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SCI student shines globally

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In February this year, Catherine Mahugu, a fourth year BSc Computer Science student at the School of Computing and Informatics, teamed up with Ella Peinovich, a graduate student at MIT, and entered the Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition organized by the Foster School of Business, University of Washington, Seattle, USA.

The team submitted a product named SasaAfrica, a women‐owned and operated social enterprise that offers an innovative and independent platform for female artisans and entrepreneurs in Africa to create micro-enterprises, connecting developing world vendors to global e-commerce, even if they do not have access to the Internet, a computer, or a bank account. Focused on promoting under-served communities, SasaAfrica aims at shortening the distance between vendors in developing nations and the global marketplace by integrating MMS uploads, SMS notifications, and mobile money payments with an e-commerce storefront. 

UoN alumnus named ‘Hero of Chemistry’

Dr. George Njoroge, a scientific researcher based in Indiana, United States, has been inducted into the coveted scientific ‘Hall of Fame’, Njoroge was named the 2012 Hero of Chemistry, by the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society,

The honors come in the wake of the discovery and development of the Hepatitis C drug Victrelis by Njoroge and a team of scientists working at the global pharmaceutical firm, Merck Research Laboratories. The drug is the first oral Hepatitis C virus protease to be approved by the FDA, and has been approved in 43 countries, and is in the market in 23 of these countries.

Njoroge, an alumnus of the University of Nairobi, graduated with a first class honors in Organic Chemistry, and pursued further studies graduating with a PhD in Organic Chemistry from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio in 1985. In 1988, Njoroge joined the Schering-Plough Corporation (SPRI), where as a researcher he focused on the design and synthesis of orally bio-available small molecules for treatment of viral diseases and cancer.

Chinese to help build Centre for Seismological Training and Research

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Prof. Isaac Mbeche, DVC, Student Affairs together with Dr. Gladys Kianji receive the donation from Mr. Chen Jianmin.

Plans are underway for the establishment of a Centre for Seismological Training and Research in East Africa, to be based at the College of Biological and Physical Sciences and supported by the Chinese Earthquake Administration.

This was revealed during a courtesy call by a delegation from the Chinese Earthquake Administration on the Vice chancellor, represented by Prof Isaac Mbeche, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs, yesterday. During the courtesy call, a memorandum of understanding was signed and equipment, books and USD  10,000 donated  to the department of geology.

Ford Foundation and UoN mark 50 years of partnership

The Ford Foundation team when they visited the University.

 

This year, the Ford Foundation’s office for Eastern Africa celebrates 50 years of work and presence in the region.  The partnership between the Foundation and the University of Nairobi (UoN) dates back to 1962 when the first grant was given. To mark the celebrations, the Foundation will hold a public lecture at UoN in November to be delivered by its President Luis A. Ubinas.

During a courtesy call by the Ford Foundation team- Darren Walker, Vice President for Education, Creativity and Free Expression and Marta Tellado, Vice President, Global Communication, Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, said that the University was pleased with the relationship it has with the Foundation and is looking forward to strengthening it.

School of Journalism enters into talks with Communication University

Prof. Isaac Mbeche, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs, gives Prof. Liu Jinan, Honorary President, Communication University of China a gift when she visited the University.

 

The University of Nairobi recognizes that an education with an international character is necessary to equip students with the knowledge and skills for their survival and growth, in a competitive labour market. The University has established various links and partnerships with other world-class universities.

To this end, the School of Journalism recently entered into deliberations with a delegation from the Communication University of China. The two institutions have a lot in common especially in the programmes offered and are looking at ways of collaborating in the fields of communication, research and staff and student exchange. The collaboration will also be keen on projects promoting women in communication.

Lanzhou University delegation visits UoN

As part of the familiarization steps towards realization of the objectives of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the University of Nairobi (UoN) and Lanzhou University (LZU), China, a delegation from LZU visited UoN.

The two universities recently signed an MOU that will see them collaborate in agriculture related projects especially in research, students and staff exchange and training.

DRUSSA partners visit UON

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Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi, DVC, Academic Affairs presides over a meeting with the visting DRUSSA partners.

After a successful expression of interest to participate in Development Research Uptake in Sub-Saharan Africa (DRUSSA) Programme, the University of Nairobi (UoN) is having a series of meetings with DRUSSA partners visiting the institution.

UON Agriculture Alumni Chapter launched

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In a colourful ceremony held at the Laico Regency Hotel, University Of Nairobi Alumni Association (UONAA) Agriculture Alumni Chapter was launched.

The well attended event attracted many University of Nairobi (UoN) alumni. Some members of the first cohort of the Faculty of Agriculture – class of 1973 were also present.

The chief guest Hon. Ekwee Ethuro, Member of Parliament, Turkana Central, congratulated the University on the launch of the new chapter. He challenged the alumni association to keep its members updated on its activities and engage them in various projects. He highlighted the need to create and strengthen relationships between the University and the private sector players.

UON holds workshop on biodiversity and open access

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For any university, research is one of the major pillars; it is one of the three components in the University of Nairobi (UoN). In Africa, research output visibility is low as the most common avenues of sharing research information is through academic journals and books. This form of distribution has not been effective as it does not have the desired global reach.

To this end, UoN through the office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research, Production and Extension and the University Library is working on an open access initiative. The two recently held a sensitization workshop on biodiversity and open access content targeting researchers in the College of Biological and Physical Sciences (CBPS) and College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences (CAVS).