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Pharmacy students pose for a photo during a practical class session. Photo: Antonio Longangi

By Eugene Otoo and Diana Meso

On Friday, July 20, the School of Pharmacy and Health Science hosted its staff, faculty and students for an inaugural breakfast meeting in LT4, to discuss the current state of the school, new developments and provide a platform for staff, students and faculty to interact.

The breakfast was also held to celebrate the leadership of the former program director Dr. Betty Mbatia, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry & Biotechnology and welcome Dr. Lincoln Munyendo the Inaugural Chair, Department of Industrial and Analytical Pharmacy.

Prof. Njeri Wamae, Dean, School of Pharmacy and Health Science, pointed out that apart from launching the new program, B.Sc. in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, the school plans to introduce two other innovative programs; B. Tech Analytical Chemistry and B.Sc. in Applied Biochemistry in the next academic year.

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By Antonio Longangi

His Excellency Ambassador Stefano Dejak, the European Union Ambassador to Kenya was on campus on Tuesday, July 17 for the European Film Festival Plus screening of the documentary “Europe at Sea” on Tuesday, July 17, hosted by  USIU-Africa’s Young Diplomats Forum.

The event was part of the European Film Festival Plus aiming at providing a different image of Europe to the rest of the world through films and documentaries.

The documentary produced by award-winning film maker Annalisa Piras, features the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Ms. Federica Mogherini, who provided a unique insight into challenges threatening European security. “Europeans need to take responsibility for their own defence,” she says, expressing her concern that if Europe did not wake up to its global position, “we could sleepwalk into a conflict”.

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Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza (second left) and Associate DVC-Student Affairs Prof. Wangari Mwai listen to one of the panelists, as he answers a question posed by a member of the audience during the second caucus of the Hoja Youth Summit held on Friday, July 20 in the auditorium. PHOTO:ANTONIO LONGANGI

By Lubna Elmahdy & Antonio Longangi

The Hoja Youth Summit held its second youth caucus on Friday, July 20 at the auditorium. Under the theme “Youth Participation in Leadership, Accountability and Governance: Towards a Youth-Led Africa”, academicians, professionals, entrepreneurs and Members of Parliament, engaged more than 250 delegates from USIU-Africa, other local universities and non-profit organizations, on the role of the youth in decision making.

In his remarks the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza, described how scholars will contribute to the future of society. “Since education will remain a key factor in human development, it will need people to drive it. You can and should be one of those people” he said.

Nominated Member of Parliament Hon. Gideon Keter, himself a former President of the national youth organization – Youth Senate – urged his audience to get involved in the running of their country. His sentiment was supported by Embakasi East Member of Parliament Hon. Paul Ongili (Babu) Owino who observed that “Leadership starts right where you are, on your campus.”

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Professor of Languages and Acting Dean School of Humanities and Social Sciences Prof. Angelina Kioko contributes to a discussion during the workshop on “Documenting Endangered and Threatened Languages of East Africa” on Tuesday, July 24 at the Freida Brown Student Center. PHOTO: ANTONIO LONGANGI

By Angelina Kioko

Acting Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Science Prof. Angelina Kioko is participating in a “Documenting Endangered and threatened languages of East Africa” project workshop, which began on Monday July 23 and ends on Saturday, July 28 in the Freida Brown Student Center. The project, which is sponsored by Alliance for African Partnership - an initiative of Michigan State University - is a collaboration between Prof. Kioko; Ann Biersteker and Deo Ngonyani of Michigan State University; and Josephat Rugemarila of Tumaini University in Dar es Salaam.

The workshop’s objectives included Initiating a program to mentor young researchers in East Africa in field research, language documentation, authorship and publishing; Creating a network of scholars who will work with communities in recognition, appreciation and documentation of cultural heritage of different communities; and Dissemination of research and contribution to the creation of knowledge that springs from the study of the languages. 

The 13 participants are drawn from Tumaini University, University of Dar es Salaam, Kenyatta University, University of Nairobi, Dedan Kimathi University of Technology and USIU-Africa. 

Countdown to WSCUC Reaffirmation of Accreditation Site Visit

The WASC Senior Colleges and Universities Commission is sending a team to inspect USIU- Africa’s systems for re-affirmation of accreditation, from September 18- 20 2018. In this article, Accreditation Liaison Officer Prof. Angelina Kioko explains what accreditation means.

USIU-Africa is dually accredited by two accrediting commissions: Commission for University Education (CUE) and WASC Senior Colleges and Universities Commission (WSCUC).This means that our systems and quality are inspected and guaranteed by both bodies.

WSCUC is an acronym which stands for WASC Senior College and University Commission.  It is one of six regional associations that accredits colleges, and universities in the United States. It is recognized by the Department of Education of the U.S. federal government, and is in fact one of the most prestigious commissions in the North American continent.

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The USIU-Africa Library & Information Center made it to the top five finalists of the iFLA Green Library Awards 2018. PHOTO: DAN MUCHAI

By Ernest Anguru

The USIU-Africa Library and Information Center has been named among the top five finalists in the IFLA Green Library Awards 2018, which will be presented at the World Library and Information Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Monday, August 27 2018.

The award seeks to reward the best Green Library submission that communicates a library’s commitment to environmental sustainability, as well as creating awareness of libraries’ social responsibility and leadership in environmental education.

USIU-Africa was recognized for its “Garden in the Library” where trees and plants exist in a garden environment that provides fresh air for library users and staff. Additionally, the Library was also commended for using its roof to harvest rainwater that is then used to water the garden thus providing an ecofriendly method of sustaining the garden.

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The Vice Chancellor poses with the senior USIU-Africa and Aga Khan University officials following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences and USIU-Africa on Friday, July 20. From left: Ms. Helen Ambasa (Director, Legal Services / Company Secretary), Dr. Carl Amrhein ( Provost & Vice President, Academic), Prof. Robert Armstrong (Foundation Dean, Medical College, East Africa) Dr. Kweku Bentil (V ice Provost- East Africa), Prof. Paul Zeleza (Vice Chancellor), Mr. Shawn Bolouki (CEO, Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi), Prof. Njeri Wamae (Dean, School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences) and Dr. Munyendo Lincoln (Chair, Department of Analytical and Industrial Pharmacy). PHOTO: DIANA MESO

By Dan Muchai

On Friday, July 20, USIU-Africa signed a Memorandum of understanding with the Aga Khan University for the promotion and expansion of collaborative research and grant-writing.

The agreement provides for Bachelor of Pharmacy industrial attachments at Aga Khan University Hospital, while on its part USIU-Africa will provide locum positions for nurses and phamarcy technicians at USIU-Africa.

The agreement also extends a March 2018 initiative between the two institutions, whereby Aga Khan University Hospital agreed to enable students undertaking the Bachelor of Pharmacy participate in an on-site training program at the hospital.

This arrangement would enhance the students’ theoretical knowledge and clinical skills, expose them to the diverse roles that pharmacists play in an actual hospital setting, and familiarise them with international benchmarks in relation to clinical skills, quality, and ethical practices.

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Prof. Otieno guides the SUS1010 Class through principles of design thinking. PHOTO: PHILIP MACHOKA

By Philip Machoka and Dan Muchai

Prof. Onesimus Otieno, Professor of Biological Sciences at Oakwood University, was a guest lecturer at Mr. Philip Machoka’s SUS1010 Strategies for Success class, on the topic of critical thinking.

Prof. Otieno, was awarded a Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship, in June 2018 to assist in the development of active learning tools for a graduate program’s online learning environment at Adventist University of Africa.

Before he guided his audience on how to use a critical thinking tool, Prof. Otieno explained that the best thinkers “think about their thinking’ do not take thinking for granted, and do not trust fate to make them good in thinking. He also added that the best thinkers notice their thinking, reflect and act upon it. 

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Finalists during the Mr & Miss Life contest prepare to answer questions posed by the judges on Thursday, July 12, at the auditorium. PHOTO:ANTONIO LONGANGI

By Charlene Wamwea & Antonio Longangi

As part of the activities of the Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) Week, the Counseling Center crowned the USIU-Africa behaviour change ambassadors Mr.  & Miss Life at the conclusion of a beauty pageant final held on Thursday, July 12 at the auditorium.

Hosted under the theme “Your Future, Your Responsibility,” the pageant sort to identify and engage students who will take lead in behaviour change campaigns and communication among their peers on matters regarding sexuality, HIV & AIDS, drug abuse and life skills.

A total of 9 students took to the runaway to creatively display positive messages linked to the theme, as assessed by  a judging panel consisting of Dr. Oscar Githua (Assistant Professor of Psychology), Miss Hamida Ahmed (Doctor of Psychology student, Psychologist & Trainer) and Mr. Andrew Opere (Former Chairperson - Peer Educators and Counseling Club).

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Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Michelle Karume conducts a training session for faculty and staff, during the Employee Training Series: Marriage and Family Therapy workshop held from June 22 to July 13, 2018. PHOTO: DAN MUCHAI

By Ernest Anguru

The Department of Human Resources in collaboration with the School of Humanities and Social Sciences – Psychology Department, launched the Employee Training Series: Marriage & Family Therapy on Friday, June 22.

The four week long training led by Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Michelle Karume, aimed at helping employees navigate through marriage and family challenges, and how they intersect with the workplace and classroom.

The series is a pilot initiative to educate staff and faculty, on new academic programs, as well as as aid in their self-development.

 Dr. Karume guided employees through such emergent topics as; What is Marriage and Family Therapy; Dealing with Millennials in the Work Place; When family stress interferes with your work; and Cross Cultural Issues & Mental Health in the Work Place.

Following the overwhelming interest in the program, Human Resources is planning on expanding the series to become a regular training program for all University employees.