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Prof. Frederick Iraki, Professor of French and (Ag.) Chair, Department of Languages and Linguistics, School of Humanities and Social Sciences addresses the 9th Annual African Languages in the Disciplines and Professions (ALDP) Conference on August 23, 2018 at the USIU-Africa auditorium. PHOTO:ANTONIO LONGANGI

By Dr. Naom Nyarigoti

The Harvard African Language Program in the Harvard University Department of African and African American Studies, in collaboration with USIU-Africa and the School of Law, University of Nairobi organized the 9th Annual African Languages in the Disciplines and Professions (ALDP) Conference on August 23, 2018 at the USIU-Africa auditorium under the theme: Law and Langauge.

The Honorable Chief Justice (Retired) Dr. Willy Mutunga, delivered the 4th Neville Alexander Lecture - a series dedicated to the ALDP Conference - at the venue.

The conference brought together lawyers, linguists, academics, policy makers and students, to begin framing the subject on the intersection between Law and Language, and more particularly, the hidden interface between legal expression and meaning.

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Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya (PSK) President Dr. Louis Machogu poses for photo with USIU-Africa Pharmacy majors during the World Pharmacists Day 2018 at PSK offices, along Lenana Road in Nairobi. Photo: Courtesy

By Dr. Were L. Munyendo

Members of the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences joined the Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya (PSK) and the Pharmacy & Poisons Board (PPB) to commemorate the World Pharmacists Day 2018 through a walk from the PPB offices to PSK offices along Lenana Road, on Tuesday, September 25.

The annual World Pharmacists Day was designated by the International Pharmaceutical Federation in 2009 to “promote and advocate for the role of the pharmacist in improving health in every corner of the world.”

Speaking on behalf of the University at the event, Dr. Munyendo underscored how the Bachelor of Pharmacy program at USIU-Africa is at the fore of embracing the global shift in pharmacy training from ‘Pharmaceutical products-based’ to ‘patient based’’ through operationalization of the first and only Pharmacy Skills Laboratory in Kenya. The Lab drew overwhelming interest from the gathered pharmacy professionals community, many of whom expressed  their eagerness to tour and possibly use this unique facility at USIU-Africa.

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Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza delivering the Convocation address to members of the university community on Monday, September 17, at the auditorium. PHOTO: ANTONIO LONGANGI

By Dan Muchai

The Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza addressed the university at the annual Vice Chancellor’s convocation on Monday, September 17, where he highlighted the key initiatives, activities, achievements, and challenges from the previous academic year, and set out the 2018-19 Academic Year Priorities.

 Addressing the formal university gathering, Prof. Zeleza expressed his pride at the improving financial stability of the university in spite of industry-wide declining enrollments and tighter state budgetary cuts for public universities. The number of enrolments have gone up by 169, while the (far more accurate) Full Time Equivalent number had also increased by 269 students. Indeed, as he noted, USIU-Africa is expanding its workforce, investing in new infrastructure and deepening its research funding.

2017-18 Year in Review

Priority 1: Expanding academic programs and becoming a reputable research university

The Vice Chancellor noted the five new academic programs and the establishment of the new School of Graduate Studies Research and Extension. The new School, the new research policy, as well as increased research activities, grants (KES 112 million) and hosting of major international conferences and lectures, marked a significant step towards the university’s priority of becoming a reputable research university.

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Students from Soka University say farewell to the children at Rehema PEFA Children’s Home at the conclusion of their stay in Kenya. PHOTO: ANTONIO LONGANGI

By Antonio Longangi

The second cohort of students from Soka University were hosted on campus from August 13 to 25 as part of the Study Abroad program. For 12 days, the 15 students and their chaperon served at Little Sisters for the Poor (Nyumba ya Wazee), Rehema PEFA Children’s Home and St. Scholastica Uzima Hospital. They assisted in general tasks at these institutions, embodying the shared value of USIU-Africa social responsibility and their own university.

Soka University is a private institution with  an 8000-strong student population at their campus in the Japanese capital of Tokyo. Japan.

Soka has also been a partner in USIU-Africa’s Study Abroad and Exchange Program for the last two years,with 30 students having participated in the program.

The Study Abroad program enables students from partner universities to visit USIU-Africa for a pre-determined period of time, while the Exchange Program allows USIU-Africa students to undertake equivalent courses at partner universities abroad for a maximum of two semesters.

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USIU-Africa students pose with members of the staff at the Kenyan embassy in the Spanish capital of Madrid. PHOTO:COURTESY

By Dan Muchai & Dr. Jane Muasya

Assistant Professor of Spanish Dr. Jane Muasya and Principal Academic Advisor Ms. Lynnette Nzioki accompanied a group of seventeen students of Spanish, on an academic trip to Spain in August 2018.

During the eighteen days they spent in Spain,the team visited the Spanish capital Madrid where they visited the world renowned Museo Nacional Del Prado (Prado National Museum), the Palacio Real de Madrid (Royal Palace of Madrid) and  La Almudena Cathedral. The group also paid a courtesy call at the Embassy of the Republic of Kenya in Spain, where they were received warmly by Embassy staff.

In the northwestern city of Valladolid, the students attended a two -week Spanish course at the Fundación de la Lengua Española, before proceeding on an excursion to the ancient northwestern Spanish city of Salamanca, home to one of Europe’s oldest universities - Universidad de Salamanca, which was founded in 1134 and granted a Royal Charter in 1218.

In Segovia, the group also made time to visit one of the best-preserved Roman aqueducts - a water conveyance structure that crosses the entire city, and has stood for almost two millenia.

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Assistant Professor and Dean in the Faculty of Education at Kasetsart University, Dr. Surachai Jewcharoensakul descries how to prepare Thai cusine to chefs from Nairobi restaurants and Hotel and Restaurant Management majors, during a cooking workshop held at the ultra modern training kitchen on the third floor of the Freida Brown Student Center. PHOTO:ANTONIO LONGANGI

By Antonio Longangi

USIU-Africa in partnership with the Royal Thai Embassy hosted a Thai Cooking Workshop on Thursday, September 13 at the Training Kitchen in the Freida Brown Student Center. The event was held as part of “Thai Food to the World” - a government effort to promote Thailand’s rich culture beyond the country’s borders.

The workshop was conducted by Assistant Professor and Dean in the Faculty of Education at Kasetsart University, Dr. Surachai Jewcharoensakul.

By Dan Muchai

The Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza will address the university community on Monday, September 17 at 10.30am in the auditorium.

The gathering,  formally known as a convocation, will provide members of the community with the opportunity to be appraised on the university’s plans for this academic year.

This is only the second time the Vice Chancellor is hosting the annual convocation, which will be followed by the DVC’s Convocation on Wednesday, October 3, and a Deans’ Convocation at a later date.

By Dan Muchai

USIU-Africa’s rugby team captain Mr. Junior Onyango, Culture Week 2019 Organizing Committee Chair Ms. Ivy Wandia, and former Electoral Commission Chair Mr. Mathew Ndolo are among the inaugural recipients of the Imara Policy Fellowship 2018.

The Imara Policy Fellowship is a joint leadership development program offered through a local consultancy firm – Mak Appeal – which seeks to invest in future African leaders through the Imara Leadership Initiative, now in its first year. The award has been offered to 50 university students from across Kenya, for a 14-month-long capacity building in leadership; project proposal writing; data collection and analysis, formulation of policy and dissemination of findings.

by Dan Muchai and Aamrah Khan

The process of reaffirmation of USIU-Africa’s accredition by the WASC Senior College and University Commission is almost drawing to an end.

Accreditation is a process of external quality review which serves to assure students, parents, policymakers, the broader educational community, and the general public that an institution has met high standards of effectiveness.

USIU-Africa is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) - one of seven regional accrediting agencies in the U.S. A major benefit of USIU-Africa’s accreditation is that credits and degrees are recognized for purposes of employment and transfer or admission to other institutions in the United States.