By Sabilah Mwanga

The IT Club organized and hosted a Python programming class, every Saturday for three weeks beginnig May 19, where participants were introduced to Python - a high-level general purpose programming language created Guido van Rossum in 1991.

Today, it is used by millions of people for various purposes such as testing microchips Intel Corp, powering Instagram, building video games with the PyGame library and developing Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications. Owning to its user-friendliness, Python has been used to create some of the most popular websites such as Google, YouTube, Instagram, Quora, and Spotify, and is also implemented in LibreOffice, which is common in our classroom laptops and computer labs. The programming class’ second module will be introduced later after the successful completion of the first module.

On Friday, June 8 at the Incubation and Innovation Center, the IT Club also held a Hardware Workshop for ten participating students, where they were taken through an introduction to Raspberry Pi and Arduino platforms. Arduino is an open-source platform used for building electronic objects. It consists of a microcontroller - which is a physical programmable circuit board - and software which runs on a computer used to write and upload computer code to the physical board.

During the workshop, the instructor Vishaal Ravalia illustrated how code written for Arduino can be used for the ubiquitous Light Emitting Diodes, whose real-world applications include traffic lights and vehicular indicator systems. The Arduino hardware and software was designed for anyone interested in creating interactive objects (such as with buttons, Light Emitting Diodes, motors, speakers, smartphones, television, etc.) or environments.

The club hopes the teaching modules will spur members to use these hardware technologies for their innovations.
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By Dan Muchai


The Vice Chancellor, Professor Paul Tiyambe Zeleza, has been elected as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Kenya Education Network (KENET), at its meeting on Friday, June 22.

KENET is the National Research and Education Network (NREN) of Kenya, and a not-for-profit membership organization registered as a Trust with five Vice Chancellors as Trustees. The network provides access to open education and research resources and databases to 130 universities and university colleges, as well as local and international research institutes in Kenya.

Having also been licensed by the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) as a not-for-profit provider of affordable, cost-effective and low-congestion Internet bandwidth services to member education and research institutions, it serves as a gateway to the advanced e-infrastructures for research that are available exclusively within the research and education communities anywhere in the world. Such infrastructure includes providing shared services such as; co-location of servers, dedicated virtual servers for e-learning systems, video and web conferencing, and capacity building for technical staff. KENET is the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) for the academic community.

Apart from the Vice Chancellor, USIU-Africa is represented on the Executive Board which assists the Board of Trustees in managing the network, by Assistant Professor of Information Systems Dr. Gerald W. Chege. Additionally, the Board’s Executive Director Prof. Meoli Kashorda is a Professor of Information Systems and a former Dean of USIU-Africa’s then School of Business Administration for six years. He is charged with running KENET’s day-to-day operations.
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Dr. Annette Brown (Director of Research and Evaluation Strategic Initiative, FHI 360) addresses IST and APT majors during the guest lecture on Wednesday, June 6 at the Chandaria School of Business Lecture Theater I. PHOTO: ANTONIO LONGANGI

By Diana Meso


On Wednesday, June 6, the Director of Research and Evaluation Strategic Initiative at FHI 360 Dr. Annette Brown was on campus to deliver a guest lecture on “What ICT4D interventions work to improve economic growth in L&MICs?” to various Information Systems & Technology and Applied Computer Technology majors and members of the IT Club.

In her presentation, Dr. Brown explained how enormous was the potential held by technology for reducing poverty and improving lives in the Lower and Middle-Income countries (L&MICs).

However, she also described how research explained the technological benefits that were only attributed to countries that focused on using technology to spur macroeconomic development.

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Applied Computer Technology Senior Mr. Kevin Birego (Recruitment Coordinator, AIESEC USIU-Africa) discusses AIESEC opportunities with Psychology Freshman Ms. Ratidzo Rinashe during the AIESEC Week 2018 held from June 5 - 7 behind the Cafeteria. PHOTO: ANTONIO LONGANGI

By Antonio Longangi


96 students registered to join the USIU-Africa Association for the International Exchange of Students in Economics and Commerce (AIESEC) Club during its annual AIESEC Week from Tuesday, June 5 to Thursday, June 7 behind the cafeteria.

The exercise aimed at attracting new members through raising awareness of AIESEC programs. Such programs include, Global Volunteer: short-term voluntary internships around the world; Global Entrepreneurship: working in a foreign country in a startup, accelerator or incubator; Global Talent - professional career development in a global setting through an internship.

“Activities revolved around ways students can apply to join AIESEC projects worldwide and develop their leadership skills in multicultural settings,” explained Club Chairperson Ms. Esther Kamau (International Relations Senior).

Students had an opportunity to learn the various avenues of participation available to members and non-members. According to Club Treasurer Mr. Peter Mbuthia (International Relations Senior), membership allows the student to gain work experience within a club deparment such Marketing, Human Resource, Finance and Partnerships.

AIESEC was established at USIU-Africa in 1994 linking hundreds of students to an international network of young people from 128 countries around the world.
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Placement and Career Services Officer Ms. Cecilia Mweru interacts with a student during a career advising session of the annual Placement & Career Services Open Day held on Wednesday, June 6 at the Chandaria School of Business. PHOTO:ANTONIO LONGANGI

By Sarah Ngetha

From June 6-7, the Office of Placement and Career Services held their annual open day event, which focused on creating awareness on career services within the university.

The department used the event to raise awareness among the student community, of the career services on offer such as career planning and exploration; CV and cover letter writing; interview preparation; creating a LinkedIn profile and how to conduct a job search, amongst others.

With the advent of technology, globalization, outsourcing and restructuring, the job market is constantly morphing, requiring a mastery of new trends in industry or creative individuals who are innovative and can easily adapt to change.

Despite most graduates leaving campus with academic degrees and professional certificates, the reality is that a shrinking job market presents new challenges that are quite difficult to fathom, let alone navigate. Clients were educated on the benefits of carrying out a thorough job market investigation before applying for any job.

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DEVKI Group Chairman Narendra Raval, EBS, speaks during the launch of the Narendra Raval-Guru Entreprenuership and Social Innovation Program on Thursday, June 7, 2018. Looking on is his wife Neeta (Second right), Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza (Center), Dr. Sunil Dhall (Second left) and University Advancement Director Mr. James Ogolla (Left). PHOTO: DAN MUCHAI

On Thursday, June 7 USIU-Africa in partnership with Devki Steel Mills Limited, launched the Narendra Raval – Guru Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation (ESI) Program, targeting recent graduates from both public and private universities in Kenya. This is a first of its kind Outcome-Driven Entrepreneurship (ODE) program to be offered in an institution of higher learning, which seeks to equip participants with a 21st century mindset, skills, frameworks, tools and processes, that will help them transition from entrepreneurial intentions and aspirations, to reality through a more predictable Evidence-Based Innovation Process and Strategy (EBIPS).

The six month program, which will be hosted and administered by the School of Graduate Studies, Research and Extension, is mainly designed to solve the problems of business failure, by enabling participants to incubate their great ideas and receive guidance on how to manage and overcome business challenges.
Participants will be taken through a human-centered interactive systematic process to create their own businesses, through which they will be offered practical, hands-on insight and battle-tested solutions to the failures by startups.

“The ESI program is based on a methodology which helps participants avoid the frustration of hit-and-miss innovation endeavors, because it makes innovation more predictable, leading to high-growth enterprises,” said Prof. Amos Njuguna, Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, Research and Extension.
He noted that is the program is geared towards generating more jobs through market creation rather than market disruption which causes displacement.

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Hollywood Film Director Ms. Wanjiru Njendu (Center) flanked by Assistant Professor of Film Dr Rachael Diang'a (Center left) and Principal Fundraising and External Relations Officer, Mr Eannes Ongus (Center right) poses for a photo with USIU-Africa’s pioneer Fudamentals of Film and Cinematography class, on May 30, 2018.
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Executive Film Director/Producer Ms. Wanjiru Njendu, was on campus on Wednesday, May 30, to speak to the Summer 2018 Fundamentals of Photography and Cinematography (FLA1010) class.

Ms. Njendu, who holds a Master’s Degree in Visual Media and Arts from Emerson College, has had a storied career spanning projects connected with global film giants such as Universal Studios, Bloomberg LP and Illumination Entertainment. She was invited by Assistant Professor of Film Dr. Rachael Diang’a to share insights into her profession, with the inaugural class of the Film Production & Directing.

From her base in Los Angeles as Director/Producer at Magic Works Production, she has been involved in the production of international blockbusters such as The Fast and Furious franchise, Paranormal Activity, and the widely successful animation franchise Despicable Me. Locally, she has produced and directed films like ‘Safari Ya Jamhuri’- A Journey to Freedom, Look Again, Samantha Who, Super Temps and Mostly Evil.

Four faculty members and a graduate student in the School of Communication, Cinematics and Creative Arts have presented research papers at the world’s biggest conference in the field of communication - International Communication Association (ICA) Conference - held in Prague, Czech Republic from May 24 to May 28, 2018.

Dr. Joseph Nyanoti (Assistant Professor of Journalism) presented a paper in Popular Communication division titled “Ideology and Representation of Women Political Aspirants in the 2017 General Election Primaries Campaign Posters in Nairobi County: A Cultural Studies Approach”.

He examined the role of patriarchal ideology in subjugating women in their quest for political leadership. Findings show that although female contesters in Nairobi designed posters that were aimed at marketing them to their prospective voters as the best candidates to take various elective positions (Women Representatives, Senator and Members of County Assembly), the messages they projected only helped promote male superiority. Instead of selling their political ideologies and leadership qualities, the women candidates identified themselves as mothers – for example – “Miss Maendeleo” (Miss Development).

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A Bachelor of Pharmacy major tests the Blooid Pressure level of an International Relations freshman during the
health drive held on Thursday, May 31. PHOTO: DAN MUCHAI

Members of the Pharmacy Club, held their first health drive behind the cafeteria, on Thursday, May 31 to raise awareness of individual health. Students of the Bachelor of Pharmacy program, conducted a series of tests focusing on visual acuity, color blindness, blood pressure and body mass index (BMI).

The Pharmacy club was launched in Spring 2017, with the objective of promoting skill acquisition among pharmacy students outside of classrooms. Through practical activities, exchange of experience, forums, lectures, and other activities, students are exposed to the local realities and international trends in the pharmaceutical sector.

“We want to encourage individuals in our community to know the basic state of their health, so they can adopt healthy habits,” commented Ms. Sandra Gitau (Pharmacy Junior). She also added that such activities “…helps us practically interact with what we are taught in class.”

The Bachelor of Pharmacy program focuses on the development, application and effective management of pharmaceutical technology as a fundamental tool of modern healthcare. Members of the club expect that the core Pharmacy program outcomes of pharmaceutical management and research, are supported by activities evolving around human health, and therefore the Club will be holding similar activities on and off campus.


International Relations majors Ms Eunice Njeri (Freshman) and Ms. Lucy Irungu (Sophomore) trounced two Strathmore University teams, to be declared winners of a debate held at Strathmore University on Friday, May 25. The debate brought together four universities in a discussion centered on analyzing Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta's development plan, and which the opportunities it presents for young people.

The plan, popularly referred to as the “Big Four Agenda', is built on four key pillars: raising the manufacturing sector’s contribution to Kenya’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) from 9 to 15 percent by 2022; expanding food production and supply; providing universal health coverage for all Kenyan homes; and building 500,000 affordable houses.

Each of the four USIU-Africa teams comprising two students each, sailed through the first round elimination competitions to qualify for the semifinals, with only one of the four qualifying for the final. The winners were commended for exhibiting wide knowledge of the subject matter, as well as effectively utilizing verifiable facts and statistical data, with admirable confidence.

Ms. Njeri, who was recognized as the best female speaker was thankful for having received an opportunity to express herself, while her colleague Ms. Irungu, testified to their rigorous preparation despite their unfamiliarity with the British Parliamentary Debate format.The four teams are already preparing to participate in Amnesty International’s Annual Inter-Varsity Human Rights Debate, whose structure conforms to the Mjadala Kenya Debate format.