There was pomp and colour as the University of Nairobi Alumni Association (UoNAA) launched the Education Alumni Chapter on April 30, 2015.
The event held at the Nairobi Safari Club was officiated by Mrs. Elymaryta M. Khaoya, Senior Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. Also present at the event were the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, Production and Extension, Prof. Lucy Irungu, CEES Principal, Prof Isaac Jumba, Deputy Principal, Prof. Horace Ochanda, UoNAA Vice-Chairman, Prof. R.A. Obudho, among other distinguished guests.
The chief guest of the night, Mrs. Elymaryta M. Khaoya, Senior Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology read a speech on behalf of the Principal Secretary Ministry of Education, Dr. Belio Kipsang. In her remarks she stated the quality of an institution is powered by the alma mater. The alma mater builds and supports institutions through investing time and resources. She called on the alumni to volunteer manpower through research, innovation and quality training. She challenged the alumni to support students through mentorship. To mark the official launch of the Education Alumni Chapter, a cake was cut, followed by dinner and entertainment.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mbithi also an alumni of the University of Nairobi class of 1983 assured guests and Alumni of the university’s continued support in implementation of projects. In his remarks, Prof. Mbithi reiterated the important role the alumni play in the development of the University he praised the organizers of the event for putting together a well-organized and well attended Event.
Speaking during the event, Prof. Jumba gave a detailed history of the college. He highlighted major milestones the university has achieved over the years. Noting key collaborations with international universities, the satellite colleges and great programmes the University has implemented.
Dr. Anne Aseey said that she was delighted that CEES has joined the Alumni Association, noting that the Education Chapter is a great way for people to reconnect and to link up people who graduated in different years.
Mrs. Leah Mumbua of Kenya School of Government shared memorable experiences she had while she was a student at the University. In her remarks, she stressed the need for the alumni to give back to the University that has played a critical role in shaping the professional lives of the alumni. She urged the alumni to remain dedicated to improving the institution. Mrs. Leah ended her speech saying “it is my prayer you remain focused in what you are destined to be. This occasion is a great event for networking and reconnecting with old friends."