On Friday, March 9, the Department of Human Resources announced vacancies in specific roles in various departments.

The Department of Procurement is looking to hire a Chief Manager, who will be responsible for leading and managing procurement efforts throughout the university, and report to the Director of Finance.

Within the same Division, the Department of Finance is looking for a new Principal Accountant who will be responsible for management of the Accounts Receivables Section and the Credit Control Office, and report to the Chief Accountant.

The Department of Health Services has a Clinical Officer vacancy. The successful candidate will be responsible for providing medical health care, counseling and support services to members of the University, and will report to the Principal Medical Officer.

The ICT Division is looking to hire an ICT Officer in the Multimedia Unit of the Service Delivery department. The successful candidate will be responsible for providing direction for all hardware and software systems that deliver multimedia services to the university community.

The same department also has a vacancy for an ICT Assistant, who will be responsible for capturing incoming hardware and software calls from various user stations and resolving them.

The University is also looking a hire a Telephone Operator/Receptionist, who will be based at the reception area in the Administration Building, and report to the Chief Admissions Officer.

The new Bachelor of Arts in Animation and the Bachelor of Arts in Film Production and Directing programs are each in need of a Technician, who will be providing technical and academic support for students and faculty.

Both programs have significantly increased their lab space and equipment in preparation for their first intake this coming semester.

Finally, vacancies now exist for Teaching Lab Technologists, whose primary responsibilities will be maintaining the smooth running of teaching laboratories, as well as ensuring users receive maximum benefits from available resources.

Further details regarding key responsibilities, minimum educational and professional qualifications, as well as desirable personal attributes and competencies are to be found on our website at www.usiu.ac.ke/jobs.

Applications are to be delivered to the Director of Administration on or before Friday, March 23, 2018.

In an appended notice, the Human Resources Department sought to warn potential candidates against unscrupulous individuals purpoting to secure interviews and/or appointments in return for financial or other considerations. The Director of Administration affirmed that all communication regarding vacancies emanates from the Human Resources Department’s official address (hr@usiu. ac.ke).
Mr. Javier Serrano (Assistant Professor of Spanish & Literature) was invited by His Excellency Martin Gomez Bustillo - the Ambassador of Argentina in Kenya - to deliver a talk about the literary universe of the famous Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges on Wednesday, March 7.

The talk was to mark the official launch of the Jorge Luis Borges Cultural Centre, which was attended by  several LatinAmerican Ambassadors (Brazil,  Chile, Costa Rica and Mexico), the Kenyan Spanish Speaking  Association (SSA) and the Association of Teachers of SpanishKenya (ATS-K).

Three USIU-Africa students of the Spanish Minor (Esther Mwanza, Moses Muchoki and Ryan Saffideen) accompanied Mr. Serrano on this  occasion and had the opportunity to put their Spanish into practice with the Spanish-speaking community in Nairobi.

Mr. Serrano is the current President of FIAPE - the largest association of teachers of Spanish worldwide - as well as Vice President of the Association of Teachers of Spanish in Kenya (ATS-K).
On Friday, March 2, the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences invited Dr. Carrie Waterman, an Assistant Researcher in the Department of Nutrition at University of California Davis to speak at the School’s second colloquium this semester.

Dr. Waterman spoke on the wide-ranging benefits of the Moringa Tree (Moringa oleifera) to over 30 members of staff, faculty and students from the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at the Science Center’s Lecture Theater 5.

Her current collaboration with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Nairobi, Kenya on the Moringa Tree (Moringa oleifera), is in line with her research interests in the expansion and improvement of the use, production, and processing of the Moringa tree worldwide, including community involvement and development.

Dr. Waterman enlightened participants on the tree’s therapeutic applications such as in malnutrition, diabetes, and HIV; as a nematocide and biofertilizer in agricultural uses; and in livestock feed for improved animal nutrition and milk production.

She specifically addressed students of Pharmacy, asking them to not limit their career options to pharmaceutical organizations, but to expand them to include community outreach, capacitybuilding, basic research, business development, and entrepreneurship.

She further invited interested students to join her in designing research projects on the Moringa tree, which included funding proposals.

The colloquium was organized by Dr. Caroline  Kahiri (Assistant Professor of Human Physiology), and follows the the first  Colloquium  on “Contemporary Advances and Precincts of Biopharming as Drugs’ Production Systems” by Dr. Apollo  Maima  (Assistant Professor of Pharmacy) in January 2018.

The School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has every intention of continuing to highlight and promote interes in the School’s research areas from within and outside the university, by host ing two colloquiums every semester.
Intense competition was witnessed last weekend when our various sports teams emerged the best in different tournaments and leagues they took part in.

The Cricket team emerged the first in the Universities Cricket Tournament organized by the Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NCPCA) at the Ruaraka Sports Club. Both the men’s and ladies’ hockey teams defeated Wananchi men and women from Uganda to win the Hope Sports Uganda Hockey Tournament in Lugogo, Uganda.

In addition, our men’s teakwood team scooped the 1st position while their female counterparts clinched the second position in the 2nd Kenya University Sports Association (KUSA) indoor championship at USIU-Africa.

The men’s rugby team thrashed Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) 19-10 in the ongoing Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) Championship that took place at the rugby pitch. The team will host Egerton University this weekend.

The ladies basketball team crushed Daystar University 38-11 while the men’s team lost to Mt. Kenya University 34-42 in the second leg of KUSA League. The ladies will meet Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology (JKUAT), Kenyatta University and Mt. Kenya University as the men battle out with Daystar University and JKUAT at JKUAT this weekend.

The men’s soccer team secured a 1-0 win against Mt. Kenya University while their female counterparts lost by a similar margin (0-1) against Daystar University in the KUSA League. The men are set to meet.

Mt. Kenya University and Daystar University on Saturday, March 3 and 4 respectively at JKUAT, while the ladies play against JKUAT and Mt. Kenya University at the same venue.

Still, in the KUSA League, the ladies volleyball team beat Daystar University 3-2 on Saturday, February 24 at Kenyatta University. The ladies will travel to JKUAT this weekend to play against Getsa University and Kenyatta University on Saturday, March 3 and Mt. Kenya University and St. Paul’s University on Sunday, March 4.

The Karate men emerged third in Kata and Kumite while the ladies clinched the second position in Kumite and third position in Kata in the 2nd KUSA Karate Indoor Championship at USIU-Africa. Both teams will compete in the 3rd KUSA Karate Indoor Championship playoffs and finals on March 17 and 18 at Kenyatta University and USIU-Africa respectively
Financial Aid Office scheduled a briefing session for all financial aid beneficiaries on Friday, March 2, to present opportunities available for those seeking financial assistance to attend graduate school either in Kenya or abroad.

The meeting was addressed by alumnus Mr. Douglas Owino (Founder, Scholarship Academy – Africa), and Rhodes 2018 Scholar and International Relations alumna (Class of 2017) Ms. Ruth Nyakeriaro.

Mr. Owino urged his audience to pay attention to undergraduate grades and cocurricular activities given the weight they lend to scholarship applications.

Mr. Eannes Ongus (Principal Fundraising Officer) - himself a former financial aid receipient - also shared crucial information on funding choices available to a current or aspiring graduate student.
University employees have been urged to complete a new survey developed by the Office of Institutional Research. The Employee Engagement Survey is designed to collect data on an individual understanding of one’s role in the University, and how the role fits in the organization’s purpose and objectives. 

The Office of Institutional Research provides analytical services to University departments, to enable them transform data into usable and actionable information.

Even though participation is voluntary and entirely confidential, all employees have been requested to play their part in meeting university outcomes leading to operational and service excellence.
The Peer Educators and Counseling Club began offering a new telephone counseling service dubbed “Peer Support Call” on Thursday, March 1.

The service is aimed at assisting members of the university community who may be experiencing crises, are beset with questions to ask and /or who need to speak with a trained peer counselor while maintaining their anonymity.

The counselors can be reached from extensions 801 or 802 on campus, or through a direct line (Tel.no 0730116801/802), from Mondays to Saturdays, between 9am and 9 pm.
The Incubation and Innovation Center (I2 C) provides entrepreneurship training, mentoring, linkages, and work space for student and alumni-run ventures.

This week’s training dwelt on on two key topics; Using ICT in Business, and Social Media Marketing, taught by Mr. Max Musau and Mr. Klinton Wodomal respectively.

Participants were able to learn the importance of creating value for their business, understanding business processes before implementing ICT techniques, and how to value the customer’s first impression of a business.

Participants in the 12-month incubation program engage in weekly coaching, monthly mentoring by alumni, targeted training using a brand-new curriculum (which incorporates more client surveys, product testing, and design thinking), guest speakers, visiting entrepreneurs in residence, networking sessions, investor pitches , hosted entrepreneurship conferences, expos, and field trips.

The program is divided into three phases, in which Phase II emphasize more coaching, while Phase III emphasizes more mentorship and investor pitches. The Center, which can host upto 30 business at a time, also offers full use of office space with a new lock system to regulate people flows, conference rooms to host client meetings, and linkages to industry.

On a related matter, the Incubation and Innovation Center has just announced a new call for applications for the second cohort of incubatees for the Spring 2018 semester.

Those interested are requested to get in touch with the Center’s director. Dr. Scott Bellows at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and/or by filling in the application form at https:// www.surveymonkey.com/r/3BPYVML
Mr. Payne Omari (Information Systems and Technology Junior) emerged winner of an International Relations Symposium hosted by Riara University as part of their Aspiring Innovator Inter-Varsity Competition, on Friday, February 23.

During the competition, teams were given 15 minutes each to make presentations based on the guiding theme of ’How technology can be used to spearhead international relations and diplomacy’. Mr. Omari’s presentation entitled ‘Cyberwarfare: The impact of technology on International Relations’,carried the day ahead of Strathmore University.

The presentation offered a multidisciplinary approach to the subject matter, where both Information Technology and International Relations approaches were leveraged to draw an understanding towards one of the least understood and diplomatically problematic subject of cyber war.

Given the rapid and expansive development of information and communication technologies, their use on social media platforms for disinformation campaigns, have prompted governmental concern in Washington D.C., London and recently in Barcelona.

Mr. Omari’s drew attention to how social media can be potentially “weaponized, resulting in an environment of permanent unrest and conflict within victim states”.

Other key highlights from his presentation included the reported instances of the Ukranian electric power outage, Stuxnet (a computer virus designed to attack Iran’s nuclear plants’ electromechanical processes), and and the Distributed Denial of Service(DDOS) attacks in Estonia.

Since most countries’ infrastructure was becoming ever more dependent on computer systems than ever before, they were thus more vulnerable to attack.

Mr. Omari’s presentation concluded by urging more robust regulation and vigilance, so as to address such emerging cyberspace issues as Internet freedom, internet governance, innovation, economic growth and other cyber security issues as militarization of the internet.  

Following his win, the IST major plans on splitting his time between using such platforms to emphasize the vulnerabilities existing in national cyber security infrastructure, and developing a voting system powered by blockchain technology.
The Office of Alumni Relations hosted over 400 alumni from various classes for a barbeque themed The Past, The Present and The Future held on February 24, on the lawn behind the library. Alumni from as far back as the Class of 1993, took time to reacquaint themselves with a campus that is rapidly changing both in physical and academic infrastructure.

While welcoming the alumni community back on campus, University Advancement Director Mr. James Ogolla emphasized the need for his audience to remain engaged with the University. This point was picked up by the Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza, who detailed the university’s development plans, and urged the gathered alumni to participate in campus activities, and remain “torchbearers and ambassadors for their alma mater.”

Dr. Jacob Ogola (DBA ’16) and Ms. Damaris Ndegwa-Mwai (IBA ’13) both shared how USIU-Africa’s financial aid had made a difference in their lives .Ms. Ndegwa Mwai who is currently a Procurement and Logistics Specialist for USAID/DFID’s Agile and Harmonized Assistance for Devolved Institutions (AHADI) Project narrated how USIU-Africa’s Vice Chancellor’s Grant saw her through a time of deep personal loss. Dr. Ogolla’s shared his experience as a transfer student from Moi University and a recipient of the Jomo Kenyatta Memorial Scholarship. His call to fellow alumni to make financial aid sustainable was echoed by Alumni Association Chairperson Ms. Dorothy Sagwe, who urged alumni to come back to their alma mater and build their university.

The Office of Alumni Relations also announced the beginning of ticket sales for the Annual Alumni Fundraising Dinner scheduled for June 23, where a KES 500 million Alumni Endowment Fund will be launched. The Fund’s purpose will be to provide opportunities for promising but financial disadvantaged students to pursue a world-class education at USIUAfrica.