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Ms. Euphraith Muthoni Masinde of School of Computing & Informatics, emerges in the Top 5 in the ITU Green ICT Application Challenge

The first ITU Green ICT Application Challenge sought to uncover innovative concept papers for climate change related ICT applications.


One of the challenge’s finalists, Ms. Euphraith Muthoni Masinde from Kenya, developed a concept for an application entitled, “A Community-Based System for Biodiversity Degradation.” This application aims to tackle climate change through community engagement and knowledge sharing. The app proposes a system harnessing traditional and indigenous knowledge on biodiversity and conservation. This information will be brought to light through community-based focus groups, and then disseminated to users through a database feeding data directly to mobile phones. Users would then build on this knowledge to create their own conservation practices.

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University of Nairobi Library Open Day/Open Access Week

Welcome to the First Ever University of Nairobi Library Open Day/Open Access Week, to be held on 1st – 3rd November 2011 at the Main Campus Great Court and CHIROMO Library Parking Area

The open day will comprise of the following activities:

  • Exhibiting Library Information Resources
  • Training sessions on Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC), Freely Available Open Access Resources (OA), Searching Strategies and Access to E-Books and E-Journals (Both On and Off Campus Access)
  • Raffles
  • Amnesty to those with library overdue items
  • Launching of the library website and the UoN institutional repository
  • The Objectives of the Open Day/Open Access Week:
  • To create awareness of library services and resources, and equip users with e-resources searching skills to increase usage.
  • To promote Global Open Access Initiatives, research, scholarship and publishing and connect users to Freely Available Information Resources

The Library invites you for training on Information Access. Training will be done on Tuesday, 1st – Thursday, 3rd Nov. 2011. There will be two sessions per day. First session will be held from 10.00 am to 12.00 pm and second session from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm. Please specify the day and time you would like to train to or come physically to the Library Issue Desk and register. You can also register online

Rattansi Trust Donates Ksh 12 Million To Universities

University of Nairobi’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. George Magoha, receives a cheque worth Ksh 2.1 million from Mrs. Vijoo Rattansi towards supporting needy students in the University. Over Ksh 12.6 Million was donated by the Rattansi Trust to support needy students in higher institutions.The Rattansi Education Trust has donated Ksh.12.6 million to support needy students in institutions of higher learning.  The donation was made by Dr. Vijoo Rattansi in a function held at the University of Nairobi and attended by representatives of various institutions of higher learning.

On your right: University of Nairobi’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. George Magoha, receives a cheque worth Ksh 2.1 million from Mrs. Vijoo Rattansi towards supporting needy students in the University. Over Ksh 12.6 Million was donated by the Rattansi Trust to support needy students in higher institution.

While handing over the cheque to the institutions, Mrs. Rattansi said that the donation was meant to assist needy students to meet their college fees.  The University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor, Prof. George Magoha paid tribute to the Rattansi Educational Trust for supporting poor students to access higher education.  He challenged other affluent members of society to emulate Rattansi’s example and assist in supporting education in the country.

DVC (RPE) gets appointed to Education sector Taskforce

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (RPE), Prof. Lucy Irungu has been appointed to the Taskforce charged with realigning the Higher Education, Science and Technology sector with the constitution.

The appointment was made by the Minister for Higher Education, Science and Technology, Hon. Prof. Margaret Kamar and is carried in the Gazette notice no. 11626 of 23 September 2011.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges Explorations Workshop held on 13th September 2011.

Prof Irungu giving Opening RemarksThe Deputy Vice-Chancellor (RPE), Prof. Lucy Irungu hosted the Grand Challenges Explorations Workshop. The Grand Challenges Explorations is a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation initiative which seeks bold ideas from innovative thinkers to solve global health problems.

The workshop which was held at the Confucius Centre, College of Humanities and Social Sciences on 13th September 2011 attracted researchers from University of Nairobi, JKUAT, Kenyatta University and other regional Research Institutions.


In her opening remarks, Prof. Irungu said that the mainstay of the University of Nairobi research and innovation strategy for developing and commercialising our research findings is to align our courses and research with partners who bring complementary resources and capabilities to our team.

Dr. Lilian Wambua of SBS wins 2011 AWARD Fellowship

Dr. Lilian Wambua of the School of Biological Sciences, University of Nairobi has been selected as a 2011 Award Fellow.

AWARD is a professional development program that strenghtnes the research and leadership skills of African women in agricultural science, empowering them to contribute more effectively to poverty alleviation and food security in sub-sharan Africa.

Over 70 successful candidates have been selected from a pool of 785 applicants from 11 countries. AWARD currently has 180 fellows in its program.