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The use of herbal medicine in Kenya is experiencing a resurgence. Scientists reveal that majority of patients visit traditional healers before seeking conventional treatment. However, there is an urgent need for clear regulations and collaboration between scientists and herbalists to ensure the safety and efficacy of herbal treatments....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MTW7BEAGwo
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The Kenyatta University Men’s football team qualified to represent Africa in the International University Sports Federation (FISU) Football World Cup to be held in Jinjiang, China from the 21st to 31st of October 2023. The event will be the second edition of the games with the first one held in 2021. Top University Football teams will compete to become the next FISU football World Cup winners. A total of 12 men teams and 8 women teams will participate in the event. The continental qualifying tournaments were used to select the teams participating in the event.
The African qualifying event was held at Kenyatta University in June 2022 where the KU men's football team also known as “hardnuts” beat all teams to emerge winners.
The team has been in a residential camp since July in preparation for the event. A total of 30 students are currently undergoing training under the tutelage of football tacticians Tobias Ochola, Carolyne Ajowi and Joseph Ndungu. The programs lined up are physical, technical and tactical training; build-up matches, gym sessions, hydrotherapy sessions and expert talks.
So far, the team has had expert talks from the anti-doping agency of Kenya on performance-enhancing substances. Other talks lined up will be on mental preparation, athlete conduct on and off the field, etiquette, and public relations among others.
Chuo Kikuu cha Kenyatta kilifanya hafla yake ya mahafali ya 53, mnamo siku ya Ijumaa, 21 Julai 2023, katika uwanja wa Mahafali, Bewa Kuu. Mada ya mahafali hayo ilikuwa ‘Utafiti na uvumbuzi kwa maendeleo ya kijamii na kiuchumi’, ambayo inawiana na dhamira kuu ya Chuo Kikuu cha Kenyatta: ‘Kutoa elimu na mafunzo bora, kukuza udhamini na uvumbuzi kwa maendeleo endelevu ya mtu binafsi na jamii’. Kauli mbiu ya Chuo Kikuu cha Kenyatta ya kutoa elimu bora, kukuza uvumbuzi na kukuza maendeleo endelevu ya mtu binafsi na jamii inasalia kuwa mwanga wake mkuu.
Jumla ya wahitimu 3385 walitunukiwa shahada, stashahada na vyeti kutoka katika vitivo mbalimbali vya chuo hicho wakiwemo wahitimu 79 wa Uzamivu. Viongozi mashuhuri katika Mahafali hayo ni pamoja na Mgeni Rasmi, Mhe.Ezekiel Machogu, ambaye aliwakilishwa na Dr. Beatrice Muganda Inyangala, Katibu Mkuu, Idara ya Elimu ya Juu na Utafiti, Wizara ya Elimu. Uwepo wake uliongeza umuhimu kwa sherehe ya kuhitimu wakati Chuo Kikuu kikiadhimisha darasa la 2023, iliashiria mwisho wa hatua moja ya maisha kwa mahafali na mwanzo wa mpya.
Katika hotuba yake, Dr. Muganda alisema kuwa wahitimu hao waliweka alama muhimu katika maisha yao wanapohama kutoka Wanafunzi hadi Wahitimu, wakiwa na maarifa, ujuzi na tajriba ambayo itaunda maisha yao ya baadaye.Aidha Dr. Muganda alipendekeza wahitimu kwa maonyesho yao ya kujitolea kwa ubora wa kitaaluma na azimio lao la kuunda maisha bora ya baadaye hata katika siku za changamoto. Vilevile alikumbusha jukumu kuu la utafiti na uvumbuzi katika kuondoa vipaumbele vya maendeleo na matarajio ambayo yameonyeshwa katika maono ya 2030.
Chansela wa chuo kikuu cha Kenyatta Prof. Benson Wairegi aliripotia kuwa wahitimu hao watatarajiwa kuvumbua na kuchangia maendeleo ya kiteknolojia, uvumbuzi na utafiti na bila shaka yatakuwa ni msingi wa mchakato wa ukuaji wa taifa lolote, kwa hivyo, bidii yao haipaswi kuishia kwenye kuhitimu, bali wanapaswa kutamani kuboresha maarifa na ujuzi wao sanjari na mahitaji ya jamii yanayobadilika kila uchao. Aliongeza kuwa elimu bora ya chuo kikuu inapaswa kusaidia kubadili fikra zao katika kutambua kuwa elimu sio tu kufaulu kitaaluma bali pia uongozi na huduma kwa jamii.
Vilevile katika hotuba yake, Naibu Chansela Prof. Paul Wainaina,aliwataka Wahitimu hao kuwa wabunifu wa kazi na sio watafutaji, na waungane na wenzao wa zama hizi na watangulizi wao ili kuimarisha uwezo wao, kwani wamefanikisha kile walichosomea chuoni. Aliongeza kuwa wanapaswa kwenda nje kwa ujasiri kwa kuwa wana ujuzi wote na kama wale waliotangulia, wataweza kushinda ulimwengu.
Kwa kumalizia, ulimwengu ambao wahitimu wataandika ukurasa mpya wa maisha yao umejaa changamoto za ndani na za kimataifa kutoka kwa nyakati ngumu za kiuchumi za sasa hadi mabadiliko ya hali ya hewa na changamoto za kiteknolojia zinazoletwa na teknolojia mpya zenye akili ya bandia (AI) inayoongoza.Chuo Kikuu cha Kenyatta kimewapa Wahitimu ujuzi wote muhimu wa kukabiliana na changamoto za siku zijazo wanaposherehekea kuhitimu kwao pamoja na familia zao.
A team of Five Kenyatta University members of academic staff in the Creative Arts disciplines is currently on a two-month academic and cultural secondment in Poland under a Horizon Europe project titled “Transcultural Perspectives of Art and Art Education”. The Team arrived in Poland on 1st June.
Led by Prof. John Mugubi from the Department of Communication, Media, Film and Theatre Studies, the team from KU is composed of Dr. Beneah Alwang’a Azangalala, a Lecturer in the department of Communication, Media, Film and Theatre Studies, Mr. Adonijah Ombura, who lectures in Textile Design, Ms. Anne Mwiti, a specialist in Painting who teaches in the department of Fine Art and Design and Clinton Kihima, a PhD candidate and Tutorial fellow in the area of Film, who travelled with the team as part of an Erasmus+ visit. The team from KU is hosted by the Academy of Art in Szczecin (AAS), which is TPAAE’s lead partner.
During the visit, the scholars have given lectures on different facets of the aesthetics of African/Kenyan Art and facilitated workshops, exhibitions and film screenings. The team has also attended conferences and visited notable Film schools, Art and design Academies, and Film archives as part of their time in Poland.
From June 12-19, 2023, the researchers from Kenyatta University toured the city of Łodz and visited Sokołowsko village. Hosted by Prof. Aneta Pawlowska, the team toured the University of Łodz Faculty of Philology and its Department of Film and Audio-visual Media. At the University of Łodz, Prof. John Mugubi from KU delivered a public lecture entitled “African Art as Ontological Cultural-Political Proclamations: A Case of the Kenyan Film”.
The team from KU also visited the world-famous Łodz Film School, the city’s Museum of Cinematography, the Academy of Fine and Design, the Museum of the City of Łodz, the Museum of Art, the Central Museum of Textiles, and the Herbst Palace Museum.
In the beautiful village of Sokolowsko, located in Lower Silesia, the KU team visited the Museum of Contemporary Art that the In Situ Foundation is creating from a legendary 19th-century sanatorium. KU researchers explored the Film Archive of noted Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski, whose Three Colours trilogy is among the films that gained him worldwide acclaim. Films made by KU staff and students were screened and discussed at the late director’s Centre in Sokolowsko in southwestern Poland, where the team also toured a gallery and art spaces.
From 26th June to 1st July 2023, the Kenyatta University team toured the capital city of Poland, Warsaw, for a number of activities. The team attended the 4th Congress of the Polish Film and Media Studies Association, 28th-30th of June 2023. The Conference was hosted by the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities. During the visit to the Polish capital, the KU team also visited the Academy of Fine Arts and the Warsaw School of Film.
In July, KU researcher Anne Mwiti, who is obtaining her doctorate from the Academy of Art in Szczecin will present an exhibition of painting at the Academy’s R+ gallery that opens on July 13. The Exhibition will be part of her PhD work.
From Poland, the team will attend a Film Festival and Art Exhibitions in Berlin, Germany, from 29th to 31st July, before traveling back to Kenya on 1st August 2023.
Kenyatta University at the Academy of Fine Art and Design in Warsaw with Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts (Further Left) and Former Rector of the Academy (Right)
Kenyatta University at the Warsaw Film School wtih Agnieszka Niburska, PR & Marketing Director - L-R - Mr. Adonijah Ombura, Prof. john Mugubi,Agnieszka Niburska, Clinton Kihima, Dr. Beneah Shapaya
Kenyatta University Team at SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities for the Film Conference L-R Prof. John Mugubi, Clinton Kihima, Dr. Beneah Shapaya
KU team at Lodz Film School, Poland
KU Team at University of Lodz, Poland with Dean and members of Staff in the Department of Film and Media Arts
KU Team Discussing Partnerships with Faculty at the Lodz Film School in Poland
KU team with Dean and Faculty members at the Academy of Art and Design in Lodz, Poland
Prof. John Mugubi & Clinton Kihima of KU getting a virtual reality experience during at the Film Conference in Warsaw
Prof. John Mugubi & Prof. Aneta Pawlowska, University of Lodz
Prof. John Mugubi and Clinton Kihima of Kenyatta University at the Academy of Fine Art in Warsaw with the Dean, Fine Arts Prof. Grzegorz Niwinski (2nd Left) and Librarian Dr. Agnieszka Mwabasi (Extreme Right)