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Representatives of various members of the Global Business School Network gathered for a Members’ Meeting on Wednesday, November 7 at the Chandaria School of Business.. PHOTO: COURTESY OF GBSN

By Ernest Mwanzi

The Chandaria School of Business in conjunction with the Global Business School Network (GBSN) hosted the 13th Annual GBSN Conference in Nairobi. The focus for this year’s conference was transforming traditional sectors by educating entrepreneurial leaders to drive systemic change.

The conference which was held from November 7 - 9, 2018, examined four broad enablers of entrepreneurial leadership namely; technology and big data; responsible leadership; cross-disciplinary collaboration; and teaching the tools of innovation.

The Global Business School Network was formed to foster cross-border connections between business schools and engage members in building capacity in the developing world. The network is also tasked with the responsibility of advancing and advocating for management education impact on development efforts.

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Dr. Emilly Obuya makes her presentation during the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Colloquium held on Monday, November 19 at the Science Center. PHOTO: ANTONIO LONGANGI

By Caroline Kahiri, Emily Obuya and Dan Muchai

On Monday, November 19, the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences held its second and final colloquium for Fall 2018, on solar disinfection.

Carnegie African Diaspora Fellow from the Sage Colleges New York, Dr. Emilly Obuya, is currently working on a Environmental Protection Agency-funded project that is seeking to develop solar disinfection as a reliable water treatment technology for residents of Obunga informal settlement situated in the northwest part of Kenya’s third largest city - Kisumu, on the edge of Lake Victoria. The region is known for its poor water distribution, poor sanitation infrastructure, and high density of housing.

In her presentation, Dr. Obuya noted that despite water being essential to life, its inequity in distribution has rendered it a very scarce commodity in some regions.

In 2015 according to the World Health Organization, 2.1 billion people are without ‘safely managed drinking-water services’ - that is, improved water sources located on premises, available when needed, and free from contamination.

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From left: Mr. Jeremy Coats, Ms. Claudia Frittelli, Prof. Ilesanmi Adesida, Ms. Everlyn Anyal, Prof. Paul Zeleza, Prof. Harry Kaane, Prof. Teboho Moja and Prof. Gibril Faal. PHOTO: COURTESY OF EVERLYN MUSA

By Evelyn Musa

The Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza, chaired a Carnegie Africa Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) Advisory Council meeting from October 4 – 5, in New York, which was attended by Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY) President Dr. Vartan Gregorian, and Institute of International Education (IIE) President  Allan Goodman, their staff, program fellows, alumni, consultants and other stakeholders.

During the meeting, Prof. Zeleza expressed deep gratitude to CCNY on behalf of CADFP, for the continued funding support of the program, while Dr. Gregorian acknowledged that the program is enabling the African academic diaspora in the United States and Canada to stay academically connected with the African continent, and pledged to see this initiative grow in the coming years.  

The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) is a scholar fellowship program for educational projects at African higher education institutions. Offered by IIE in collaboration with USIU-Africa where it is hosted, the program is funded by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY).

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Dr. Jimmy Macharia (Associate Professor of Information Systems) listens as Dr. Paul Wachana (Assistant Professor of Project Management and Implementation) provides his feedback soon after Dr. Macharia concluded his presentation at the Colloquium on Wednesday, 21 in the Dean’s Boardrooom, Freida Brown Student Center. PHOTO:DAN MUCHAI

By Carol Yogo

The School of Graduate Studies, Research and Extension organized a colloquium that focused on road safety in Kenya featuring presentations from Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Dr. Simeon Sungi and Associate Professor of Information Systems Dr.. Jimmy Macharia on Wednesday, November 21 2018. Their research focused on the perspectives of the law on drunk driving and the perspectives of innovations that influence behavior of Matatu Drivers. 

Dr. Sungi,  who is the current Chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice and an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and the High Court of Tanzania, dwelt on the effectiveness of legal sanctions in dealing with drunk drivers in Nairobi County.

Reminding his audience about the wildly contensious breathalyzer introduced to respond to road carnage and curb drink driving in Kenya, Dr. Sungi had set out to find out whether the deterrence theory - that is, that punishment effective in modifying behavior must be certain, swift and severe, had the effect of reducing drunk driving in Nairobi County. It did not happen. 

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International Relations students and faculty pose for a group photo with Senators at the Upper Chambers of the Rwandese Senate, during a field study tour of Rwanda on Thursday, November 15, 2018. PHOTO: DAN ODABA

International Relations
Lecturer Mr. Dan Odaba recently conducted two Field Study classes of International Relations seniors, to Uganda and Rwanda respectively.

The first group of 33 students, which was accompanied by Assistant Professor of International Relations Dr. Njoki Wamai, travelled from October 26 to November 4,  while the second group of 48 students successfully toured the region from November 9 through to 18, accompanied by Assistant Professor of International Relations Dr. Mercy Kaburu.

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The panel convened to discuss “Bring Change to Mind: A Discussion on Mental Health” and sensitize the University community on mental health issues on Monday, November 12, in the auditorium. R-L: Ms. Kuki Magana, Lecturer of Psychology Mr.Joseph Kinyanjui, Ms. Paula Kerre (Blaze), Principal Medical Officer Dr. Tasneem Yamani, DW Communications Founder Ms. Daisy Wanzala, Senior University Counselor Mr. Patrick Obel, Program Director at Yusudi Ms. Nastia Gutsol, and USIU-Africa student Ms. Muthoni Wangari.

By Taigu Muchiri

The students, faculty, staff and invited mental health specialists held a discussion on November 13 to discuss mental health and its impact on their lives.

The event was organized by Daizy Wanzala media in partnership with Blaze and USIU-Africa. Associate DVC - Student affairs Prof. Wangari Mwai opened the gathering that was attended by over 250 students. She mentioned that mental health was an issue that can affect anyone and needs to be handled by professionals.

She emphasized that the University has put in place measures to assist students, staff and faculty cope with issues relating to mental health and encouraged them to seek help when they need it. She acknowledged that everyone is affected by mental health and the forum was organized to come up with solutions as to how best to address this problem. 

By Dan Muchai

USIU-Africa has partnered with several organizations to host a conference on Work Integrated Learning (WIL) from November 21-22, supported by the Ministry of Education’s State Department of Vocational and Technical Training (TVET).

Together with Linking Industry With Academia (LIWA), Cresco Skills Development (CRESCO) and Southern African Society for Cooperative Education (SASCE), USIU-Africa  will seek provide an effective approach to implemention of Work Integrated Learning and in the process, improve student employability aligned to the needs of industry and East Africa's development plans.

Work Integrated Learning refers to a combination of academic and work-based activities such as placements, internships and work experience, which provide a practical application of what is learned in the classroom.

The two-day conference is expected to lead to the development of an effective approach in implementing the cooperative and work-integrated learning in Kenya and the East African region, and in the process improve student employability.

The conference will also include the sharing of WIL best practice, a number of research papers, receive input from employers and educational institutions, and finally produce a high-level draft framework for implementation of Cooperative and Work Integrated Education.

Four faculty members in the Journalism and Corporate Communication Department of the School of Communication, Creative and Cinematic Arts have presented research papers at The Africa Regional Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA) held at the University of Ghana in Accra last week.

Journalism Lecturer Mr. Silvester Mutua, jointly with Professor Bala Musa of Azusa Pacific University (USA), presented a paper titled Digital Revolution and the Empowerment of Women in the African Movie Industry: Vistas from Nollywood and Riverwood. Their research investigated how the digital revolution has (dis)empowered women in the movie industry, with particular attention to Nigeria’s Nollywood and Kenya’s Riverwood.

Findings show that women in Nigeria and Kenya, just like their male counterparts, have over the last twenty years been empowered in education, finance, and skill development to become key players in the film industry. In Kenya, especially amongst the young generation, women filmmakers are more successful than their male counterparts. This has been attributed to women empowerment which has created more confidence about their abilities.

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USIU-Africa students of the Chinese language performing on stage during the 2nd Annual Chinese Cultural Exchange Forum held at the auditorium on Wednesday, November 7. PHOTO: ANTONIO LONGANG

By Wanjiku Mbugua

The Chinese Club hosted students of Chinese language from USIU-Africa and four other institutions during their 2nd annual Cultural Exchange Forum on Wednesday, November 7, at the auditorium. The four -  Confucius Institute at Kenyatta University, Pioneer University, Discovery Chinese and Mahanaim, were invited to forum in order to facilitate students of Chinese to interact and learn from each other. 

During this event, the students were exposed to Chinese knotting (中国结), Chinese calligraphy (书法), Chinese opera face painting (脸谱), use of chopsticks (夹豆子), Martial arts (太极), among others.

USIU –Africa students presented two songs “朋友 – Friend” and “你怎么说- What do you say” while their guests presented Chinese dances, songs, poems and a Taiji performance.

(Ms. Mbugua is a Lecturer of the Chinese Language in the Department of Languages and Literature, in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. She is also the Patron of the Chinese Club.)

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On November 14, Professor of Human Resource Management Prof. Stephen Nyambegera (standing) presented the findings of his project titled “Factors Influencing Student Unrest in Kenya’s Secondary Schools: A Survey of Selected Counties”, to students, faculty at staff at the Dean’s Boardroom, Freida Brown Student Center. PHOTO: ANTONIO LONGANGI

By Carol Yogo

On November 14, Prof. Stephen Nyambegera (Professor of Human Resource Management) presented the findings of his project titled “Factors Influencing Student Unrest in Kenya's Secondary Schools: A Survey of Selected Counties”. The event was attended by faculty members and students.   

Prof. Nyambegera explained that unrest in Kenyan secondary schools has contributed to great damage through wanton destruction of property, and has led to low performance, a factor that has had many parents, teachers, educationists, scholars and the Kenya government concerned.

Prof. Nyambegera therefore decided to investigate factors contributing to students’ unrest in Kenyan secondary schools with a specific focus on selected counties with a view of recommending possible solutions in dealing with this emerging phenomenon.