Over the last 50 days, since the first case of COVID19 in Kenya, the University of Nairobi faculty has been a beehive of activity with more than 80 concept proposals developed and more than 60 interventions for covid-19 response since February 2020.
These include vaccine development, community outreach, food security, ventilator fabrication, sustainable urban mobility, humanitarian and development interventions, education and rapid response, rapid response to fiscal and economic implications, poverty, psychosocial support, victims and conflicts among others.
Addressing staff, students and the university community, Prof. Stephen Kiama, the University of Nairobi Vice Chancellor, observed that about ten of those interventions have been adopted for implementation by the national agencies – they include surveillance, quarantine, sensitization, community outreach and economic interventions.
“Our researchers will continue to collaborate with global partners and the government of Kenya in search of long term solutions to the vagaries of covid-19 pandemic”, he said. Prof. Kiama also noted that online teaching and learning is ongoing as outlined by the Senate and have been a success.
“You recall that the University Senate approved online teaching and learning; and online supervision and examination of post-graduate project and theses. All these have proceeded with great success and I thank both staff and students for their cooperation. We subsequently engaged the mobile service providers to support connectivity for remote teaching and learning and I am glad to note that virtual classes have been conducted successfully”, he said.
During the COVID19 epidemic, the University will administer online examination in accordance with the relevant regulatory framework that mandate senate to be in charge of all academic matters in the university.
The Vice Chancellor mentioned that the forthcoming graduation will happened as scheduled despite the ongoing academic challenges brought forward by the epidemic and the University has embarked on the preparations for the same.
In the recent past, CPS International conducted a survey that confirmed that the University of Nairobi graduates are the most preferred in the job market. The University shall always remain committed to developing holistic, market ready and globally competitive graduates said the Vice Chancellor.