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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.

A faculty member and two graduate students in the Journalism and Corporate Communication Department have presented research papers at the Communication for Sustainable Development 2018 Symposium held at Daystar University, Nairobi on Monday, October 22.

Dr. Stephen Kimotho (Assistant Professor of Strategic and Health Communications) presented a paper titled “Stakeholders Risk Perceptions and Communication Engagement Strategies Used by Investors During Crisis: A Case of Kinangop Wind Park”. His research, funded through internal university research grants for the Academic Year 2017-2018, examined risk perceptions of the local communities concerning the Kinangop Wind Park Project (KWPP), the nature of communication engagement strategies used by the KWPP prior and during the crisis, the perceptions of the local communities concerning ethicalness of the communication engagement strategies used prior and during crisis, and how stakeholders engagement strategies were used by KWPP to manage anxiety/uncertainty of the community stakeholders.

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The International Communication Division (ICD) of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) has recruited Dr. Kioko Ireri as its research liaison officer in Sub-Saharan Africa for the year 2018-2019.

Dr. Kioko, an Associate Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication will work closely with other regional research liaison officers to put together an excellent program for the 2019 AEJMC conference in Toronto, Canada. He will also advance the goals of ICD and AEJMC in Africa.

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By Ernest Anguru

Chief Manager – Human Resources Mr. Yusuf Saleh has been appointed to the ACU Human Resources in Higher Education Community Steering Committee (ACU) as the Regional Representative for the East African region.

USIU-Africa is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities – an international network of more than 500 universities in 50 countries, that are members of the Commonwealth of Nations - 53 member states that are mostly former territories of the British Empire. ACU Member Communities are special interest groups in the association that are open to all staff at ACU member institutions, wherein colleagues and other stakeholders working in four key areas of university activity, connect to share their experiences, explore ideas, and discover potential avenues for collaboration. The ACU Human Resources in Higher Education Community Steering Committee is tasked with the responsibility of bringing together Human Resource (HR) professionals from ACU member institutions to share and learn from each other.

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Mr. Adulbar Hussein (Freshman, Criminal Justice) donates blood during the blood drive hosted by the USIUAfrica Red Cross Club on Tuesday, October 23 and Thursday, October 24 on campus. PHOTO: ANTONIO LONGANGI

By Antonio Longangi

The USIU-Africa Red Cross Chapter carried out a blood drive in collaboration with Kenya Red Cross Society and the Kenya National Blood Transfusion Service (KNBTS), from Tuesday, October 23 to Wednesday, October 24 behind the Cafeteria. The drive was organized as a contribution by the USIU-Africa Red Cross Chapter to the increasing need of blood transfusion in different health centers in Nairobi County and its environs.

Over 70 students and staff members participated in the drive, donating blood that will be availed to people in need through the Kenya National Blood Transfusion Service Blood Bank. “It is an honorable service to organize and take part in such an activity…contributing to that effort is a fulfillment of our social responsibility. said Ms. Hodan Abdi (Chairperson, Red Cross USIU-Africa Chapter). The activity provided club members and volunteers with the opportunity to develop skill in planning, people and event management, and teamwork. These skills will be tested at a bootcamp the club has organized from Thursday, November 8 to Sunday, November 11 at Camp Ndunda Falls in Embu County. The boot-camp will also feature first aid and teamwork training, including fire drills.

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A panel discussion during the International Day of Peace conference held from October 8-9, 2018 at the auditorium. The conference was organized by the Kenya NationalA panel discussion during the International Day of Peace conference held from October 8-9, 2018 at the auditorium. The conference was organized by the Kenya NationalCommission for UNESCO in collaboration with USIU-Africa, and attracted a total of 320 delegates from the private sector, government agencies, non-governmental organizationsand development partners. PHOTO: ANTONIO LONGANGI
By Taigu Muchiri

The 2018 International Day of Peace was commemorated during a conference held from October 8-9 at the auditorium. The event was organized by the Kenya National Commission for UNESCO in collaboration with the USIU-Africa, and attracted a total of 320 delegates from the private sector, government agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations and development partners.

This year’s theme centered around multi-sectoral reflections on the right to peace; 70 years of the universal declaration on human rights.

The conference was organized to share experiences on peace as a right in Kenya; share experiences and knowledge on challenges faced in the scope of the right to peace; explore pertinent issues affecting the right to peace in Kenya and propose possible collaborative solutions to the issues and challenges shared.

Associate Deputy Vice Chancellor - Student Affairs Prof. Wangari Mwai, presided over the opening of the two-day conference. She urged the delegates and the entire USIU-Africa fraternity to set aside this day to strengthen the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples of the General Assembly.

By Lubna Elmahdy

The Hoja Youth Summit will be hosting its first annual summit from October 24-27, 2018 at the auditorium to discuss various topics affecting the youth in Africa under the theme “Youth: the engineers of the Africa we want” .

The summit, which is expected to attract 300 delegates from all over the continent, was founded 2017 by a group of USIU-Africa students, as a platform for youth in Africa, to come together to share their experiences and perspectives about various issues affecting the continent, and develop practical solutions that can be implemented in their respective home countries.

The Vice-Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza is expected to deliver a principal address, to be followed by Dr. Richard Munang United Nations Environmental Programme Africa Regional Coordinator for Climate Change, who will deliver a keynote address and subsequently lead the discussion on “Climate Change and Global Warming”.

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The student and faculty delegation from Gimlekollen NLA College poses with the Associate Dean, SchoolThe student and faculty delegation from Gimlekollen NLA College poses with the Associate Dean, Schoolof Humanities and Social Sciences Dr. Michael Kihara (third right), and Department of Psychology Chair Dr.Josephine Arasa (center) and USIU-Africa students, on Thursday, October 11, 2018. PHOTO: ANTONIO LONGANGI

By Dan Muchai

USIU-Africa had the pleasure of hosting 31 students and 3 faculty members from Gimlekollen NLA College – a member institution of  NLA University College – on October 11, 2018, where they were received by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, Research and Extension Prof. Amos Njuguna. Thereafter, Ms. Gjertrud Fosdal from the Norwegian Embassy in Kenya gave a talk on “Kenya-Norway Relations”. Later on the students interacted with USIU-Africa students during class sessions facilitated by Associate Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Department of Psychology Dr. Josephine Arasa, who spoke on “Adolescent sexuality in a cross-cultural context”. 

NLA University College is a private Norwegian Christian college of about 2000 students accredited by the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education, distributed across three institutions: Bergen NLA College, Gimlekollen NLA College in Kristiansand, and Staffeldtsgate NLA College in the Norwegian capital of Oslo.

Rapid Growth Ignition
By Ernest Anguru

Three short courses will be offered by the School of Graduate Studies, Research & Extension to alleviate challenges facing organizations and their senior managers in a rapidly-evolving competitive workplace.

The Cyber Security Leadership and Innovation Program has been developed to assist senior managers in technology, finance, legal, business development/strategy and risk management roles to understand the need for an effective cyber security risk management framework, and learn how to develop and implement a cyber security strategy. The three-day course will run from November 14-16, 2018.

The Rapid Growth Ignition course provides an understanding of how to innovate in the context of emerging technologies, using the systematic and proven science of innovation. The course takes a deep dive into platform business models and the science of their growth in emerging markets such as Sub-Saharan Africa, and how to tackle the new wave of disruption they have brought to all sectors of our economy. The three-day course will run from November 7-9, 2018.

LaunchPad is an immersive and revolutionary one-year evidence-based program that incubate great ideas and provides an indispensable guide and answers to business challenges. The course is targeted at business development executives

All classes will be at Incubation and Innovation Center (Third floor, Freida Brown Student Center). Further information - including application procedures and course costs - are available on our website at www.usiu.ac.ke/sgsre