UoN News

Universities to establish Offices of Career Services

The CS presided over the launch of the handbook on the establishment of Offices of Career Services ceremony University of Nairobi’s Taifa Hall on June 21, 2018. The Offices of Career Services (OCS) will empower students to make right career choices by offering academic advising, career and counseling services and graduate tracker services. In addition, OCS will facilitate linkages between the industry and students, intra-institutional exchanges, apprenticeship services and engage recruitment of prospective high school students, among others.

“As a country, we have devoted a lot of resources in education from primary level to high schools to higher education institutions. It can be a great loss for us and bad economics if we do not commit ourselves to realize any returns,” she said. “I call on all of us to be committed to this initiative because it is our collective responsibility to ensure that our students get gainful employment and even engage in entrepreneurship.”

While welcoming the guests to the University of Nairobi, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi said that the OCS will have transformative effects in the universities and tertiary institutions.

“We have, for many years, been yearning for support to bridge the skills gap in the job market and lamenting on the need to work closely with the industry to produce market ready graduates,” he said. “The launch of the handbook on careers and mentorship programme is therefore a timely intervention that will go a long way in addressing the problem.”

At the event, two UoN students Bilal Muhamud and Sylivia Mumbi were given an opportunity to speak on behalf of students. They focused on their experience and opportunities in mentorship.

Others who spoke at the ceremony include Hon. Simon Kachapin, Chief Administrative Secretary, Ministry of Education, Prof. Principal Secretary, Prof. Micheni Ntiba, Mrs. Zeinab A. Hussein, the Principal Secretary, Post Training and Skills development, Ms. Flora Mutahi, the Chair, Kenya Association of Manufacturers, among others.

The event was graced by heads of universities and tertiary institutions, students, education players, among others.

Kenyans asked to move away from the notion of tribes

The Chairman of the Judges and Magistrates Vetting Board, Mr. Sharad Rao, EBS, has called on Kenyans to move away from the notion of tribes.

“Today, Indians constitute less than 0.02% percent of Kenya’s 40 million population. Their contribution in almost all sectors of the Kenyan economy and the
ir contribution and support to various educational and welfare causes continues,” he said. “But my appeal to all Kenyans is to move away from the notion of tribes. It is a great hindrance to our democratic processes. While electing our representatives for Parliament and the President we vote on tribal basis. Their election is governed not on merit but on tribe – what is referred to – and is, the tyranny of numbers.”
Mr. Rao was speaking at the University of Nairobi on the topic ‘Asians – The 44th Tribe – Its significance and role past, present and future.’ The event which was held on May 27, 2018, was organized by the Kenya-India Friendship Association (KIFA).
“There is an increasing acceptance by Africans that the present day Asians are loyal to Kenya and regard themselves as Kenyans and NOT just Indians or Pakistanis,” he noted. “And to my Asian friends I say that there is no magic in being the 44th tribe. If we want to be considered a tribe let us consider and be accepted as one of Kenya’s 44 tribes and NOT be relegated to 44th position. We are all Kenyans and despite our diversity of religions and faiths we had no religious conflict in our 50 years plus of existence. Something that Kenya and Kenyans should be proud of.”
Among those in attendance include Philanthropist and Permanent member of KIFA, Dr. Manu Chandaria; Her Excellency Madam Suchitra Durai, High Commissioner of India to Kenya, Principal Secretary, Department of Vocational and Industrial Training, Dr. Kevit Desai, Prof. Enos Njeru, the Principal, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, who represented the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi and Chairman of KIFA, Ambassador Denis Afande, member of KIFA; Dr. Kenneth Ombongi, senior lecturer at the Department of History and Archaeology.



Japanese Government scholarship programme for 2019

The Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarship programme for 2019 is now open. We would like to inform you that we will be holding two seminars in order to share more information on the scholarship. The details are as follows:

Date: Wednesday 2nd & Saturday 5th May 2018

Wednesday May 2, 2018 Time: 2:00p.m– 4:00p.m.

Saturday May 5, 2018 10.00am – 12.00 noon
Venue: Japan Information & Culture Centre, Embassy of Japan, Mara Road, Upper Hill

Please share this information with anybody you know who might be interested in applying for the scholarship.

Kindly note that in order for one to attend the seminar, registration is required. To register, kindly, send an email to scholarships@nb.mofa.go.jp or call 020-2898513.

When registering, please provide us with your name, ID no. and contact details. In addition to this, kindly specify the day you would like to attend the seminar.

Deadline for registration for the Wednesday day seminar is Friday, 27th May 2018 at 4:00pm while the registration deadline for the Saturday seminar is Thursday, 4th May at 4:00pm.
For more information on the scholarship, please visit our website through the link http://www.ke.emb-japan.go.jp/JICC/JICC_e/Scholarship/scholarships.html;  call 020-2898513; or email scholarships@nb.mofa.go.jp

Smallholder aggregation and processing center initiative to be replicated



On 18th May 2017, the Managing Director of the Rockefeller Foundation, Africa Region Office, Mr. Mamadou Biteye visited the Karurumo Smallholder Horticulture Aggregation and Processing Centre.

Mr. Biteye was accompanied by Dr. Lindiwe Sibanda, the Vice President for Country Support, Policy, and Delivery- Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and Mr. John Logan, the Country Director- Technoserve (Kenya). The University of Nairobi was represented by Prof. Kiama Gitahi, the Principal – College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences (University of Nairobi). Also present during the visit was H.E David Njeru, the Deputy Governor- Embu County, Ms Annie Nyagah, the CEC in charge of Agriculture and Mrs. Mary Munene, the chief of staff in in Embu County.

The aggregation center has been renovated and upgraded by the University of Nairobi’s Postharvest Project team led by Dr. Jane Ambuko, in partnership with researchers from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and Technoserve Kenya. It was commissioned in March 2018 by Hon. Martin Wambora, the Embu Governor. The center is equipped with facilities for aggregation of fresh produce and small-scale wet and dry processing. The installed facilities for aggregation include evaporative cooling technologies (zero energy brick cooler and evaporative charcoal cooler) and the Coolbot cold room which is a low-cost alternative to conventional cold rooms.

The center has small scale wet processing facilities which can used to process various products including pulp (puree), fruit concentrate, ready to drink juices (including juice blends) and other high quality products. To facilitate high quality dry processing, the center has two tunnel dryers each of which can dry one ton of fruit slices in one loading.

During the visit, the team witnessed the dry-processing steps for leafy green vegetables and mango fruit.

These impressive operations make the centre a one-stop station where farmers and other stakeholders can find technologies to help them in their efforts to reduce postharvest losses, access market for their produce and attain quality, quantity and consistency in agricultural production. With such facilities, the center becomes the first of its kind in Kenya and is meant to demonstrate postharvest technologies and innovations for postharvest handling of perishable horticultural commodities.

During the discussions and reflections session after the tour of the center, Dr. Ambuko thanked the Rockefeller Foundation, YieldWise initiative for the support to enable the project team to bring their research outputs to the end user (smallholder farmers). “This practical center has debunks the myth that dons are theorists who live in ivory towers” Dr. Ambuko said.

H.E David Njeru welcomed the project and pledged the County’s support in ensuring its growth into a model that can be replicated in other counties and countries. The Deputy Governor confirmed the commitment by HE the Governor to facilitate installation of the 3-phase power to make the center fully functional.  The County will also support the group to get certification from Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) for their flagship products.

In their remarks, Dr. Sibanda (AGRA) and Mr. Logan (Technoserve Kenya) congratulated the project team for the good work and hoped that they will continue to grow the partnerships to impact the smallholder farmers.

In his remarks, Mr Biteye on behalf of the Rockefeller Foundation congratulated the project team for their commitment and passion in actualizing the idea of aggregation centres. He thanked the farmers for actively accommodating the program and the county government for their support. He also added that the Rockefeller Foundation desires to replicate the aggregation project in other African countries. “Shared vision in partnership has given us success in this project. The aggregation Center will enhance the farmers’ welfare, reduce Postharvest loss, create wealth and increase profits in agricultural production because the facilties and technologies are in line with the demands/needs of the community” said Mr. Biteye.

On his part, Prof Kiama (Principal CAVS) on behalf of the University of Nairobi thanked the Rockefeller Foundation for their financial support and assured a long-term engagement of the University with the farmers on the project. He further commended the initiative as one of the many community outreach engagements of the University of Nairobi. “Recently the University of Nairobi launched Kenya’s first satellite was into the orbit. This center will serve as a local satellite station for postharvest management to enhance economic, social and cultural prosperity of the smallholder farmers” Prof Gitahi said.

While the aggregation centre belongs to the Karurumo Self-help Horticultural Farmers, it is expected to benefit the more than 4,000 horticultural farmers in the area.

Please join us for a public lecture by Mr. Tony Elumelu, CON on Friday, April 13, 2018 from 2:00 PM at the Chandaria Auditorium, UoN towers, 6th Floor.

Mr. Elumelu, CON, is the Group Chairman, United Bank for Africa (UBA) and founder of Tony Elumelu Foundation.

He will be speaking on the topic, ‘Africapitalism and Entrepreneurship.’

To attend, click on the link to register.