The USIU-Africa men’s basketball team began the campaign by beating Uganda's UCU 81-58 before defeating Tanzania's Savio 63-54 to see them through to the semi-finals, which they lost to Uganda 34 - 76. Later, they lost the third place playoff against Rwanda's Patriots on Friday, October 7 to take fourth place in the FIBA Zone V Club Championship in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from October 5-7.
Twelve staff and faculty members were hosted by the Office of Human Resources for an orientation session on Friday, October 7 in the Science center. The Fall 2016 Employee Orientation was intended to introduce the new members of the university community, to the values, policies and procedures of their new workplace.
The New Economy Venture Accelerator (NEVA) will host a viewing session of the U.S. reality television series – Shark Tank – on Wednesday, October 12 at the auditorium. The session which begins at 5.30pm will feature a discussion on business funding and structuring of equity and debt deals.
The Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza delivered opening remarks at the Crime and Violence Prevention Training on Monday, October 3 at the Kenya School of Government. The training attracted participants from Bungoma and Kwale counties, and civil society organizations involved in sensitizing communities on crime prevention.
USIU-Africa hosted several student ambassadors from universities across Kenya on Thursday, September 29 for the fourth Emerald Knowledge Ambassadors workshop on Thursday 29th September 2016, at the auditorium. The event was organized by Emerald Group Publishing – an online publisher of nearly 300 journals, more than 2,500 books and over 450 teaching cases.
The event presented a platform for students and librarians to share experiences in using the group’s content. The six students who represented USIU-Africa won an award for the best presentation.
On Saturday September 24, the USIU-Africa men’s staff football team won the first-ever Greensteds International School Corporate 8's Football Festival ((GIS’ 8 aside) held at the Greensted International School in Nakuru to mark the institution’s 80th anniversary celebrations. Greensteds School is a Kenyan co-educational day and boarding school situated 144 kilometers from Nairobi.
From Monday, October 3 to Thursday, October 7 the student fundraising initiative - Educate Your Own (EYO) - will be serving breakfast behind the cafeteria between 9am and 1pm, as part of Project Finje.
Fall 2016 mid-semester exams scheduled for Thursday, October 20 have instead been re-scheduled for Thursday, October 27. In an email to the student body, Deputy Vice Chancellor – Academic Affairs Amb. Prof. Ruthie Rono clarified that all other exams will be administered between Monday, October 17 and Saturday, October 22.
Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul T Zeleza delivered a paper titled "Higher Education and Africa's Development Agenda” at the Third Nyerere Dialogue Lecture, held on Wednesday, 28 September at the Nyerere Resource Centre in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. His paper explored the intertwined challenges facing African higher education and the continent’s prospects for sustainable development.
The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program has awarded three fellowships to academics from U.S. universities, who will partner with USIU-Africa faculty in research projects, student mentorship and curriculum co-development. Prof. Peyibomi Soyinka-Airewele from Ithaca College, will work closely with Dr. David Mwambari (Assistant Professor of International Relations) on growing research capacity and output, as wellas mentor graduate and doctoral International Relations students.
On Friday September 30, the Peer Educators and Counseling Club (PECC) in partnership with the Counselling center will host a training session at the Library Bookshop from 8.30am to 4.30pm to train various student leaders to counsel, guide and educate their fellow students on life skills, reproductive health and substance abuse. Any other student interested in becoming peer educator or counselor is also encouraged to apply at the Counseling Center
The university cafeteria amended its new dinner times this semester to further accommodate academic schedules for its mainly student clientele. Patrons can expend to enjoy lunch service up until 4.30pm during weekdays, with dinner being served an hour earlier at 6pm. The new change comes hot on the heels of the introduction of new African cuisine that will be served on a rotational basis every Thursday as part of the lunch offering.
A research paper by Dr. Kioko Ireri, an Assistant Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication, has been published in the current issue of Journalism Practice – a leading journal in journalism field. The paper, “A National Survey On The Professional Role Conceptions Of Journalists In Kenya” investigates the professional role conceptions that Kenyan journalists perceive to be the most important in their work.
USIU-Africa has partnered with the African Process and Performance Institute (APPI) to offer a USIU-AFRICA / APPI Certified Process & Performance Professional (CPPP) program beginning October 24, 2016.
(FIAPE), during a plenary conference in Salamanca, Spain. FIAPE is the largest worldwide umbrella institution representing 14, 000 teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language across 19 countries and regions scattered across four continents.
The ICT division ran a series of events from 20-22 September, aimed at educating members of the university community on services offered by the division. Students, staff and faculty interacted with the IT team, had their questions answered, issues addressed and also offered feedback. Freshmen benefited from on-site training on our online learning platform – Blackboard.
The University Legal Counsel/Company Secretary, Ms. Helen Ambasa, has been appointed by the Board of the National Industrial Training Authority (NITA) to its Training Committee with effect from 29th July, 2016.
In August 2016, Palgrave Macmillan published the Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza’s The Transformation of Global Higher Education, 1945-2015, as part of their African Histories and Modernities book series. The new book is a comprehensive overview of the development of higher education across different world regions from the end of the Second World War, right up to the present.
In the book, Prof. Zeleza identifies the main trends in the transformation of global higher education, their various manifestations, and what impact they have had in the diverse education systems and institutions, throughout the world.
The African Histories and Modernities book series by Palgrave Macmillan, is a collection of African scholarly contributions that seek to ‘…affect the way we think about African and global histories.”
Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza who is a Professor of the Humanities and Social Sciences, is an accomplished and much-feted academic. Over the course of his career which has spanned almost four decades, he has published more than 300 journal articles, book chapters, reviews, short stories and online essays, and authored or edited 27 books.
Several of his books have won international awards including Africa’s most prestigious book prize, the Noma Award for Publishing in Africa, for his books - A Modern Economic History of Africa (1993) and Manufacturing African Studies and Crises (1997). His most recent books include In Search of African Diasporas: Testimonies and Encounters (2012) and Africa’s Resurgence: Domestic, Global and Diaspora Transformations (2014).
Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza was invited to take part in a roundtable panel discussion held on Monday September 5, 2016 themed “Science and Innovation to Drive Africa’s Agricultural Transformation”, at the Intercontinental Nairobi.
As part of the university’s effort to build a coalition against corrupt interests that are threating land entrusted to educational institutions, members of the USIU-Africa community will converge at Roysambu Primary School on Friday, September 23 from 9am to repair a portion of the local school’s boundary fence.
The USIU-Africa ENACTUS club was feted the best club of the year by ENACTUS Kenya during the ENACTUS Kenya annual competition that took place on Thursday and Friday July 14 and 15 at the KCB leadership training center in Karen.
On Wednesday IST Senior Jason Musau presented a mobile application he built that demonstrated the capability of the global phenomenon that is augmented reality; a computer simulation overlay on a real-world environment.
On Saturday, July 30, the Criminal Justice Studies program conducted a mock crime scene class practical to mark the launch of the Crime Scene Investigation segment of the Criminal Investigations class.
The Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs in the School of Humanities & Social Sciences received 0.3 million euros from the European Commission, following a proposal submitted by Lecturer of International Relations Moses Onyango.