Journalists for a very long time have had the important responsibility of disseminating information to the general public. It is a profession said to stand out as well as assume a key part in the improvement and development of a country.

With the development of the new media, the world is winding up more interconnected with millions of people in constant communication. Because of this, the journalism career has been advancing. There is also a huge presence of social media thanks to the change in technology as opposed to journalism, which has helped journalists directly interact with their readers and viewers and find out what kind of stories appeal to them. 

Journalism is a demanding and highly responsible career since journalists have the ability to impact the masses with the information that they have. There are certain skills that one ought to have to be successful as a journalist:

Communication Skills

This stands out amongst the most important skills that any journalist ought have, since they are in constant communication with everyone around them.

Technical Skills

Such skills may include video and photography, audio editing and computer knowledge. It may include taking quality photographs, videos and being able to edit one’s content.

Good Organizational skills

 As a journalist, you need to be organized and have the capacity to make sense of what is important while prioritizing different tasks. If given an article or story to feature you may want to find credible sources that you would interview or follow up for accuracy. One also ought to be able to work under pressure and in the end be able to meet all deadlines.

Creative thinking

Always think outside the box and come up with new fresh ideas. For instance, pieceing up stories in a creative imaginative manner that grabs the readers’ attention and finds a way to make 'exhausting' pieces become more captivating and fascinating.

One must always remember to keep one’s skills updated because learning extra skills is always an advantage. The more skills one has, the better because this may give one an advantage over others in the same field.

As a journalist, one can work as an editor, a foreign correspondent, a photojournalist, a reporter, a writer, e.t.c. Fore information, please visit the USIU- Africa Career Services Office or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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The Incubation and Innovation Center (I2C) has launched a new format for USIU-Africa entrepreneurs to receive targeted training.  The boot camp, which held its first sessions from  February 2-3, targeted students and alumni desirous of going into business for themselves, but who had not yet settled on a business idea.

The training is built around the concept of guiding participants through the investigation of pain points in a market and how to find solutions.  Thus participants are able to develop the ability to build better business models that are more in touch with what customers actually want. 

On the first day, participants learned as much as they could regarding a certain topic, while on the second day they formed communities in which they interacted with their potential customers, and utilized their learning. 

Later on in the day, the entire group gathered and shared the results from their field interactions,  in order to then make informed plans or changes to their business models. 

The next boot camp will take place on Friday, February 16 at 6pm, and on Saturday, February 17 at 2pm. It will again be hosted by the Incubation and Innovation Center. Participants will be trained on how to survey customer desires in order to sell better products and services. 

Those interested in attending are requested to show up promptly without need for preregistration and best of all, no payment is required, as the training is entirely free of charge.
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Think you know Chinese cuisine based on what you’ve often eaten from a “Chinese” restaurant? Chances are that maybe you may never even have tasted authentic traditional Chinese cuisine. An excellent way of experience Chinese cuisine is through preparing various dishes.

For this reason, every fifth week of each semester, students of Chinese language are provided with an opportunity to prepare Chinese cuisine they are taught in class. This experience creates a platform for the lecturer to impart Chinese cuisine tips in a much more fun atmosphere, where teaching emphasis is largely based on action rather than observation.

During this week’s hands-on cooking classes, students prepared delicious meals which include: dumplings 饺 子,steamed stuffed bun 包子, tofu 豆 腐,longevity noodles寿面,stir-fried noodles炒面,Chinese rice porridge 米 粥,oolong tea乌龙茶,green tea绿 茶,jasmine tea茉莉花茶, iced tea冰 红茶 etc. which they found to be extremely fascinating.

This out-of-class leaning experience goes a long way to ensure that our graduates receives holistic training, creates a oneof-a-kind experience for our students, as well as bringing creativity and impeccable knowledge of the Chinese culture, collectively providing the students with excitement and increasing their interest in learning.
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A delegation from Linnaeus University in Sweden were on campus to meet university officials and make a partnership assessment on Tuesday, February 6.

The delegation, which was received by the Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza, discussed areas of common interests including faculty exchange, collaborative research, and other such channels for knowledge exchange, before holding further meetings with School Deans and faculty members

Student government was represented by Miss Rida Raheel (Chairperson, Student Affairs Council) and Mr. Brian Juma (Welfare Representative, Student Affairs Council)

Linnaeus University officials were led by Ms. Anki Wood (Project Manager, Institute for Further Education of Journalists), accompanied by Mr. Jonas Ewald (Faculty, Social Sciences), Ms. Kristina Hellberg (Faculty, Social Sciences), Prof. Peter Gierow (Head of Department, Medicine and Optometry), Mr. Gudrun Borgudd (Faculty, Health and Life Science), and Ms. Lena Kulmala (Senior Internationalization Officer, External Relations).

“This was simply an introductory phase for a big project that we are glad to be part of,” said Ms. Kellen Njagi (International Student Officer noting that it will contribute to increased research activity.

Linnaeus University is a Swedish state university, established in 2010 through a merger between Vaxjo and Kalmar universities. It has been USIU-Africa’s student exchange partner since 2009.
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On Wednesday February 7, the School of Science & Technology  in partnership with Microsoft  Skills4Afrika  launched the I2C  AppFactory program at the Incubation and Innovation Center.
The AppFactory is designed to be an engine for development of skilled talents, capable of responding industry needs and effectively contributing to the regional entrepreneurship ecosystem.
The program is also expected to serve as a research and development lab for developing innovative ICT projects, and forming part of the digital transformation program for small and medium-sized enterprises.
During the launch, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul  Zeleza  pointed out that the AppFactory is important because it fits into the university’s learning philosophy, values, missions, priorities and research endeavors stressing that the AppFactory will link students with industry and society.
“Such initiatives furthers enable the university to actively participate in key developmental agendas like the Vision 2030 for Kenya, Agenda 2063 for the Africa Union and the United Nations Sustainable Development,” he added.
In the same vein, Prof. Valeria Adema (Dean, School of Science and Technology) noted that the program will provide a new approach to learning and creative thinking. She said it would encourage reflection on practice and allow students to develop new skills and attitudes.
Mr. Lutz  Ziob  (Dean,  Microsoft 4Afrika Academy) said that the beneficiaries of the program will act as accelerators of digital transformation and revolutionalize how government offers services to its citizens.
Also present at the event was Dr. Paul Okanda (Director, Information and Communication Technology) Mr. James Ogolla (Director, University Advancement), Prof. Amos Njuguna (Dean, School of Graduate Studies, Research and Extension), Mr. Samuel Gikandi (Chief Executive Officer, Africa’s Talking), among others.

Kogod School of Business

The Chandaria School of Business Executive on Thursday, February 1 held a meeting with Dr. Siri Terjesen, who is Dean’s Research Fellow in Entrepreneurship at American University’s Kogod School of Business and Director of the American University’s Center for Innovation. The meeting discussed faculty and student exchanges, accreditation processes, and linkages to other universities, all of which are expected to be included in a forthcoming agreement between the two schools.

One of the immediate proposed benefits of such an agreement would the realization of a new Global Study Tour destination for the current cohort of MBA (Global Business Management) students, to the U.S. capital of Washington D.C. where the American University’s campus is located. The Tour is held every summer semester.

Other senior Chandaria School of Business officials who attended the meeting included Prof. Peter Lewa (Dean), Dr. Teresia Linge (Associate Dean), Dr. Francis Gatumo (Program Director - Finance & Accounting Programs), Dr. Kefah Njenga (Assistant Professor of Organizational Development), Mr. Patrick Mulindi (Program Director - Tourism Management, Hotel & Restaurant Management Programs), Prof. Kang’ethe Iraki (Professor of French) and Ms. Kellen Njagi (International Students Officer).

In this day and age almost nothing in our day to day activities is untouched by technology. Most communication in business is rarely done face to face in relation to virtual communication for instance: customer communication with banks, household bill payments or retail markets giving options for payment to consumers via mobile phone or cards. A large number of our current students have grown up alongside technology if not having actively interacted with screens from primary school.

Technological disruption in various industries has demanded the uptake or inculcation of technology into the way people do business whether it is for communication purposes, distribution or operations, as well as expecting the consumer to take a hands-on approach in how they partake in services from providers for instance, the airline ticketing process. Considering most, if not all of us, use technology from the time we wake up to when we get back to bed, we are aware that it is here to stay.

The potential for growth in the industry can also be seen through the Government of Kenya’s investment as reflected in the 2017/2018 budget, where close to KES 15.6 billion is allocated to the ICT sector. In addition, according to the 2017 Economic Outlook by Deloitte, Kenya’s internet connectivity has increased by 25% in the last 3 years, with fibre optic connectivity accounting for nearly 97% of underground internet connections, therefore boosting connectivity in Kenya and the world. Cloud computing and broader IT services markets have also benefitted from the modernization of the public and private sectors.

The quick espousal of technology from home, to cars, to class, to office and business, gives a good indication of the importance of a career in the IT industry. So as an APT and IST major student, what skills can give one an edge over others in this fast-growing field?

Skills required of successful IT professionals:

Analytical skills: This is essential in problem-solving which is a major part of a career in IT, where one is required to look at problems from various angles, analyze them and provide/recommend the best solutions available.

Interpersonal skills: This goes against the stereotype that technology professionals are unsociable people who like to work alone or with technology only. Technology is now a big part of how business is done through various departments, and therefore professional in this field need to know how to comfortably listen, speak and explain solutions to their others in organizations.

Focus: IT professionals who can concentrate on a task or work on solutions to problems without getting distracted will be more valuable than those who are not.

Multitasking: While we spoke of being focused on a task, it is also important as an IT professional to multitask. In most roles, IT professionals will be asked to troubleshoot or help out with an issue internal or external to the organization. Even if one is working on a specific project, various other requests may come up that would need to get addressed.

Proactivity: Technology can be viewed as both a good thing and a bad thing in organizations. It can help save time when used effectively, but also slow things down if people don’t know how to use its tools or if it’s not working well. A functioning help desk can solve a lot of these issues and contribute to the output of the organization.
In the sports world, the men’s rugby team flogged Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) 25-5 in the ongoing Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) Championship League on Sunday, January 28. The team will travel to Ukunda this weekend to battle out with South Coast Pirates.

The ladies hockey team beat both Sliders and Mt. Kenya University 1-0 in the ongoing Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) Women’s Premier League. However, the men’s hockey team recorded a goalless match against Kenyatta University (Ruiru).

This coming weekend, the ladies hockey team are set to meet Strathmore University and Mombasa Sport Club (MSC) in the KHU Women Premier League, as the men compete with Mt. Kenya University at JKUAT and Western Jaguars at City Park in KUSA League and the KHU Men’s Premier League respectively.

The basketball men’s basketball team recorded mixed reaction after beating Kenyatta University (Ruiru Campus) 58-39 but lost to Kenyatta University (Main Campus) 61-39 in the Kenya Universities Sports Association (KUSA) League at USIU-Africa basketball pitch.

Their female counterparts lost two matches to Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) in the Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) at Strathmore University on Saturday, January 27 and Sunday, January 28.

The men’s basketball team will meet JKUAT and St. Paul’s University in JKUAT while the ladies meet KPA this coming weekend in the KUSA League and KBF Women’s Premier League respectively.

Both the ladies volleyball and soccer teams lost to Kenya College of Accounting (KCA) and Kenyatta University 1-3 and 0-1 respectively, in the ongoing KUSA League. This weekend the ladies volleyball team will meet JKUAT, while the ladies’ soccer team encounter Gretsa University on the same campus.

The ladies karate team clinched 3rd position, while their male counterparts secured the 4th position after Mt. Kenya University, Kenyatta University and St. Paul’s University in the karate kata competition. The ladies team further emerged 2nd, as the men clinched the 3rd position in karate kumite competitions respectively in the ongoing KUSA Nairobi Karate Conference.

In tae-kwon-do, the men’s team won 4 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals to place them in the 1st position, while the ladies team emerged 2nd with 2 silver medals. Thus USIU-Africa-Africa emerged first runners-up in the KUSA Nairobi Tae-kwon-do Conference.
As part of the process of re-affirming the accreditation of the University, our accrediting body – WASC Senior College and University Commission – conducted an Off Site Review via teleconference, on Wednesday, January 31. The review is part of a three-stage process that began in 2016, which is expected to conclude this year. In brief, the re-affirmation of reaccreditation, is a formal process of confirming - every ten years - the accreditation status enjoyed by a university.

For the first step, USIU-Africa send to WSCUC, an institutional self-study report, which now triggered the off-site review – where various university units and stakeholders were represented. The outcome of the review will inform the final step in the process; the on-campus visit expected during this year’s Fall Semester.

Accreditation is a testament to the academic quality and educational effectiveness of higher learning institutions, giving confidence to both graduates and employers, of the quality of education offered by a particular institution. USIU-Africa is the only university in East and Central Africa to enjoy dual accreditation; in Kenya by the Commission for University Education (CUE) and in the United States by WSCUC. CUE re-accredited the University in 2016, and WSCUC is expected to re-affirm our accreditation at the end of this process.
International Relations students from the School of Humanities & Social Sciences paid a visit to the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Kenya on Friday, January 26. Their purpose was to gain an understanding of Norway’s foreign policy and their key interests in Kenya and Africa, preparation for the group’s participation in the Sixty-Fourth Session of the Harvard National Model United Nations.

While making a presentation to the delegation led by Mr. Ahmed Kadid Adan (School of Humanities and Social Sciences Representative at the Student Affairs Council) on Norwegian foreign and UN policy, Mr. David C. Jourdan (Political Counselor, Royal Norwegian Embassy), underlined the necessity of a well-functioning global legal order, “It is crucial that relations between states are regulated by a network of binding rules and regulations.”

The delegation will represent the Kingdom of Norway, among other countries, at the annual United Nations simulation exercise to be held in American city of Boston from February 15 - 18.