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Invitation to a public debate: Wajibu Wetu: Universities for a Sustainable Culture of Peace

The University of Nairobi in collaboration with the United States International University (USIU) invites you to a Public Debate to be held on Monday, April 29, 2013 at the Main Campus, Multipurpose Hall, (8-4-4), commencing at 2.30 p.m.

The theme of the debate is “Governance and a Sustainable Culture of Peace”.

The debate is organized as part of the Wajibu Wetu Project, an initiative bringing together public and private universities to contribute towards the creation of a Sustainable Culture of Peace. It is expected to look back at the way Kenyans voted peacefully and come up with messages on how this experience can be sustained.

The keynote presentation will be delivered by Prof. Goran Hyden, a distinguished Professor Emeritus of Political Science who has done much work in East Africa.

Your presence at the event will be highly appreciated.

Two UoN women scientists awarded


(Left) Dr. Virginia Wang'ondu and Ms. Catherine Kitonde

Dr. Virginia Wang'ondu and Ms. Catherine Kitonde from School of Biological Sciences, University of Nairobi (UoN) are among 70 women scientists from 11 African countries chosen for the prestigious fellowship African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) 2013.

The two outstanding women scientists who were selected from among an impressive cadre of 1,094 applicants will benefit from AWARD’s two-year career-development program that is focused on building their science and leadership skills. The fellowships are granted on the basis of each scientist’s intellectual merit, leadership capacity and the potential of her work to improve the livelihoods of African smallholder farmers, most of whom are women.


UoN signs memoranda with Yonsei University, Korea and Shiga University Of Medical Science, Japan


The University of Nairobi has entered new partnerships with Yonsei University, Korea and Shiga University of Medical Science, Japan.  

These partnerships include but are not limited to joint research activities and exchange of faculty, students, and research fellows among other mutually beneficial activities. 

Students urged to keep off drugs

The University of Nairobi Anti-Drugs and Substance Abuse Campaign (UNADSAC) recently held a stimulus event that challenged participants to keep off drugs. Themed ‘The battlefield is in your mind,’ the event saw Mr. Kiragu Ndero, a senior lecturer and counselling psychologist at the Department of Psychology, University of Nairobi give the main address.

Mr. Ndero gave a passionate, informative teaching on matters relating to drugs. These included definition and types of addiction such as drug, sex/people, food, medicine, work, money and religion.

School of Education wins funding to offer early education courses


The School of Education has won a grant of USD 300,000 from USAID to launch Early Grade Reading Instruction Curriculum (EGRIC). The School through the Department of Educational Communication and Technology (COMTECH), was among the 32 finalists selected out of 450 proposals submitted to USAID.

COMTECH which is implementing EGRIC, will develop the capacity of 240 Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education (B.Ed, ECE) and pre-service teachers to teach reading in the primary grades (Pre-school to Standard 3) using high quality, culturally relevant, multi-genre and age-appropriate materials in English and Kiswahili. 

UNADSAC Stimulus Event 2013


The Battle Field is in Your Mind!


Marketing research course to benefit from links with GfK

(Right) Prof. Lucy Irungu, DVC, Research Production and Extension and Ms. Phyliss Macfarlane, GfK, during the meeting.

The University of Nairobi (UoN) has entered into a strategic partnership with GfK, a German research company, to establish relations in the area of developing and establishing an M.Sc. Programme in marketing research. The course which was approved last year by the Senate is being offered at the School of Business has admitted its second group of students.

Through the partnership, the two institutions conduct research, share knowledge and work on publications in the area of market research. The two have joint teaching arrangements for the postgraduate programme, conduct joint supervision of the projects, as well as student and faculty exchange agreement.

UON to collaborate with Likoping University

Prof. Isaac Mbeche, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs, UoN and Dr. Helen Dannetun, Vice-Chancellor, LiU sign the MoU.

The University of Nairobi (UoN) through the College of Education and External Studies (CEES) has entered into a partnership agreement with Linkoping University (LiU), Sweden.

The memorandum of understanding (MOU) which was signed between the two universities will focus on student and staff exchange programmes, cultural exchange programmes, joint academic course development and research exchange. In addition, a collaborative partnership on joint applications for funding will also be factored in. Each University may exchange up to six undergraduate or postgraduate students within the field of education.

UoN and Lanzhou University partner

Caption: (Left) Prof. Zhou Xuhong, President, LZU and Prof. Isaac Mbeche, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs, UoN, exchanged signed copies of the MoU.


The University of Nairobi (UoN) through the Faculty of Agriculture, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences (CAVS), has entered into a partnership agreement with Lanzhou University (LZU) focusing on agro technologies in dry land farming, water harvesting and waste management. In addition, staff and student exchange programmes will be part of the engagement.

The background to the agreement dates back to 2012, when a team from UoN had the opportunity of touring some of the agricultural research projects that LZU has in place. According to Prof. Zhou Xuhong, LZU is committed to research as it is its strength. Indeed, LZU is known for its continued long research-orientated tradition.

Agilent Technologies/ALMA Honor Geoffrey Kamau with 2012 Distinguished Service Award for Laboratory Management

Agilent Technologies/ALMA Honor Geoffrey Kamau with 2012 Distinguished Service Award for Laboratory Management

University of Nairobi Professor Driving Laboratory Reform Efforts in Africa

Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: A) announced that Dr. Geoffrey Kamau, professor of chemistry at the University of Nairobi was honored with the Association of Laboratory Managers’ (ALMA) 2012 Distinguished Service Award for Laboratory Management. Professor Kamau, Kenyan native, author, and longtime educator/advocate for laboratory reform accepted his award at the association’s annual conference earlier this month in San Antonio, Texas. Agilent Technologies is the corporate sponsor of the award and an industry leader in innovating laboratory practices worldwide.