Vice Chancellor launches the strategic planning process

Members of the Management Board during the strategic planning meeting held at Maanzoni. The meeting was first in a series of workshops to design the 2020-2025 Strategic Plan.

By John Sande
Last Friday, February 14, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Paul T. Zeleza led the Management Board members and a team of selected individuals from across the university community in laying the way forward towards the formulation of the USIU-Africa Strategic Plan for the period 2020-2025.
Speaking to the Design Team during his keynote address titled ’Re-Envisioning USIU-Africa’s Brilliant Future,’ he emphasized the need to have a robust strategic plan built on the success and lessons learned from the current strategic plan. “The new strategic plan is critical for the future development of the University over the next five years into the future,” he said.
Prof. Zeleza also highlighted some of the issues in higher education that had a big impact on it, such as change in student demographics, increased financial pressures, escalating competition, digital disruptions, governance challenges, and accountability demands. “The strategic planning process offers the University the opportunity to collectively review its past, reckon with its present, and reimagine its future,” he added.
Projected to run over the next nine months, the strategic planning process will entail collating information and data from all stakeholders, and engaging in serious reflection on shared institutional values and aspirations. This will be dictated in the context of the prevailing and emerging challenges and opportunities in higher education sector, national, regional and international political, economic and social trends.
Acknowledging the process will require a lot of hard work and reflections, Prof. Zeleza assured the Design Team of the unfaltering support from the entire breadth of the university leadership, who are committed to working together towards the successful development of a new and robust strategic plan built on the success and lessons learned from the current strategic plan. Upon its completion, the submission of the final draft of the Strategic Plan 2020-2025 will be submitted for review and approval to the University’s Board of Trustees and the University Council in November 2020.
“It is my desire and hope that the entire strategic planning process be a transparent, collaborative, inclusive, and participatory process in which all the institutional stakeholders share their experiences, perspectives, and views and own both the process and outcome,” concluded Prof. Zeleza.
Other facilitators during the 2-day retreat at the Maanzoni Lodge in Machakos County, included Prof. Fred Newa, Prof. Amos Njuguna, Dr. Judy Obura, Dr. Edith Amuhaya and Ms. Sharon Lang’at.

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