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USIU-Africa students pose with members of the staff at the Kenyan embassy in the Spanish capital of Madrid. PHOTO:COURTESY

By Dan Muchai & Dr. Jane Muasya

Assistant Professor of Spanish Dr. Jane Muasya and Principal Academic Advisor Ms. Lynnette Nzioki accompanied a group of seventeen students of Spanish, on an academic trip to Spain in August 2018.

During the eighteen days they spent in Spain,the team visited the Spanish capital Madrid where they visited the world renowned Museo Nacional Del Prado (Prado National Museum), the Palacio Real de Madrid (Royal Palace of Madrid) and  La Almudena Cathedral. The group also paid a courtesy call at the Embassy of the Republic of Kenya in Spain, where they were received warmly by Embassy staff.

In the northwestern city of Valladolid, the students attended a two -week Spanish course at the Fundación de la Lengua Española, before proceeding on an excursion to the ancient northwestern Spanish city of Salamanca, home to one of Europe’s oldest universities - Universidad de Salamanca, which was founded in 1134 and granted a Royal Charter in 1218.

In Segovia, the group also made time to visit one of the best-preserved Roman aqueducts - a water conveyance structure that crosses the entire city, and has stood for almost two millenia.

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Assistant Professor and Dean in the Faculty of Education at Kasetsart University, Dr. Surachai Jewcharoensakul descries how to prepare Thai cusine to chefs from Nairobi restaurants and Hotel and Restaurant Management majors, during a cooking workshop held at the ultra modern training kitchen on the third floor of the Freida Brown Student Center. PHOTO:ANTONIO LONGANGI

By Antonio Longangi

USIU-Africa in partnership with the Royal Thai Embassy hosted a Thai Cooking Workshop on Thursday, September 13 at the Training Kitchen in the Freida Brown Student Center. The event was held as part of “Thai Food to the World” - a government effort to promote Thailand’s rich culture beyond the country’s borders.

The workshop was conducted by Assistant Professor and Dean in the Faculty of Education at Kasetsart University, Dr. Surachai Jewcharoensakul.

By Dan Muchai

The Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza will address the university community on Monday, September 17 at 10.30am in the auditorium.

The gathering,  formally known as a convocation, will provide members of the community with the opportunity to be appraised on the university’s plans for this academic year.

This is only the second time the Vice Chancellor is hosting the annual convocation, which will be followed by the DVC’s Convocation on Wednesday, October 3, and a Deans’ Convocation at a later date.

By Dan Muchai

USIU-Africa’s rugby team captain Mr. Junior Onyango, Culture Week 2019 Organizing Committee Chair Ms. Ivy Wandia, and former Electoral Commission Chair Mr. Mathew Ndolo are among the inaugural recipients of the Imara Policy Fellowship 2018.

The Imara Policy Fellowship is a joint leadership development program offered through a local consultancy firm – Mak Appeal – which seeks to invest in future African leaders through the Imara Leadership Initiative, now in its first year. The award has been offered to 50 university students from across Kenya, for a 14-month-long capacity building in leadership; project proposal writing; data collection and analysis, formulation of policy and dissemination of findings.

by Dan Muchai and Aamrah Khan

The process of reaffirmation of USIU-Africa’s accredition by the WASC Senior College and University Commission is almost drawing to an end.

Accreditation is a process of external quality review which serves to assure students, parents, policymakers, the broader educational community, and the general public that an institution has met high standards of effectiveness.

USIU-Africa is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) - one of seven regional accrediting agencies in the U.S. A major benefit of USIU-Africa’s accreditation is that credits and degrees are recognized for purposes of employment and transfer or admission to other institutions in the United States.

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The Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza (center), and DVC - Academic and Student Affairs Amb. Prof. Ruthie Rono (right), together with other senior university officials met representatives of the feasibility mission from the African Development Bank in June 2018, to discuss USIU-Africa’s proposal to set up a Center of Excellence as part of the Bank’s Coding for Employment Flagship Program, in line with the Bank’s Jobs for Youth in Africa (JfYA) Strategy. The proposal has now been approved, making USIU-Africa one of five Kenyan universities to host such a Center of Excellence. PHOTO:DAN MUCHAI

By Dan Muchai

Following a rigorous selection process, USIU-Africa has been selected to be one of five Kenyan universities (and the only private one) to host the African Development Bank (AfDB)'s Coding for Employment Center of Excellence.

In a letter to the Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza, the Director General of the Bank’s Regional Development and Business Delivery Office (East Africa) Mr. Gabriel Negatu congratulated the university on becoming selected to  collaborate with the Bank “to lead a revolutionary movement to nurture "Africa's next generation of digitally enabled workforce."'

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Dean, School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences Prof. Njeri Wamae (center) receives the 2018 Nelson Mandela Distinguished Africanist Award from DVC - Academic & Student Affairs Prof. Amb. Ruthie Rono (left) in the presence of Prof. Toyin Falola (right). The award was conferred by the Toyin Falola Annual International Conference on Africa and the African Diaspora (TOFAC) Board at a ceremony presided over by Associate Dean, School of Humanities & Social Sciences Dr. Michael Kihara, on Thursday, July 5. PHOTO: ANTONIO LONGANGI

By Dan Muchai

Dean of the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Prof. Njeri Wamae is the recipient of the Nelson Mandela Distinguished Africanist Award conferred by the Toyin Falola Annual International Conference on Africa and the African Diaspora Board during a ceremony held on campus on Thursday, July 5.

To receive the award, a nominee must be a leader who has distinguished him/herself in public leadership positions, be known for the promotion of freedom for Africans both at the national and international levels, and must have shown resilience, courage and determination in the pursuit of African liberation.

In endorsing the nomination of Professor Wamae, the TOFAC Board noted her “commitment to research, integrity, productivity, and sincere passion for everything that is good about Africa.”

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Immediate former officials of the Educate Your Own (EYO) Initiative pose with their certificates of appreciated presented to them on Friday, August 3. From left: Anderson Karige (IR Senior), Alexia Lukangu (Finance Sophomore), Almasi Odhiambo (IBA Junior), Natalina Makur (Accounting Senior), Patricia Naanyu (IBA Junior), Lubna Elmahdy (IR Senior), Prudence Nzaro (IR Senior) and Jimmy Lomuru (IR Senior). PHOTO: ANTONIO LONGANGI

By Lubna Elmahdy & Antonio Longangi

On Friday, August 1, the student fundraising initiative - Educate Your Own (EYO) - held its second annual appreciation luncheon, celebrating the efforts of the organization and its donors in helping students, in need of financial support, pay a portion of their tuition.

In line with its mission of reducing the rate of student dropouts from the University, EYO has been supporting students in need, by raising funds through various activities that engage the entire USIU-Africa community. Indeed this semester, EYO awarded a KES 50,000 grant to each of the five students selected.

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Internship Coordinator Ms. Christine Nzyoka (right) speaks with students undertaking Psychology, International Relations and Criminal Justice majors. Looking on is Internship Coordinator Swabra Soud. PHOTO: ANTONIO LONGANGI

By Antonio Longangi

From Tuesday, July 24 to Thursday, July 26, the Internship Office held a series of orientation activities at the Freida Brown Student Center. The orientation was aiming at making students aware of internship policies, procedures, preparation, and opportunities available through the Internship Office.

“Since internship is part of degree program academic requirements, we felt it was important for students to be aware of the services availed through our office before commencing an external search for internships,” commented Internship Coordinator Ms. Christine Nzyoka.