In the midst of this global pandemic, most organizations have sought different ways of business continuity. The University of Nairobi has been on the forefront in research in different capacities and online teaching and learning.
In his address to staff and students on May 8, 2020, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Kiama noted that, “I note with appreciation that our faculty, guided by our philosophy for community service, have developed more than 80 concept proposals and more than 60 interventions for covid-19 response since February 2020. These include vaccine Development, community outreach, food security, ventilator fabrication, Sustainable urban mobility, Humanitarian and development interventions, Education and rapid response, rapid response to Fiscal and Economic implications, Poverty, psychosocial support, victims and conflicts among others. “
On online teaching and learning, the Vice Chancellor announced that over 5500 virtual classes have taken place and are still going on. Prof. Kiama mentioned the efforts of staff, students and partnership with network service providers that has made this possible.
Prof. Kiama revealed that the senate has approved online examination and procedure noting that students with special needs and disadvantaged groups will be dealt with on a case to case basis within the department level.
He said, “As a World Class university all our examination guidelines and procedures have been benchmarked against the global best practice and we shall continue to ensure that they are reliable, consistent and of integrity.
We have also made consultations with the stakeholders including Professional bodies and regulators. I would wish to applaud the Council for legal Education and Commission for University Education who in recognition of the prevailing circumstances and formidable effects of Covid-19, acknowledge the need to continue teaching and learning using technology and maintaining standards and quality.”
The VC also highlighted that the the office of career services will in collaboration with partners hold a virtual career fair 2020 soon. He noted that the office continues to facilitate students with opportunities for internship and employment using online platforms.
The Vice Chancellor concluded by assuring the university stakeholders of the management’s commitment to its core mandate of teaching and learning and ensuring that the University produces holistic individuals.