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New University College Council inaugurated

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The newly inaugurated council.

The Embu University College (EUC) council was inaugurated after its upgrading from Embu Agricultural Staff Training (EAST) by President Mwai Kibaki, a government legal notice last year. The college becomes the third constituent college of the University of Nairobi – others being the South East University College (SEUCO) and the Kenya Polytechnic University College.  EUC will admit its first batch of 350 students this academic year to pursue courses in science and agriculture.

Previously known as Embu Agricultural Staff Training (EAST) College, the Embu University College is a new addition to UoN. It is one of the nine new university constituent colleges upgraded in a legal order by the government.

CASELAP holds fourth annual lecture on climate change

The guest speaker, Prof. Randall S. Abate, a scholar from Florida A&M University.

 

Climate change poses grave development challenges to Kenya, Africa and the whole world. It is now widely recognized as the major environmental problem facing the globe.

To this end,  the Centre for Advanced Studies in Environmental Law and Policy (CASELAP) and the School of Law recently held a public lecture on climate change titled “Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples: The Search for Legal Remedies.” The lecture is part of the annual lecture series organized by CASELAP which began three years ago, as part of an intellectual focus on environmental matters.

The distinguished speaker, Prof. Randall S. Abate, a scholar from Florida A&M University, spoke on the vast effects of climate change, how indigenous people are affected and the laws and initiatives put in place to protect this group of people.

UoN Professor stars in an election movie

Prof. Paul Mbatia of the Department of Sociology, University of Nairobi and Prof. Wesley Shrum, a Sociologist at Louisiana State University, have produced a documentary movie dubbed Brother Time. The movie is a Kenyan tale of violence and humanity.

Brother Time is a tale of two Rift Valley neighbours, whose friendship turn to conflict as ethnic passions threaten to engulf them. The film is narrated by Kenyans who witnessed ‘the clashes.’ It is a peace building documentary film made for the 2013 general election.

SONU Secretariat sworn in

The Speaker, Student Organization of Nairobi University (SONU) Mr. Philbert  K’ongola  and the Clerk Cypriano Singi among other officials of the SONU Secretariat were sworn in by the Chief Legal Officer Ms Rebecca Ngondo in a ceremony witnessed by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Student Affairs, Prof. Isaac Mbeche and SONU executive officials.

 

CAVS launches fish farming project

Prof. J.M. Ntiba, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Fisheries Development places fingerlings in one of the fish ponds. Looking on is Prof. S.G. Kiama, Director, Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies and Prof. Agnes Mwang’ombe, Principal, CAVS.

The College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences (CAVS) recently launched a fish farming project at its newly established fishponds site.

The project jointly undertaken by the College and the Ministry of Fisheries Development saw the set up of ten fish ponds stocked with a total of 10,000 fingerlings.

Indian religious scholar talks to students and staff

Religion is a pervasive and significant cultural phenomenon among human beings. Over the years, many people have sought to explain the nature of religion, the nature of religious beliefs and the reasons why religions exist in the first place says Sadhu Prof. V. Rangarajan in a lecture to students and staff at the University of Nairobi.

Sadhu Prof. V. Rangarajan gave a lecture on ‘Hindu Christian morality.’ He is an Indian scholar and a disciple of H.H. Yogi Ramsuratkumar of Tiruvannamalai and Founder Trustee of Sister Nivedita Academy through which he shares deep insights on spiritual and human values globally.

Principal College of Health Sciences reappointed for a second term

Prof. Isaac O. Kibwage has been reappointed as principal of the College of Health Sciences. The reappointment which was made by the University of Nairobi Council in consultation with the Government and the Chancellor will see Prof. Kibwage serve in this capacity for another five years.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree in 1979 from the University of Nairobi (UoN). In 1980, he was appointed a Graduate Student by UoN and awarded a full scholarship by the Kingdom of Belgium to pursue postgraduate studies in KU-Leuven, obtaining a Masters in 1982 and PhD in 1985.

In 1986, he joined the Department of Pharmacy as a lecturer and rose to position of Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry in 2000. He has authored over 68 papers in Pharmaceutical Chemistry.

Mechanical Engineering launch a peace intiative

Launch of Kiu Ya Amani Campaign by Officials from Davis & Shirtliff in the Presence of Prof. Stephen Mutuli (2nd left), Chairman, Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Mr. Simon Ndulu (extreme right), Chief Technologist and Mr. Desmond Tutu (extreme left), Chairman of Friends of Mechanical Engineering (FME)

 

The Department of Mechanical Engineering has equipped wells as a symbol of peace.  Through Friends of Mechanical Engineering (FME), the department recently launched Kiu Ya Amani (Thirst for peace) campaign aimed at voicing the cries of the young and innocent who are affected when peace does not prevail.

Caption: Launch of Kiu Ya Amani Campaign by Officials from Davis & Shirtliff in the Presence of Prof. Stephen Mutuli (2nd left), Chairman, Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Mr. Simon Ndulu (extreme right), Chief Technologist and Mr. Desmond Tutu (extreme left), Chairman of Friends of Mechanical Engineering (FME)

UON and USST in Partnership Agreement

The University of Nairobi recently signed a memorandum of understanding with China’s University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST). The agreement will enhance relations between the two universities and develop academic and cultural interchange in the areas of education, research and other activities.

In addition, the two institutions will run different programmes such as the exchange of faculty members and students, joint research projects, conferences and cultural programmes. The universities will cooperate and work together toward the internalization of higher education.

UON Marks Tree Planting Day

Caption: H.E. Saad Maandi,Algerian Ambassador waters a tree he planted while Prof. Agnes Mwang’ombe, Principal, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences looks on.

Every year, the University of Nairobi conducts a tree planting exercise as part of its efforts to conserve the environment to mitigate against adverse effects of climate change.

Prof. Agnes Mwang’ombe, principal, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences (CAVS) led guests, UoN staff and students and the public in planting trees at the Veterinary Farm in Kanyariri. The chief guest of honour was Algerian Ambassador H.E. Saad Maandi.