Cultivating and producing fine silks in Kenya
About the department
Established in 2016, Rongo University is a newly chartered public university in Kenya.
The campus had been a center for vocational and technical training for Diploma and Certificate programs since the 1980s. It was elevated as a constituent college of Moi University in 2012 and to university status in 2016.
Rongo University is located in the southwestern corner of Kenya, near Lake Victoria and the Tanzanian border. The economy of the surrounding area is heavily dependent on agriculture, fishing, and smaller-scale gold mining.
The Department of Biological Sciences is part of the School of Science, Technology and Engineering. It offers bachelor’s level programs in biochemistry, zoology, microbiology, and botany, while also teaching students from the School of Education. Graduate programs are currently under development.
Impact on development
Using the techniques of modern science, the department is looking to adapt agricultural practices for silk production, helping local people develop business opportunities.
Meet the Awardee
About the institution
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Why Seeding Labs?
Newly chartered Rongo University needs equipment to expand and enhance its research and teaching. In particular, the Department of Biological Sciences seeks to support the development of new programs in priority areas that include climate-smart agriculture, biotechnology, and molecular biology.
Did you know?
The Instrumental Access shipment to Rongo University weighed over 4.5 tons!