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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.

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.