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The offices will enable lecturers and students to interact in a favorable environment to enhance learning. The construction of Phase II of the Arts Complex was done in-house by Kenyatta University in a record time of 11 months. Phase I of the complex was completed last year. “The introduction of performance target setting is meant to enhance and add value to the operating systems and Kenyatta University is an excellent example of this,” the Permanent Secretary said.
The Permanent Secretary noted that the rapid globalization of world economies has accelerated the need for high level of human resource to ensure and sustain global competitiveness. Prof. Mutahi added that “what gets measured gets done and becomes pertinent to whatever we do or plan to do. ” The Permanent Secretary said that T Education PS, Professor Karega Mutahi cuts the tape to declare phase II of the Arts Complex officially opened. Kenyatta University is a practical example of how setting clear targets, hard work, dedication and commitment can bring positive change in the education sector especially in public universities.
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Mutahi also commended Kenyatta University staff and students for their cooperation and unity in purpose which has enabled the University to realize notable positive changes especially in the last two and half years. US Ambassador Visits Kenyatta University enyatta University hosted US Ambassador to Kenya, His Excellency Michael Ranneberger on September 17th, 2008. During his visit, the Ambassador paid a courtesy call to the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Olive Mugenda where he also met with the Kenyatta University Council Chairman, Prof. Onesmo ole MoiYoi.
Ambassador Ranneberger also visited Kenyatta University Radio Station, KU 99. 9 FM where K he answered questions from the students on Kenya/USA relations, USA election 2008 and opportunities available in the USA for Kenyan students. The peak of the Ambassador’s visit to the University was a public lecture (town hall meeting as known in the USA) where he addressed more than two thousand students and staff of Kenyatta University. Continued on page 6 US Ambassador to Kenya, His Excellency Michael Rannerberger, addresses
The KU Fraternity during a recent public lecture. th Oct – 19 Oct, 2008 Volume 4,3, Issue 12 Volume Issue 12 Editor’s Desk This is one of the most diversified issues of the newsletter and has something for people of all interests. The Arts complex phase II was duly opened by the Permanent Secretary, Professor Karega Mutahi. This complex provides not only extra office space but our new pride and joy, the KU 99. 9 FM.
The latter was graced by a visit and interviews with H. E. The U. S Ambassador Ranneberger. He leafed praise on the record if K. U. students and staff who have established a great reputation in the U.S. A. Indeed, a disproportionate members of K. U. Staff are U. S. Trained. And while our V. C was being honoured as the new Vice-President of I. A. V. C within UNESCO, a Peace and Reconciliation workshop was held here where Mr. Peter Mugambi, Ag. Dean School of Humanities and Social Sciences, being the V. C’s representative, pointed out the main pillars of good governance. Furthermore a 40 member government delegation namely, Strategic Leadership Programme, visited K. U. As an example of proven excellence in performance.
While we are all proud of these developments, it is with a sad note that we bid farewell to East Africa’s most distinguished musicologist and educator, Professor George Senoga Zake. May God rest his soul in Peace as the products of his long fruitful life continue to flourish. David V. Karanja, Editor From the Senior Government Officials Visit KU ver 40 senior officers from the Public Sector were recently hosted by the Vice Chancellor. The officers were participants of the Strategic Leadership Development Programme organized by the Kenya Institute of Administration (KIA).
The objective of the tour was to learn from the exemplary performance of Kenyatta University in performance contracting. The Senior Government officers visited Kenyatta University due to its track record in strategic leadership. The ViceChancellor, Prof. Olive Mugenda, interacted with the officers and shared practical experiences in strategic leadership. Some of the senior Government officials are KU Alumni and they expressed their gratitude for the positive change taking place at the University. O Left to Right, Dr. Tumuti Director. – Community Outreach & Extension Programmes.
Deputy Director – KIA, Elijah Wachira. Dr. Charity Gichuki Director Centre for Research during senior government officials visit to KU. KU Team Visit Israeli Embassy KU to Partner with Kenya Roads Board enyatta University is set to partner with Kenya Roads Board through research on developing alternative road infrastructure especially in rural areas in Kenya. A team from Kenyatta University led by the Vice-Chancellor, held a meeting with the Kenya Roads Board team led by the Director, Dr. Francis N. Nyangaga on September 9, 2008 to T he Vice-Chancellor, Prof.
Olive Mugenda, led a delegation from Kenyatta University to the Embassy of Israel in Nairobi on September 8th, 2008. The visit emanated from an invitation extended to Kenyatta University by the Israeli Ambassador to Kenya, His Excellency Jacob Keidar, during his visit to the University last month. The Kenyatta University team did several presentations on possible partnerships with the Israeli government on several projects including agriculture, setting up the science and technology park, ICT security infrastructure for the library project and capacity building through various training in various disciplines.
The discussions on the Israeli Embassy partnership with Kenyatta University are on-going. K discuss the possibility of the collaboration. During the meeting, KU Director for University/Industrial Links, Professor Karanja Thiong’o gave a presentation on how rural roads in Kenya can be improved by use of Pozolana. Prof. Mugenda commended the Kenya Roads Board for their consideration to partner with Universities in research to improve the road infrastructure in Kenya. Former KUSA Academic Secretary Publishes a Book ormer KUSA Academic Secretary, Mr. Ndindi Nyoro has published a book on “How to Succeed in High School”.
The book which is retailing at Ksh. 250 hit the Kenyan market on September 22nd , 2008 and is now available in F major book outlets around the country and at the KU Bookshop. Mr. Nyoro has been writing the book in the last two years and his message to high school students in Kenya is “your background should not determine your level of excellence in life”. KU Hosts Peace and Reconciliation Workshop rom the 15th September to the 19th September, 2008, KU in collaboration with Virginia Technology University facilitated a workshop on the theme, Peace, Building, Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation.
This was second in a series of workshops dubbed Issues of Citizens’ Rights in a Democracy sponsored by the US Department of State, the Bureau of educational and Cultural Affairs. The main objective of the workshop was to train a team of peace builders to go out into the F community and help in the promotion of peace and reconciliation at all levels. Representing the VC, Prof. Olive Mugenda at the workshop, during the opening ceremony on Wednesday, 17th September, the Ag. Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Mr. Peter Mugambi cited several pillars as key elements of good governance in a country.