Workshop on Academic Affairs, Science and Technology & JSPS Publicity at Pwani University, KENYA


  • Co-organized by Eastern African JSPS Alumni Association & Pwani University
  • Date; 23rd January, 2014
  • Venue; Lecture Theater, North Wing, Pwani University


On 23rd January 2014, Eastern Africa JSPS Alumni Association held a Workshop on Academic Affairs, Science & Technology at Pwani University, Kilifi, Kenya.  The seminar was attended by 88 participants (see the list below) mainly researchers and students from Pwani University.

After Executive members of Eastern Africa JSPS Alumni Association arrived the university, they visited Prof.Mohammed S. Rajab, Vice Chancellor’s office of the university, also met Prof. Muniru Khamis Tsanuo (Deputy V.C., Research & Extension) and Prof. James H. P Kahindi (Deputy V.C., Academic and Students Affairs).

The workshop was exiting.  Among attendants of the workshop, there are professional researchers who have PhD degrees and young researchers and students.

Professor Shaukat Ali Abdulrazak, CEO of NACOSTI Kenya and Chair of Eastern Africa JSPS Alumni Association, gave encouraging speech to all the attendants.  Getting Ph.D. is now attracting many young students and researchers, but doing post-docs in abroad are not yet so popular in Eastern African countries.  He enlighten the significance and advantage to do post-docs.


presenters of the workshop

presenters of the workshop


Deputy Vice Chancellor of Pwani University Prof. Muniru Tsanuo presented the research affairs of the university and challenges.  An executive member of Eastern Africa JSPS Alumni Association Dr. Dereje Ayalew made a speech about his experience of pos-doc life in Japan, it made attendants relax to think about his/her pos-doc and other chance for farther studies / researches in Japan.

Then, JSPS publicity presentation by Dr. Soichiro SHIRAISHI, the Director JSPS Nairobi invoked various questions.  They are; (1) If there are counterpart researchers/professors of any specialty of African researchers, (2) About the eligibilities of each oversea programmes of JSPS, (3) How to connect with counterpart researchers / professors in Japan at the first step.   The reply for each is as below.

(1) There are many researchers / professors of the fields fit to specialties of African researchers.  For instance, there are professors of Kiswahili studies, African literatures and linguistics.  You can search by google or yahoo service and find their web site, try it.  Or also you can resister “Japan-Affiliated Research Community Network” by JSPS on the web.  Then, your advantage to be this workshop is to connect the members of EA JSPS Alumni Association, they are the ambassadors to connect you to Japanese researchers, they have active networks.

(2) About the guidelines as well as application forms are available on the web.  Search by the name of each programme you can see in the leaflet.  Liberally interpreted, there is a line before / after 6 years you got Ph.D. degree.  If before, you can apply pos-doc fellowship, if after, you can apply short-term and long-term invitation fellowship.

(3) As replied in (1), the first step is search by yourself on the web or take advantage to get active networks from Alumni members.  JSPS Nairobi can assist you from the second step, to connect you to certain particular lab or researcher / professor in Japan.  Also we can upload your “wanted advertisement” on the website if you sent us your CV and belief research proposal.  JSPS also have the joint research programmes such as Bi-lateral Programme (for two years) and Core-to-Core Programme (especially “Asia-Africa Science Platform” for three years), you encourage your professor to connect Japanese researchers / professors and apply them.  If you have a position in a university or research institution in your country and wants to get Ph.D. under universities in Japan, you can apply Ron-Paku (Ph.D. dissertation) Programme after you find your Japanese counterpart.


Happy hoour in a break

Happy hour in a break


Moreover, there were the introduction of MEXT programme for under graduate. Masters and doctor’s course in Japan which is dealt by Japan Information & Culture Centre in Japan Embassy in Kenya, also of ABE Initiative for master’s course by Japan JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency).

Having a good network with Japanese researchers / professors is one of the most important key for applying JSPS fellowships.  Alumni members advised in several ways; keep in touch the Alumni Association members of their institution or their own country; they are the hub of networking.


Group Photo

Group Photo


09:30 – 10:00 Arrival and Registration of Participants

10:00 – 10:10 Welcome remarks – Prof. Mohamed Rajab, Vice-Chancellor, PWANI university

10:10 – 10:20 Opening Remarks – EA JSPS Alumni Association Chair – Prof. S. Abdulrazak

10:20 – 10:40 Presentation – Prof. Muniru Tsanuo, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Extension), PWANI university

10:40 – 11:00 Health Break

11:00 – 11:20 Presentation on JSPS activities and JSPS Programmes – Director, JSPS Nairobi Research Station

11:20 – 12:00 Discussion

Vote of thanks – PWANI

12:00 – 13:30 Lunch / Depart

Lists of Workshop Attendants


  1. C. Tahorani Y’dluhara-Mjidho
  2. Bogonko Venah
  3. Bob O. Opiyo
  4. Sudi Ali Mohamed
  5. Dennis Mose
  6. Stevenson Chea
  7. Deus Oendo
  8. Katana Geoffrey
  9. Kigathi Rose
  10. Bernard Fulanda
  11. Simon Muriu
  12. Samwel Kahindi
  13. Prof. Gabriel Katana Gona
  14. Dr. Daisy Luvanga Juma
  15. Simon Mugi Kimuhu
  16. Ongayo Hilda (Ph.D.)
  17. Dr. Amani Fme
  18. Dr. Hemedi M. Saha
  19. Alfred John Omoro
  20. Nicholas C. Malau
  21. Prof. James H. P Kahindi(Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic and Students Affairs)
  22. Samson N. Chewe
  23. Chome N. Jonathanff
  24. Mwaswere Juma
  25. Constance Nyiro
  26. Dr. Beta S. Karisa
  27. Prof. Mlewa Mwatete
  28. Dr. Paul Guyo
  29. Prof. Shaukat Abdulrazak(Eastern Africa JSPS Alumni Association/National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation, Kenya)
  30. Dr. Samwel S. Libandi
  31. Dr. James Ouma
  32. Dr. Mwololo J. K
  33. Dr. Catherine Mwangi
  34. Opiyo George
  35. John N. Njoroge
  36. Mohammed Omar
  37. Chris Njeru
  38. Stella Mbiti
  39. John Njagi Muthoni
  40. Onyiego Onesmus
  41. Moses Lokmar
  42. Nelson Mwangi
  43. John Gacheru
  44. Dr. Lemba J.
  45. Keneth Murimi
  46. James Muthanga
  47. Daniel Dzombo
  48. Victor Onyiego
  49. Edwin Kiplimo
  50. Antony Murimi
  51. Tuva Muinde
  52. Abdalla Ali
  53. Koech Ronald
  54. S. Muti
  55. G. Kashndi
  56. Prof. N. Odongo
  57. Emmanuel M. Kanze
  58. Peter A. Mbato
  59. K. K Mwadhiro
  60. Caroline K. Asanyo
  61. Hamisi Dzila
  62. Peter Keiyo
  63. Philip Okiya
  64. Dr. Ngiye Muhammed
  65. Peter Guhi
  66. Benson Njung’e
  67. Prof. Francis Mutiso Mathooko(Eastern Africa JSPS Alumni Association/Machakos University College, Kenya)
  68. James M. Kimani
  69. Kiama Samwel
  70. Dr. Maarifa Mwakumanya
  71. Raphael Karanja
  72. Dorothy A. Mwasambu
  73. Emma Mwafanda
  74. Opollo O. Zachariah
  75. James B. Ndiso
  76. Stephen Aidah
  77. Fwamba W. Linus
  78. Dr. Okeyo Bernard
  79. John Malii
  80. Justus C. Masha
  81. Dr. Dereje Abera Ayalew(Eastern Africa JSPS Alumni Association/Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia)
  82. Dr. Mohamed Yakub Janabi(Eastern Africa JSPS Alumni Association/Muhimbili National Hospital, Tanzania)
  83. Soichiro Shiraishi, Ph.D.(JSPS Nairobi Research Station)
  84. Ms. Esther Wanjiru(JSPS Nairobi Research Station)
  85. Mr. Said Mwinyi
  86. Ms. Irene Nyamoita
  87. Prof.Mohammed S. Rajab (Ph.D, Vice Chancellor of Pwani University)
  88. Prof. Muniru Tsanuo(Deputy Vice Chancellor; Research & Extension)

 (Photo by Mr. Said Mwinyi)



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