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Registrations are now open to join the 2019 Hult Prize On Campus Program in the University of Nairobi

Will you be the next USD 1 Million winner? It is with great pleasure that we invite you to participate in the 2019 Hult Prize On Campus Program! Join the largest platform enabling the new generation to create solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges through launching businesses that are for-profit and for-good! Become part of a prestigious group of driven, like-minded students building an infrastructure of positive change around the world! Network with global leaders, meet students from all around the world and receive USD1 Million in seed capital to launch your start-up.

Hult Prize Foundation is the world’s biggest learning platform that enables the new generation to deliver social change through education and entrepreneurship. Focused on impact and youth empowerment, the organization runs global programs, across six continents – all of which are designed to ignite social entrepreneurship amongst youth around the world. The 2020 Hult Prize will focus on Empowering the Earth: Bold Business for a Better Planet.

By participating and winning the Hult Prize On Campus of the University of Nairobi, you will be able to fast-track your idea through to one of the +30 Regional Summits rounds of competition, having the chance to attend an intensive 6-week summer Accelerator Program in the United Kingdom before pitching your game-changing idea at the United Nations in the finals the for the chance to win USD 1 Million in seed capital.

 GET STARTED IN 3 EASY STEPS!

  1. Form a team of 3 to 4 students who are from the University of Nairobi.
  2. Get this year’s Challenge: Bold Businesses for a Better Planet: Building Startups That have a Positive Impact on our Planet with every Dollar Earned!
  3. Register your team at hpuon2019@gmail.com to compete at the University of Nairobi Hult Prize On Campus Program before October 30th 2019.

For more information, please contact Annett BonukeUoN Campus Director on bonuke46@gmail.com/0717267902.

Join us in ‘Leading a Generation to Change the World’!

The Rattansi Trust supports Needy students through scholarships to a tune of Kshs. 25 Million

Selected needy students from private and public universities and the Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) received a big boost towards their education after Rattansi Education Trust donated Kshs. 25 million towards their education.

Speaking during the cheque donation exercise, where over 20 higher learning institutions were represented, Dr. Vijoo Rattansi, Chairperson of the Rattansi Education Trust, said that helping people in need is a real opportunity to advance equity, and a service to promote love and peace in the Universe.

“For us at Rattansi Foundation, caring for needy students and helping them to achieve their dreams is our life time happiness. We do not give because we have excess but our foundation’s acts of charity are founded on the promise that moral sensibility is a sense of duty,” she said.  “We believe that, the little seed we are planting in the form of bursary would go a long way in transforming individuals, their families and the whole society.”

The cheques were issued on October 24, 2019 at the University of Nairobi Council Chambers.

University of Nairobi, ag. Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Isaac Mbeche took the opportunity to thank Dr. Rattansi who is also the Chancellor of the University, for the support the Foundation has accorded many students over the years. Prof. Mbeche noted that the scholarship fund has helped many bright and needy students to pursue their university education at various universities across the country. The beneficiaries are now serving the society in various sectors within the country and abroad.

Present at the event was Prof. Stephen Kiama, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Human, Resource and Administration and representatives from various universities.

UoN to host over 900 delegates during the 2019 Research Week

This year’s edition of the Research Week kicked off today, October 22, 2019 with the four out of 13 conferences commencing their activities.

905 delegates have registered to participate in the week long series of activities that will create a platform and an environment focused on nurturing research and encouraging a discourse geared towards building research capacity.

“We have four conferences starting today. They are the Open, Distance and e-learning, Victimology and Victim Support, Project Management, Architecture and Engineering and the Agriculture Conference and Exhibition,” said Prof. Stephen Kiama, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Human Resource and Administration who was representing the Vice-Chancellor. “All the conferences are aligned to the national and global development agenda. While each conference is diverse in discipline, the focus is priority development areas with a multi and trans-disciplinary approach.”

“The University of Nairobi Research Week aims at fostering discussions on research activities and findings, creating a platform for presentation of academic papers and showcasing innovation illustrations and foster partnerships with other players in the research enterprise in the various sectors,” said Prof. Madara Ogot, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, Innovation and Enterprise.

The 2019 edition of the University of Nairobi Research Week builds on the success of the inaugural Research Week which was held in October 2018.

You can follow the Research Week proceedings through our Twitter handle @uonbi and @RPEUoN using #UoNResearchWeek.

UoN Mombasa Campus Career Week 2019

The University of Nairobi Mombasa Campus in partnership with the Office of Career Services (OCS) held a Career Week in Mombasa from October 7-12, 2019 at the Uniplaza buidling.

The Career Week themed “Skilling Graduates for the Job Market” brought together students and industry partners who exhibited and offered career guidance to the students. The Career Week integrated Public Forums alongside the exhibitions by partners. The partners that participated in the career Fair include the Mombasa County Government, Britam, KRA, Base Titanium, Central Bank of Africa, Jubilee Insurance, Safaricom, NIC Bank and Mombasa Cement.

The Public Forums also featured talks and panel discussions from the partner companies’ representatives. The Forums focused on topics such as Employability in a changing market, Entrepreneurship, Personal Financial Management, Youth Development, and Mentorship. The topical issues discussed during the public forums generally related to employment, entrepreneurship and careers.

Dr. Sarah Kinyanjui, the Director Mombasa Campus welcomed all the partners during her opening remarks and called upon the students to learn from the employers and entrepreneurs on their experiences in the job market and how students should prepare for the job market and the life after campus.

The Key Speaker, Patrick Wameyo, a Financial Literacy Advocate and Financial coach gave students tips on successful financial management. He said that it is a widely documented fact that money is a thorn in most people’s flesh. Wealth creation is an art that calls for a mental shift for one to attain financial goals and freedom that comes with it. Mr. Wameyo emphasized on students to learn to save because personal financial planning is a personal choice.

The event was informed by the need to bring together job seekers and students to engage with potential employers, Government & support agencies and professionals to equip them with knowledge and practical skills that will guide their decision making about careers.

It is hoped that the skills the students learnt from the Career Week Forums will go a long way in transforming the career paths and choices of the students. From this career Fair, students received Technical and soft skills for working online through the Ajira Digital Training program, Entrepreneurship skills from the Entrepreneurship forum, Financial Literacy skills through the Personal Finance Management forum and Life Skills through the mentorship sessions.

UoN receives additional benches for students

The Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs officiated the ceremony of Students’ benches donation from Qwetu Student Residences on Thursday September 19, 2019.

As a way of improving students’ life in campus, the Office of Career Services has partnered with “QWETU Student Residences” to develop benches for students to relax in between their classes. The benches will also help the students to work online through the Ajira Digital Program, read and revise for their coursework, have group discussions, relax and meditate and interact with nature.

Qwetu hosts close to 200 students from University of Nairobi. As a way of giving back, Qwetu agreed to support the University of Nairobi in developing 10 high-quality student benches as a pilot project for students to sit and relax in-between their classes.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor (AA), Prof. Julius Ogeng’o in his remarks thanked the Qwetu team for contributing to the students’ social welfare through the benches donation and requested Qwetu to replicate the same in all the other UoN colleges.

In their remarks, the Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Edward Kirathe and Chief Operations Officer, Mr. Peter Njenga made a commitment to replicate the same to all Colleges and to explore more areas of partnership with the University.

The University looks forward to a great partnership for the benefit of the students.

THE VC FLAGS OFF 22 UoN STUDENTS GOING TO FRANCE AS FRENCH TEACHING ASSISTANTS

The Vice Chancellor officially flagged off 22 students going to France as French Teaching Assistants for a 7 months’ student exchange programme on Wednesday September 18, 2019 in his Boardroom.

During the visit by France President Emmanuel Macron to Kenya and UoN on March 14, 2019, the Government of Kenya signed a partnership agreement with the Government of France for promotion and exchange of skills and talents.

This exchange program aims at exposing the students globally on culture and education. The program is managed by Office of Career Services and Department of French. Out of more than 150 applications from all over Kenya, only 60 students were selected to participate in the program with 22 being from the University of Nairobi.

The students will be attached to French Government Elementary, Primary and High schools for 7 months, renewable for another 7 months to teach English and will be paid a monthly stipend of Euro 794 which translates to about Kshs 100,000.00.

As part of the exchange program, the University of Nairobi will receive 2 French Language Assistants in October 2020 to teach French in the Department of French at the University of Nairobi.

Prof. Isaac Mbeche, the Vice Chancellor applauded the students for securing the lifetime opportunity to sharpen their skills in the French language and appealed to the students to be great ambassadors of the University of Nairobi, to take the opportunity to learn new things and be great time keepers in their teaching experience.

Dr. Mwenesi the Chair of the French, Sub-Department in her remarks indicated that the interest in French is massive and UoN should consider incorporating French teaching as a basic language in all departments. She further requested for the French Department to be a fully-fledged department, an appeal that the Vice Chancellor welcomed. The French Sub-Department was requested to table a proposal to the VC in three months to pave well for the implementation of the MoU with the Government of France.

Also present at the meeting were the Director Career Services, Johnson Kinyua Director, Corporate Affairs, John Orindi, Personal Advisor to the VC, Dr. Michira, Information Officer, Career Office Naomi Nyaboga, Caroline Mutai and Michael Nginye from the French Sub-Department.

The Office of Career Services appreciates the gesture by the Vice Chancellor to flag off the 22 students to France. The students assured to be good UoN brand Ambassadors and promised to come back home and give back to their country at the end of the program. Félicitations to the 22 French Teaching Assistants.

The UoN Office of Career Services Hosts First Years Career Guidance and Mentorship Program at CAVS, CEES and CAE

The Office of Career Services in partnership with Post Bank, the Peer Mentors Association and the University Health Services Counseling Department organized the Career guidance and mentorship session at the College of Agriculture and Veterinary (CAVS) on Monday 16th September 2019.

The Office of Career services was represented by Johnson Kinyua, the Director, Career Services who advised the students on the goals of the Career Office. Emphasis was made on working online while still in Campus and the students were offered many viable options of job portals. The Director also highlighted the accomplishments of the Office of Career services, some of which include sending students to Israel, China and France on different skills development programs and also partnerships with companies such as Huawei, Google and Ajira to create more opportunities for the University of Nairobi students in digital skills. The Director also emphasized on the importance of partnering with the Career Services office as a ‘Student Career Ambassador’ to embody the identity, demeanor, values and appearance of the Career service office.

Mr. Humphrey Andanyi from The Peer Mentors Association of Kenya (PMAK) encouraged students to settle in the University as people who want to succeed in life. Discipline was one of the main topics in the very informative talk. Since University offers freedom to the students, the one must take it upon themselves to behave and dress appropriately. He also touched on the changing of courses once one gets to campus, students were advised to decide on one course and stick to it. Mr. Andanyi advised the first year students to set goals and targets and ensure they are able to fulfill them. Lastly, he concluded on the importance of networking to explore career opportunities early enough.

The Post Bank representative, Ms. Mercy Mukami began by giving the banks mandate which is to encourage all people to save. She proceeded to explain that a lot of people are tarmacking, and if they start saving early, by the time the students are done with their respective courses, they will be able to open a business with their savings. Ms. Mukami highlighted the 21st century soft skills employers are looking for which include effective communication, teamwork and time management. Finally, she emphasized on volunteering to get experience and showing your skills to potential employers as a very important avenue to land one a job. Emphasis was also given on giving back to the community and finding solutions to community problems.

The University Health Services was represented by Dr. Catherine Musyoka who advised the students that using of drugs and alcohol can affect a young person’s general health, physical growth and emotional and social development. She clearly outlined the effects of drug and alcohol abuse on the body and mind, and may result also in risky behavior like unprotected sex, which can lead to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. She concluded by advising all students to be smart, avoid bad company and to avoid all drugs and alcohol and be informed on the subject.

UoN students developed a mobile application to tackle issues on youth sexuality in campus. They worked in conjunction with UNESCO seeking to provide the youth with information and real time help on wide ranging issues including HIV and AIDS, career advice, finance, alcohol, drug abuse and mental health. The Rada team walked the students through the mobile application, showing the students how the application works and all the solutions.

The Office of Career Services is proud to have hosted this career week across the three colleges namely CAVS, CEES and CAE and believes the information imparted in the First year students will go a long way in making a change in their Career and Social life choices.

CAVS and CBPS first year students inducted by the Office of Career Services

The Office of Career Services gave a brief induction on the Career Office to First year students at the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences (CAVs) and the College of Biological and Physical Sciences (CBPS) during the Principal’s Address on September 10, 2019.

The Office of Career Services was represented by Naomi Nyaboga, the Chief Information Officer who emphasised on the mandate of the office which is to link graduates for the job market and enhancing the value of graduates through skills and competencies development.

The first year students got an opportunity to meet representatives from different Departments within the University such as the Dean of Students, Security, Student Welfare Association, University Health Services, Library, Sports, ICT and Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences Faculty.

The Assistant Dean of Student and Student Counsellor emphasised to the students the need to air out the issues and challenges they face when in campus and gave sensitization on drug abuse. All the other departments gave a brief induction about the services they offer to the students and their location.

Prof. Rose Nyikal and Prof. Bernard Aduda, the Principals for CAVS and CBPS respectively welcomed the students to the University of Nairobi and emphasised on the need for the students to know their way around campus and have a balance in their campus life.

The Office of Career Services welcomes all the ‘Freshers’ to the University of Nairobi and commits to work with the students closely to mold them and impart in them relevant skills and competencies for the job market.

 

 

 

UoN VC hands over a report on the socio economic impact of the SGR on the port city of Mombasa

In early 2018, the County Government of Mombasa engaged the University of Nairobi, School of Business to carry out an assessment of the Social-Economic Impact of Operationalization of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) on the Port City of Mombasa.

The exercise was undertaken in light of the emerging paradigm in which academia and practitioners proactively inform policy, and in line with UoN’s mission of “…seeking to embody the aspirations of the Kenyan people and the global community through creation, preservation, integration, transmission and utilization of knowledge”. The extensive research involved the participation of diverse stakeholders and the report captures the social-economic impact of the SGR on Mombasa as well as strategies to mitigate negative outcomes.

Acknowledging the need for evidence based decision making, UoN lauds the County Government of Mombasa for commissioning the University of Nairobi to carry out this timely and important research.  UoN also appreciates the continued partnership with the County Government of Mombasa.

Focus on offering solutions to society’s problems – CS Education George Magoha

“As the premier University in Kenya, the University of Nairobi should be known for specific academic programmes. Relook at the programmes on offer and drop those which are easily found in the smaller universities; focus on postgraduate programmes that are competitive,” said Prof. Magoha.

The Cabinet Secretary was speaking at the 61st University of Nairobi ceremony that was held on September 6, 2019.

At the colourful ceremony, the Chancellor, Dr. Vijoo Rattansi conferred degrees and awarded diplomas to 4,107 graduands. The graduands consisted 20 PhDs, 429 Master Degrees, 3,082 Bachelor Degrees, 1 Postgrduate Diploma and 575 Diplomas.

In her speech, Dr. Rattansi congratulated and wished the graduands well in life.

“I wish you well in your next phase of life. Just as the University strives for perfection, I pray that you will leverage the stage that the world offers to you today and in the days to come to continue perfecting your knowledge, skills and competence.”

The Chancellor also had a word for the UoN community.

“We have some way to go in making our graduates the gold quality of university education. Evidence across the globe suggests that, but for very specialized areas, more and more employers are recruiting graduates for jobs outside their specialty.  It is therefore incumbent upon us to create graduates who are more agile; graduates that have a solid understanding of the hows of the workplace and how their skills fit into,” she shared. “We need to raise graduates who will continually improve their skills and acquire new ones that make them indispensable. Finally, we need to raise graduates with infinite capacity to think outside the box.”

Prof. Julia Ojiambo, the Chair of Council also congratulated the graduands. Prof. Ojiambo noted that September 6 marked the Council’s one-year anniversary.

“On behalf of the entire Council, I convey our sincere gratitude to all members of the University fraternity for the unqualified support accorded to us. As Council, we are grateful for the opportunity to serve this University. This is a duty that we do not take lightly and are always conscious of the weight of the University’s hopes and dreams placed upon our shoulders. We have spent the last 12 months understanding, in great detail, the depth and breadth of the University.”

The acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Isaac Mbeche challenged the graduands to have a positive and lasting impact on the society that they will be serving. He called on them to join the alumni association and seek to make significant contributions to their alma mater. In his speech, the Vice-Chancellor added his voice to the ongoing debate on the quality of graduates from local universities.

“I wish to affirm to our stakeholders and particularly potential employers that our graduates have been properly trained, educated and examined as per University regulations and procedures,” he said. “Our graduates have remained competitive even when they venture for further studies in international universities or secure employment with top organizations both locally and abroad. In this University, examinations and research work undergo rigorous vetting procedures by internal and external examiners, hence ensuring those students who meet the set requirements are allowed to graduate. We shall continue to uphold our procedures and standards to ensure the integrity of our academic processes and outcomes.”

Speaking on behalf of the University of Nairobi Alumni Association, the Chairman of the Journalism Alumni Chapter, Bernard Otieno, called on the graduands to join the Association.

“The Association eagerly looks forward to your return to your alma mater in order to give-back,” said Bernard. “Please remember the decorum, sense of commitment and patriotism that makes the graduate of the University of Nairobi to be the most desirable graduate in the country, region and the globe. There is no doubt that you will be great ambassadors of our alma mater and a blessing to many wherever you go from here.”

Congratulations Class of 2019