Prof. Peter Lewa (Dean – Chandaria School of Business) and faculty from his School hosted at team of officials from the World Bank, on Wednesday, February 14.
Dr. Emmy Chirchir and her colleagues Professor Mikko Koria and Dr. Roberto Osorno, were accompanied by officials from the Ministry of Trade, to discuss the School’s engagement in the industry-academia subcomponent of a new project known as “Kenya Industry and Entrepreneurship Project, (KIEP)”.
The purpose of the project is to grow Kenya’s competitiveness and productivity, by enabling the industry to gain from ideas and innovation present in academia, as well as provide a platform for students to gain work experience.
Other School officials who attended the brief meeting included the Associate Dean Dr. Teresia Linge, Program Director Dr. Francis Gatumo, Incubation and Innovation Center Chair Dr. Scott Bellows, Assistant Professor of Organizational Development Dr. Kefah Njenga, Assistant Professor of Project Management and Implementation Dr. Paul Wachana, Principal Academic Advisor Mr. Isaac Chuma and Academic Advisor Mr. Christopher Barak.
Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza on Wednesday, February 7, paid a courtesy call on the Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to Kenya, His Excellency Dr. Slaiman Arabiat, at the country’s embassy here in Nairobi.
The representatives of the university sought to partner with the Embassy on a number of issues centering security, program and curriculum development in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), student and faculty exchanges, faculty development and research. The Ambassador was excited at the possibility of collaborating with the university, stating that he is keen to see a partnership realized that will open doors for both institutions in the areas of guest lectures, internships, cultural promotions, research collaborations and student recruitment amongst others.
The meeting between USIU-Africa and Embassy of Jordan was held as part of efforts to enlarge the university’s Partnerships and External Linkages portfolio; a strategic move that will aid USIU-Africa’s agenda as outlined in its Strategic Plan 2015-2020.
The Vice Chancellor was accompanied by Mr. James Ogolla (University Advancement Director), Prof. Njeri Wamae (Dean, School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences), as well as Carren Jumba and Joanne Alividza both from Fundraising & Partnerships.
The next day Prof. Zeleza hosted László Nádai, PhD (Vice Chancellor for Research and International Affairs) and Tamás Kersánszki (Deputy Rector Adviser) from Óbuda University in Hungary, as well as Judit Galambos (Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Hungary in Nairobi).
The Óbuda University officials were visiting USIU-Africa, drawn by the university’s interest in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), in areas of curricula development with an emphasis in engineering, faculty development, program development (specific to health sciences), student scientific research (involving undergraduate students) and student exchanges.
Óbuda University is especially keen to collaborate with universities in East Africa and South East Asia regions in talent development, facilitating students from these regions to study in each other’s countries; an opportunity USIU-Africa is likely to explore owing to the diverse cultural orientation of its student population - now representative of 74 nations from around the world.
Present at the meeting were Amb. Prof. Ruthie Rono (Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic & Student Affairs), Mr. Ogolla, Prof. Wamae, Prof. Valerie Adema (Dean, School of Science & Technology) and Ms. Alividza.
Dr. Simeon Sungi (Associate Professor of Criminal Justice) invited Dr. Willy Mutunga, Kenya’s retired Chief Justice and first President of the Supreme Court, to his Democracy and Governance class, where the retired judge discussed paper he had authored, “Politics, the Media and Independence of the Judiciary: A Personal Footnote” , on Wednesday, February 7.

The discussion dwelt on the conceptual and practical parameters of the traditional analysis of the principle of the independence of the Judiciary. His thesis was that African judges needed to be aware they engaged in politics.  He also discussed the interaction between politics and the media with regard to how they impact the theory and practice of the independence of the judiciary.

Dr. Mutunga elicited feedback from the 8 students in the class as the basis for discussion, while members of other International Relations classes who had been invited, were allowed to attend and ask questions after the session. 

Issues raised by the Doctor of Philosophy in International Relations class were activism (relevance to the teaching profession and how scholars draw the line); separation of powers; Pan-Africanism and its relevance (pragmatism); public trust (distinction between issues in 2013 and 2017 in Kenya); the role of the media in judicial independence; and the Constitution of Kenya 2010 (ownership and interpretation).

Some of the highlights arising out of the discussion were the need for everyone to be alive to the different ways in which personal influences and interactions impact on how we make decisions. 

Dr. Mutunga pointed at the increasing adoption of a humanistic approach by activists. In his view, politics is appropriation of value and everyone is involved all the time regardless of whether one is conscious of it or not. He emphasized the need to identify the forces which undermine judicial independence and deal with them, and by so doing build public trust. 

Beyond this, he reiterated the importance of Kenya as a nation identifying its national interests and ensuring that all are aware of those interests.  He further emphasized the importance of public officers acting in the interest of the state rather than their personal interest. 

Dr. Mutunga noted that ethnicity had impacted Kenya deeply and that we need to focus on the real issue – economic marginalization and poverty.   Politicians he said use different aspects of identity to divide the electorate.  “Kenya needs,” he felt, “to move to issue-based politics.”  He pointed at devolution as one of the most prominent features of Kenya’s Constitution arguing further that if successfully implemented devolution would ease the increasingly ethnic struggle for ascendancy to the Presidency.  

He also hit out at the media for undermining devolution, emphasizing the need for the fourth estate to highlight the Constitution’s existing success stories.  He underlined the excellent position that the Judiciary was in to reinforce and consolidate devolution’s gains.

With regard to Pan Africanism, Dr. Mutunga argued that there is  a great need for Africa to speak with one voice, singling out the union of Tanganyika and Zanzibar (to form the nation of Tanzania), as the basis for regional and continental bodies such as the East African Community and the African Union.
The School of Graduate Studies, Research & Extension has launched a training workshop for 19 faculty members, 8 members of staff, 7 undergraduate and 46 graduate students. The program which has been running since January 26, will train participants on how to write for grants as well as how to use IBM SPSS Statistics software, for a period of eight weeks.

Each Friday, participants will go through a single topic beginning with Introduction to Research Proposal; to be followed by Literature Review; Research Methodology; Research Findings and Results; Conclusion and Recommendations.

SPSS which stands for Statistical Package for the Social Sciences is the “world's leading statistical software for business, government, research and academic organizations”, and is largely used by graduate and doctoral students to analyze data collected for their academic research projects. SPSS training will involve, Introduction to SPSS; data coding; data entry; graphs and tables; and data analysis.  

It is expected that that workshop participants will be fully equipped to submit proposals for research funding at the end of their training program.
Despite having a goalless match against  Strathmore  University, the ladies hockey team has qualified for their first ever Africa Cup of Club Championship competition. This is after they emerged second in the Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) Women’s Premier League on Saturday, February 2 at City Park. The team will represent Kenya in the Championship alongside national champions Telkom later this year.

The Africa Cup of Club Champions is a tournament organized by the Africa Hockey Federation for Clubs in Africa, which seeks to bring champions and runners up of various national hockey leagues.

USIU-Africa’s  taekwondo  team clinched the 7th position in the just concluded 2018  Antoren  Taekwondo  League organized and sponsored by the Mombasa County Taekwondo Association. This is after the ladies team won a silver and a bronze medal, while the men’s team won 2 silver and 1 bronze medal bringing the total to 3 silver and 2 bronze medals.

In swimming, 15 members of the USIU-Africa swimming team are set to compete in the upcoming Kenya Swimming Federation (KSF) National Gala on Thursday 22 and Friday, 23 February at the Moi International Sports Center  Kasarani. The Gala is for swimmers who have never won any medal and are first-time participants.

The men’s hockey team beat Western Jaguars 1-0 to finish 4th in the just concluded  KHU  Men’s Premier League this year. In the Kenya Universities Sports Association (KUSA) League, the men’s basketball team beat  Jomo  Kenyatta University of Science and Technology (JKUAT) 34-30 on Sunday, February 3 at  JKUAT. The team will host Kenyatta University this coming weekend on the basketball pitch. Subsequently, the ladies soccer team defeated  Gretsa  University 2-0, while their male counterparts lost to both JKUAT and KCA University in the league. The men’s team will travel to Kenyatta University this weekend to meet Pan Africa Christian University and Kenyatta University (Parklands Campus).

Meanwhile, the men’s handball team recorded mixed reactions after thrashing  Gretsa  University 23-11 and losing to St. Paul’s University 1933. The team is set to meet Kenyatta University  Parklands  Campus this weekend at Kenyatta University. The men’s rugby team lost to South Coast Pirates in the ongoing Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) Championship. This coming weekend, hope to recover against the University of Nairobi at our rugby pitch.
Journalists for a very long time have had the important responsibility of disseminating information to the general public. It is a profession said to stand out as well as assume a key part in the improvement and development of a country.

With the development of the new media, the world is winding up more interconnected with millions of people in constant communication. Because of this, the journalism career has been advancing. There is also a huge presence of social media thanks to the change in technology as opposed to journalism, which has helped journalists directly interact with their readers and viewers and find out what kind of stories appeal to them. 

Journalism is a demanding and highly responsible career since journalists have the ability to impact the masses with the information that they have. There are certain skills that one ought to have to be successful as a journalist:

Communication Skills

This stands out amongst the most important skills that any journalist ought have, since they are in constant communication with everyone around them.

Technical Skills

Such skills may include video and photography, audio editing and computer knowledge. It may include taking quality photographs, videos and being able to edit one’s content.

Good Organizational skills

 As a journalist, you need to be organized and have the capacity to make sense of what is important while prioritizing different tasks. If given an article or story to feature you may want to find credible sources that you would interview or follow up for accuracy. One also ought to be able to work under pressure and in the end be able to meet all deadlines.

Creative thinking

Always think outside the box and come up with new fresh ideas. For instance, pieceing up stories in a creative imaginative manner that grabs the readers’ attention and finds a way to make 'exhausting' pieces become more captivating and fascinating.

One must always remember to keep one’s skills updated because learning extra skills is always an advantage. The more skills one has, the better because this may give one an advantage over others in the same field.

As a journalist, one can work as an editor, a foreign correspondent, a photojournalist, a reporter, a writer, e.t.c. Fore information, please visit the USIU- Africa Career Services Office or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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The Incubation and Innovation Center (I2C) has launched a new format for USIU-Africa entrepreneurs to receive targeted training.  The boot camp, which held its first sessions from  February 2-3, targeted students and alumni desirous of going into business for themselves, but who had not yet settled on a business idea.

The training is built around the concept of guiding participants through the investigation of pain points in a market and how to find solutions.  Thus participants are able to develop the ability to build better business models that are more in touch with what customers actually want. 

On the first day, participants learned as much as they could regarding a certain topic, while on the second day they formed communities in which they interacted with their potential customers, and utilized their learning. 

Later on in the day, the entire group gathered and shared the results from their field interactions,  in order to then make informed plans or changes to their business models. 

The next boot camp will take place on Friday, February 16 at 6pm, and on Saturday, February 17 at 2pm. It will again be hosted by the Incubation and Innovation Center. Participants will be trained on how to survey customer desires in order to sell better products and services. 

Those interested in attending are requested to show up promptly without need for preregistration and best of all, no payment is required, as the training is entirely free of charge.
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Think you know Chinese cuisine based on what you’ve often eaten from a “Chinese” restaurant? Chances are that maybe you may never even have tasted authentic traditional Chinese cuisine. An excellent way of experience Chinese cuisine is through preparing various dishes.

For this reason, every fifth week of each semester, students of Chinese language are provided with an opportunity to prepare Chinese cuisine they are taught in class. This experience creates a platform for the lecturer to impart Chinese cuisine tips in a much more fun atmosphere, where teaching emphasis is largely based on action rather than observation.

During this week’s hands-on cooking classes, students prepared delicious meals which include: dumplings 饺 子,steamed stuffed bun 包子, tofu 豆 腐,longevity noodles寿面,stir-fried noodles炒面,Chinese rice porridge 米 粥,oolong tea乌龙茶,green tea绿 茶,jasmine tea茉莉花茶, iced tea冰 红茶 etc. which they found to be extremely fascinating.

This out-of-class leaning experience goes a long way to ensure that our graduates receives holistic training, creates a oneof-a-kind experience for our students, as well as bringing creativity and impeccable knowledge of the Chinese culture, collectively providing the students with excitement and increasing their interest in learning.
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A delegation from Linnaeus University in Sweden were on campus to meet university officials and make a partnership assessment on Tuesday, February 6.

The delegation, which was received by the Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza, discussed areas of common interests including faculty exchange, collaborative research, and other such channels for knowledge exchange, before holding further meetings with School Deans and faculty members

Student government was represented by Miss Rida Raheel (Chairperson, Student Affairs Council) and Mr. Brian Juma (Welfare Representative, Student Affairs Council)

Linnaeus University officials were led by Ms. Anki Wood (Project Manager, Institute for Further Education of Journalists), accompanied by Mr. Jonas Ewald (Faculty, Social Sciences), Ms. Kristina Hellberg (Faculty, Social Sciences), Prof. Peter Gierow (Head of Department, Medicine and Optometry), Mr. Gudrun Borgudd (Faculty, Health and Life Science), and Ms. Lena Kulmala (Senior Internationalization Officer, External Relations).

“This was simply an introductory phase for a big project that we are glad to be part of,” said Ms. Kellen Njagi (International Student Officer noting that it will contribute to increased research activity.

Linnaeus University is a Swedish state university, established in 2010 through a merger between Vaxjo and Kalmar universities. It has been USIU-Africa’s student exchange partner since 2009.
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On Wednesday February 7, the School of Science & Technology  in partnership with Microsoft  Skills4Afrika  launched the I2C  AppFactory program at the Incubation and Innovation Center.
The AppFactory is designed to be an engine for development of skilled talents, capable of responding industry needs and effectively contributing to the regional entrepreneurship ecosystem.
The program is also expected to serve as a research and development lab for developing innovative ICT projects, and forming part of the digital transformation program for small and medium-sized enterprises.
During the launch, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul  Zeleza  pointed out that the AppFactory is important because it fits into the university’s learning philosophy, values, missions, priorities and research endeavors stressing that the AppFactory will link students with industry and society.
“Such initiatives furthers enable the university to actively participate in key developmental agendas like the Vision 2030 for Kenya, Agenda 2063 for the Africa Union and the United Nations Sustainable Development,” he added.
In the same vein, Prof. Valeria Adema (Dean, School of Science and Technology) noted that the program will provide a new approach to learning and creative thinking. She said it would encourage reflection on practice and allow students to develop new skills and attitudes.
Mr. Lutz  Ziob  (Dean,  Microsoft 4Afrika Academy) said that the beneficiaries of the program will act as accelerators of digital transformation and revolutionalize how government offers services to its citizens.
Also present at the event was Dr. Paul Okanda (Director, Information and Communication Technology) Mr. James Ogolla (Director, University Advancement), Prof. Amos Njuguna (Dean, School of Graduate Studies, Research and Extension), Mr. Samuel Gikandi (Chief Executive Officer, Africa’s Talking), among others.