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Varsity honours retiring senior managers


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.

Invitation to WMI’s PhD proposal presentation seminar, July 1st 2013

Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies wish to invite you to PhD proposal presentation seminar to be given by:

Mr. Claude Benard Muthee Kamau

Invitation to a seminar by visiting research scientist, June 26th, 2013


You are all invited for a seminar presentation by Ms. Marta Faneca Sanchez, a visiting research scientist.

Date: Wednesday 26th June 2013

Invitation to a Public Lecture by Prof. Amina Mama, Director of Women and Gender Studies Programme, University of California

The Institute for Development Studies (IDS) and the African Leadership Centre (ALC), in collaboration with the African Peace building Network of the Social Science Research Counc

Finance Department holds staff seminar


The University of Nairobi (UoN), Finance Department has just concluded a two-day seminar that saw all staff members from the different sections of the department participate. Matters touching on service delivery, environmental conservation, firefighting, performance contracting, industrial relations and customer relations among other issues were covered.

The seminar was which was held at CCU was officially opened by Prof. Peter Mbithi, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration and Finance. In his remarks, Prof. Mbithi thanked the members for their commitment and hard work aimed at ensuring smooth flow of University’s operations.  He pointed out that the Finance Department was critical to the operations of the University and that it had immensely contributed to making UoN the best in the country and across the world.  However, the DVC asked the attendants not to relax but keep working hard because UoN was facing a lot of competition from other universities regionally and globally.

UoN Student eyes world Merit Ambassador position


Nyantika Joshua Mokua, a second year student at the School of Physical Sciences has made it to the final 120 in the race for the World Merit’s Ambassador. Nyantika beat over 60,000 other applicants to make it to the second round of the tightly contested opportunity.

World Merit is a global platform that recognizes the efforts of young people between the ages of 18 and 30, and seeks to reward them. This is achieved by requesting them to share their ideas, dreams and visions on an online platform. Through this, young people are exposed to opportunities which expose them to funding opportunities and exposure to the world. The areas of interest are entrepreneurship, culture, politics, media, science and technology and business leadership.


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.