USIU-Africa Alumni wins the Alumni Association of the Year Award at the East Africa Employability Summit

By Caleb Mukhwana

In a spectacular showcase of educational excellence and commitment to bridging the gap between training institutions and the labor market, the just-concluded East Africa Employability Summit witnessed USIU-Africa clinching several prestigious awards. Among the accolades, the university proudly secured the coveted ‘Alumni Association of the Year’ and ‘Student Career Ambassador of the Year’, which was bagged by Caleb Mukhwana, an International Relations student and lead Career Peer Advisor.

The two-day summit, a dynamic platform for sparking crucial conversations among stakeholders, brought together top industry leaders, government officials, and representatives from over 20 universities and colleges across the Eastern Africa region. The agenda focused on addressing the persistent mismatch between training institutions and the labor market, as indicated by compelling statistics.

Notable figures in attendance included the esteemed Cabinet Secretary for Youth Affairs, Sports, and the Arts, Hon. Ababu Namwamba, officials from the Ministry of Education, representatives from the Federation of Kenya Employers among other industry stakeholders. The collective goal was to delve into comprehensive discussions around vital topics such as innovation and incubation, entrepreneurship, soft skills development, mental health issues, curriculum reforms, and policy advocacy.

The summit's highlight was a two-day exploration of groundbreaking ideas and strategies, culminating in the second edition of Uongozi Career Awards by the Cooperate Career Academy. The gala recognized outstanding individuals and organizations dedicated to championing youth employability through essential support services such as mentorship, employment opportunities, incubation, and startup funding.

USIU-Africa's triumph in securing the ‘Alumni Association of the Year’ and ‘Student Career Ambassador of the Year’ awards underscores the university's commitment to producing graduates who not only excel academically but are also well-prepared for the challenges and opportunities of the professional world.

As the summit concluded, the spirit of collaboration and commitment to closing the training-labor market gap echoed through the air. With USIU-Africa leading by example, it is evident that these discussions and recognitions are not merely symbolic but represent a concrete step toward creating a more seamless transition for students from the classroom to the workplace.

The East Africa Employability Summit served as a powerful catalyst for change, bringing together diverse voices and perspectives to shape a future where education and employment align seamlessly. As we celebrate the successes of institutions like USIU-Africa, we also acknowledge the collective responsibility to continue fostering an environment that empowers the next generation for success in the ever-evolving job market.

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