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From Right: Prof. Paul Zeleza Vice Chancellor, USIU-Africa, Dr. Peter Munga, Founder Chairman Equity Group, Dr. Kevit Desai, Chair Board of Trustees, USIU-Africa, Dr. Lola Odubekun, University Council Chair, USIU-Africa, Prof.Angelina Kioko, Ag. Dean School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Arch. Simon Woods, Founder Director Beglin Woods Architects shortly after unveiling of the model of the Humanities Center.

By Ernest Anguru

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences will get a new home after a ground breaking ceremony held at the University on Thursday, November 8. Upon completion the center will double teaching and learning spaces by providing state of the art classrooms, labs and offices. This occasion marked the University’s commitment in maintaining high standards of academic excellence, as one of our key priorities in refining the quality of education is improving physical infrastructure.

The Center will host a moot court, crime scene house (to provide a simulation of a real crime scene) and an interrogation room which will offer practical skills for the Criminal Justice and International relations students. The new School of Humanities and Social Sciences will also house a forensic lab which will offer tangible experience to our students towards resolving some of the world’s heinous crimes as well assist the country in fighting crime.The lab will also have facilities for processing materials during the investigation process such as gun powder residue, blood and saliva samples, spent gun cartridges, finger prints, and controlled substances.

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From right to left: Prof. Francis Wambalaba, Professor of Economics, USIU-Africa, Mr. James Ogolla, Director, Institutional Development, USIU-Africa, Prof. Munyae Mulinge, Associate Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, USIU-Africa, Dr. Kathryn Toure, IDRC Regional Director, Dr. Leah Ndugu, ACIAR Regional Manager, Africa, Dr. Jemimah Njuki, Senior Program Officer at IDRC officially launch phase two of Cultivate Africa (CultiAF). The joint program by the International Development Research Center of Canada (IDRC) and the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) will be implemented through USIU-Africa’s GAME center. Photo: Antonio Longangi

By Taigu Muchiri

The USIU-Africa Global Agribusiness Management and Entrepreneurship (GAME) Centre has been awarded a grant of KSH 56,886,900 by Cultivate Africa’s Future (CultiAF), a joint program of the International Development Research Center of Canada (IDRC) and the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) to implement a project entitled “The Effectiveness of the Metro Agri-Food Living Lab for Gender Inclusive Youth Entrepreneurship Development in Kenya.” The project will be implemented by USIU-Africa through GAME Centre and Busara Center of Behavioral Economics. 

It is estimated that 60% of the project will target women in Agribusiness. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, young women agri-business entrepreneurs are less likely to have the resources, knowledge and skills required to start a business in agriculture compared to their male counterparts and thus hinders their productivity levels on a sustainable level.  The youth in Kenya face challenges in accessing financing to operationalize their business ideas and this project seeks to mitigate this by working closely with financial institutions that will avail funding for successful projects.

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Dr. John Kiiru speaks during the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (SPHS) colloquium on antimicrobial resistance at LT3 in the Science Center on Friday, November 2, 2018. Photo: Diana Meso

By Dr Caroline Kahiri, Dr. Betty Mbatia and Diana Meso

On Friday, November 2, 2018 the School of Pharmacy and Health Science (SPHH) invited Dr. John Kiiru, Principal Researcher, Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) and scientific leader of the Consortium for Pathogen Ecology, Epidemiology and Genomes to speak to staff, faculty and students during a colloquium on antimicrobial resistance at LT3 in the Science Center.

Antimicrobials are natural or manmade (synthetic) products that kill microorganisms, or keep them from multiplying or growing. Antimicrobials resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health which is endangering treatment of common infectious diseases like malaria, common cold, chickenpox, and cholera among others.

By Mary Ngure

USIU-Africa through the Library and Information center joined the global community to celebrate the International Open Access Week from October 29 to November 2. Themed ‘Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge’ the event  was attended by USIU-Africa faculty, studens and staff.  Particpants were enlightened on various Open Acess resources and encourgaed to open ORCID (Open Researcher and Contiributeer ID) accounts  which distinguishes researchers work. Additionally, participants were urged  to have all their work deposited in the Institution’s Digital Repository for the benefit of the global audience.

The Open Access week culminated in an interactive session on Thursday, November 1, held at the Library Atrium featuring a talk by Dr. Elizabeth Marincola from the Africa Academy of Sciences. This talk together with other short speeches from Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza and the Ag. DVC, Academic Affairs, Prof. Munyae Mulinge who graced the event delved into the history of Open Access and its development in Africa and around the world. Prof. Mulinge defined open access as a movement that was initiated to lobby against pricing of knowledge and data to empower persons from all walks of life regardless of their financial status.

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H.E. Ambassador Cherdkiat Atthakor, the Royal Thai Ambassador to Kenya and 9 other countries as well as the Permanent Representative to the UN Habitat and UN Environment was a guest speaker to the International Relations Class (IRL 4040 A: Africa – Asia Relations), taught by IR Lecturer, Dan Odaba on Wednesday, 24th October, 2018. The Ambassador gave a Lecture titled; ` The Role of Thailand in Africa`s Development Agenda`.

His presentation touched on Thailand and its relation with Africa and Thailand`s development experience of Sufficiency Economy Philosophy (SEP). The Ambassador shared with the students and Faculty on Thailand`s Landscape of development cooperation in Africa and Thailand’s perspectives on South-South cooperation, Thailand’s development cooperation in Africa and challenges in pursuing development cooperation in Africa.


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The Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza gives his opening remarks during the annual Hoja Youth Summit at the auditorium. Photo: Antonio Longangi

By Lubna Elmahdy

Hoja Youth Summit held its annual summit from 24 to 26 October at the USIU-Africa auditorium. This year’s theme was “Focusing on the youth, as the Engineers of the Africa We Want.” The meeting had representation from across Africa including institutions like Malawi Polytechnic University, University of Zimbabwe and University of Nairobi.

The two-day event was officially opened by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Paul T. Zeleza, who reiterated that the future of this country and Africa belongs to the young people. “The Youth are the largest demographic in Africa, therefore, a large portion of continent-wide development and problem-solving lies with the youth.” He mentioned that such opportunities should be made available to the youth to ensure that they maximize on their potential.

The Chancellor Dr. Manu Chandaria,

The Vice Chancellor Professor Paul Zeleza,

Members of the Board of Trustees,

The University Governing Council,

The University Management Board,

Faculty Members,

Staff,

Students,

Invited Guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good afternoon to you all.

I am delighted to be here today on this ground-breaking ceremony for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences Building of United States International University-Africa. I must admit that although I lived in the neighbourhood for many years, I set my foot in the Campus only a week ago by invitation by the Vice Chancellor.  However, I am highly impressed by what I saw. Indeed, it is evident that a lot of transformational work has been going on here for some time.

Mr. Chancellor, I am here today at a time when our Education system is undergoing a lot of reforms from the Kindergarten to the University. At the center of this reforms is the question of whether or not the education we have today help advance holistic human development and therefore national growth and development as envisioned in our national aspirations and goals of the Big Four and Vision 2030.

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Ag. Dean, School of Humanities & Social Sciences Prof. Angelina Kioko (Professor of Literature) adresses questions earlier asked, following her convocation address to members of her School on Wenesday, October 31, 2018. Looking on is the School’s Associate Dean Dr. Michael Kihara (Associate Professor of Psychology). PHOTO:ANTONIO LONGANGI

By Taigu Muchiri

Acting Dean Prof. Angelina Kioko outlined the School of Humanities and Social Sciences’ vision for the 2018-2019 academic year during the School’s convocation held on Wednesday, October 31 at the Lecture Theater I.

She highlighted the achievements that the School was able to deliver in the previous academic year, before going on to describe the School’s expansion plans.

In the 2017/2018 academic year, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences graduated 385 undergraduate, 86 graduate and 6 doctoral students. During the same period, the School hired nine full time faculty: two in the Languages and Literature Department; four in the International Relations Department and three in the Psychology Department.

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Mr. Francis Ochieng takes participants through the basic concepts of High Performance Computing, during an awareness workshop held on Friday, October 26 in the Chandaria School of Business Lecture Theater II. PHOTO: DAN MUCHAI

By Dan Muchai

On Friday, October 26, the School of Graduate Studies, Research and Extension organized an awareness workshop to train members of staff and faculty on the basic concepts, and applications of High Performance Computing. High Performance Computing is the practice of aggregating computing power in a way that delivers much higher performance than one could get out of a typical desktop computer or workstation in order to solve large problems in science, engineering, or business.

According to the trainer, Mr. Francis Ochieng, a postgraduate student at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China, the training was intended to prepare the university workforce and student population by elucidating the concepts of high performance computing and big data, as well as provide case studies in the application of high performance computing in the environment & climate, health, business analytics and research.

One of the case studies presented at the awareness workshop, dwelt with using a weather research and forecasting model to predict how the evolution of weather patterns, and thus created a visualization of how elements such as temperature, rainfall and wind can affect the spread of disease and food security, in a spatial space.

By Diana Meso

Over sixty members of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Committee were trained on disaster management by professionals from the Kenyan National Disaster Management Unit (NDMU) on October 23 and 24 at the TV room 1 in Freida Brown Student Center.

The two-day training covered the basics of preparing for unexpected catastrophic events such as natural or human made disasters, outbreak of pandemic illnesses, as well as the need to return the University as quickly as possible to its normal operations should such events occur.

Through practical and illustrative examples and activities, participants were equipped with basic knowledge on fire safety awareness, emergency preparedness evacuation and Improvised Explosive Device (IED) awareness and terrorism.