Varsity marks 52nd graduation
Date and time: 
Fri, 2014-12-05 14:02

Graduands have been conferred and awarded with degrees and diplomas at the University of Nairobi’s 52nd graduation ceremony by the Chancellor, Dr. Vijoo Rattansi who was also conferred with honorary degree in humane letters.

Royal Media Group Chairman, Samuel Macharia was also conferred with doctor of letters. During the ceremony, a record 104 PhDs were conferred bringing the total Phds awarded by University this year to 123.

ities and Social Sciences.

While congratulating the graduates, Dr. Rattansi challenged them to be heroes and light that Kenya needs. She noted that the University’s research portfolio which has grown to Kshs. 4 billion and that indeed it is a fitting tribute to the true purpose of a university’s existence, research and knowledge advancement. Dr. Rattansi challenged the University to review its quest to sustainability and look at solutions beyond module II in order to ensure the University serves it  true mission for existence.

On his part, Chairman of Council, Dr. Idle Farah, revealed that the Council and Chancellor have been working as a team to develop a common vision for the University. He noted that the management will embark upon a process of ensuring that the student experience of the University is wholesome. Dr. Farah appealed to the government to continue to provide finances for the recurrent expenditure that is required to run the institution so that the University can direct internally generated funds towards research and infrastructural development.

Vice-Chancellor, Prof. George Magoha urged the government to consider implementing unit costing in higher education to reduce the deficit which has continually affected universities offering courses that require a lot of investment in learning materials and personnel. He said that universities offering courses that require more resources should be financed at a level that is commensurate to their running costs, as opposed to uniform funding for all government sponsored students.

Prof. Magoha who was addressing his last graduation ceremony as Vice-Chancellor thanked all stakeholders, family, members of staff and students who have played a leading role in ensuring that he delivered on the objectives of the university. During the ceremony, Prof. Magoha was given a standing ovation for the tremendous change the University has realized under his command. The newly appointed Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi, was introduced to the congregation by the Chancellor. Prof. Mbithi will assume office on January 6, 2015.

On her part, Prof. Collete Suda, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology who represented the Cabinet Secretary on the occasion challenged Universities to undertake research that is geared towards innovation and knowledge transfer through incubation centers and help in spurring development in the country. She said that the University of Nairobi Research, Production and Extension division should be critical for end users, providing opportunities for uptake to solve societal problems through extension and other outreach activities.

 

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