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The Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza (center), and DVC - Academic and Student Affairs Amb. Prof. Ruthie Rono (right), together with other senior university officials met representatives of the feasibility mission from the African Development Bank in June 2018, to discuss USIU-Africa’s proposal to set up a Center of Excellence as part of the Bank’s Coding for Employment Flagship Program, in line with the Bank’s Jobs for Youth in Africa (JfYA) Strategy. The proposal has now been approved, making USIU-Africa one of five Kenyan universities to host such a Center of Excellence. PHOTO:DAN MUCHAI

By Dan Muchai

Following a rigorous selection process, USIU-Africa has been selected to be one of five Kenyan universities (and the only private one) to host the African Development Bank (AfDB)'s Coding for Employment Center of Excellence.

In a letter to the Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza, the Director General of the Bank’s Regional Development and Business Delivery Office (East Africa) Mr. Gabriel Negatu congratulated the university on becoming selected to  collaborate with the Bank “to lead a revolutionary movement to nurture "Africa's next generation of digitally enabled workforce."'

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Dean, School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences Prof. Njeri Wamae (center) receives the 2018 Nelson Mandela Distinguished Africanist Award from DVC - Academic & Student Affairs Prof. Amb. Ruthie Rono (left) in the presence of Prof. Toyin Falola (right). The award was conferred by the Toyin Falola Annual International Conference on Africa and the African Diaspora (TOFAC) Board at a ceremony presided over by Associate Dean, School of Humanities & Social Sciences Dr. Michael Kihara, on Thursday, July 5. PHOTO: ANTONIO LONGANGI

By Dan Muchai

Dean of the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Prof. Njeri Wamae is the recipient of the Nelson Mandela Distinguished Africanist Award conferred by the Toyin Falola Annual International Conference on Africa and the African Diaspora Board during a ceremony held on campus on Thursday, July 5.

To receive the award, a nominee must be a leader who has distinguished him/herself in public leadership positions, be known for the promotion of freedom for Africans both at the national and international levels, and must have shown resilience, courage and determination in the pursuit of African liberation.

In endorsing the nomination of Professor Wamae, the TOFAC Board noted her “commitment to research, integrity, productivity, and sincere passion for everything that is good about Africa.”

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Immediate former officials of the Educate Your Own (EYO) Initiative pose with their certificates of appreciated presented to them on Friday, August 3. From left: Anderson Karige (IR Senior), Alexia Lukangu (Finance Sophomore), Almasi Odhiambo (IBA Junior), Natalina Makur (Accounting Senior), Patricia Naanyu (IBA Junior), Lubna Elmahdy (IR Senior), Prudence Nzaro (IR Senior) and Jimmy Lomuru (IR Senior). PHOTO: ANTONIO LONGANGI

By Lubna Elmahdy & Antonio Longangi

On Friday, August 1, the student fundraising initiative - Educate Your Own (EYO) - held its second annual appreciation luncheon, celebrating the efforts of the organization and its donors in helping students, in need of financial support, pay a portion of their tuition.

In line with its mission of reducing the rate of student dropouts from the University, EYO has been supporting students in need, by raising funds through various activities that engage the entire USIU-Africa community. Indeed this semester, EYO awarded a KES 50,000 grant to each of the five students selected.

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Internship Coordinator Ms. Christine Nzyoka (right) speaks with students undertaking Psychology, International Relations and Criminal Justice majors. Looking on is Internship Coordinator Swabra Soud. PHOTO: ANTONIO LONGANGI

By Antonio Longangi

From Tuesday, July 24 to Thursday, July 26, the Internship Office held a series of orientation activities at the Freida Brown Student Center. The orientation was aiming at making students aware of internship policies, procedures, preparation, and opportunities available through the Internship Office.

“Since internship is part of degree program academic requirements, we felt it was important for students to be aware of the services availed through our office before commencing an external search for internships,” commented Internship Coordinator Ms. Christine Nzyoka.

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An ecstatic Miss Congeniality Mercy Mwendwa (IBA Senior) receives her Miss Tourism (Nairobi) crown on Saturday, August 4 following her victory at the Miss Tourism Nairobi City County finals held at The Carnivore Nairobi. PHOTO: COURTESY

By Antonio Longangi

International Business Administration (IBA) Senior and current Miss Congeniality, Mercy Mwendwa, was crowned Miss Tourism Nairobi County at the conclusion of pageant’s finals held on Saturday, August 4 at The Carnivore.

Ms. Mwendwa emerged top out of 21 contestants angling to be the face of activities and campaigns that aim at promoting tourism opportunities within Nairobi City County.

By Diana Meso & Dan Muchai

On Saturday, July 28, the Admissions and the Marketing and Communications team represented the university at the Nation Media Group’s My Network Universities and Tertiary Institutions Career Fair held at the Kenya International Convention Centre (KICC).

The Fair, which was attended by over 500 participants drawn from local high schools, colleges, universities sought to provide guidance on career choices to high school students and graduates, as well as link university graduates with the job market.

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Eleven Carnegie Africa Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) Fellows and alumni currently hosted by various universities in Kenya, pose for a group photo with the Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza (Front row - second right) at the close of a meeting, held on Friday, July 27 in the Vice Chancellor’s Boardroom. Accompanying some of the fellows were their hosts from Chuka University, Kenyatta University and St. Paul’s University. In attendance was the CADPF Program Coordinator Ms. Everlyn Anyal Musa (Back row - second left). PHOTO: DAN MUCHAI

By Everlyn Musa

On Friday, July 27, Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza, who is the Chair of Carnegie Africa Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) Advisory Council and Program Coordinator Ms. Everlyn Anyal Musa, hosted eleven CADFP fellows and alumni currently hosted by various universities in Kenya. Accompanying some of the fellows were their hosts from Chuka University, Kenyatta University and St. Paul’s University.

This was the first opportunity for fellows, alumni and hosts to meet outside of the United States . The idea conceived by a few fellows  as a “Meet and Greet” event turned out to be a great opportunity for the group to know one another, share information and experiences, network and initiate collaborations.   Apart from knowing one another, the group desired to hear the vision of the program from Prof. Zeleza, whose research on “Engagements between African Diaspora Academics in the U.S. and Canada and African Institutions of Higher Education: Perspectives from North America and Africa” resulted in the CADFP that has, since its inception in 2013, awarded 355 fellowships to diaspora scholars hosted by universities in six African countries namely, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and South Africa.

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Treasury Cabinet Secretary (CS) Mr. Henry Rotich speaks during the Evidence to Action Conference opening ceremony at the Auditorium on Thursday July, 26. Photo: Antonio Longangi

By Salome Asena and Diana Meso

USIU-Africa through the School of Graduate Studies, Research & Extension hosted the first Africa Monitoring and Evaluation conference -Evidence to Action, themed “Bridging the Gap: Strengthening the connections between Research, Evaluation and Evidence-based Policies and Practices in Sub-Saharan Africa” from Thursday July 26 to Friday July 27.

The two day conference which was held in partnership with International Centre for Evaluation and Development (ICED), the Monitoring and Evaluation Department, the National Treasury and Ministry of Planning among other institutions, brought together  over 400 participants including top government officials, researchers, instititutions of higher learning, embassies and agencies from across the globe.

The conference provided a platform for participants to discuss issues surrounding credible research and relevant evidence to inform policies and decision-making processes, as well as discuss the importance of monitoring and evaluation.

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Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul T. Zeleza (second left) puts on the ceremonial gown assisted by the Chair of the Board of Trustees Mr. Linus Gitahi (center) and Chair of the University Council Dr. Lola Odubekun (left). Looking on are the Chancellor Dr. Manu Chandaria (second right) and former Vice Chancellor Prof. Freida A. Brown during his inauguration in April 2016. Photo: Dan Muchai

By Ernest Anguru

The Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza has yet again bagged a prestigious award “The Thabo Mbeki Award for Leadership”, which was confered to him by the Board of Toyin Falola Annual International Conference (TOFAC), the Board of Pan-African University Press and the Ibadan Cultural Group, University of Ibadan in July this year.

The Thabo Mbeki Award for Leadership honors an African of a high caliber with unblemished record of public service or in the private sector, committed to the project of African Renaissance and African Unity and who has distinguished him/herself in the public or private sector.

This award adds to the many accolades the Vice Chancellor has received including Africa’s most prestigious book prize, the Noma Award, for his books; A Modern Economic History of Africa (1993) and Manufacturing African Studies and Crises (1997), Choice Outstanding Academic Title (2003) and Honorable Mention, Conover-Porter Award (2004).

Prof. Zeleza has made a measurable impact through his research and academic work in intellectual history, African studies, gender studies, diaspora studies, human rights and African literature that has crossed traditional boundaries.

His impact as Vice-Chancellor includes the infrastructural expansion of USIU-Africa, the building of a Research Park and medical hospital, extensive linkages with programs in the United States, a green environment, and the involvement of students in the day-to-day management of the campus.

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 Students interact with a representative from VIVO energy during the 2018 Career Fair. Photo: Antonio Longangi

By Antonio Longangi

Over 40 local and international organizations took part in this year’s annual Career Fair organized by the Placement and Career Services office from Tuesday, July 24 to Thursday, July 26 on campus. Themed “Harnessing the millennial potential”, the fair consisted of a series of activities purposed to connect USIU-Africa students and Alumni with various organizations operating in the region and globally.

Attended by over 2000 participants, the event provided a platform for students and alumni to align their skills and talents to the current job market through three stages; self-assessment of skills, exploration of career options in various industries and organizations and connecting students to work opportunities where they submitted applications for hiring considerations.

The event featured an exhibition at the Graduation Square, a series of workshops, panel discussions and seminars held at the Auditorium and the library bookshop that focused on technology, banking, humanitarian work, professional training, human resources and more.

Some of the organizations present included Aga Khan University Hospital, Brighter Monday Kenya, KCB Bank, Lori Systems Corp, National Oil Corporation of Kenya, United Nations World Food Programme, Association of Media Women in Kenya (AMWIK) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) among others.