The University of Nairobi Vice Chancellor Prof. Peter Mbithi gave a “State of the University” address to different university stakeholders on Wednesday 19th December, 2019 at the university’s Taifa Hall.
This comes amid claims that the institution is suffering from a cash crunch and may soon be financially crippled.
Among those who attended the address include the University Chancellor Dr. Vijoo Rattansi; Chair of Council, Prof. Julia Ojiambo; Members of the Council; university Staff and Students.
Here are some of the highlights from the 2:00pm address by the university boss:
World Class University
The VC highlighted several university achievements and collaborations that have put the institution on the global map.
Some of the notable highlights include the audit process that the institution’s various campuses have been subjected to.
Additionally, Prof. Mbithi highlighted the university’s collaboration with government to host different conferences including the Blue Economy Conference, the RUFORUM Biannual Conference, and the 1st all Africa post-harvest congress among other collaborations.
University Alumni Network
Prof. Mbithi stressed on the university’s pride in its alumni network of over 210,000 members spread across the region.
Some of the support provided by the alumni include scholarships for bright and needy students. These alumni also support endowed chairs and finance critical research initiatives and events at the university.
Visionary and Creative Leadership
The VC highlighted the challenges that the institution has experienced operating without a Council and a Deputy Vice Chancellors.
He, however, expressed confidence in the Chancellor, the new Council and the Council Chairlady who have bolstered UoN’s leadership.
Other highlights include the approval of the 2018-2023 Strategic plan and the advertisement of the vacant DVC positions that are likely to be filled early 2019.
The VC also highlighted the reformation of the student leadership at the university with the change of name from SONU to UNSA as part of the changes in the leadership at the institution.
Research and Innovation
The UoN Vice Chancellor highlighted the institution’s continued engagement in research and innovation with the increase in the research fund from KES 3.9 billion to KES 4.5 billion.
Some of the achievements in this facet include 14 Patents, 5 Utility models, 4 copyrights and 36 Trademarks. Additionally, the university has commercialized nine (9) IP technologies and also applied for protection of twenty-three (23) new bean varieties.
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