The annual charity beauty pageant Mr. & Miss USIU-Africa, hosted by the Student Affairs Council, will be held this Fall semester 2017. The pageant’s organizing committee aims to raise KES 1.4 million  to build two classrooms at the Al Tawoon Education Center, thus enabling the Center to become eligible for receiving government support.

The Student Affairs Council hosted representatives of the Strathmore University Student Council for a working lunch on Thursday, September 14, in the cafeteria. The two councils discussed issues of mutual concern, especially regarding the direction of student governance in private universities in Kenya.

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1) IBM Q-Radar - Security Intelligence Specialist

2) Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

3) Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)

The IBM Q-Radar Certification program starts October 6th and happens every Friday for 5 weeks and will be held in Lab 3, Lillian K. Beam.

Follow the link [​ ] for registration and schedule information.

The CEH certification program starts October 7th and happens every Saturday for 5 weeks and will be held in the Hardware Lab, Lillian K. Beam.

 Follow the link [ ] for registration and schedule information.

The CCNA Certification programs starts September 13th and runs for 9 weeks and will be held in the Hardware Lab, Lillian K. Beam.

 Follow the link [ ] for registration and schedule information.

For more payment information and more information about Certifications in the School of Science and Technology 

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  • Cooperate with security agencies which will conduct periodic and random searches on people, vehicles and various hotspots. Do not abuse, obstruct or resist security agents, unnecessarily to avoid unfortunate repercussions
  • Observe and comply with these directives restricting movement of people, for personal safety.
  • Stock required food items during the election period to aid in the unlikely case of emergencies, imposed curfews or other threats that may arise after the elections.
  • Do not cluster around polling centers and stay away from groups of people, no matter the discussion or incident that brings them together.
  • Study your polling center and if you notice any disorderly behavior or activities by hooligans then steer clear. Remember that your life matters more than the vote.
  • Avoid wearing politically branded T shirts, caps or bearing handbills, posters, pamphlets and banners of candidates, especially once the campaign period has closed. This is for your personal safety.
  • Avoid joining in on inciting discussions at the polling center which may be capable of fanning the embers of political discords amongst the political parties and their agents.
  • Do not buy drinks, snacks, etc. around polling centers, nor should you share/receive consumables or gifts from anyone at the polling centers.
  • If you sense danger or suspect any foul play, report to the approved security agents – do not take the law into your own hands.
Courtesy of the Security Department
During its meeting on July 13, the University Council approved the appointment of Dr. Amos Gitau Njuguna as Professor of Finance in the Chandaria School of Business effective September 1, 2017.

Dr. Njuguna, holds a doctorate degree in Finance from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa, an MBA (Finance) from Egerton University, is a Chartered Public Accountant registered in Kenya, and has undertaken post-doctoral studies at the University of California Berkeley.

Dr. Njuguna joined the Chandaria of Business in 2007 as a lecturer, before rising through the ranks of Assistant Professor then to Associate Professor in 2010 and 2013 respectively. Currently, he is the Associate Dean in the Chandaria School of Business.

Dr. Njuguna’s research interests revolve around savings and development of financial products. In the last seven years, he has undertaken seven national research projects in the Kenyan financial services industry as the principal investigator and had the work published in reputable journals. He has also raised research funds, presented papers in conferences, published a book on practical cost accounting and is an editorial board member of the International Journal of Financial Research and the International Journal of Innovation and Business Strategy.

He has also has also supervised five doctoral students and over one hundred graduate theses and projects, and has been an external examiner of theses and dissertations at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.
By Dan Muchai

In an end-of-semester email message to the university community, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza announced that the University will remain closed for the first week of the summer break. This will allow members of the university who are Kenyan citizens, to exercise their democratic right to participate in the General Elections scheduled for Tuesday, August 8 2017.

From Monday, August 7 to Saturday, August 12, all university offices will remain closed with the exception of the Health Center, which will be partially open on Monday August 7, Thursday, August 10 and Friday, August 11 between 8am and 4pm. However, a clinician will remain on call from August 8-9 to deal with any emergencies.

While noting the heightened political atmosphere currently engulfing Kenya, Prof. Zeleza requested all those taking part in the election exercise, to be responsible with their speech, and instead “promote a culture of tolerance” with their fellow citizens.

Noting the celebrated diversity enjoyed within the USIU-Africa community, he pointed out that differences do not have to lead to divisions, but can become an avenue for unity.

In a security advisory issued on Friday, August 4, the security department has also requested all members of the university to undertake extra security measures to ensure their personal safety, before and during Election Day.
By Javier Serrano

Assistant Professor of Spanish & Literature, Javier Serrano, delivered a keynote address at a plenary session of the Centennial Conference of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) held at the Chicago Hilton Hotel from 6-9 July. 

Mr. Serrano, who is the current President of the International Federation of Associations of Teachers of Spanish (FIAPE) – a conglomeration of 18 associations of teachers of Spanish scattered among Africa, America, Asia and Europa, including the Association of Teachers of Spanish-Kenya (ATS-K) – spoke on the impact of the Spanish language has in the United States. The 58 million Spanish-speaking Americans comprise the second-largest language group in the U.S., which in effect makes the United States the second-largest Spanish-speaking population, right after Mexico, and thus the extensive influence of the United States on the future of Spanish.

Since its founding 100 years ago, AATSP has grown to become the oldest and largest of the associations of teachers of Spanish around the world. FIAPE, AATSP and the University of Salamanca are now preparing an International Spanish Conference that will gather over six hundred experts in Salamanca (Spain) from 25-29 June 2018. Mr. Serrano is part of the organizing committee.
The School of Humanities and Social Sciences hosted Professor Nic Cheeseman (Professor of Democracy and International Development, University of Birmingham) for a guest lecture on “Writing a Scholarly Paper for Publication and how to get Published” on Tuesday, August 1 in the DVC-ASA Boardroom.

Professor Cheeseman who works in the fields of comparative politics and development with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa and processes of democratization, has undertaken extensive research addressing a range of questions such as whether populism is an effective strategy of political mobilization, how paying tax changes citizens' attitudes towards democracy and corruption, and the conditions under which ruling parties lose power.

In 2008, his doctoral thesis, "The Rise and Fall of Civil Authoritarianism in Africa", won the Arthur McDougall Dissertation Prize of the Political Studies Association of the UK for the best dissertation on elections, electoral systems or representation. Meanwhile, a recent article, 'Ethnopopulism in Africa: Opposition Mobilization in Diverse and Unequal Societies' [with Miles Larmer] won the Frank Cass Award for the Best Article Published in Democratization (2015).

In addition to these articles, Professor Cheeseman has also published a number of edited collections including Our Turn To Eat: Kenyan Politics Since 1950 (2010), The Handbook of African Politics (2013), and African Politics: Major Works (2016). His first monograph, Democracy in Africa: Successes, Failures and the Struggle for Political Reform was published in March 2015 by Cambridge University Press (CUP). A second monograph, How to Rig An Election, is currently under contract with Yale, while a further edited collection on the importance of formal political institutions in Africa is under contract at CUP.

To date, he has raised over £2 million in research funding for a range of projects including two current Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)- funded studies of the impact of elections in Ghana, Kenya and Uganda and presidentialism in Africa, Latin America, and Post-communist Europe. At the same time, he runs a collaborative research program with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy on the Political Economy of Democracy Promotion and is part of the Media, Conflict and Democratization research consortium that is funded by the European Union.

Prof. Nic Cheeseman was invited to speak to the graduate and doctoral students who are commencing their process of preparing academic papers for publishing in peer-reviewed journals. In his lecture, Prof. Cheeseman began with emphasizing the importance of choosing a topic that is within the author's niche, and a style that matches the topic being tackled. He requested his audience to select a journal that focuses on the selected area of interest, based on the journal's previously published articles, and its editors’ published interests.  Finally, Prof. Cheeseman underlined the need for a strong introduction if the academic paper is to be seriously considered for publishing.

The Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences Dr. Tom Onditi who also attended the lecture, thanked Prof. Cheeseman for sparing the time to speak to the students and faculty, while International Relations Program Director Dr. Fatma Ali agreed that there was a significant need for further seminars on academic writing, inviting Prof. Cheeseman back on campus to share his broad academic publishing experience with the students and faculty.