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Regional Economic Outlook launched at UoN

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Caption: Sean Nolan, Deputy Director- African Department, IMF, makes his presentation during the launch.

For the third consecutive time, the University of Nairobi, School of Economics hosted the launch ceremony for the annual Regional Economic Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) at the Education Theatre II, yesterday 22 October, 2012.

UoN Choir wows Kenyans

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The University of Nairobi Choir, is one of the Choirs that were invited by the Presidential National Music Commission, to perform during this year’s Mashujaa Day Celebrations, at Moi Stadium in Kisumu. The culmination of their performance was when Kisumu Town East MP, Shakeel Shabbir joined them in the song and dance celebrating the nation’s heroes.

The University Choir, which is popularly known for its unique set of African themed songs has grown in stature and influence since its formation over thirty years ago.

Social Media Clubs to be launched at UoN

A group of four students from the School of Business have conceptualized and spearheaded the formation of social media clubs dubbed ‘SocialPro Clubs’ in universities across the country. This will be possible through Social Edge Africa, a social media consultancy company based in Nairobi.

The initiative which has been endorsed by the Ministry of Information and Technology and will be officially launched by Dr. Bitange Ndemo, the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, on 25th, October, 2012, at the University of Nairobi, School of Business. All are invited.

2012 EFMD Africa Conference held at School of Business

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The University of Nairobi School of Business and Strathmore Business School co-hosted the 3rd European Foundation of Management Development (EFMD) Africa Conference that drew participants from local and international top business schools. The theme for the conference was “Sustainable Business Education Appropriate for Africa.”

Dr. Manu Chandaria, Chairman, Comcraft Group, challenged participants to instill business and entrepreneurial skills in their business students and to equip them to fill glaring gaps in Africa’s business environment. In his presentation on ‘The role of business schools in Africa’, Dr. Chandaria shared his family’s business success story and the role education plays in business. His passion for entrepreneurship is felt through the Chandaria Foundation which is sponsoring innovation and incubation centres and setting up business schools in Kenya.

Varsity back to normal

First year students admitted to the University of Nairobi for the academic year 2012/2013 have already settled down in their new life and progressing well with their academic life.

Despite the scheduled orientation week having been disrupted by the nationwide university staff strike, the first years have been exposed in detail to the facilities in their respective colleges and campuses and those of the entire University through orientation. Academic activities comprising lectures, practicals and tutorials are going on normally since last week when the industrial action by members of staff was called off.

Resumption of duty

Following the successful return to work formula and the successful negotiations on the 2010, 2011, 2012 collective bargaining agreement, the three workers Unions, UASU, UNTESU and KUDHEHIA, notify all UON workers to resume duty.

This is then to inform all members of staff that the strike is officially over. I urge all workers to resume duty immediately and work hard, diligently, with honest dedication and vigor.

 

From: Dr Samuel Misati Nyandemo on behalf of the Unions.

SCI student shines globally

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In February this year, Catherine Mahugu, a fourth year BSc Computer Science student at the School of Computing and Informatics, teamed up with Ella Peinovich, a graduate student at MIT, and entered the Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition organized by the Foster School of Business, University of Washington, Seattle, USA.

The team submitted a product named SasaAfrica, a women‐owned and operated social enterprise that offers an innovative and independent platform for female artisans and entrepreneurs in Africa to create micro-enterprises, connecting developing world vendors to global e-commerce, even if they do not have access to the Internet, a computer, or a bank account. Focused on promoting under-served communities, SasaAfrica aims at shortening the distance between vendors in developing nations and the global marketplace by integrating MMS uploads, SMS notifications, and mobile money payments with an e-commerce storefront. 

UoN alumnus named ‘Hero of Chemistry’

Dr. George Njoroge, a scientific researcher based in Indiana, United States, has been inducted into the coveted scientific ‘Hall of Fame’, Njoroge was named the 2012 Hero of Chemistry, by the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society,

The honors come in the wake of the discovery and development of the Hepatitis C drug Victrelis by Njoroge and a team of scientists working at the global pharmaceutical firm, Merck Research Laboratories. The drug is the first oral Hepatitis C virus protease to be approved by the FDA, and has been approved in 43 countries, and is in the market in 23 of these countries.

Njoroge, an alumnus of the University of Nairobi, graduated with a first class honors in Organic Chemistry, and pursued further studies graduating with a PhD in Organic Chemistry from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio in 1985. In 1988, Njoroge joined the Schering-Plough Corporation (SPRI), where as a researcher he focused on the design and synthesis of orally bio-available small molecules for treatment of viral diseases and cancer.

Chinese to help build Centre for Seismological Training and Research

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Prof. Isaac Mbeche, DVC, Student Affairs together with Dr. Gladys Kianji receive the donation from Mr. Chen Jianmin.

Plans are underway for the establishment of a Centre for Seismological Training and Research in East Africa, to be based at the College of Biological and Physical Sciences and supported by the Chinese Earthquake Administration.

This was revealed during a courtesy call by a delegation from the Chinese Earthquake Administration on the Vice chancellor, represented by Prof Isaac Mbeche, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs, yesterday. During the courtesy call, a memorandum of understanding was signed and equipment, books and USD  10,000 donated  to the department of geology.