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Dr. Josephine Dawuni speaking to faculty and students from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences during her guest lecture on the research she has conducted into contributions by African women judges, on June 18, 2018. PHOTO: DAN MUCHAI

By Simeon Sungi

On June 18, the USIU-Africa Institute of Public Policy and International Affairs, and the Criminal Justice and International Relations programs invited Dr. Josephine Dawuni, Assistant Professor of Political Science from Howard University, in Washington D.C., to give a talk related to her recently edited book titled “International Courts and the African Woman Judge: Unveiled Narratives”, published this year by Routledge.

Dr. Dawuni’s book expounds on the contributions of African women in international institutions, especially courts and tribunals, which she argues are always underreported and unexplored. Thus her research focused on demystifiying the Western narrative that gender parity is a result of pressure from donors through foreign aid.

Dr. Dawuni also spoke about her experiences as a Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) fellow, at the Faculty of Law in the University of Ghana. She emphasized how the research collaboration between African scholars in Africa and those in the diaspora, can produce empirically driven policies that could benefit the continent and empower Africans.

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A guest reads a description attached to a portrait of USIU-Africa’s first President Dr. William C. Rust, during the launch of the USIU-Africa Archives by the Vice 
Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza, on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. PHOTO: ANTONIO LONGANGI

By Bonface Odhiambo

The Library and Information Center joined the global community in celebrating the International Archives Day by hosting the first annual USIU-Africa Archives Week from June 12 -14, to sensitize the University community on the existence, scope and value of archival materials and archival repositories.

To this end, the Library prepared a thematic display of exhibits that focused on a wide range of subjects comprising rare collections, classical records, past newspaper editions, pictorials and artefacts at the library atrium.

The highlight of the three-day celebration of the University’s documentary history, was the launch of the USIU-Africa Archives, as a new section of the Library and Information Center, at a ceremony presided over by the Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza. In his remarks, Prof. Zeleza reiterated the necessity of archives as an important repository of institutional memory, and a link between the past, present and future, promising to donate his personal archives to add to the University’s archival collection.

By Wanjiku Mbugua & Antonio Longangi

Members of the Chinese I & II (CHI1000 /CHI1001) foreign language classes participated in an out of class Chinese cooking experience from Monday, June 4 to Thursday, June 7 at the Cafeteria. Given that Chinese as a language is best learnt through practice and interaction with rich elements of Chinese culture, students are exposed to hands-on preparation of traditional meals prepared in most households in China.

Therefore every fifth week of each semester, students of Chinese Language prepare and partake of Chinese cuisine besides learning what it’s like to be part of a team. The meals students had to cook and have a taste of included dumplings, baozi, tofu, iced tea, green tea and Chinese stir-fried rice, which are more popular in Northern China, and are lighter in flavor and spices unlike Southern China dishes.

By Antonio Longangi

Members of Young Diplomat Forum (YDF) Club hosted a preparatory mock debate on Saturday, June 16 at the auditorium, to prepare for the upcoming Sub-Saharan International Model United Nations Conference (SAIMUN). The debate brought together participants from 14 local universities registered for the conference, to discuss topics generated from the general conference theme “Humanity at a Crossroads: Global Action for Sustainable Development.” The exercise also aimed at evaluating the preparations that have been conducted separately within respective institutions ahead of the conference that is meant to spur active youth involvement in the global development agenda based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The club, which has been holding its own peer-to-peer conference training since May 25, will present a delegation of 80 students at the conference, which will be held from July 2 - 6 at the United Nations Office at Nairobi in Gigiri.

By Max Musau

On Saturday, June 9, the School of Science and Technology (SST) hosted over 300 participants for a regional Andela Learning Community event supported by Google. The event which served as a beginner and intermediate track for participants within Nairobi, featured U.S. based guest speakers who joined in via video call, and local Andela experts who guided participants through foundational training in either Android Software Development or Web Application Development.

The School of Science and Technology was represented by Mr. Max Musau, who while introducing the School’s degree and specialized programs, described how the recently-launched Microsoft AppFactory program, accelerated developer learning much like the Andela Learning Community, at the Incubation and Innovation Center.

By Dan Odaba

USIU-Africa hosted this year’s fourth Korea-Kenya Frontiers (KKF) Association forum on Friday, June 9.  His Excellency Ambassador Kwon Young-Dae, the Ambassador of Korea to Kenya officially opened the forum, whose agenda was ‘Adaptability and Incorporation in the Development of Kenya’.

The Korea-Kenya Frontiers (KKF) is an association comprised of members who have been to Korea, and who aspire to apply their experience to the development process of Kenya. The association holds an annual economic forum that is organized and hosted by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, where a set agenda and various sub-topics relating to the agenda are discussed by an audience, comprising the Ambassador and Vice-Ambassador, government officials, as well as economic studies’ students and faculty from local universities.

By Sarah Ngetha

Human Resources professionals are now using an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) to sift through, and track the numerous job applications they receive each time a new job is advertised.

The ATS works by scanning resumes for specific keywords as indicated by the recruiter, and then scores them mathematically for relevance, before sending resumes from the most qualified candidates through to Human Resources to review. The idea behind this technology is to save Human Resource professions the time and cost of sorting through applications that are poorly prepared or irrelevant, and to find the right candidates as defined by the job specifications.

To pass through this automated system, applicants are required to apply the following pointers while making their job applications on online portals;

The use of simple fonts and formatting - Although fancy formatting options might impress the human resource manager, the system will simply reject such a resume. A basic rule of thumb is to keep fonts and formatting simple, and use a basic word processing software such MS-Word or similar file format though the ATS is being continually improved to read PDF files.

By Sabilah Mwanga

The IT Club organized and hosted a Python programming class, every Saturday for three weeks beginnig May 19, where participants were introduced to Python - a high-level general purpose programming language created Guido van Rossum in 1991.

Today, it is used by millions of people for various purposes such as testing microchips Intel Corp, powering Instagram, building video games with the PyGame library and developing Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications. Owning to its user-friendliness, Python has been used to create some of the most popular websites such as Google, YouTube, Instagram, Quora, and Spotify, and is also implemented in LibreOffice, which is common in our classroom laptops and computer labs. The programming class’ second module will be introduced later after the successful completion of the first module.

On Friday, June 8 at the Incubation and Innovation Center, the IT Club also held a Hardware Workshop for ten participating students, where they were taken through an introduction to Raspberry Pi and Arduino platforms. Arduino is an open-source platform used for building electronic objects. It consists of a microcontroller - which is a physical programmable circuit board - and software which runs on a computer used to write and upload computer code to the physical board.

During the workshop, the instructor Vishaal Ravalia illustrated how code written for Arduino can be used for the ubiquitous Light Emitting Diodes, whose real-world applications include traffic lights and vehicular indicator systems. The Arduino hardware and software was designed for anyone interested in creating interactive objects (such as with buttons, Light Emitting Diodes, motors, speakers, smartphones, television, etc.) or environments.

The club hopes the teaching modules will spur members to use these hardware technologies for their innovations.
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By Dan Muchai

The Vice Chancellor, Professor Paul Tiyambe Zeleza, has been elected as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Kenya Education Network (KENET), at its meeting on Friday, June 22.

KENET is the National Research and Education Network (NREN) of Kenya, and a not-for-profit membership organization registered as a Trust with five Vice Chancellors as Trustees. The network provides access to open education and research resources and databases to 130 universities and university colleges, as well as local and international research institutes in Kenya.

Having also been licensed by the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) as a not-for-profit provider of affordable, cost-effective and low-congestion Internet bandwidth services to member education and research institutions, it serves as a gateway to the advanced e-infrastructures for research that are available exclusively within the research and education communities anywhere in the world. Such infrastructure includes providing shared services such as; co-location of servers, dedicated virtual servers for e-learning systems, video and web conferencing, and capacity building for technical staff. KENET is the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) for the academic community.

Apart from the Vice Chancellor, USIU-Africa is represented on the Executive Board which assists the Board of Trustees in managing the network, by Assistant Professor of Information Systems Dr. Gerald W. Chege. Additionally, the Board’s Executive Director Prof. Meoli Kashorda is a Professor of Information Systems and a former Dean of USIU-Africa’s then School of Business Administration for six years. He is charged with running KENET’s day-to-day operations.
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Dr. Annette Brown (Director of Research and Evaluation Strategic Initiative, FHI 360) addresses IST and APT majors during the guest lecture on Wednesday, June 6 at the Chandaria School of Business Lecture Theater I. PHOTO: ANTONIO LONGANGI

By Diana Meso

On Wednesday, June 6, the Director of Research and Evaluation Strategic Initiative at FHI 360 Dr. Annette Brown was on campus to deliver a guest lecture on “What ICT4D interventions work to improve economic growth in L&MICs?” to various Information Systems & Technology and Applied Computer Technology majors and members of the IT Club.

In her presentation, Dr. Brown explained how enormous was the potential held by technology for reducing poverty and improving lives in the Lower and Middle-Income countries (L&MICs).

However, she also described how research explained the technological benefits that were only attributed to countries that focused on using technology to spur macroeconomic development.