The University of Nairobi Council has launched its first ever strategic plan. The 2020-2024 Strategic Plan was launched by the Cabinet Secretary for Youth and Gender Affairs, Prof. Margaret Kobia. The launch took place on December 6, 2020 at the Manu Chandaria Center of Performing Arts, UoN Towers.
The Cabinet Secretary for Youth and Gender Affairs, Prof. Margaret Kobia, challenged the University to contribute to research and innovation and the Big 4 agenda which include ; housing, manufacturing, food security and universal healthcare. She urged the universities to always link their strategic plans to the Government efforts like Big 4 Agenda and Vision 2030. “Feedback is the breakfast of champions. You need key ownership of all stakeholders, you need to monitor performance. University need to find solutions to the problems facing the country. University of Nairobi has a unique opportunity to provide safer future for all, “she said. She opined that the solutions to the problems facing the society lies in research.
Prof. Julia Ojiambo, Chair of Council, University of Nairobi observed that the governing councils of public universities have an obligation to push the frontiers of excellence and exceed expectations. “Councils always interrogate its conscience so as to achieve excellent performance. We encourage the Senate and Staff to achieve excellent performance, without this, we delude ourselves to stagnation,” she said.
Chair of Council narrated the many challenges that face public universities like budgeting constraints, dwindling income from module two programs, governance issues and uncoordinated policies. She pointed out that the challenges facing the university was the main reason behind the formation of the Visitation Panel. Their output has been fed into the 2020-2024 Strategic Plan. “The Strategic Plan targets continuous governance improvement and betterment of the University. The plan is aligned to the University Act, the University Charter and Visitation Panel report to enable sustained growth and excellence,” she said.
Though the Strategic Plan 2020-2024, the University of Nairobi Council seek to achieve several things in different thematic areas: In teaching and learning, the Council seeks to improve the quality of teaching and learning and improve curriculum quality. Visible outcomes will be refurbished labs, halls of residence and facilities. In research, innovation and enterprise, the Council seeks to mobile for more funding, resource mobilization and more collaboration. The outcome will be make the University of Nairobi an innovation powerhouse and publication of new knowledge. In institutional and financial sustainability, the Council seeks to improve cash flows, explore strategic investments by establishing the University of Nairobi Foundation. Outputs will be increased and broadened University that is resilient to economic shocks. In Institutional development and branding, the Council seeks to strengthen leadership oversight. Output being well grounded corporate governance. In operational efficiency and effectiveness, the Council seeks to review staff policy, skills development and improve staff productivity. Output will be more responsible staff who have client oriented culture.
The Chancellor, Dr. Vijoo Rattansi opined that the Strategic Plan, will be the true north and will help in setting the University of Nairobi radar. She reiterated that it is time to have homegrown Harvard, Yale. “Let us regain the lost glory. Let us join hands to build the best university in the continent”, she said.