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Members of the IT Club who helped organize and participated in the first ever PyConKE Conference held on campus on Friday,
September 29, pose for a group photo at the conclusion of the event. Photo:Antonio Longangi

Software developers from all over East Africa converged on campus on Thursday, September 28 and Friday, September 29 to attend PyConKE 2017 - the first annual convention in Kenya that brought together software developers, techies, business people, startups, learning institutions and other institutions that have either an interest or a stake in the open source python programming language & related technologies in its ecosystem.

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Akaash Barot, a contestant for Mr. & Miss USIU-Africa receives a donation for the Altawoon Educational Center
during a fundraising drive on Wednesday, October 4 in the Chandaria School of Business. Photo: Victor Mshindi

Pupils from Altawoon Education Center were invited to interact contestants of the annual Mr & Miss USIU-Africa Beauty Pageant on Wednesday October 4. The school which has been identified as the charity for this year’s pageant, needs to construct basic educational infrastructure to qualify for registration as a national examination center.

On Saturday October 7, USIU-Africa and the Federation of Kenyan Employers (FKE) hosted 16 graduands from the 8th Cohort of the Executive Diploma in Industrial Relations (EDIR) program under Chandaria School of Business (CSB) for a graduation ceremony at the Library Bookshop.

The program which is jointly offered by USIU-Africa and FKE, focuses on the theory and application of the primary knowledge and skills, required for those working in Industrial Relations, Human Resource Management, and related areas. As managers and professionals, graduates of the program are expected to make effective contributions to the organizations by increasing their understanding and skills in effective industrial relations management.

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Dr. Kevit Desai was elected Chair of the Board of Trustees on September 6, 2017.

Following elections held at a Special Board meeting on 6th September, 2017, Dr. Kevit Desai was elected as Chair of the Board of Trustees. He takes over from Mrs. Carole Wallace who was serving as Interim Chair following the resignation of Mr. Linus Gitahi early this year. Prof. Wayne Frederick was elected as Treasurer and Prof. Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran as Secretary.

Their terms of service as Officers will be as enshrined in the bylaws of the USIU-Africa California Corporation and USIU-Africa Charter.

The Board of Trustees has appointed Ms Carole Kariuki as a Trustee. Her appointment is effective from 6th September, 2017 and is for a period of 3 years.

University Council Appointments

The Board of Trustees has also appointed Ms Patricia Kiwanuka, Dr. Catherine Kyobutungi, Dr. Richard Munang and Mr. John Mudany as members of the University Council. The appointments are effective from 6th September, 2017 and are for a period of 3 years.

The 5 individuals bring a wealth of experience in varied areas ranging from Finance, Investment, Research, Medical, ICT, Public Private Partnerships, Fundraising and Communication and are a welcome addition to the USIU-Africa family.

These appointments were made at a Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees held on 6th September, 2017.


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The Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza addresses the first Vice Chancellor’s Convocation on Friday, September 29.  Photo:Dan Muchai

The Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza hosted university employees for the first ever Vice Chancellor’s Convocation, focusing on the theme “Reflecting on our journey to Academic Excellence”, in a tented area next to the library on Friday, September 29.The convocation provided a platform for the Vice Chancellor to officially open the academic year, highlight achievements of faculty in the past year and expound on academic plans to be implemented in this academic year.

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Resource Management (IHRM) Executive Director Mrs. Dorcas Wainaina paid a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza on Wednesday, October 4 in his office. Looking on are (L-R): IHRM Head of Corporate Communications Ms. Irene Kimacia USIU-Africa Human Resources Manager Mr. Yusuf Saleh, Mrs. Dorcas Wainaina, Prof. Paul Zeleza and USIU-Africa Director of Administration Mr. Jared Raburu. Photo: Beatrice Munyiva.

On Wednesday, October 4, 2017, Mrs. Dorcas Wainanina , the Executive Director, Institute of Human Resource Management (IHRM) accompanied by the Head of Corporate Communications Ms. Irene Kimacia paid a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza and members of the Human Resources department, to discuss areas potential collaboration and partnerships between USIU-Africa and IHRM, such as research, student mentorship, as well as capacity building and development. 

Professor Valerie Palapala Adema is the new Dean of the School of Science and Technology. Prof. Palapala takes over from Dr. Jimmy Macharia who has served as Dean of the School since January 2013.

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Mr. Darshan Chandaria (left) advises a student entrepreneur during the pitching session of the Entrepreneurship Week held on Wednesday, September 27. Looking on is Founder and Chief Executive of Resolution Health East Africa Mr Peter Nduati (center) Photo:Antonio Longangi

The New Economic Venture Accelerator NEVA has organized a series of talks dubbed “Entrepreneurship Week” from Friday, September 22 to Wednesday, September 27 at the Innovation and Incubation Center. Renowned entrepreneurs offered advice on how they began their ventures, and how they avoided the pitfalls that come with building a business from the ground up.

This week I invited a member of the Information Systems and Technology Class of 2017 Mr. Victor Mshindi for the first Full Stack podcast from the School of Science and Technology. The conversation revolved around a myriad of topics first of which was Mr. Mshindi’s experience as a newly-minted alumnus.

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Fitness Instructor Mr. Geofrey Murundo (right) takes contestants for this year’s Mr & Miss USIU-Africa beauty pageant through a fitness drill during a session on Tuesday, September 12 in the Freida Brown Student Center’s Aerobics Room. Photo: Vivian Wacira;

The annual charity beauty pageant Mr. & Miss USIU-Africa set for this Fall 2017, will be holding a Pageant Launch on Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5, October 2017 behind the Cafeteria from 9 am to 4 pm.