The MGT4020 Organizations and Organizational Behavior class marked the launch of their for-profit organization named ‘Campus Connect’ on Wednesday, February 7.
Campus Connect, which will operate from the Incubation and Innovation Center of the 3rd floor of the Freida Brown Student Center, intends to provide the USIU-Africa community with access to a wide range of products that members of the class perceive the university community requires.
The products range between on-campus events, beauty products and a convenience store, all of which of which try to ensure the customer’s convenience by making the products and services available, as and when they are needed.
The aim of the class project is to provide students with a practical feel of launching an organization and how various organization developmental stages require different management and leadership styles.
Campus Connect will operate throughout the semester, with possible extension of organizational life dependant on performance.
On Friday, February 16, 488 students, 35 teachers and 10 parents from six secondary schools, converged on campus for the annual Admission Open Day organized by the Office of Admissions.
The annual event provides guest schools with a showcase of learning opportunities provided by the University through its programs, facilities, and services.
Presentations provided insight into academic and extra-curricular programs, the experiences of current students, and the success of alumni in different industries.
DVC - Academic and Student Affairs Amb. Prof. Ruthie Rono provided a background of the university and unique facts about the university, pointing out the importance of interacting with universities before completing high school, as it enabled each student to choose their educational pursuit from an informed position.
Class of 2013 alumnus, co-founder and Director at Hifadhi Africa Mr. Collins Nakedi, delivered a keynote address on his inspiring journey to and through USIU-Africa, that equipped him for his entrepreneurial adventures.
Mr. Nakedi, who is a Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Network’s Mandela Washington Fellowship Fellow, co-founded Hifadhi Africa Organization (HAO) to promote access to water, quality education, health care, and youth mentorship, particularly among underserved pastoralist and slum dweller communities.
Dr. Eliab Some (Assistant Professor of Epidemiology & Biostatistics) represented the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Dr. Michael Kirubi (Associate Professor of Business Administration and Management) represented Chandaria School of Business, Dr. Gerald Chege (Information Systems & Techology/Applied Computer Technology/Maths Program Director) represented the School of Science and Technology, and finally Dr. Fatma Ali (International Relations Program Director) represented the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.
The University has contracted KPMG Advisory Services Ltd to carry out a review of USIU-Africa’s Performance Management System.
This is in line with the university’s objective of promoting a performance driven culture of excellence, and in particular, the implementation of effective performance management strategies.
The review, which is expected to take 9 weeks, will involve one-on-one interviews whereby various members of staff and faculty will share their views on challenges experienced with the current performance management system, as well as what would be the expectations of a new system, with the KPMG team.
The project will be overseen by the Chief Manager - Human Resources Mr. Yusuf Saleh.
USIU-Africa students of Chinese language in conjunction with the Chinese Club ushered in the Chinese New Year also known as the Spring Festival with pomp and color on Thursday, February 15, 2018.
The Spring Festival is a massive annual event held in China and in Chinese communities around the world characterized by happy gatherings and close family interaction.  Since it is based off the lunar calender, the dates tend to shift from year to year. 
This time round, the Chinese bid farewell to the year of the Rooster and ushered in the Year of the Dog - the Chinese zodiac sign of the Dog is a symbol of intelligence and protection and is the 11th animal in 12 Chinese zodiac signs.
During the celebration, students of Chinese language and members of the university community were shown how to properly hold and eat with chopsticks through a chopstick competition of picking cereals and were awarded gift prizes thereafter. Club members also demonstrated how to apply opera make-up. Chinese operas continue to exist in 368 different forms - the best known being Beijing opera, which assumed its present form in the mid - nineteenth century, and has been extremely popular ever since.
There was also a display of paper-cutting- one of the most important types of Chinese folk art) Chinese calligraphy, Chinese cuisine (longevity noodles, dumplings, jiaozi, tofu, Chinese green tea, jasmine tea, iced tea, etc.)
The event also reeled in a few of the Chinese natives on campus, thus offering students of the Chinese language an opportunity to mingle and share some of their experiences.
The day before, our Chinese language students had been invited to celebrate the Spring Festival with their counterparts at Kenyatta University.
恭喜发财! Wishing you a Prosperous New Year!
Journalism faculty Dr. Dorothy Njoroge and Ms. Robi Koki Ochieng, hosted representatives of seven NGOs working in the area of domestic violence at a one-day workshop at the Frieda Brown Student Center on Tuesday, February 6.  The Centre for Rights Education and Awareness (CREAW), Men for Gender Equality Now (MEGEN), The Cradle, Gender Violence Recovery Centre (GVRC), Integrated Initiatives for Community Empowerment (IICEP) Kenya, Association of Media Women in Kenya (AMWIK) and Coalition on Violence Against Women (COVAW) Organizations were selected based on their engagement in elimination of GBV in Kenya.
They came together to discuss trends in gender-based violence work in Kenya today and to assess gaps in advocacy work that would be the foundation for an advocacy training program to be offered by the two faculty through an Amplify Change grant. 
The Amplify Change Strengthening Grants support time-limited projects that seek to engage and contribute to bringing about change in one or more of the Sexual Reproductive Health Rights areas.  Domestic violence being one of the priority themes, this grant is expected to strengthen the advocacy capacity of the major organizations working to address the gender-based violence scourge in Kenya.
Chairman of the Board of Trustees Dr. Kevit Desai has been nominated by His Excellency the President Uhuru Kenyatta as Principal Secretary in charge of Technical and Vocational Training in the Ministry of Education.

In a letter to the Speaker of the National Assembly Hon. Justin Muturi on Friday, February 9, the Head of Public Service Mr. Joseph Kinyua, requested the Speaker to submit Dr. Desai name for consideration by the National Assembly as required by Law.

If confirmed by Parliament, Dr. Desai expects to use his new position to enable the government to become responsive to the changing needs of vocational training, as well as lead a legislative agenda that will cement competency-based training.

Pointing at his 20 years of involvement in crafting policy around vocation and technical training, Dr. Desai hoped that his new posting will finally give him the opportunity to develop a structure and mechanism that will establish the standards, curriculum and tools to accelerate integrated learning.

Dr. Desai also felt his history of participation in governance of public, private and not-for-profit organizations, placed him at the fulcrum of industry and academia, where he can drive an agenda of work-based training, academia-industry linkages and government policy.

Skill training, education and research are key requisites to have gainful employment and promotion of entrepreneurship,” said Dr. Desai, adding that he hoped that his new position will play a key role in achieving Kenya’s national development goals as set out in Vision 2030, and the Kenyan President’s four main goals of food security, affordable healthcare, affordable housing and manufacturing.

Dr. Desai sought to dispel the myth that vocational training was inferior to higher education. “I would like to see vocation training and university education placed on an equal footing, as each addresses separate career paths based on one’s talents,” he added.

Dr. Desai holds a Ph.D. in Robotics Systems Engineering, and is the owner and founder of Centurion Systems Limited, and has also founded and chairs Linking Industry with Academia (LIWA).

Dr. Kevit Desai is also the Chairman of the Permanent Working Group on Technical and Vocational Training (TVET) in Kenya - an initiative that is promoting continuous communication, a common agenda and cross sector coordination throughout different stakeholder networks.
Prof. Peter Lewa (Dean, Chandaria School of Business) hosted a panel at the “Governance Summit with Prof. Mervyn King, SC” on Monday, February 12 at Safari Park Hotel.

The Summit whose theme was “Relational Thinking and Corporate Governance,” featured discussions that pivoted around the concept of relational thinking, promotion of better linkages between teaching, research and practice of corporate governance in Kenya, and possibilities of increasing citizen participation in national and county governance.

Prof. Mervyn King – the headline speaker at the Summit, is considered a global corporate governance guru. He is the author of King Reports - widely considered the international gold standard for corporate governance and corporate reporting. He paid a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza, and some members of the Management Board, where they held fruitful discussions over lunch at the Freida Brown Student Center’s training restaurant.

Later on, Prof. Lewa’s panel conversation which dwelt on Corporate Governance Research and Practice in Kenya, featured a case study by the University of Nairobi’s Prof. Kiarie Mwaura (Dean, School of Law), and contributions from panel members Mr. Nzomo Mutuku (Acting Chief Executive Officer, Retirement Benefits Authority) and Dr. Joshua Okumbe (Chief Executive Officer, Center for Corporate Governance).

The two-day Summit was organized by the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya (ICPSK) and HESABIKA Trust, in collaboration with 14 other local organizations including USIU-Africa, to bring together professionals from various sectors, to stimulate a greater commitment by regulators and institutions to streamline governance framework and codes.
The Student Affairs Council in collaboration with the Peer Educators and Counseling Club has been hosting a six-week leadership training program which began on February 2, at the Freida Brown Student Center.

Facilitated by Olive International, the sessions aim at equipping current and aspiring student leaders with required skills, while promoting the exchange of knowledge through interactive sessions.

On Friday, February 9, Mr. Raymer Chebosi (Director, Robrans Enterprise), discussed “Values Based Leadership” by drawing from personal experience, to illustrate leadership lessons, types and trends, personal and cultural values and how they impact human behavior.

Journalism alumna Ms. Juliet Achieng Otieno (Communications Officer, Rockefeller Foundation)’s session covered “The Personal Identity of a Leader”.  She dwelt on how self-awareness is necessary in knowing a leader’s strengths and weaknesses, pointing out how such awareness enables the leader, “to get the best out of his or her effort, while learning how to manage their weaknesses.” She also offered examples demonstrating how important it is to know one's own personality type in order to be the most effective leader possible.

 Ms. Selina Waliaula (Business Analyst, Jhpiego)'s session covered The “What” and the “How” of Leadership. by training the student leaders on managing and motivating teams and people, including providing an opportunity for students to practice the mechanics of leading meetings.

Training sessions resume after the Mid-Semester Exams, from Friday, March 2, where topics such as Financial Literacy; Public Policy; Community Involvement and Cultural Awareness; and Succession Planning, will be tackled.
According to a research done by Duke University, students joining universities struggle to develop habits such as time management, prioritization and setting realistic and attainable goals.

Thus the Career Services Department successfully concluded a three-week training program dubbed “Jumpstart”, on Friday, February 2.  Jumpstart was designed to assist freshmen get the best out of their campus experience and make it more meaningful. Program participants were provided with tools that would enable them make better personal plans as well as become more self-aware and informed on career paths they would like to pursue.

The first cohort of ‘Jumpstarters’ were trained on vision articulation, goal setting, self-awareness and planning through tools such as vision boards (an arrangement of pictures, words and quotes that help keep you concentrated on your objective), personality tests and career assessment tests.

Principal Counselor Mrs. Lucy Kung’u guided participants through a personality test, where their strengths and personality constructs were assessed and described. Alumna Ms. Christine Muthamia - an expert on personal branding and adjunct faculty member, also guided the students on how to develop their personal brands, and how to manifest them online, on campus and as individuals.
Prof. Peter Lewa (Dean – Chandaria School of Business) and faculty from his School hosted at team of officials from the World Bank, on Wednesday, February 14.
Dr. Emmy Chirchir and her colleagues Professor Mikko Koria and Dr. Roberto Osorno, were accompanied by officials from the Ministry of Trade, to discuss the School’s engagement in the industry-academia subcomponent of a new project known as “Kenya Industry and Entrepreneurship Project, (KIEP)”.
The purpose of the project is to grow Kenya’s competitiveness and productivity, by enabling the industry to gain from ideas and innovation present in academia, as well as provide a platform for students to gain work experience.
Other School officials who attended the brief meeting included the Associate Dean Dr. Teresia Linge, Program Director Dr. Francis Gatumo, Incubation and Innovation Center Chair Dr. Scott Bellows, Assistant Professor of Organizational Development Dr. Kefah Njenga, Assistant Professor of Project Management and Implementation Dr. Paul Wachana, Principal Academic Advisor Mr. Isaac Chuma and Academic Advisor Mr. Christopher Barak.