The Office of Career Services was happy to host a group of 48 students from Kiru Boys at the University of Nairobi (UoN) Main Campus on Tuesday 17th September 2019. The visit was intended to encourage the students to work hard and boost their performance to enable them secure a placement in University. This is part of the OCS office’s mandate on engaging in the recruitment of prospective high school students to consider joining the institution The admissions officers gave a brief talk on career guidance to the students motivating them to work harder and strive to reach higher levels of learning (post-secondary). The students were then given a tour of the University of Nairobi.
The students visited the Library and Information Services Department and saw the vast amount of academic material available to the students at the University. They also visited the Faculty of Arts (Performing Arts), where they were given a brief history of the faculty and saw how they strive for excellence in the teaching, research, creativity and publications in literature, taking into account the links between the Kenyan and African heritage and the universal values of world literature.
The students were also able to visit the School of Engineering (SOE) during their visit. The University of Nairobi, School of Engineering showed the students how it has grown over the years producing graduates who pursue programs accredited by the professional bodies in five departments leading to the award of Bachelor of Science degrees in Civil Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Biosystems Engineering and Geospatial Engineering. They also share with the students their core values and how they implement them.
The University of Nairobi School of Computing and Informatics (SCI) was what really intrigued the students. As they were taken through the research and student projects, one could see the excitement and wonder on their faces. The SCI computer lab assistant stated their vision which is to be a leading center of excellence in Research and Development (R&D) and advanced education in computing; addressing national and regional needs for Information and Communications Technology and product development and walked through how they plan on achieving the vision.
The Kiru Boys students were excited by this tour and from their feedback, it is evident that the tour opened their eyes to University life and more so the course the University of Nairobi offers. It is hoped that these students will select UoN as their first choice when they do their university selection and work hard to achieve their dream.