Senior USIU-Africa leaders convened for an annual retreat from 10-13 November at Sopa Lodge, Naivasha to reflect on the strategic direction and development of the University.

Dr. Nico Cloete (Director of the Centre for Higher Education Trust  and Coordinator of the Higher Education Research and Advocacy Network in Africa) and Professor Crispus Kiamba (Vice Chair of the University Council), renowned for their extensive study of research universities, provided foundational engagement to steer the University’s research effort. The leadership team reviewed best practice of globally acclaimed research universities and discussed how to leverage on research to fulfill USIU-Africa’s strategic aspiration to be Africa’s premier university.

Deans of the Chandaria School of Business, School of Science and Technology, School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences elated the leadership with the research output and plans of their schools.

The University Trustees, Council and Management Board, facilitated by Mr. Bruno van Dyk (Director - Development and Alumni Relations, Durham University) also discussed best practice in university advancement and lessons for USIU-Africa.

The Association of Governing Boards, USA and Commission for University Education (CUE), Kenya guided the leadership in self-reflection and focus in order to provide requisite governance for a world-class education to students at USIU-Africa.

The retreat was invaluable for the leadership team to reflect, bond and engage, and was the first time the newly-constituted University Council and re-constituted Board of Trustees and Management Board had formally met.