On Saturday, May 12, a total of 900 Scratch Day - a global network of events that celebrates the release of the Scratch software and accomplishments – events were celebrated around the world. This year, the Incubation and Innovation Center celebrated with a gathering of technology enthusiasts both young and old.
Scratch is a visual programming tool and online community used by students to learn and share computer science concepts.

The tool was created by the MIT Media Lab in 2007 to enable students to engage in programming, while allowing them to think creatively, reason systematically and work collaboratively.During a typical event, attendees of varying abilities collaborate on computer science projects, while sharing their ideas and experiences.
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Students from Carleton University’s Institute of African Studies are on campus for a month, to study “Social Media & the Public Sphere in Africa”, which will be taught jointly by the Institute’s Director Prof. Pius Adesanmi, and Dr. Wandia Njoya (Head of Department Languages and Performing Arts, Daystar University).

This is an intensive three-week course that will explore the rise and explosion of social media and its intersections with culture, politics, economics, governance, social issues and youth culture in Africa.

Noted social commentators and influencers such as columnist Mr. Patrick Gathara, digital strategist and story teller Mr. Mark Kaigwa, and Ms. Nanjala Nyabola (Political analyst, writer and author of the forthcoming “Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics: How the Internet Is Transforming Politics in Africa”), have been invited as to guest lecture, as subject matter experts throughout the duration of the course.
The International Institute of Humanitarian Law and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have both announced the launch of their very first Sanremo New Voices in International Humanitarian Law essay competition.

The winning entry will be presented at the 41st Round Table on Current Issues of International Humanitarian Law to be held in Sanremo, Italy from 6-8 September 2018, as well as published in the conference proceedings.

In line with the Round Table’s topic: “Deprivation of liberty and armed conflicts: exploring realities and remedies”, short essays submitted for this competition will address a subject under the following broad topic: “Detention by non-state armed groups” and “Migration-related detention”. Each submission (in either English or French) must be authored by one individual who is thirty five years old or younger, or who is enrolled in a doctoral program. The essay should also not exceed 2500 words, and must be received on or before June 15, 2018.

Students at East African universities have also been invited by the International Committee of the Red Cross to present a considered opinion on “the relevance and/or value of principled humanitarian action in today’s world”. According to the ICRC, “the evolving nature of armed conflict and situations of large scale violence has led some commentators to call into question the relevance and value of these [humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence] principles”, which it declares are at the heart of the Committee’s work.

Essay submissions to the 16th International Committee of the Red Cross Essay Competition for East African Universities, must not exceed 4000 words and must be received at the ICRC Regional Office in Nairobi by 15 June 2018.

Posters with additional information on both competitions will be available on posters and on the university website, shortly.
The annual student leadership retreat was held from April 18-20 at the Elementaita Country Lodge, where over 300 student leaders were familiarized with university policies and procedures, as well as equipment them with skills essential to their new roles.

Various topics were tackled by speakers from Marketing & Communications (Developing efficient communication tools), Finance (Finance policies, budget and procurement policies), Legal Services (Legal policies and procedures (contracts)), Counseling Services (The soft skills package for student leaders), and Housing (Leaders as role models).

University officials from various line departments and members of faculty facilitated various sessions, dealing with the specific services offered by their respective departments. Associate DVC - Academic Affairs Prof. Munyae Mulinge in his opening remarks described the weight of leadership and responsibility to be shouldered by the new leaders, as well as the expectations of the rest of the student community, including their constituents.

Dr. Teresia Linge (Associate Dean - Chandaria School of Business) spoke on (Developing highly efficient and motivated working team), while Dean of Students Mr. Robert Onsarigo, described to his audience the value of “Interfacing academic and co-curricular program in student life and role of patrons”.
The new Student Council leadership and members of the Electoral College, were introduced, and provided with a chance to briefly elaborate the plans they have for their electorate. The retreat is organized annually by the Department of Student Affairs for the leaders elected for a new one-year term towards the end of the spring 2018 semester.
On Friday, 27 April 2018, USIU-Africa received new graduate students as part of the Summer 2018 intake, who were then guided on a tour of the University, to familiarize them with the facilities and resources that they will use in the course of their studies.

Also joining the USIU-Africa community were Class of 2022 freshmen, accompanied by their parents and guardians, on Tuesday, May 2. During the three-day orientation, students and parents were guided through the University’s programs, facilities and procedures, as well as the opportunities that be available to students during their academic career at USIU-Africa.

Speaking during the orientation, Applied Computer Technology freshman Tatenda Dennis from Zimbabwe described how the great standards, wide range of resources and quality graduates at USIU-Africa drew him to Kenya.

The Student Council organized a student recruitment Festival (formerly known as Freshmen’s Bash) on Friday, May 11, where various clubs and sports teams were provided with opportunities to explain their organizational goals and activities, and recruit from the freshman class.

This was the first time the event was held on campus, thus providing a much smoother interaction between the new students and the freshman class.
The group discussions focused on life skills, where the freshmen had ample opportunities to interact with student leaders, and receive insight into USIU-Africa’s history, multi-cultural environment and mission goals.
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On Friday, May 4, USIU-Africa in partnership with the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) and the Kingdom of the Netherlands, held the 3rd Private Sector Conference on Sustainable Inclusive Business (SIB) themed ‘New Economy, Transformation and Future Proof Business’ at the auditorium.
The conference provided a platform for participants to discuss the benefits of having an inclusive business that is sustainable and benefits low-income communities.

Addressing participants, KEPSA Chief Executive Officer and USIU-Africa Trustee Ms. Carole Kariuki, highlighted the successes experienced by KEPSA in promoting Sustainable and Inclusive Business practices, expounding how the organization has managed to create an awareness of business sustainability and inclusivity in over two thousand businesses in Kenya.

Ms. Kariuki challenged Kenyan businesses to cut down on waste, become more environmentally conscious and focus on people within and outside the organization, adding that business partnerships are key in pushing the sustainability and inclusivity agenda.

Current Doctor of Business Administration candidate Ms. Caroline Karugu (Global Executive MBA ‘13),  was on Thursday, April 12, nominated to the office of Deputy Governor of Kenya’s County of Nyeri, by Governor Kahiga Mutahi. The position became vacant upon the ascencion of the then Deputy Governor, following the untimely demise of the late Dr. Wahome Gakuru.

Ms. Karugu is the current Chief Executive Officer of financial services firm, Jabali Microserve - a wholly owned subsidiary of Jitegemee Trust, which is a leading wholesale microfinance institution that focuses on social investments.

She is also a Non-Executive Director of Geothermal Development Company - the state corporation charged with the rapid development of geothermal resources in Kenya - where she chairs the Board Technical Committee.

The nomination follows a Supreme Court of Kenya judgement in March 2018,that empo­wered sitting governors to nominate replacements in the event of vacancies in the office of Deputy Governor, in their respective counties.

Ms. Karugu’s nomination will now be presented to the County Assembly of Nyeri, and upon ratification, the 39-year-old will be sworn in as the county’s third and first female Deputy Governor, in accordance with the dictates of the Constitution of Kenya.

ly motivated and talented young professionals to join as Associates as part of its Graduate Recruitment Program. They are interested in working with “team players, progressive thinkers and can communicate their ideas with passion. People who are keen on learning, who want to be leaders in their profession and who want to make a difference.

However applications would only be considered if the deadline of Monday, April 16 was met, and if the applicants would graduate with honors (GPA of 3.5 and above).

The KPMG representatives insisted that the best way for an undergraduate to present themselves to potential employers, is through a resume that is expressive of their character, and also detailed in their achievements throughout their student life.  

A curriculum vitae, according to the KPMG team, represents who you are before you are called for an interview. Thus, every applicant must be certain, it places them in a favorable light. Additionally, referees must be individuals who the applicant is certain, will vouch for them.

They also conducted a mock interview to demonstrate how students should conduct themselves during an interview. The key point here was that the candidate should be self-aware, and engage with the interviewer in a way that expresses their values and standards.

KPMG East Africa offers financial services across its tax, advisory and audit divisions.
When Laura Boykin, a computational scientist at the University of Western Australia and TED Fellow paid a visit to the USIU-Africa Library in 2016, she was amazed at the beauty and wealth of information resources and spaces. That is how the TED Books journey commenced.

A step forward from the famous TED Talks - those 18-minute speeches full of inspiring and thought-provoking ideas -  TED Books pick up where the speeches end. According to the TED Foundation - a non-profit, non-partisan Foundation - such reads are “Long enough to explore a powerful idea but short enough to read in a single sitting”.

The  Library received a donation of 5 copies each of 14 TED books, that cut across most academic disciplines offered on campus (including leisure reading), through the networking efforts of Principal Librarian (Acquisitions) Ms. Azenath Ateka.

The total cost of the entire donation was US$1769 paid for by the TED Foundation, whose generous gift marks a key milestone in the growth of the Library’s collection.
On Wednesday April 4, the soon-to-be-launched School of Communication, Cinematic and Creative Arts, hosted over 40 Journalism majors, staff and faculty for a four-hour workshop on DSLR camera operations at the Incubation and Innovation Center.

The workshop was led by Mr. John Wambugu; an MA Communication Studies student who is also a Canon Certified Trainer and Ambassador. The event is part of the School’s plan to encourage engagement by Journalism and Communication students with industry professionals, in order to equip them with professional technical skills.

The workshop was organized by Assistant Professor of Film Dr. Rachael Diang’a, and also featured Mr. Chris Kamau (Chairman, Kenya Actors’ Guild), Ms. Nduta Sialo (Secretary General, Kenya Actors Guild) and Ms. Matrid Nyaga (President of Dada Trust - organizers of Udada International Women’s Film Festival).

The soon-to-be-launched School of Communication, Cinematic and Creative Arts is offering two new programs in Summer 2018.

The Bachelor of Arts in Film Production and Directing will present students with the opportunity to master the fundamentals of film making using world-class labs and sets, equipped with industry leading equipment.

The Bachelor of Arts in Animation will empower creatives with a passion for visual arts, drawing and storytelling, to innovate, experiment, imagine, and create, to produce animation art that stands out in the global industry.