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Varsity bids farewell to retiring secretary after 42 years of service


(Left) Prof. Peter Mbithi, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration and Finance hands over a certificate of excellence to Mrs. Grace Wangu Hinga during her farewell party. Looking on is Mrs. E. Ongwae, Acting Registrar, Administration.

The University of Nairobi recently said goodbye to one of its illustrious and longest serving employees Mrs. Grace Wangu Hinga.  Mrs. Hinga has worked in the University since 1971.

Her first work station was in the Faculty of Education but she also had a stint in the Institute of Adult Studies and the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences before being identified to work in the Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s office in 1984.  She has since her posting, performed tirelessly in that office, during which period she has served six Deputy Vice-Chancellors.  In the process she moved up the ranks from the position of Assistant Secretary to the position of Executive Secretary.

Procurement Department Staff Sensitization on Anti-Corruption Strategies and Implementation of the Integrity Testing Programme

A sensitization workshop on Anti-corruption Strategies and Implementation of the Integrity Testing Programme was conducted for the Procurement Department staff Members at the Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology (INST) Boardroom. The sensitization workshop covered a wide range of corruption related issues and the appropriate strategies to fight/eliminate corruption touching on the operations of the University. 
The workshop was organized by the Legal Office and it involved presentations on strategies to eliminate corruption from key University operation units including the Human Resources Department, Deans of Students, Estates Department, Audit Department, Finance Department, Academic Division, Legal Office and Procurement Department respectively.

Prof Maloiy set to defend his DSC


The University of Nairobi is scheduled to evaluate her second Doctor of Science degree candidate since its inception in 1956. On Friday, June 7, 2013, Professor Geoffrey M. Ole Maloiy of department of Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology will defend his Doctor of Science thesis titled, “Studies in Integrative Animal Energetics and Metabolism: Structural and Environmental Correlates” at the 8-4-4 Multi-purpose Hall, Main campus starting from 2.00 pm.

Staff, students and members of public are invited to attend the public presentation which will also feature a number of publications and academic achievements on the candidate. (Click here to view the programme)

Professor John O. Kokwaro of department of Botany was the first Doctor of Science candidate to successfully defend his thesis at the University of Nairobi in 2008.

Those eligible for the award of a higher Doctorate of the University of Nairobi must among other requirements be holders of the Doctor of Philosophy or Doctor of Medicine degree of the University of Nairobi or the Doctor of Philosophy degree from any other recognized university of at least five years standing.

UoN and KWTRP evaluate existing collaboration

(Far right) Prof. Lucy Irungu, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Production and Extension takes Dr. Jane Kengeya-Kayondo and Dr. Sam Kinyanjui on a tour of the Campus.

The University of Nairobi (UoN) and the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP) yesterday, May 23, 2013, held a meeting to evaluate the development and progress of initiatives that are a result of the partnership between the two institutions.

While receiving the team from KWTRP, on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Lucy Irungu, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Production and Extension noted that the UoN and KWTRP had fully supported the partnership and worked towards implementation of the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that was signed in 2011.

UoN sensitizes Integrity Assurance Officers on Anti-Corruption


Ms. Rebecca Ngondo, the Chief Legal Officer, UoN, during the workshop.

A workshop on the sensitization of Colleges/Central Units/Student Welfare Authority Corruption Prevention Committees’ Integrity Assurance Officers (IAOs) was held on May 21st, 2013 at the Confucius Institute, Education Building, University of Nairobi (UoN).

UoN joins world in fight against malaria


This year, the University of Nairobi (UoN) marked the World Malaria Day in Siaya County, Boro Division. During the drive, over 1,000 people including women and children were tested for Malaria in Siaya District Hospital.

In preparation for the World Malaria Day, the School of Medicine, Department of Medical Physiology, in partnership with the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation and the Global Fund Malaria Round 10 officials from Geneva, mobilized and trained local Community Health Workers.

According to Dr. Triza Mwendwa, the principal investigator implementing Global Fund Malaria Round 10 programme in Siaya County, out of the 10 tested for malaria were positive meaning the malaria positivity was high and a lot of intervention was needed so as to eradicate the menace.

The programme aims to contribute to the 2017 national goal of reducing the morbidity and mortality attributable to malaria in the various epidemiology zones by two thirds of the 2007-2008 levels.

Tokyo Foundation visit Varsity


Prof. Peter Mbithi, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance and Mr. Takashi Suzuki, Director, SYLFF Programme during the meeting.

The University of Nairobi (UoN) was once again privileged to host a team from Tokyo Foundation which administers the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF Programme). Since the establishment of the Programme in the University in 1989, SYLFF has presented fellowships to nearly 150 outstanding postgraduate students drawn for the social sciences and humanities.

IAGAS Director and colleagues’ paper on health ranked top


Prof. Isaac Nyamongo, Director, IAGAS.

Prof. Isaac Nyamongo, Director, Institute of Anthropology, Gender and African Studies (IAGAS) and four other colleagues have jointly published a paper that was recently ranked among the 10 best resources on mixed methods research.

The paper by Njeru MK, Blystad A, Shayo EH, Nyamongo IK, and Fylkesnes K “Practicing provider-initiated HIV testing in high prevalence settings: consent concerns and missed preventive opportunities” was published in 2011.

The best resources were selected based on their importance to mixed methods research field (based on number of citations), comprehensiveness of the content provided by the authors, usefulness to readers and relevance to public health and health systems in resource-constrained countries.

An increasing number of researchers are turning to mixed methods research in order to research complex issues such as found in the area of health. Although qualitative research and quantitative research approaches are most widely used, mixed methods research provide an alternative methodological approach to conducting research. Mixed methods research is particularly useful in low- and middle-income country (LMIC) settings, where understanding social, economic and cultural contexts are critical in assessing health systems performance.

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.