The Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza on Monday, October 31 met with a visiting delegation from Loyola Marymount University (LMU).

The Global Agribusiness Management and Entrepreneurship (GAME) Center held its first research symposium on November 1-2 at the Library’s bookshop room. The graduating class presented research findings from the project; “Expanding Business Opportunities for the Youth in Fish and Poultry Sectors in Kenya.”

The Health Services department has organized free medical clinic in conjunction with the Aga Khan University Hospital, from 15-17 November 2016. The services shall be offered from 8am to 5pm each day behind the auditorium.

On Friday, November 4, Faculty Council members for the first time elected members of the University Senate.

Michezo Afrika's adaptation of the critically acclaimed theatrical play - Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of K Street tells the humorous story of a barber (Jedediah Mugarula, International Relations Junior) imprisoned by a judge (Mading Deng, International Relations Junior) on trumped up charges, who then goes on a murderous spree, and finally meets his nemesis - the judge.

On Thursday November 3, the Red Cross club hosted various university students from Nairobi County for the Inter-University Forum at the auditorium from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm.

Deputy Vice Chancellor – Student Affairs Mrs. Ritah Asunda opened this year’s Club of Hotel and Tourism Students (CHATS) Conference held in the auditorium on Thursday, 27 October. The conference’s main feature was a panel discussion based on the theme “Is the hospitality industry a sustainable business in Kenya?”.

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Students from the Frankfurt School of Management and Finance (FSMF) listen to a talk on “Entrepreneurship in Kenya” from adjunct faculty Mr. Steve Kiruri during a session on Friday, November 4.

For the fifth year running, USIU-Africa has hosted ten students from the Frankfurt School of Management and Finance (FSMF) for an educational tour to USIU-Africa as part of the annual exchange program between the Chandaria School of Business’ Global Executive MBA and FSMF’s Master of International Business program.

Assistant Professor of English Dr. Martin Mburu is inviting students with English language needs to attend a writing clinic on Friday, November 11 from 10am to 12pm. Graduate students will congregate at the Lecture Theater I, while undergraduates will meet in Classroom B5, Chandaria School of Business.

The School of Science and Technology (SST)is inviting applications for the Mobile Application Developer Training to be held in the Hardware lab every Friday beginning November 11.

Once again, USIU-Africa is the host of the second African Summit on Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ASENTI) being held in the auditorium on 4-5 November 2016. The summit is an annual gathering of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), startups, as well as top industry leaders and stakeholders from across Africa, to discuss entrepreneurship and Innovation. It offers a platform to discuss and create innovative solutions that can be potentially and practically transformed into business opportunities.

The Student Affairs Council (SAC) has invited applications for three vacant positions in the Electoral Commission, from interested undergraduates and graduate students. Applicants must have completed between 64 and 92 units, and have a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0 and a clean disciplinary sheet. 

Dr. Tom Onditi (Dean – School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Assistant Professor of English) published a paper on “Language Attrition and Loss of Indigenous Knowledge: The Twin Sisters of Environmental Degradation” in the American Journal of Indigenous Studies, Vol. 1 Number 1, 2016.

Assistant Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication Dr. Kioko Ireri, has been appointed as a member of African Journalism Studies (AJS) Editorial Board effective Thursday, October 20, 2016.  Established in 1980, AJS is the most-prestigious African journal in the field of journalism and mass communication.

Over the last 45 years USIU-Africa has fostered a vibrant campus community that now boasts almost forty student organizations, sports teams and a student government – the Student Affairs Council.

The Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza, during a meeting held on October 26, launched the start of the preparations for the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) Reaccreditation Visit that will take place in Fall 2018. In attendance were the members of the Management Board, the Academic Management Team, the self-study team and the Office of Quality Assurance staff who will drive the process. The meeting was moderated by the DVC-Academic Affairs, Prof. Ruthie Rono.

Six journalism faculty and three graduate students in MA in Communication Studies presented their research work during the International Communication Association-Africa (ICA-Africa) conference held last week at Daystar University (Nairobi campus) from October 19 - 21. The presentations were as follows:

On Tuesday, October 25, Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza opened a Kenya Association of Private Universities (KAPU) workshop held on campus, to familiarize members of the association on ICT automation software and services offered by Campus Management International (CMI).

Once again Associate DVC-Academic Affairs Prof. Francis Wambalaba and Assistant Professor of Management Scott Bellows hosted a colloquium featuring a debate on the issues and candidates in the forthcoming United States presidential election slated for Tuesday, November 8.

The Global Agribusiness Management and Entrepreneurship (GAME) Center, has organized a symposium for the Living Lab (Expanding Business Opportunities for Youth in the Fish & Poultry Sectors in Kenya) and the Certificate in Management & Innovation for Agribusiness Entrepreneurs projects, at the Library Bookshop from November 1-2, starting 8:30am.

The Kenya Library and Information Services Consortium (KLISC) held a three-day workshop in the Library and Information Center beginning Tuesday, October 24, which was opened by DVC-Academic Affairs Ambassador Prof. Ruthie Rono, and attended by librarians from selected member libraries.

The Library and Information Center celebrated the International Open Access Week by organizing a breakfast roundtable for faculty and researchers, to discuss how USIU-Africa has embraced the Open Access Initiative. “Open Access” to information is the free, immediate and online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as needed.

Applications from students are invited for 2016 Ericsson Sub-Saharan Africa Innovation Awards. The Awards whose theme is “The Future of Food”, will attempt to find innovations that promote sustainability in the future of food, in terms of food production, packaging, information availability or distribution.

The UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Department for International Development (DFID) are currently accepting proposals on behalf of the Development Frontiers Research Fund.  The fund is set within the ESRC-DFID Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research that funds world class social science research that addresses the goal of reducing poverty amongst the poorest countries and people globally.

Full-time faculty have been invited to apply funding to conduct research on topics in the areas of their interest for funding by the university. The university research grants are only available to full-time faculty who must fit the selected criteria to be eligible, and have a ceiling of KES 500 000 per grant for all schools apart from the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (whose maximum amount is KES 1 million).

On Saturday, 8 October, the men’s and women’s volleyball, soccer and hockey teams participated in the Kenya Universities Sports Association (KUSA) 2016 games held at various venues in the city.

Dr. Gabriel Otieno, Lecturer of Mathematics and Statistics had his Ph.D. dissertation: “Transmission Dynamics and Optimal Control of Malaria in Kenya” published in the Discrete Dynamics in Nature and Society Volume 2016 journal.

Assistant Professor of International Relations Dr. David Mwambari is the recipient of the 2015 Rhys Issac Prize awarded by the University of La Trobe "to a student in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences who has developed a PhD thesis that is judged to be outstanding". His doctoral thesis was first awarded the Nancy Mills Award “for theses of exceptional merit” during his graduation in December 2015.
Assistant Professor of Strategic Management, Juliana Namada has been appointed as the Global Representative for Africa, and therefore an executive member in the Academy of Management.

 This followed a recommendation from Business Policy and Strategy (BPS) – a global professional organization dedicated to the advancement of management and administration.

Assistant Professors of International Relations Dr. Elvis Munyi and Dr. David Mwambari will lead a team of seven undergraduate and graduate students to the Oxford Consortium Workshop Series on Human Rights and Development in New York and New Heaven from October 22 to 30, 2016.