Speaking during the opening ceremony, Prof. Isaac Mbeche, the Vice Chancellor, University of Nairobi observed that Africa produces one percent of the global knowledge and hence African researchers must pull up their socks despite the budgetary constraints from African governments. “No one university is strong enough to achieve impact alone, hence the need to collaborate together on research endeavours. African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) seeks to leverage on partnerships and networks, to achieve a greater research impact,” he said. Prof.
Speaking during the Performance Contract Evaluation exercise, Prof. Julia Ojiambo observed that the University of Nairobi led by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Isaac Mbeche has been very keen to deliver on the key mandate of the University; teaching, learning and community service. “We are happy as a Council to play our oversight role. The vision of the University is to achieve excellence. As a Council, we need evidence that we are doing well and indeed that evidence is now here being presented during this evaluation exercise.
Take for example, Safaricom, the giant telecommunications company that went public in 2007 at 5/-, the shares touched a low of 2.5/- in 2009 and have since risen to a high of 31/- as per trading at the exchange by September 8, 2019. The investors have gained over 1000% increase in the value of their investments.
Speaking during the event, Council Chair opined that she is ready to work together with the University Management to resolve the issues affecting teaching and learning operations in Kisumu Campus. The Council has been on a tour of various campuses of the University of Nairobi. “We are on a sightseeing mission, we ask you to be part of us, let us work as a team. We are committed to seeing you excel in your studies,” she told the students.
The signing ceremony between Inter Public Universities Councils Consultative Forum (IPUCCF) and the three staff Unions; Kenya Universities Staff Union (KUSU), Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU) and Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Educational Institutions and Hospital Workers (KUDHEIHA), was a culmination of intense negotiations between the parties. “This was a historic CBA that was signed without an industrial strike,” said Prof. Isaac Mbeche, Chairman, IPUCCF Joint Negotiations Committee.
Speaking during the celebrations, Mitsubishi Corporation Regional CEO, Yasuhiro, Doida, said that the key issue of any business is not to make money, but to have a significant contribution to the society. With over 90 branches across the globe, Mitsubithi Corporation have contributed immensely towards the betterment of life of many people and more so towards scholarship contribution of bright and needy students in the institutions of higher learning. “When your life becomes successful, that is when the scholarship was useful. We need you to succeed in life,“he said.