A team from the Standard Media Group led by the Group Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Sam Shollei today visited the University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter M. F. Mbithi to discuss how the two institutions could strengthen the existing partnership. The meeting took place today, April, 14, 2015 at the Vice-Chancellor’s Committee Room.
Speaking during the meeting, the Vice-Chancellor shared with the Standard Media Group team, his vision of University of Nairobi being the top University in Africa by the year 2018 by partnering with the media. Using the principle of “seven down with one blow” Prof. Mbithi noted that the university can achieve the top position even faster.
The University is undergoing transformation and one of those is the establishment of the Advancement Office, which will be involved in sourcing for funds. In this regard, the Vice-Chancellor noted that the CEO of Standard Group is welcome to be an endowed Chair at the School of Journalism.
Prof. Lucy Irungu, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Production and Extension) noted that we need the media to partner with the University to help in communicating its research activities in a language understandable by the public.
On his part, Mr. Sam Shollei, the Standard Media Group CEO, congratulated Prof. Mbithi on his appointment as the Vice-Chancellor and further congratulated the University of Nairobi for being ranked position 7 in Africa. He assured the University of their total support in publicising the research activities, the events and all endeavours to achieve the top position in Africa.
Dr. Wambui Kiai, Director, School of Journalism requested the Standard Group to collaborate with the University on student exchange programs and in house training of journalists and editors at Kenya Television Network (KTN) and Standard Newspapers.
Present during the meeting include : Prof. William Ogara, Director, Centre for International Programs and Links, Mr. John Kenduiwo, MD UNES, Mr. Johnson Kinyua, Director of Advancement