In a breakfast meeting at the Nairobi Safari Club, the University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter M. F. Mbithi today, June, 25, 2015 shared with eminent persons and key industry players his transformative agenda of making the University a world class university able to produce holistic graduates.
“The production of holistic graduates will require the combined efforts of each and every one of us. We need our Alumni to support bright and needy students. We need partners, friends, embassies, the corporate entities to join us in our transformative agenda”, he noted.
Some of the key pillars of the transformative agenda include; increasing the research grants from four billion to ten billion shillings, creating partners and linkages, infrastructure development to accommodate the growing number of staff and students, construction of new hostels to accommodate 10,000 plus students, improve the University image and competitiveness, student internship and mentorship, among others.
The use of ICT in experiential learning was discussed during the forum. Prof. Mbithi noted that the University needs to incorporate ICT in teaching and learning.
Among the infrastructural developments the University is looking at include the construction of; University teaching and referral hospital, School of Law towers, Alumni centre, hostels for students accommodation among others.
To tackle the problem of youth unemployment, the University is working on empowering the youth to create start up businesses. This is where companies will be incubated for a period of 2 years before they get commercialized. During this period, the innovators will be given office space at the C4D Lab, given financial support and mentorship to help them launch their businesses successfully.
The breakfast meeting was also an opportune time for the Director, ICT to request the Alumni to create back links with the University to help them gain visibility of their websites.
Present during the breakfast meeting included the Deputy Vice Chancellors, Prof. Lucy Irungu (Research , Production and Extension), Prof. Henry Mutoro ( Academic Affairs), Prof. Isaac Mbeche ( Student Affairs) and Director, Advancement Office, Mr. Johnson Kinyua among others.