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UON Alumni mark 10th anniversary

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The colourful ceremony, complete with a gala dinner for its members, was held at the Great Court, Main Campus.
Addressing the members during dinner, the Association’s Chairperson, Dr. Betty Gikonyo said that the Association has had a positive co-existence with the University of Nairobi and contributed to the advancement of higher education within the University and the community at large.
Dr. Gikonyo mentioned the land mark achievements by the Association during its 10 year existence including the launch of 12 chapters among them, the MBA, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Range Management, Journalism, Agriculture, IDIS, ADD/ Engineering, Computing, Pharmacy and Chiromo chapters. The School of Law and College of Education and External Studies, will soon launch their chapters. The chairperson challenged other disciplines to roll out their chapters in the future.
Also implemented by the Association include: networking forums, students’ prizes, corporate social responsibility activities, students’ concrete benches and the renovation of the Kenya Science Campus offices. It has also invested over Sh50 million towards the construction of the Alumni Centre Project.  The Alumni Centre will act as a focal point for interaction. It will also host public lectures and distinguished scholars speakers forum, distinguished service awards and other student awards for excellence. The association also plans to establish an endowment fund for students’ bursaries, scholarships and research grants and to develop assets such as hostels for students, a talents academy and a research and innovation centre.
Officiating at the dinner, the CEO of Equity Bank Dr. James Mwangi challenged the Association and the University to partner with the private sector to realize faster development. Dr. Mwangi graduated from the Faculty of Commerce in 1987.
During the dinner, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter M. F. Mbithi revealed that the University has created a Directorate of Advancement and Institutional Development whose mandate is to leverage internal and external relationships to maximize external support, create a process to deliver the vision and strategic institutional goals and opportunities to diversify income and produce better outcomes for students and researchers. The University of Nairobi has graduated more than 173,000 alumni, since it attained full fledged university status in 1970.
The University of Nairobi Alumni Association was launched in February 2005 by the then Minister for Education Science and Technology, the late Prof. George Saitoti.