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The Cabinet Secretary, Amb. Amina Mohamed congratulates Prof. Julius Alexander Ogeng’o upon receiving a Post-Doctoral Degree conferred to him by the Chancellor, Dr. Vijoo Rattansi. Looking on is the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi and the Academic Registrar, Mr. B.M. Waweru.

The University of Nairobi’s Chancellor, Dr. Vijoo Rattansi has conferred degrees and awarded diplomas to over 3900 graduates.

At the 59th UoN graduation, the nation witnessed Prof. Julius Alexander Ogeng’o receive the University of Nairobi’s Post-Doctoral Degree. Prof. Ogeng’o is the fifth recipient to be awarded the feat.

Presiding over her 10th graduation as Dr. Rattansi welcomed the newly appointed UoN Council led by Prof. Julia Ojiambo.

“This is the first time in a long time that has been graced by a wholly and fully constituted University Council,” she said. “I want to thank the Cabinet Secretary, Amb. Amina Mohamed for instituting the process leading to the appointment of this Council.”

Dr. Rattansi also addressed the issue of funding.

“We acknowledge the resource challenges that we continue to experience as a public university. Capitation continues to be a huge challenge to all public universities,” she said. “Improving the outcome quality of our graduates continues to be a standing commitment. In the long term, our collective resolve to augment government capitation with alternative resources coupled with superior operational efficiency will yield expected results. It will be a long road, but determinedly we will tread this unbeaten path to get there.”

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi called on the government to review the current funding model for public universities.

“While the government has been kind in its support for the sector by initiating favorable policies and reforms, the current harsh economic reality calls for a review of the funding model for universities,” said Prof. Mbithi. “If we truly want to sustain the quality and the competitiveness of our higher education it should be imperative for the government to dialogue with the higher education stakeholders to avert what I may call “the quality crisis” in future!”

Prof. Mbithi was speaking at the University’s 59th graduation ceremony where over 3900 graduates conferred degrees were and awarded diplomas by the Chancellor, Dr. Vijoo Rattansi.

During the ceremony, the nation witnessed Prof. Julius Alexander Ogeng’o receive the University of Nairobi’s Post-Doctoral Degree. Prof. Ogeng’o is the fifth recipient to be awarded the feat.

Congratulating the new council, the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Amb. Amina Mohamed announced that the Ministry will soon fill vacant positions in the various university councils.  The CS challenged universities to streamline, simplify and create awareness on commercialization of knowledge.

“You will agree with me that enough research has been done.  Enough theories and development models have been generated.   What remains is for us to develop home-grown solutions and models of development,” she said. “I believe the universities should lead in providing more creative, bold and innovative approaches to development than we currently employ. Research has shown that harnessing of research outputs and assets can easily transform the economic health of our institutions.”

Speaking on behalf of the alumni, University of Nairobi Alumni Association, Dr. Amit Thakker, Chairman, UoN Medicine Alumni Chapter announced that the Association will launch a campaign to reach alumni.

“This month, we will be launching Digital Marketing Campaign which will seek to create awareness amongst our alumni, recruit more members to our Association and also set the pace for other Alumni Associations in Kenya,” he said. He called on the graduates to return to their alma mater and give-back.

To date, over 200,000 have graduated from the University of Nairobi.

Chancellor's speech

Cabinet Secretary's speech

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