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UoN inaugurate student affairs management board

Left: Vice-Chancellor, Prof. George Magoha (right)with Chairman of the Student Affairs Management Board  and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Isaac Mbeche (Centre) and Acting Registrar, Student Affairs, Ms Mariam Lugonzo (Left) during the inauguration of the board.The University of Nairobi has formally launched the Student Affairs Management Board.  The board to be chaired by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Student Affairs, is charged with the responsibility of managing students’ welfare in the entire University.

The University of Nairobi has formally launched the Student Affairs Management Board.  The board to be chaired by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Student Affairs, is charged with the responsibility of managing students’ welfare in the entire University. 

The board which was formally launched on February 14, 2012, oversees the running of various departments among them catering and accommodation, health services, dean of students, sports and games, and others touching on student welfare. The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. George Magoha, while launching the board, urged members to liaise closely with the office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Student Affairs, and familiarize themselves with statute xxx of the University of Nairobi Statutes, as well as policies and procedures of the University that relate to management of student affairs.  




During their last AU summit at the auspices of the New African Union Headquaters Complex in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia all the head’s of states from Africa decided to recognize the life and work of Wangari Muta Maathai, the founder Distinguished Chair of Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies. 
Among other decisions, the Summit encourages the AU Commission, within the framework of the Make Peace Happen Campaign (MPHC), as well as member States, the private sector, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) and other rerated international organizations and foundations, in cooperation with the Green Belt Movement (GBM), to take all the necessary measures to mobilize resources in support of “Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies (WMI)” as an African Centre of Excellence, to encourage research on environmental governance and its linkages with peace, human rights and democracy in Africa. This is a great endorcement of the University of Nairobi Initiative to recognize one of its Alumni when it established the Institute.

Above: Wanjira Maathai, Board member WMI planting a tree at the AU headquaters during the 18th AU Summit at Addis Ababa Ethiopia in Memory of Prof Wangari Maathai, founder Distinguished Chair WMI. Looking on the President of Kenya and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, His Excellency President  Mwai Kibaki, The Minister for Foreign Affair, Mr Moses Wetangula and the Ag. Director of Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies, Prof Kiama Gitahi

UoN benefits from Africa-US Higher Education Partnerships

Africa-US Initiative delagates, with UoN top managers.
The University of Nairobi is strengthening, studies in dryland farming through collaboration with stakeholders and partners from the U.S. The partners through their representatives from Africa-U.S. Higher Education Initiative, visited the University of Nairobi and were received by Prof. Isaac Mbeche, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Student Affairs, on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor. They were: Dr. Tully Cornick, Higher Education for Development, Jessie Brown, Associate General Counsel at the American Council on Education, and John Vaughn, Association of American Universities and Michael Coughenour , Colorado State University.

UoN signs Mou with University of Prince Edward Island

Left: University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI), Vice President Academic Affairs, Dr. Jim Rindall exchange copies of the MOU with the University of Nairobi (UON) Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, Production and Extension, Prof. Lucy Irungu, shortly after the MOU signing ceremony.

The MOU allows the University of Nairobi to collaborate with UPEI in various fields.The University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) Canada has once again signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the University of Nairobi to include more academic programmes in the collaboration.  Previously, UPEI had a link with the School of Education and Veterinary Sciences.

University of Nairobi leads in web rankings


The University of Nairobi (UoN) is confirmed as the top ranked University locally according to Webometric Ranking of World universities. UoN is ranked 2nd in East Africa, 17th in Africa and 1,367 worldwide, a massive improvement from previous rankings and the best position ever attained by a local university.  
It is second to Makerere University while University of Cape Town leads the rankings in Africa.  


University Of Nairobi Enters Memorandum of Understanding with Kanazawa University, Japan

The Vice Chancellor of University of Nairobi Prof. George A. O. Magoha and the President of Kanazawa University, Japan, Prof. Shin-ichi Nakamura signed a Memorandum of Understanding on October 4, 2011 at Kanazawa University, Japan.    Kanazawa University, ranked 21 out of the 732 universities in Japan, has 547 funded projects amounting to approximately 1.6 billion Japanese yen for the current year and is uniquely strong in Medicine, Engineering, Law, Pharmaceutical and Environmental Sciences among others. 

This memorandum will facilitate collaboration in areas including but not limited to: (i)Exchange of academic material, students, faculty and research fellows (ii) Joint research and publication.

Ms. Catherine Kadogo Kitonde of School of Biological Sciences, Awarded Second Prize in TEEAL Best Research Paper Competition 2011 Category 2


Ms. Catherine Kadogo Kitonde, a UoN staff and MSC student, from School of Biological Sciences ,College of Biological and Physical Sciences was awarded The Essential Electronic Agricultural Library (TEEAL) Best Research Paper Competition 2011 Category 2, MSc student Second prize on 26th of October 2011 for her paper titled "Antimicrobial Activity and Phytochemical Study of Vernonia glabra (Steetz) Oliv. & Hiern. in Kenya"

University of Nairobi Community congratulates her!

Ms. Euphraith Muthoni Masinde of School of Computing & Informatics, emerges in the Top 5 in the ITU Green ICT Application Challenge

The first ITU Green ICT Application Challenge sought to uncover innovative concept papers for climate change related ICT applications.


One of the challenge’s finalists, Ms. Euphraith Muthoni Masinde from Kenya, developed a concept for an application entitled, “A Community-Based System for Biodiversity Degradation.” This application aims to tackle climate change through community engagement and knowledge sharing. The app proposes a system harnessing traditional and indigenous knowledge on biodiversity and conservation. This information will be brought to light through community-based focus groups, and then disseminated to users through a database feeding data directly to mobile phones. Users would then build on this knowledge to create their own conservation practices.

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University of Nairobi Library Open Day/Open Access Week

Welcome to the First Ever University of Nairobi Library Open Day/Open Access Week, to be held on 1st – 3rd November 2011 at the Main Campus Great Court and CHIROMO Library Parking Area

The open day will comprise of the following activities:

  • Exhibiting Library Information Resources
  • Training sessions on Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC), Freely Available Open Access Resources (OA), Searching Strategies and Access to E-Books and E-Journals (Both On and Off Campus Access)
  • Raffles
  • Amnesty to those with library overdue items
  • Launching of the library website and the UoN institutional repository
  • The Objectives of the Open Day/Open Access Week:
  • To create awareness of library services and resources, and equip users with e-resources searching skills to increase usage.
  • To promote Global Open Access Initiatives, research, scholarship and publishing and connect users to Freely Available Information Resources

The Library invites you for training on Information Access. Training will be done on Tuesday, 1st – Thursday, 3rd Nov. 2011. There will be two sessions per day. First session will be held from 10.00 am to 12.00 pm and second session from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm. Please specify the day and time you would like to train to or come physically to the Library Issue Desk and register. You can also register online