Journalism and Communication Studies Programs Director Dr. Stephen Kimotho recently published a biography on a Chronic Kidney Failure (CKF) patient titled “Emmanuel: Life Without Kidneys”.

On Monday, July 25, the USIU-Africa student community launched an online petition to the Kenyan Ministry of Lands to register their displeasure regarding the abuse of their rights through the grabbing of university land, located in Nairobi’s Muthaiga North suburb.

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences hosted Prof. Horace G. Campbell for a guest lecture on “NATO, the Destruction of Libya” on Monday, July 25 in Lecture Theater I.

The DVC - Academic Affairs Amb. Prof. Ruthie Rono and the University Legal Counsel/Company Secretary Ms. Hellen Ambasa represented USIU-Africa at the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Conference of University Leaders in Accra, Ghana from 27-29 July, 2016.

On Friday, July 29 the School of Humanities and Social Sciences hosted His Excellency Mr. Bah El Mad (Saharawi Ambassador to Kenya) for a discussion on the options available to the disputed territory of Western Sahara is a contested territory in the Maghreb region of Northwest Africa, bordered by Morocco to the north, Algeria to the northeast, Mauritania to the east and south, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. 

The university recently became a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) - the world’s first and oldest international university network with over 500 member institutions in the Commonwealth of Nations. The Commonwealth is an inter-governmental organization of 53 nations formerly members of the British Empire.

The IT Club will host a talk on “Augmented Reality” on Wednesday, July 27 in the library bookshop from 1.20pm. Augmented reality describes technology that overlays a computer simulation on a real-world environment.

Prof. Horace G. Campbell, Professor of Political Science and African American Studies at Syracuse University and a noted international peace and justice scholar, will deliver a guest lecture on “NATO, the Destruction of Libya” on Monday, July 25 in the Lecture Theater I, beginning at 6.30pm.

The African Population and Health Research Center and USIU-Africa have partnered on an initiative to build capacity for grant writing among faculty. Participants interact with accomplished top African researchers, and are taught to develop and package a grant proposal, scientific writing and publishing, data management and analysis as well as research governance and management.

The Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza on Saturday, July 16 delivered closing remarks during the Ali A. Mazrui International Symposium held in the Southern Sun Hotel from July 14-17, 2016. The conference, whose theme was “Critical Perspectives on Culture and Globalization: The Intellectual Legacy of Ali A. Mazrui”, was organized by Professor of History and International Relations Macharia Munene, and brought together academics who had interacted with the celebrated scholar over the course of his academic career.

The university’s annual Career Fair was officially opened by the Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza on Tuesday, July 19. Hosted by the Office of Placement and Career Services (PACS), the event was segmented into various talk shows dealing with entrepreneurs, technology and the humanities.

On Wednesday, July 13, students, staff, faculty and alumni, held demonstrations along Thika Road, against an attempt to grab the university's land. The Chairman of the Board of Trustees Mr. Linus Gitahi, Chancellor Dr. Manu Chandaria and the Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza, led the demonstration, which began from our campus all the way to Muthaiga Police Station.

The annual USIU-Africa fun run was held on Saturday, July 9 at the soccer pitch. Almost four hundred participants from the university community, took part in the 6.5 kilometer and 13 kilometer courses won by Ibrahim Wango from Garden Estate Secondary School and Francis Ting’aa (IR major) respectively.

The Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza opened a sensitization forum hosted by the Criminal Justice Studies program in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, on Thursday, July 14.

The Young Diplomats Forum (YDF) held a two-day inter-varsity simulation event on June 30 to July 1 at the auditorium. The event which was addressed by the Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza, featured a keynote address by the Director of the Foreign Service Institute Ambassador Simon Nabukwesi.

The Comparative Criminal Justice Systems (CJS 3307) and Terrorism and International Security (CJS 3309) classes from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, visited the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) Regional Bureau in Nairobi on July 11 and 12.

Fashion designer Ms. Evelyne Akinyi Odongo was interviewed on Citizen TV’s business segment on Wednesday, June 29, where she spoke about her phenomenal rise to the top echelons of the fashion industry in Kenya.

The Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza will be hosted by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences for a guest lecture this Friday, July 15 from 10am at the Lecture Theater I.

The School of Science and Technology (SST) in collaboration with the Academic Research Office successfully organized a one-day research workshop at Oak Place Restaurant on Friday, 24 July.

On Friday, 24 June, the USIU-Africa Alumni Association in partnership with TechWizz, Google Kenya and Oracle Women Leadership (OWL) hosted a hundred and twenty students from Precious Blood School, Riruta and Nairobi School for the High School Tech Day at the auditorium. The students heard from Tesh Mbaabu, founder of a digital branding firm and an apparel company, who related his college experiences as well as the beginning of his career building websites after high school. Ms. Tilo Ponder, CEO/Co-Founder of What's Good Networks (an Africa-focused technology and advertising platform), challenged students to build products that solve real-world problems.

Speaking to the students, Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza, encouraged them to continue diligently pursuing their studies in order to join world-class universities. Echoing the Vice Chancellor’s sentiments, Ms. Dorothy Sagwe (Chair, Alumni Association and Business Finance Director at Oracle East Africa) urged female students to pursue a science, technology and mathematics (STEM) education, decrying their disproportionate representation in the technology professional world. She was accompanied by several members of the Oracle Women Leadership (a leadership and professional development program founded in 2006 that supports the growth of current and emerging women leaders within Oracle), who had earlier paid a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor.
Twenty one graduate Counselling Psychology and Clinical Psychology students from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences’ class of 2016, accompanied Assistant Professors of Psychology Dr. Michelle Karume and Dr. Oscar Githua, to the United Nations Offices in Nairobi on Monday, June 6.

As practicum students, the trip was intended to provide a supervised practical demonstration of their particular course of study, and in that respect they met Ms. Charissa Villamayor (Training Officer, Staff Development Training Unit, Human Resources Management Service) who gave a brief talk regarding career paths available for psychologists at the global body.

The United Nations Office in Nairobi is the largest UN headquarters in Africa, and performs representation and liaison functions with the host-country, representatives of member states and global non-governmental organizations.
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Organized by the former members of our rugby team, the match offers a platform for alumni and current students to meet and reminisce as they support their respective teams, and is followed by a pep talk from the wazees and a networking session among the alumni.

In attendance will be the Kenya 15s national rugby team captain Brian Nyikuli (International Business Administration, Class of 2008), KCB Rugby Football Club team captain Curtis Lilako (Information Systems and Technology, Class of 2014) and KCB Rugby Football Club center back Allan Omuka (International Relations, Class of 2013), among other prominent alumni.
On Friday, June 24, through a Kenya Gazette notice, H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed Mr. Michael Kisilu (Head of Housing) to the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD)/Africa Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Kenya Governing Council for a period of three years. The Council is a newly-formed body based on the merger of two pre-existing institutions (NEPAD National Steering Committee and the APRM Kenya Governing Council), and will primarily focus on undertaking research studies, that will inform the activities of the new NEPAD/APRM Secretariat.

The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) is an economic development program of the African Union, with the primary objectives of poverty eradication, promotion of sustainable growth and development, and the empowerment of women. The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) is a self-monitoring governance mechanism launched in 2003, by the African Union with a declared goal of ensuring policies and practices of participating states conform to the agreed political, economic and corporate governance values, codes and standards.
University offices will remain closed and services will be unavailable on Monday, July 4 in honor of the United States Independence Day. Classes will resume and offices will re-open on Tuesday, July 5.
Similarly, on Thursday, July 7, university offices will again remain closed and services will be unavailable to mark Idd – Ul- Fitr. The day is celebrated to mark the end of Ramadhan - a month of fasting observed by Muslims worldwide.
Emergency assistance can be obtained through the university pilot line or directly to the security desk on 0730116461.
The Vice Chancellor hosted a retreat for the university leadership to deliberate on strategic matters and for team building at the Great Rift Valley Lodge & Golf Resort in Naivasha from 2-4 June. Attendees included members of the Management Board, the Academic Management Team, Program Directors and several full professors. The first day and a half of the retreat was devoted to team-building activities led by four facilitators from the Federation of Kenya Employers, while the second day focused on interrogating divisional and school strategic plans.

The retreat offered an invaluable opportunity for the whole team to pause, step back from their everyday duties of working “in the business” and gain enough perspective to reflect “on the business” in constructive ways. The retreat is set to be an annual event in the university’s calendar of activities.
Philip Machoka (Lecturer of Information Systems and Technology) was a guest speaker during the first ICT Awareness Day at the Nairobi Academy on Wednesday, 22 June. He was accompanied by Max Masau (Lab Technologist – Software) and Edgar Githua (Admissions Counselor) each of whom made a presentation.

During his presentation on “Careers in Computer Science in the 21st Century”, Mr. Machoka explained that the evolving career path of the modern computer scientist, pointing out that computer science had become a foundational program intersecting other professional disciplines such as law, medicine, surgery and architecture.

On a related note, Mr. Musau demonstrated an LED traffic light system built on an Arduino prototyping board, while Mr. Githua shared information on the extensive undergraduate programs offered at USIU-Africa, with parents, students and teachers. The Nairobi Academy hosts students aged 2-19 years, who are prepared to sit for O-Level and A-Level International General Certificate of Secondary Education examinations. The awareness day is organized to provide insight on the future of technology and its growing importance as a career choice.
Assistant Professor of Management Dr. Caren Ouma’s Overview of Management Practice class will be hosting Mr. Anthony Ng’anga, (Brand and Commercial Director, P&G East Africa) on Friday, July 1. Mr. Ng’ang’a, will speak from 6pm in Chandaria School of Business’ Lecture Theater I, on "The current challenges facing managers in the business world and suggested solutions". He is expected to draw from his close to seventeen years of experience with P&G, which include roles in IT, trade and consumer marketing.

Procter & Gamble Co, also known as P&G, is a global U.S. multinational consumer goods company with an annual turnover of US$76.3 billion.
Economist and Assistant Professor of International Relations Dr. Elijah Munyi was featured on local television station KTN’s show Bottomline East Africa, on Friday, June 24. He was invited together with other panelists, to discuss the United Kingdom referendum vote on membership of the European Union (EU) popularly dubbed “Brexit”.

Dr. Munyi expounded on the packaging of the “Brexit” issues, explaining that the EU policies affecting the immigration crisis, had an outsized influence on the decision by a majority of UK citizens to leave the European Union.
Assistant Professor of Marketing Dr. Joseph Ngugi’s Management of Technological Innovation class hosted Mr. Peter Ndiang'ui (Country Manager, OLX Kenya) to discuss ingredients of a successful innovation venture. Mr. Ndiang’ui described how routine technology simplifies jobs by using machines for complex tasks. He also expounded on other pillars of a successful venture such as how OLX created standards and regulations that facilitate change, as well as a business model that is cost-effective.

OLX is a global online classifieds platform that offers goods for sale such as cars, furniture, electronics, jobs and services listings that is primarily available as a mobile application.
The Board of Trustees has appointed Ms Katherine Marie Perry to serve on the University Council with effect from 1 July 2016. Ms. Perry is currently the Coordinator for the Kenya program of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a position she has held for the past 5 years.

As PEPFAR Country Coordinator, Ms. Perry is responsible for coordinating the U.S. government agencies’ overall budget of $500 plus million with planning, overall management, budgeting and reporting processes for the U.S. government HIV country program.

Prior to taking up the position in Kenya as the PEPFAR Coordinator, Ms. Perry worked in Nigeria as the Country Representative for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for four and a half years. She was also instrumental in renovating a state-of-the art bio-safety level II laboratory in Nigeria; the first of its kind in the country. Ms. Perry also spearheaded a PhD program in Medicinal Chemistry in collaboration with the University of Ibadan and a pharmaceutical company.

Based on her skills and expertise, Ms. Perry will serve on both the Council’s Academic Committee and the Finance/Budget & Development Committee.