United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) and National Youth Green Growth Secretariat (NY2GS) of Kenya partnered with the USIU-Africa Environmental Society (ENSO) club to host university students from Nairobi to usher in the World Environmental Day 2017 themed “Connecting People to Nature” on Sunday June 4 at the auditorium.

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences will this week host the region’s first Criminology and Criminal Justice Conference from June 15-16 in the auditorium. Based on the theme “Challenges in the Administration of Justice and Emerging Crimes in East Africa”, the conference will bring together academics and practitioners in criminal justice to discuss challenging issues pertaining to the administration of justice and the response to emerging crimes in the region, such as money laundering, organized crime, human trafficking, terrorism and other related mutual assistance issues.

Basketball

The ladies basketball team have had low blows in the ongoing Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) Women’s Premier League since the beginning of this year, this according to their coach George Mayienga is because they have lost five key players. Sarah Chan (team’s top scorer) left the team because of injuries while Cynthia Irankunda (point guard) is away in Uganda. In addition Georgia Adhiambo joined Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) while Zipporah Adhiambo has been training because of work commitments.

The School of Science and Technology in conjunction with the Intel Student Developer Program and the IT Club of USIU-Africa are set to host an Artificial Intelligence workshop on Saturday, June 10 at the Innovation and Incubation Center.

Expanding the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program to implement a ‘10/10’ initiative that supports 10,000 diaspora academics across the world over 10 years to partner with African universities is underway, says the project’s founder Dr Paul Zeleza. This month 35 universities in six African countries were selected to host 46 African-born academics working in North America, bringing to 282 the number of diaspora fellows awarded over four years.

Professor of History and International Relations Macharia Munene has authored a new book of short essays and commentaries titled, “Kenya: A Political Test of Nationhood”. From the Kenyan struggle for independence, to the rise of what he calls the the First and Second Republic, Prof. Munene traverses the dynamic and complex nature of nationhood by offering his perspective on national politics, international relations and diplomacy.

In a bid to improve the overall knowledge and grades of students, the Office of Placement and Career Services (PACS) has launched a student tutorship program to provide academic assistance to students (tutees) who join the program.

The IT club has created a peer training program for its members, which has been scheduled for every Friday for five weeks in the Science Center’s Lecture Theater V. Beginning Friday, June 2, APT major Advait Joshi will host a Python programming training class, to train students on the basics of machining learning, data visualization and data science.

The Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza has announced a slew of new leaders of the Academic Affairs sub-division. Prof. Munyae Mulinge, Professor of Sociology in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, is the new Associate Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

Following the re-organization of the university management structure, the former division of Academic Affairs merged with the Division of Student Affairs to form the new division of Academic and Student Affairs, which is headed by Prof. Amb. Ruthie Rono.

Prof. Mulinge, the second such holder of the office, is no stranger to senior academic leadership, having previously served a three-year stint as Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences until 2014. He joined USIU-Africa from the University of Botswana in 2008, where he was Head of the Department of Sociology.

Prof. Mulinge received his PhD from the University of Iowa (USA) in 1994 and his MBA from North West University (South Africa). He also holds an MA in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Nairobi. He has also authored or edited seven books, about three dozen journal articles and book chapters, and scores of workshop and consultancy reports and conference presentations.

USIU-Africa’s newest student organization - the Sign Language Club will hold its first event on Thursday, June  8 from 2pm in the auditorium. This inaugural awareness and fundraising event, will highlight the unique opportunities and challenges of persons with disabilities with a special emphasis on the deaf community in Kenya with its unique culture and preferred language; the Kenya Sign Language.