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The Nakuru Campus Form Four Leavers Career Day was a resounding success, providing a platform for students to gain valuable insights into career choices, higher education institutions, and the importance of digital literacy in the modern world. The event was graced by speakers, including Dr. Thaddeus Rugar, Campus Director, Mr. Kenneth Njoroge, Senior Career Advisor at Kenyatta University, Dr. Anne Muchemi, a Lecturer in the Department of Business Administration at Kenyatta University, and Mr. Geoffrey Kitoto, a Cisco Instructor at Kenyatta University.
The event commenced with a warm welcome from Dr. Thaddeus Rugar, the Campus Director, who expressed his thoughts about the career day and emphasised its significance in shaping the future of the students. Dr. Rugar encouraged the students to actively participate in the various activities and take advantage of the opportunities available at the career fair. His motivational speech set the tone for the informative sessions that followed.
Mr. Kenneth Njoroge, a Senior Career Advisor at Kenyatta University, delivered an engaging presentation on the intricacies of making career choices. He provided valuable insights into the diverse career paths available and guided students on navigating the KUCCPS portal for comprehensive career information. Mr. Njoroge's expertise proved invaluable as he addressed queries from the students, offering practical advice on making informed decisions about their future careers.
Dr. Anne Muchemi, a seasoned Lecturer in the Department of Business Administration at Kenyatta University, shared her expertise on why the choice of an institution of learning matters. She highlighted the impact of the learning environment on personal and professional development, emphasising the importance of selecting an institution that aligns with one's goals and values. Dr. Muchemi's presentation sparked thoughtful discussions among the students, inspiring them to consider their educational choices more consciously.
The final presentation of the day was delivered by Mr. Geoffrey Kitoto, a Cisco Instructor at Kenyatta University, who shed light on the importance of digital literacy skills in the modern world. Mr. Kitoto discussed the evolving technological landscape and its implications for future career opportunities. His session provided practical insights into acquiring and honing digital skills, equipping the students with the knowledge necessary for success in the digital era.
The diverse range of speakers and topics covered ensured that students left the event with a broader understanding of the opportunities available to them as they embark on their academic and professional journeys. The success of the career day underscores the commitment of Nakuru Campus to preparing its students for a successful and fulfilling future.
In 2021 Kenyatta University (KU) in partnership with Abt Associates responded to a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) on Health Sector Financing put out by USAID. This partnership successfully secured funding to implement the USAID Health Equity and Resource Optimisation (HERO) project supporting 10 counties and the national government.
USAID is focusing on strengthening localization by working with Kenyan institutions to deliver development programmes that aligns with Kenya’s priorities. This allows us to strengthen our systems and be the ‘go to’ think tank not only in Kenya, but in the region enabling us to implement many more USAID and other donor funded projects.
This project affirms the university’s status as a trailblazer among academia around areas of research which influence decision making and support both levels of government to deliver the health for all agenda. KU will continue to harness partnerships with an aim to strengthen our research, innovation and outreach.
“As a teaching and research institution, we need to position ourselves and our beneficiaries especially our students so that more research grants can come our way. This will offer our students placement opportunities and access to updated information for their research work.”
Highlights Professor Thoruwa, Deputy Vice-Chancellor- Research, Innovation and Outreach.
In his address, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Wainaina outlined how USAID HERO and other projects implemented in KU present tremendous opportunities to the faculty.
“At this moment, the faculty is exposed to new research opportunities and areas of collaboration and partnerships as we implement the various development programmes. The strengthened systems will also allow us to attract more research grants-benefiting the institution.”
Says Professor Wainaina, Vice Chancellor during a meeting between University Management and USAID HERO staff.
The USAID HERO project works to improve evidence generation, health financing and social protection systems for better health outcomes in Kenya both at the National and County levels. At the National level the project is working with the Council of Governors (COG), MOH -Planning and Financing Directorates, Social Protection Secretariat, Government think tanks, Directorate of Children Services and Social Health Insurance Agency (SHIA) that is replacing National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF).
At the county level, the project is working with 10 counties: Kwale, Kilifi, Taita-Taveta, Kajiado, Meru, Nyandarua, Nakuru, Uasin Gishu, Elgeyo Marakwet and Baringo. To ensure sustainability of gains made by the project, USAID HERO project is working with national advocacy structures for health such as the National Empowerment Network of People Living with HIV in Kenya (NEPHAK) and will onboard 10-14 local Civil Society organization (CSOs) to enhance public participation and prioritization of the health and social protection in Kenya.
In the era of fast fashion, the rapid production and disposal of clothing have become a major environmental concern. The fashion industry's massive water consumption and carbon emissions contribute significantly to ecological degradation. In perspective, the global textile and clothing industry utilised a staggering 79 billion cubic metres of water in 2015 alone. Producing a single cotton t-shirt requires 2,700 litres of fresh water, equivalent to one person's drinking needs for 2.5 years.
Moreover, the fashion industry is accountable for approximately 10% of global carbon emissions, surpassing the combined emissions from international flights and maritime shipping. The rise of fast fashion, fueled by social media and accelerated trend cycles, has led to a doubling of clothing production between 2000 and 2015, accompanied by a decrease in the average lifespan of clothing items.
In response to this environmental crisis, Regional Centre of Expertise, Greater Nairobi, in collaboration with Africa Collect Textiles and Kenyatta University, has taken a significant step towards sustainable practices. A textile waste collection bin was installed at Kenyatta University, an initiative managed by the Kenyatta University Environmental Club.
The primary objective of this collaboration is to encourage the separation of waste at its source within the institution. The Kenyatta University Environmental Club, renowned for producing some of the country's most passionate environmentalists, aims to lead the institution towards becoming a model campus in environmental conservation and sustainability.
The textile waste collection bin serves as a tangible symbol of the University's commitment to combating the negative environmental impact of the fashion industry. By actively participating in the responsible disposal and recycling of textile waste, the University is contributing to the reduction of carbon footprints associated with clothing production.
The Environmental Club will play a crucial role in managing the bin. Their engagement aligns with their long-term vision of fostering a culture of sustainability on campus. Through these efforts, Kenyatta University is not only addressing the environmental challenges posed by the fashion industry but also setting an example for other institutions to follow.
Through collaborative initiatives like these, institutions can contribute to building and safeguarding a circular economy that emphasises waste reduction, recycling, and sustainable practices. The Kenyatta University Environmental Club's commitment to managing these bins reinforces the University's dedication to environmental stewardship, setting a commendable example for campuses nationwide whilst protecting the well-being of the surrounding communities.
We are thrilled to share an exciting development from the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) regarding the remarkable work of Dr. Ezekiel Mugendi Njeru, a distinguished TWAS-Sida grantee conducting groundbreaking research at Kenyatta University (KU) in revolutionizing agricultural practices, with a focus on enhancing soil fertility through innovative methods.
Dr. Njeru working on a microscope
Dr. Njeru's efforts, supported by the TWAS-Sida Collaborative Grant, signify a significant leap in agricultural research aimed at enhancing soil fertility and revolutionizing small-scale agriculture practices. The collaborative venture between Kenyan and Malagasy scientists seeks to address food scarcity challenges by employing innovative techniques and will bring forth a transformation in small-scale agriculture by introducing a cost-effective approach to significantly boost soil fertility. Dr. Njeru's research delves into the development of a high-quality, low-cost mixture leveraging the symbiotic relationship between earthworms and beneficial soil bacteria.
The recently published article sheds light on Dr. Njeru's groundbreaking work, illustrating how this unique mixture holds the potential to substantially increase crop productivity and address the challenges faced by smallholder farmers. By harnessing the power of natural elements, this research aims to provide sustainable solutions that empower agricultural communities and bolster food security.
We invite you to explore the comprehensive article (available Here: Increasing soil productivity with help from earthworms) to gain insights into Dr. Njeru's groundbreaking research on agriculture and soil management.
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