It was the first of its kind when the University Management led by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi hosted a dinner for University of Nairobi Alumni from the entire Eastern region in Garden Hotel, Machakos.
Ms. Elizabeth Nzioka, the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, for Machakos County who represented the Governor, Mr. Alfred Mutua, noted that being an Alumnus, she is always proud of the University of Nairobi. She revealed that as a county, there are many areas that together they can partner with the University.
The Vice-Chancellor assured the alumni that his role is to ensure that University of Nairobi graduates remain the choice of employers in the region and beyond. He assured the Alumni that the University of Nairobi is on a journey to world class and he will cherish the cooperation with the Alumni.
Prof. Lucy Irungu, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor ( Research , Extension and Production) noted that the University is ready for collaboration with the counties to solve the problems within the counties. So far, the University has collaborated with the counties of Tana River, Migori and Bomet. She expressed her desire to grow the research fund from the current 4 Billion shillings to 100 Billion Shillings in 5 years, as they offer solutions to the counties and in the process, avoiding the name-tag the ‘ivory tower’.
Speaking during the event, Alumni Association Executive Director, Mr. Johnson Kinyua brief those in attendance that their role as Alumni is to help the University achieve its goals and missions, so far, they have offered student sponsorships and have been very active in infrastructure development. As the previous students, they lead in mentorship of students.
It was revealed that the University will be organizing dinners and meeting the Alumni from various parts of the county as they seek further engagement and areas of collaborations.
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