To all members of the University community
I extend warm Christmas greetings to you.
This year has been very unique for us. It is the year that the University of Nairobi celebrated its fifty years of existence. I am proud that we successfully marked our golden jubilee celebrations on 10th December 2020 with pomp and color. We had an opportunity to reflect on our achievements over the last 50 years and particularly on how we have impacted on Society. Some of our alumni, members of the convocation were offered an opportunity to reminiscence on the days they spent here as students. We also took the opportunity to celebrate some of our alumni who have offered exemplary service to the University/Community.
This year will also go down in the annals of history because of the way the University withstood the storm that was associated with the transition from the 7th to the 8th Vice-Chancellor, at the beginning of the year. The University overcame. But what perhaps has defined this University more than anything else is how it responded to the COVID 19 pandemic. How it remained firm and continued with its core business despite the disruption that was brought about by the requirement of social distancing. How the University transformed the challenge to an opportunity to accelerate the adoption of technology in conducting most of its business, something that would have otherwise been difficult to achieve. The University of Nairobi has moved in a way that has changed it for good. We now have an opportunity to build on these foundations as we make the university more relevant, more vibrant, and sustainable. Kudos and more Kudos to all staff and students.
I note with great satisfaction and pride that the University was able to transition successfully because of its strong foundations, resilience, and its indomitable spirit.
As a result, we held successful virtual teaching and learning.
We conducted a virtual installation of the 8th Vice-Chancellor
We successfully graduated over 8,000 students,
We successfully conducted student council elections. To name but a few of these achievements. This is not an ordinary accomplishment during extraordinary times like this.
All these milestones could not have been possible without our positive attitude, commitment, and innovative mindset. I am sincerely honored to be leading such a great Institution.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
As we draw closer to Christmas day, I would like, on behalf of the University Management, to wish you safe travels and an eventful Christmas season with your families. The traditional short charismas recess will commence at the close of business today, 23rd December 2020. We shall resume on 4th January 2021. The Christmas holidays will be treated as leave days.
Ladies and gentlemen
The Senate met on Tuesday 22nd, 2020 and approved the teaching calendar for the year 2021. In making this calendar the Senate was alive to the fact that the COVID 19 pandemic is still active and continuous to afflict our people, students and staff have not been spared. Consequently, resumption to full face-to-face learning while observing appropriate social distancing is limited by various factors namely inadequate student hostels, limited capacity of lecture theatres, and a large number of staff that are vulnerable by virtue of age. Thus particular attention at the moment is being given to those whose courses are heavily practical oriented or require clinical experience. Furthermore, online teaching and exams will continue for all theoretical classes.
Student Reporting Dates
The reporting dates for our students will be as follows:
4th January 2021- all undergraduate and Postgraduate students from the schools of Physical Sciences and Biological Sciences in the College of Biological and Physical Sciences; and all students from the College of Health Sciences.
11th January 2021
All students from the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences (CAVS)
All students from the College of Architecture and Engineering (CAE)
All students registered for programs at Kenya Science Campus
On 1st February 2020-
All Bachelor Sciences in biomedical Laboratory Technology and Bachelor Sciences in Biochemistry at College of Health Sciences
All students from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) shall continue with virtual learning as per the approved timetables. Their dates for resumption of on campus shall be announced early next year
Ladies and gentlemen,
We are closing the year on a high tempo and we expect to begin the New Year on the same note.
To that effect, the University Management Board (UMB) has identified some key activities and events that will become part of our annual University calendar in 2021.
Some of these activities are:
- The University Talent Week to identify and celebrate various talents at the University
- The University Prize giving day to reward and celebrate best performers in the University
- The University international student’s day to give the international students an opportunity to showcase their diverse cultures.
We shall give the specific dates for these events early next year. I look forward to your participation
Finally, ladies and Gentlemen,
Let me wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year 2021. As you proceed for Christmas festivities, I would like to counsel you to take good care of yourself and remain safe until we meet again in the New Year. Do not forget to observe the covid-19 protocols and guidelines issued by the government of Kenya. Life is very precious!
Thank You and God bless you richly.
PROF. STEPHEN KIAMA GITAHI, PhD