group. Attend student JKUAT WHE Committee meetings and planning meetings to work together on the successful development of the committee. Share experiences of Western student clubs and committees. Research information from Western University Students’ Council on committee organization and success strategies
- Explore potential research collaborations and/or conduct research in conjunction with faculty advisors
- Provide documentation and a final report on the above tasks, including a recommendations for future development
Internships will take place May 15, 2016 and August 15, 2016.
Please note: We recognize that obtaining a faculty advisor, reference letters and arranging course credit is a process. Please submit your application even if you have not yet secured these things. WHE staff will work with you to assist in these processes.