The University of Nairobi Vice Chancellor Prof. Stephen Kiama led the management in an induction workshop for the newly elected Faculty Deans and appointed Associate Deans for the Faculties.
The Vice Chancellor congratulated the Deans on their election and appointment saying he looks forward to working with them for the betterment of the university.
During the workshop, the Vice Chancellor delivered a keynote address titled: People reforms for a relevant, vibrant and sustainable University.
The VC said the peoples reforms are guided by the University of Nairobi philosophy and core values as well as National Values.
The peoples reforms will focus on 4 key areas namely; students, staff, corporate and convocation.
On students, the VC aims at implementing a comprehensive work-study program for both undergraduate and postgraduate students, mount new common courses aligned with the current needs of society, increase students’ graduation rate in all programs, nurture and promote students’ skills and talents, and promote a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation among students.
On staff, the VC plans to spotlight and profile research and researchers in the University, induct all members of staff appointed to management positions, implement a result focused staff performance appraisal system, review the staff designations and align them to best practice, promote commercialization of intangible assets, eliminate all redundancies and optimize institutional output, develop and implement motivation strategies for all cadres of staff, develop and implement strategies to increase research activities by academic staff, and affirmative action in promotions.
On the other hand, corporate will be tasked with enhancing the brand of the University, develop and equip the disability resource centre, digitalise all academic, research and campus services, recognise and honour heroes, and enhance international and postgraduate students’ admissions.
Finally, convocation focus will delve into engaging alumni and members of the convocation in supporting University activities and programs.