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Vice Chancellor urges First Years to Pursue Academic Excellence.

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The University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi has urged freshmen from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, First Years, Class of 2018 to pursue academic excellence. He was speaking at the Great Court, Main Campus on, February 22, 2018.


“You are joining a well ranked University, the best locally and in the region. Here we value hard work and excellence. Hard work has been the gold standard and it shall remain so, for a long time to come. I look forward to you working hard and being great and global citizens. We have resources to help you excel in your studies and become honourable members of the society who are able to serve the society with distinction, “said the Vice-Chancellor.

Prof. Mbithi urged First Years to take cue from the great leaders the University of Nairobi have produced like the Noble Laureate, Prof. Wangari Maathai. “I expect you to be the next Nobel Laureates, “he said. He as well challenged to the freshmen to embrace technology, innovation, creativity and develop themselves to be great citizens even as they shun vices like alcoholism, drug abuse and prostitution. Guard against such, exploit the good cultures, he said. It is by solving the problems of others that great leaders like Jack Ma, Bill Gates among others, became great. Students were challenged to emulate such great world leaders.

On academics, the Vice-Chancellor, cautioned students against skipping classes and cheating in exams. Exams cheating results in one punishment and that is expulsion from the University. “Maintain academic decency and integrity”, he cautioned.

Regarding security, the students were told to observe the rules and regulations of the University and above all, observe the laws of the land.

On their career goals, students have been urged to dream big. Dream like Martin Luther King Junior. Dream of greatness. In the recent past, the University of Nairobi designed a satellite which shall be launched in May, 2018. Freshmen were urged to join such innovations and be part of the innovations ecosystem at the University of Nairobi. They were as well challenged to commercialize their innovations and be entrepreneurs upon completion of their studies.

Freshmen were urged to be humble even as they seek academic excellence. According to the Vice-Chancellor, humility is able to open many doors.  In his concluding remarks, Prof. Mbithi urged students to keep the campus clean. The University of Nairobi is a leader in environmental sustainability. The students were as well told to be politically neutral, embrace cultural diversity and cherish the true noble spirit of the academy.

“Follow your dreams. Make your choices. Make choices that will make you happy. Don’t settle for less, for you are neither sons nor daughters of a lesser God”, concluded the Vice-Chancellor amidst thunderous clap from the First Years.

Also present were members of the university Executive Board and Deans and Directors from various Schools, Colleges and the Central Administration.