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CEES hosts 8th Pan African Reading for All Conference

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The College of Education and External Studies (CEES) recently hosted the 8th Pan African Reading for All (PARFA) Conference at the Kenya Science Campus. Education Cabinet Secretary, Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi, officially kicked off the two day event which takes place every two years and represents the largest and most prestigious international literacy conference in Africa.

In his remarks, Prof. Kaimenyi commended the University for being actively involved in literacy development in the African continent and diligently making recommendations that will contribute to the realization of Kenya’s Vision 2030.

University of Nairobi subscribes to Research Africa Funding Platform

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The University has just concluded an agreement to access the Research Africa’s funding opportunities database.

Staff members and students will be able to access the sorted and sieved funding opportunities that are available and receive alerts based on individual disciplines and the type of grants that are of interest and each member via e-mail. Access to this platform should be a valuable tool to grow our research.

Research Professional Africa is an essential online resource for researchers, students, research and innovation managers, development officers and policymakers in Africa. It provides subscribers access to comprehensive, authoritative and appropriately highlighted information of over 40,000 research funding opportunities globally to enable sustained research for African development. In addition, an African staffed newsroom covers the African science, policy and research funding news relevant to Research Africa readers. The Research Africa platform provides access to funding opportunities, news and analyses on topics chosen to give African researchers, students and policymakers an edge in the competition for research funding.

Rapid Results Initiative (RRI) on The Role of the University in the Implementation of the Constitution of Kenya (2010) and Sensitization of the University Community on the Public Service Integrity Programme (PSIP)

The University of Nairobi will be holding a 100-day RRI programme on the sensitization of staff on the Constitution of Kenya (2010); and the Public Service Integrity Programme (PSIP). The RRI programme will be officially launched on Monday, August 12, 2013 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon in Taifa Hall, Main Campus. The University will implement the RRI programme in partnership with the Commission for Implementation of the Constitution; Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and the University of Nairobi Alumni Association (UONAA).
 
In order to successfully implement this programme, the University has set up planning and implementation committees chaired by Prof. P.M.F. Mbithi, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration & Finance). The sponsor of the programme is Prof. G.A.O. Magoha, Vice-Chancellor (University of Nairobi).
 
The objectives of the programme are to sensitize staff, students and alumni on:
  1. The Constitution of Kenya (2010)
  2. The role of the University in implementation of the Constitution of Kenya (2010)
This programme will be implemented in three phases starting from August 5, 2013 with the closing ceremony to be held on November 1, 2013:
  1. Phase I – publicity activities,  official launch, public lecture, management sensitization and training of integrity champions
  2. Phase II – College-based sensitization, reporting and monitoring & evaluation
  3. Phase II – End-term (closing) ceremony
All staff, students and alumni are all requested to participate and give the necessary support required for the successful implementation of the RRI programme.
 
Prof. P.M.F. Mbithi,
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration & Finance)

Varsity strengthens ties with UP

Prof. Henry Mutoro, Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Affairs and Dr. James Gashumba, Rector, Umutara Polytechnic University during the meeting.

The University of Nairobi (UoN) and Rwanda’s Umutara Polytechnic University (UP) have revitalized a collaboration link following initial discussions entered into in 2011.

In a meeting presided over by Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Prof. Henry Mutoro on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor and a team from UP led by the Rector, Dr. James Gashumba, it was agreed that the collaboration will develop, conduct and facilitate academic collaboration and exchanges between the two parties specifically research in higher education, consultancy, agriculture and veterinary sciences.

DETA CONFERENCE 2013 (Distance Education and Teacher Education in Africa )

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Teacher education and development in Africa: the need for access, equity, sustainability, quality and relevance within the context of globalization

Background:

Expanding education and improving its quality is central to the development of Africa. If we want to realize the goal of quality education for all, faculties of education in Africa need to take the lead in finding African solutions to our educational challenges. One of the ways of doing this is to meet to share our knowledge with one another.

World renowned educationists have already accepted invitations to act as keynote speakers and panellists. These educationists include Prof Asha Kanwar, President of the Commonwealth of Learning, Prof Bakary Diallo, Rector of the African Virtual University, Prof Jophus Anamuah-Mensah, Executive Chair of Teacher Education for Sub-Saharan Africa (TESSA), and Prof Bob Moon of the Research Group on International Development in Teacher Education. Refer to Speakers and CV's for further information about the speakers.

2013 Prize Giving Ceremony

The University of Nairobi will award excellent students for the academic years 2009/2010 and 2010/2011 in a ceremony to be held on August 2, 2013 in Taifa Hall, from 9.30 am. The ceremony will be presided over by the Chairman of Council, Dr. Idle Farah. You are all invited.

The University of Nairobi wishes to take this opportunity to congratulate the awardees and thank all the donors for their commitment and continued support towards academic excellence. We welcome other donors to participate in this noble cause.

 

Click here to view the full list of donors and recipients.

Varsity honours retiring senior managers

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Mrs. Elizabeth Gesare Ongwae, Immediate former Registrar, Administration receives a gift from the VC Prof. George Magoha.

In a ceremony officiated by the Vice-Chancellor Prof. George Magoha, the University of Nairobi (UoN) gave a befitting farewell to senior retiring managers:  Mrs. Salome Ndinda Munavu and Mrs. Elizabeth Gesare Ongwae, who served as the University Librarian and as the Administration Registrar, respectively. Mrs. Munavu has served the University for 37 years while Mrs. Ongwae for 27 years.

The two officers have successfully over-seen a number of University reforms which today form the basis of the University’s operations. Mrs. Munavu oversaw the digitalization of the library, open access and repository systems.  Before that she had served in various capacities within the library system since 1976.

On her part, Mrs. Ongwae successfully oversaw the rightsizing and staff rationalization in the University in 2001. As a Registrar, she was an able leader for the public sector reforms among them ISO, Performance contracting, strategic planning among others.  Earlier, she had served in different capacities in the University since 1986.

In his remarks, Prof. Magoha said that the University was bidding farewell to two selfless, committed and hardworking officers who have been a good example to many of the University’s staff. He called on UoN employees to emulate the example set by the two retiring officers. 

During the ceremony, the two were surrounded by friends, colleagues and family as well.

Mrs. Salome Ndinda Munavu, Immediate former University Librarian receives a gift from the VC Prof. George Magoha.

The University wishes Mrs. Munavu and Mrs. Ongwae a happy life in retirement.