Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) Vice Chancellor Prof Victoria Ngumi made her maiden speech to first year students at the institution on Friday.
Prof. Ngumi who took over from Prof. Mable Imbuga over a month ago called on the freshmen to embrace integrity, transparency, quality and professionalism in their studies.
Her rallying call was that for the students to excel in their academics they have to invest in their lectures and laboratory sessions in campus.
The first years reported to JKUAT on Monday, August 27, 2018 to commence their studies in various academic disciplines.
Prof Ngumi was making the remarks on the last day of orientation process on Friday 31st August, 2018.
Prof Ngumi made a passionate appeal to the new students, urging them to embrace the ideals that form part of JKUAT core values.
The Vice Chancellor praised the youngsters for their choice to study in JKUAT as their preferred institution.
Additionally, she said that the University did not take the students’ choice for granted.
Kenya has a total of over 60 Universities, 31 of them public universities.
“You have joined an institution that strongly value the scientific method aimed at inspiring our students to venture early into the enterprise of added value research,” assured Prof. Ngumi.
Prof. Ngumi attributed the popularity of JKUAT as a desired academic destination to the institution’s practical and industry oriented training and the rich network of local and international partners.
For instance, the BSc. Electrical Engineering, attracted over 2,389 applicants, against a capacity of 59; the highest in Kenyan universities.
Students to become JKUAT Ambassadors
Furthermore, she informed the students that by joining the institution they automatically become ambassadors.
In addition to that, the VC argued the students to always propel the institution’s vision; a University of global excellence in training, research and innovation for development.
Giving motherly advice to the young adults, Prof. Ngumi advised them to avoid dangerous anti-social excesses like alcohol consumption and drug abuse that has plagued the youth in the country.
“I would like to inform you that with freedom comes responsibility. You have reached a stage in your life where you must rely on your own wisdom and inner strengths to guide you in navigating life and its pitfalls,” counselled Prof. Ngumi.
With the pestilence of HIV/AIDS, the Vice Chancellor urged the student to avoid engaging in casual sex and frequently make use of the Voluntary Counseling and Testing Services to arm themselves with information on HIV/AIDS.