Dear USIU-Africa Community,

As you may be aware more than 2.7 million Kenyans are facing starvation and are in dire need of urgent and immediate relief. The situation is critical, leading the government to declare drought a national disaster.

More than 357, 285 children are acutely malnourished with at least three counties of Turkana, Marsabit and Mandera reporting a Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) Rate of above 30%. GAM rate is one of the basic indicators for assessing the severity of a humanitarian crisis. The situation has escalated from disaster to alarm which the Kenya Red Cross Society describes as, “an extreme drought situation where all water sources have dried out and 90% of the total population not only rely on relief food but also need water supply for survival”.

Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi, March 8, 2017.

Paul Tiyambe Zeleza

Vice Chancellor and Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences

United States International University-Africa


Good afternoon! Mrs. Jordan, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, I wish to begin by thanking the organizers of this luncheon for the singular honor of asking me to address you this afternoon on this year's International Women's Day whose theme is “Be Bold for Change and Peace.” On this we celebrate women's achievements and remind ourselves of the continuous struggles for gender equality and women's empowerment.

Dear USIU-Africa Community,

Our attention has been drawn to a story aired on Saturday Feb. 17, 2017 on Citizen TV in both their 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm news on Saturday Feb 17, 2017 where United States International University – Africa (USIU-Africa) featured. The story, purportedly based on the recently concluded Commission for University Education (CUE) Quality Audit report, clustered USIU-Africa among universities that had improper graduation lists.

We wish to confirm that the University went through a quality audit inspection in January, 2017. During the process, our teams provided information and feedback as required. All the issues raised were responded to satisfactorily and the report was eventually signed by both USIU and the auditors.

Presented at the Ali A. Mazrui International Symposium, Southern Sun, Westlands, Nairobi, July 16, 2016.

Let me begin by thanking the organizers for the singular honor of presenting closing remarks at this important symposium. It has given me the opportunity to meet many old friends, some that I haven't seen for many years.

I wish to thank all of you who participated in the demonstration this morning. It was truly an impressive event. We showed the world the real character and quality of USIU-Africa. It was peaceful, powerful, and even joyful, a model on how to exercise democratic and constitutional rights responsibly. I felt immensely proud of being a member of this extraordinary university.

The Commission for University Education (CUE) will undertake a site visit to USIU-Africa to carry out an Institutional Quality Assurance Audit from 9.00 am Tuesday 12th April, 2016 to Thursday, 14th April, 2016.

It is with deep gratitude and pleasure that I write to thank the entire university community for what was a successful inauguration ceremony yesterday. It was a powerful demonstration of our standing as a premier institution of academic excellence with a global perspective.

Prof. Paul Tiyambe Zeleza, USIU-Africa Vice Chancellor

As prepared for delivery at the Africa Model United Nations Conference in held at the UN Offices in Nairobi on Monday, March 21, 2016.

Your excellency, the Turkish Ambassador, Ms. Deniz Eke, UN officials, delegates from across the continent, distinguished ladies and gentlemen.

I want to begin by thanking and congratulating our students from USIU-AFRICA, including Ms. Afrikana Njuru, AFROMUN Secretary General, for winning the bid to host this year’s Africa Model United Nations (AFROMUN). This speaks to the quality of our students, their energy and entrepreneurial spirit, and our institutional commitment to the values of internationalism and inter-culturalism. At USIU-Africa we are proud of the faculty that we have students from all 47 counties in Kenya and 73 countries from every continent. Many of the students involved in organizing AFROMUN are majoring in International Relations, one of our signature programs.

Dear USIU community,

As I start my second month at USIU, I am pleased to share with you that my “90 Days of Listening” are going exceedingly well.  I am learning a lot about what makes this university exceptional, your pride and commitment to its continued success, and your ideas on how best to overcome some of our current challenges and take advantage of the numerous opportunities as we move forward. I have also been meeting with various external constituencies including our alumni, employers, and public officials.

Good morning! Happy New Year! On behalf of USIU-Africa, it is my great pleasure to welcome all of you, parents, guardians and students to the week-long orientation program for Spring Semester 2016. I know this is a special day for the parents and guardians who have entrusted us to educate your loved ones. It is certainly a special day for the students, who chose to join this remarkable university, an intellectual community that will nurture and nourish your intellects, equip you with the knowledge, skills, and competencies for productive personal and professional lives once you have completed your studies. It is also a special day for me, as this is my first day as Vice Chancellor of this extraordinary university.