The annual student leadership retreat was held from April 18-20 at the Elementaita Country Lodge, where over 300 student leaders were familiarized with university policies and procedures, as well as equipment them with skills essential to their new roles.

Various topics were tackled by speakers from Marketing & Communications (Developing efficient communication tools), Finance (Finance policies, budget and procurement policies), Legal Services (Legal policies and procedures (contracts)), Counseling Services (The soft skills package for student leaders), and Housing (Leaders as role models).

University officials from various line departments and members of faculty facilitated various sessions, dealing with the specific services offered by their respective departments. Associate DVC - Academic Affairs Prof. Munyae Mulinge in his opening remarks described the weight of leadership and responsibility to be shouldered by the new leaders, as well as the expectations of the rest of the student community, including their constituents.

Dr. Teresia Linge (Associate Dean - Chandaria School of Business) spoke on (Developing highly efficient and motivated working team), while Dean of Students Mr. Robert Onsarigo, described to his audience the value of “Interfacing academic and co-curricular program in student life and role of patrons”.
The new Student Council leadership and members of the Electoral College, were introduced, and provided with a chance to briefly elaborate the plans they have for their electorate. The retreat is organized annually by the Department of Student Affairs for the leaders elected for a new one-year term towards the end of the spring 2018 semester.
On Friday, 27 April 2018, USIU-Africa received new graduate students as part of the Summer 2018 intake, who were then guided on a tour of the University, to familiarize them with the facilities and resources that they will use in the course of their studies.

Also joining the USIU-Africa community were Class of 2022 freshmen, accompanied by their parents and guardians, on Tuesday, May 2. During the three-day orientation, students and parents were guided through the University’s programs, facilities and procedures, as well as the opportunities that be available to students during their academic career at USIU-Africa.

Speaking during the orientation, Applied Computer Technology freshman Tatenda Dennis from Zimbabwe described how the great standards, wide range of resources and quality graduates at USIU-Africa drew him to Kenya.

The Student Council organized a student recruitment Festival (formerly known as Freshmen’s Bash) on Friday, May 11, where various clubs and sports teams were provided with opportunities to explain their organizational goals and activities, and recruit from the freshman class.

This was the first time the event was held on campus, thus providing a much smoother interaction between the new students and the freshman class.
The group discussions focused on life skills, where the freshmen had ample opportunities to interact with student leaders, and receive insight into USIU-Africa’s history, multi-cultural environment and mission goals.
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On Friday, May 4, USIU-Africa in partnership with the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) and the Kingdom of the Netherlands, held the 3rd Private Sector Conference on Sustainable Inclusive Business (SIB) themed ‘New Economy, Transformation and Future Proof Business’ at the auditorium.
The conference provided a platform for participants to discuss the benefits of having an inclusive business that is sustainable and benefits low-income communities.

Addressing participants, KEPSA Chief Executive Officer and USIU-Africa Trustee Ms. Carole Kariuki, highlighted the successes experienced by KEPSA in promoting Sustainable and Inclusive Business practices, expounding how the organization has managed to create an awareness of business sustainability and inclusivity in over two thousand businesses in Kenya.

Ms. Kariuki challenged Kenyan businesses to cut down on waste, become more environmentally conscious and focus on people within and outside the organization, adding that business partnerships are key in pushing the sustainability and inclusivity agenda.

Current Doctor of Business Administration candidate Ms. Caroline Karugu (Global Executive MBA ‘13),  was on Thursday, April 12, nominated to the office of Deputy Governor of Kenya’s County of Nyeri, by Governor Kahiga Mutahi. The position became vacant upon the ascencion of the then Deputy Governor, following the untimely demise of the late Dr. Wahome Gakuru.

Ms. Karugu is the current Chief Executive Officer of financial services firm, Jabali Microserve - a wholly owned subsidiary of Jitegemee Trust, which is a leading wholesale microfinance institution that focuses on social investments.

She is also a Non-Executive Director of Geothermal Development Company - the state corporation charged with the rapid development of geothermal resources in Kenya - where she chairs the Board Technical Committee.

The nomination follows a Supreme Court of Kenya judgement in March 2018,that empo­wered sitting governors to nominate replacements in the event of vacancies in the office of Deputy Governor, in their respective counties.

Ms. Karugu’s nomination will now be presented to the County Assembly of Nyeri, and upon ratification, the 39-year-old will be sworn in as the county’s third and first female Deputy Governor, in accordance with the dictates of the Constitution of Kenya.

ly motivated and talented young professionals to join as Associates as part of its Graduate Recruitment Program. They are interested in working with “team players, progressive thinkers and can communicate their ideas with passion. People who are keen on learning, who want to be leaders in their profession and who want to make a difference.

However applications would only be considered if the deadline of Monday, April 16 was met, and if the applicants would graduate with honors (GPA of 3.5 and above).

The KPMG representatives insisted that the best way for an undergraduate to present themselves to potential employers, is through a resume that is expressive of their character, and also detailed in their achievements throughout their student life.  

A curriculum vitae, according to the KPMG team, represents who you are before you are called for an interview. Thus, every applicant must be certain, it places them in a favorable light. Additionally, referees must be individuals who the applicant is certain, will vouch for them.

They also conducted a mock interview to demonstrate how students should conduct themselves during an interview. The key point here was that the candidate should be self-aware, and engage with the interviewer in a way that expresses their values and standards.

KPMG East Africa offers financial services across its tax, advisory and audit divisions.
When Laura Boykin, a computational scientist at the University of Western Australia and TED Fellow paid a visit to the USIU-Africa Library in 2016, she was amazed at the beauty and wealth of information resources and spaces. That is how the TED Books journey commenced.

A step forward from the famous TED Talks - those 18-minute speeches full of inspiring and thought-provoking ideas -  TED Books pick up where the speeches end. According to the TED Foundation - a non-profit, non-partisan Foundation - such reads are “Long enough to explore a powerful idea but short enough to read in a single sitting”.

The  Library received a donation of 5 copies each of 14 TED books, that cut across most academic disciplines offered on campus (including leisure reading), through the networking efforts of Principal Librarian (Acquisitions) Ms. Azenath Ateka.

The total cost of the entire donation was US$1769 paid for by the TED Foundation, whose generous gift marks a key milestone in the growth of the Library’s collection.
On Wednesday April 4, the soon-to-be-launched School of Communication, Cinematic and Creative Arts, hosted over 40 Journalism majors, staff and faculty for a four-hour workshop on DSLR camera operations at the Incubation and Innovation Center.

The workshop was led by Mr. John Wambugu; an MA Communication Studies student who is also a Canon Certified Trainer and Ambassador. The event is part of the School’s plan to encourage engagement by Journalism and Communication students with industry professionals, in order to equip them with professional technical skills.

The workshop was organized by Assistant Professor of Film Dr. Rachael Diang’a, and also featured Mr. Chris Kamau (Chairman, Kenya Actors’ Guild), Ms. Nduta Sialo (Secretary General, Kenya Actors Guild) and Ms. Matrid Nyaga (President of Dada Trust - organizers of Udada International Women’s Film Festival).

The soon-to-be-launched School of Communication, Cinematic and Creative Arts is offering two new programs in Summer 2018.

The Bachelor of Arts in Film Production and Directing will present students with the opportunity to master the fundamentals of film making using world-class labs and sets, equipped with industry leading equipment.

The Bachelor of Arts in Animation will empower creatives with a passion for visual arts, drawing and storytelling, to innovate, experiment, imagine, and create, to produce animation art that stands out in the global industry.
Two Journalism students and one International Relations major won six awards at the 59th edition of the Kenya National Drama and Film Festival which began Tuesday, April 3 in Nairobi’s Lenana School.

Nashon Owano (Journalism), Fiona Githieya (Journalism) and Tamati Mauti (International Relations), submitted Hope Raisers: Classroom and Beyond in the University Film Competition category, where they were received six accolades: Best Short Documentary; Best Presentation; Best Cinematography (1st Runners-up); Best Production Design (1st Runners-up); Best Director (1st Runners-Up) and Best Producer (1st Runners-up).

The documentary highlights the role of Hope Raisers Initiative - project that seeks to impart life skills, mentorship and financial educational assistance to children living in Baba Dogo, Korogocho and Lucky Summer informal settlements.

Assistant Professor of Film Production Dr. Rachael Diang’a supervised the class project, as well as took up the role of Director of Production. Ms. Githeiya directed photography and wrote the script, Mr. Owano produced and edited the documentary, while Mr. Mauti assisted with editing and narration.
23-year-old Journalism major Ms. Janes Ombok (above) is the Kenyan winner of the World Bank funded 2018 #Blogs4Dev contest. In November 2017, citizens of the three East African nations of Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda, between the ages of 18-28, were invited to describe to the World Bank what it would take to end gender-based violence (GBV) in their countries. The eight winners from the three countries were chosen from hundreds of what Ms. Diariétou Gaye (World Bank Country Director for Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Eritrea) described as “the outpouring of innovative, feasible solutions from young men and women who want to end this human rights crisis.”

The World Bank launched the writing competition four years ago, as a way of testing creativity and innovation among young people, who will also be tasked with describing scalable solutions in no more than 500 words. The contest has also provided young people an opportunity to participate in the formulation of policies that tackle prevalent challenges.

Gender Based Violence can rightly be described as an epidemic - estimates indicate one in every three persons across the globe are affected. It encompasses all forms of violence that are physical or sexual; forced and child marriages; human trafficking; female genital mutilation, as well as discrimination based on gender.

The eight bloggers have been invited to join the World Bank Spring Meetings in Washington D.C. from April 16 -22, where senior government, private sector, civil society and academic officials gather to hold conversations with the Boards of Governors of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group (WBG). Subsequently, they will be offered opportunities to share their thoughts, on preventing Gender Based Violence to senior government officials in the three countries.
On Tuesday, April 11, Serianu Limited in partnership with the School of Science and Technology, published the fifth edition of the Africa Cyber Security Report, at  Hotel Intercontinental, Nairobi.

Serianu Limited has and the School of Science and Technology’s Center for Informatics Research and Innovation have been partners in the preparation of the last four annual Cyber Security Reports.

The 2017 Report titled, “Demystifying the State of Cyber Security in Africa” provides an insightful analysis of highly critical topics in Cyber Intelligence; Cyber Security Threats; Industry Risk Ranking and Home Security.

It revealed the poor cyber health of the vast majority of African businesses, with insider threats and fake news posing the biggest cyber risks in 2017.

Liquid Telecoms Group Chief Technical Officer Mr. Ben Roberts speaking during the event urged his audience to take responsibility for the increased threat of fake news, “All of us are responsible for assessing information before passing it on.”

Most businesses based in Africa, the report revealed, especially small and medium enterprises, do not have the skills or resources, to “protect, detect, and respond to cyber security threats”.

In fact, the report reveals that ninety percent of African businesses fell well short of baseline security practices, due to a poor understanding of cyber risks to which the enterprise is exposed, and thus lacked an effective strategy to address those risks.

The top three priorities for cyber security professionals in 2018 according to the report, were to secure organizational databases, restrict access to privileged information, and ensure software patches are applied on time.

Looking at the future, the report underlined the need for businesses to properly assess their cyber security risks and thus adopt effective strategies to neutralize rapidly evolving threats.