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The core objective of SocialPRO clubs is to educate, impart knowledge & skills on various disciplines of social media to the university students and faculty. These clubs will also provide companies …

The core objective of SocialPRO clubs is to educate, impart knowledge & skills on various disciplines of social media to the university students and faculty. These clubs will also provide companies with a talent pool of graduates with a solid understanding of new media to help fix the knowledge gap in the corporate world. These clubs will also enhance collaboration between universities, exchange of ideas among the students and the industry and nurture creativity because students shall be exposed to the limitless possibilities online and learn how to tap into that potential therein. SocialPRO clubs will help university students refine their business ideas and find a high-potential commercial opportunity, gather resources such as talent and capital, figure out how to sell and market the idea and manage rapid growth. How? All the key partners they need for their start up ideas are on social networking sites. SocialPRO clubs will also create a platform that will enhance product and consumer engagement through creativity and innovation. The faculty will also benefit from these clubs as they’ll learn how to create and share digital content in various formats with the students across platforms thus ease content sharing and make learning more fun!

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  • 1. UoN receives grant to renovateTaifa Hall
  • 2. VarsityFocus Our Vision A world-class university committed to scholarly excellence. Our Mission To provide quality university education and training and to embody the aspirations of the Kenyan people and the global community through creation, preservation, integration, transmission and utilization of knowledge. Our Core Values • freedom of thought and expression; • innovativeness and creativity; • good corporate governance; • team spirit and teamwork; • professionalism; • quality customer service; • responsible corporate citizenship and strong social responsibility; • respect for and conservation of the environment.
  • 3. s VarsityFocus VarsityFocus Published By Office of the Vice-Chancellor Public Relations Department University of Nairobi contents P Box 30197 - 00100 Nairobi .O. Tel: 020 - 020-318262 Ext 28263 Telefax: 020 2246369 Email: pr@uonbi.ac.ke www.uonbi.ac.ke Copyright profile University of Nairobi, 2012 All rights reserved Editor State of the Tropics: Charles E. Sikulu Life shorter in the Sub-Editor tropics Njeri Muhoro Contributors The launch of a Regional Surgical Skills Centre Mariam Wachera Maina Wallace Chwalla Webuye H.O.D at UoN Nzilani Muhia Joseph Thuku Ireri Kinyua Chinese to help build Centre for Photography Seismological Training David M. Syuki Charles Muriuki and Research Creative Design outbox communications School of Journalism +254-020-2317477 to collaborate with China info@outbox.co.ke Communication University VF DEC 2012 1
  • 4. VarsityFocus EDITORIAL A year full of many achievements O ur final edition of others, have either formally Secretary General, Ban Ki the 2012 Varsity signed memorandum of Moon, while three School Focus highlights understanding or began of Business students were some of the recent activities collaboration talks with named worthy Google of the last quarter of this UoN. Ambassadors, for seizing year and in a nutshell, the opportunity to use The University also hosted reflects on some o f the technology to promote local and foreign dignitaries major accomplishments. sustainable development. in intellectual discourse This year we recorded The Women Student with students and staff. the highest ever number Welfare Association The President of Ford of graduates from the (WOSWA) through the Foundation, Antony Louis University of Nairobi - the Chairperson Nzilani Muia, Ubiñas, the Chief Justice, 47th and 48 congregations participated in regional Dr. Willy Mutunga and have released over 13,000 forums which advocate representatives from the degree and diploma for faster development by On this front, UN, IMF and World Bank integrating women into key holders into the job market, Universities have interacted with the highlighting the strategic decision making positions UoN Community in recentfrom the US, UK, importance of University of times. The Ford Foundation in grassroots organizations Nairobi in providing quality and at a national level. China, South human resources to drive President, while giving his The Psychology Club in talk also announced a grant Africa, Uganda the country towards the of USD 500,000 to refurbish conjunction with other and Sudan attainment of the Kenya Taifa Hall and modernize stakeholders, engaged Vision 2030. in corporate social among others it to suit the academic responsibility activities by The University has also activities it has become have either increased collaborations synonymous with. helping needy children in Kawangware, through formally signed with leading international Students on their part have counseling and mentorship. universities to raisememorandum of resources that will aid been active in participating These and other stories in international forums and understanding research, student and staff constitute our 2012 final engaging in innovative edition of the Varsity Focus. or began exchange and scholarships ventures. Wallace Chwalla, I hope you enjoy reading it. among others. On this collaboration front, Universities from the an engineering student, Do not hesitate to give us was privileged to share your feedback. talks with UoN. US, UK, China, South Africa, a forum with the UN Uganda and Sudan, among Charles E. Sikulu2 VF DEC 2012
  • 5. VICE-CHANCELLOR VarsityFocusMaintaining International LinksI n 2012, the University of Nairobi took up a fundamental part of Prof. George A.O. Magoha, Vice Chancellor its business, whichis to maintain and forgeprogrammes and links The outcome of such linkswith universities and otherinstitutions worldwide. This was sharing expertise,year, the university entered professionalism and commonover 15 new international experiences and solutions tocollaborative arrangements. problemsEducation with aninternational component is security, engineering, A third exciting andnecessary to equip students architecture, economics, major collaborationwith knowledge and skills and the arts. For instance, link is that with theto survive and grow in a Lanzhou University, China, Chinese Earthquakecompetitive labour market. is working with teams in the Administration, and the (USHEPiA) AdvisoryMost links and collaboration areas of dry land agriculture department of geology. Committee Meeting, heldactivities included and new agricultural Under the MoU, there will in October 2012, at ourinstitutional capacity technologies. be, the establishment of University and with partnersbuilding (staff training and An example of a major a Centre for Seismological drawn from :Universitiesdevelopment, infrastructure, and very international Training and Research in of Botswana, Cape Town,equipment and donations of collaboration is the link East Africa. The Centre will Dar es Salaam, Nairobi,consumable) collaborative project with University of be the base for expanding Zambia, Zimbabwe,research, book donations, Witwatersrand in South the four seismic stations Makerere University andjoint publications, journals, Africa, which is centred on running in Kenya and Jomo Kenyatta University ofinternational and local components of teaching, will also serve to train Agriculture and Technology,conferences, workshops, research and community international and local noted that since itsseminars, symposium, engagement in public postgraduate students in inception, 52 persons hadcontribution to the world of health, engineering, social order to increase the human been awarded degrees.science, colloquia etc. sciences and palaeontology. resource base in earthquake A further eight fellowsAgain through such links, mitigation technology and are on the completionacademic members of staff Another example of a major research. list, indicating that higherand students have avenues ongoing collaboration education in Africa is project is that between It is not in doubt thatthrough which to further being impacted on. The the School of Business promoting collaborationstheir research activities and Progromme sponsors, The and the Switzerland and links has strengthenedat the same time jointly Rockefeller Foundation, Management Centre, which the institutional andsource for funds in order to the Carnegie Corporation aims at strengthening human capacity inpromote research activities’, and the Andrew W Mellon training and applied African universities.institutional capacity Foundation have indeed research at PhD level, We are delighted thatbuilding and exchange of done a wonderful job with with online programmes the University Science,publications and journals. funding of fellowships in in Entrepreneurship and Humanities and EngineeringSome of the areas identified the humanities and social Human Resource Capital. Partnerships in Africainclude agriculture, food sciences. VF DEC 2012 3
  • 6. VarsityFocus RESEARCHState of the Tropics: Life shorterin the tropicsA world-wide initiative to define the challenges facingthe peoples of the tropicswas launched by 13 leadingresearch institutions across12 countries. The groupreleased an early insightof its planned State of theTropics Report with detailsof why life expectancy islower in the region than inthe rest of the world.The full report to bepublished next year willshed light on the criticalimportance of the people on UoN among 13 institutions involved in theissues of the tropical world,and contribute to efforts study of life in the tropicsto improve the lives of thepeoples of the Tropics and University and the Nanyang Technological University; Infant mortality in thetheir environment. tropics fell from 161 deaths • Organisation for Tropical Studies, Costa Rican hub;The 13 institutions involved • University of Copenhagen, Denmark; per 1000 live births toare: 58 over the same period. • University of Hawaii – Manoa – USA;• University of Nairobi, However in the rest of the • University of Papua New Guinea; world it is 33 and the rate Kenya; • University of the South Pacific, Fiji; and, of improvement has been• Escuela Superior • Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia, Brazil. greater. Politiécnica del Litorial, Ecuador; According to Professor George Magoha, Vice Chancellor of As a general rule, regions• James Cook University, the University of Nairobi, the facts and figures relating to life that have experienced large Australia; expectancy in the Tropics show significant improvements over falls in the absolute infant• Liverpool School of the past 60 years. But there is still a substantial gap between mortality rate also report Tropical Medicine, the Tropics and the rest of the world. large improvements in life England; expectancy. The insight reveals that life expectancy in the Tropics has• Mahidol University, increased by 22.8 years to 64.4 years between 1950 and 2010 “The exception is Central Thailand; and the gap between the life expectancy of women and men & Southern Africa, where• Singapore’s National has widened in favor of women over the same period. although infant mortality 4 VF DEC 2012
  • 7. RESEARCH VarsityFocus expectancy; Central and Southern Africa extreme include: poverty; poor Madagascar reported the educational largest improvement in life outcomes; expectancy between 1950- environmental 55 and 2005-10, increasing degradation; by 29.1 years to be 65.8 and, in some years in 2005-10, with large cases, political reductions in both infant and economic and adult mortality rates. instability. The key objective Life expectancy in of the project Zimbabwe declined by is to enable two years over the period, a better to be 46.6 years in 2005- understanding 10. Zimbabwe was the of the tropical only nation in the world world, the key to record a decline in life challenges of expectancy. In regional the region as terms, Zimbabwe has a low well as the infant mortality rate, but a opportunities very high adult mortality it provides. rate (it is the highest in the world). In 2008 more than Professor half the deaths in Zimbabwe Magoha said were related to HIV/ AIDSrates have fallen significantly, lives in the Tropics and this that in Africa, the reality (again, the highest rate inhigh mortality rates in the is likely to be close to 50 per was that there was still a the world).non-infant population, cent by 2050. The region considerable health ‘deficit’largely related to HIV/ generates around 20 per relative to other regions of Of the ten nations with theAIDS, have constrained cent of global economic the world.“Greater national lowest life expectancy inoverall improvements in output and is home to some and international efforts 2005-10, seven are in thelife expectancy,” Professor 80 per cent of the world’s are necessary to improve tropical region of Central &Magoha said. biodiversity. However, the the health, living conditions Southern Africa. resources to sustain larger and security of the tropicalProfessor Sandra Harding, It is intended that the State populations and economic African population,”the Vice Chancellor of of the Tropics Report will be growth are imposing ever-Australia’s James Cook Life expectancy in Kenya published every five years increasing pressures.University which initiated has increased by 12.7 with a annual State of thethe State of the Tropics Issues of concern include years to 55.0, a modest Tropics paper focusing on aproject, said that over relatively poor health improvement relative to key issue.the past half-century, the outcomes, with more than the region, where lifeTropics has emerged as an one billion people suffering expectancy increased byincreasingly critical region. from tropical diseases, 16.0 years to 52.8.More than 40 percent of unacceptable levels of infant Other findings relative tothe world’s population now mortality and reduced life VF DEC 2012 5
  • 8. VarsityFocus RESEARCH surgery, general surgery, gynecology, orthopedics, general practice, theatre nursing and other disciplines at basic, intermediate and advanced levels. The course will be led by a faculty made up of renowned local and international experts. Speaking during the Launch ceremony, Ag Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi, said that the Centre is a welcome addition to enhancing medical practice in Africa and is also a perfect example of Industry/Public cooperation. Prof. Mbithi pledged the full support of the University to ensure that the Centre’s operations are not derailed.The launch of a regional The Chairman of NSSC, Prof. J. O. Mulimba,Surgical Skills Centre thanked the University of Nairobi, Johnson & Johnson and Philips Healthcare TechnologiesA new surgical skills ceremony presided over by skills amongst medical centre has been the Acting Vice-Chancellor, practitioners in the Sub- The Centre will established at the Prof. Peter Mbithi. Saharan Africa. Indeed,University of Nairobi to offer recent studies indicate address the Located at UON’straining in the region. The Chiromo Campus in the that these countries have acute shortageNairobi Surgical Skills Centre less than one surgeon(NSSC), a joint initiative Department of Anatomy, per 100,000 people, of specialist the state-of-the-art facilitybetween the University of will impart practical surgical which is below the WHO skills amongstNairobi, Johnson & Johnson experience among health recommendation of one medicaland Philips Healthcare surgeon per 5000 people.Technologies, was officially care professionals in Kenya practitioners and Sub-Saharan Africa. NSSC will provide alaunched in November, The Centre will address the wide range of skills in in the Sub-2012, at the University acute shortage of specialist open and laparoscopic Saharan Africa.of Nairobi, in a colourful 6 VF DEC 2012
  • 9. ALUMNI VarsityFocusfor ensuring the successfulestablishment of the UoN alumnus named ‘Hero of Chemistry’Centre, while Mr. SteveBrockie, General Manager,Johnson & Johnson, Sub-Saharan Africa said that Dthe Centre is part of the r. George Njoroge, a scientific Award for Professional Achievement incompany’s commitment researcher based in Indiana, United Industry and the Thomas Alva Edisonto support professional States, was recently inducted into Patent Award for emerging therapies.education in Sub-Saharan the coveted scientific ‘Hall of Fame’, when Varsity Focus congratulatesAfrica and that it will he was named the 2012 Hero of Chemistry, Dr. Njoroge and his team on thishelp advance the skills of by the American Chemical Society (ACS), the achievement.health care professionals world’s largest scientific society.in the region. Besides The honors come in the wake ofproviding the physical the discovery and development of thefacility, the partnership will Hepatitis C drug Victrelis by Njoroge andsee the University acquire a team of scientists working at the globaland prepare cadavers pharmaceutical firm, Merck Researchand source local faculty. Laboratories. The drug, which is the first oralJohnson & Johnson will Hepatitis C virus protease approved by theprovide equipment to FDA, has been approved in 43 countries,facilitate training, ensure and is in the market in 23 of these countries.availability of cadavers andprovide external staff. Njoroge, an alumnus of the University of Nairobi, graduated with a first class honors Also present during in Organic Chemistry, and pursued furtherthe launch ceremony studies graduating with a PhD in Organicwere: Mr. Mukesh Mehta, Chemistry from Case Western ReserveGroup Managing Director, University, Cleveland, Ohio in 1985. InPhillips Pharma Group 1988, Njoroge joined the Schering-Ploughof Companies, Prof. Corporation (SPRI), as a researcher andBernard Aduda, Principal, focused on the design and synthesis of orallyCollege of Biological and bio-available small molecules for treatmentPhysical Sciences, Prof. of viral diseases and cancer.J.O. Mulimba, NSSC BoardChairman, and Dr. Chris A prolific scholar, Njoroge has publishedSamkange, President, extensively in professional journals onCollege of Surgeons in East, synthetic organic chemistry and drugCentral and Southern Africa design. To his credit he has authored and(COSECSA). Also present co-authored more than 120 scientificwere representatives from publications and been granted 78 US patents.the Ministry of Medical Further, Njoroge is a recipient of numerousServices and Kenyatta awards including the meritorious EmeraldNational Hospital. VF DEC 2012 7
  • 10. VarsityFocus PROFILEMeet the legendary Mathematics in 1966 at Allahabad, and again in Physics at the same UniversityMathematician in 1968, and graduated with a PhD in Mathematics in 1971 from Benares Hindu University. Pokhariyal was able to submit his DS.c work from NairobiI and he was examined and awarded the t is a fine afternoon do you need from an organization? degree from Benares University in 1988. You must always in life show you in November, with appreciation for an entity that does not A devote Hindu, Pokhariyal traces birds chattering, ignore you, and this is what will make his humility and discipline to thechirping, and your life so much more important. inspiration and support that his parentsstudents briskly Prof. Pokhariyal was born over gave; his father was a popular advocatemoving along the sixty years ago in India; the former and freedom fighter and indeed his uncle and four brothers have followedcorridors. Inside Uttrra-Pradesh state, his family’s home that line. He was tutored by Prof. R.one tiny but cozy overlooked the Himalayan range, Uttra- S. Mishra whom he describes as acubicle, Ganesh kand, his home town, is at the foot heels of the Himalayas and is a religious philosopher and scientist extraordinaire.Prasad Pokhariyal pilgrimage state for Hindus. Again, In Kenya he has continued to drawis extolling on the the state also has an institution that inspiration from Samuel Kinyanjui - his landlord whom he says is a peacefulvirtues of discipline, trains Islamic philosophers at Devband. man, he only comes to the housecommitment and Pokhariyal remembers his early life when invited. He makes life easy.hard work. growing up in the hills. “Life was tough, we walked everywhere, that hard life It is intriguing that, rising from the G. P or Pokhariyal as he tells me, is . line of law, Pokhariyal would chose always gives you a humbling effect.Professor of Applied Mathematics at the mathematics as a course of study. The huge mountain always in frontUniversity of Nairobi and unlike what Quickly, he assures me that his desire reminds you, making you appreciate theyou expect from a don of surliness, to study mathematics stems from high heavens and the creation of God, andcold eyes and a perpetual, I have been school where he was a mathematics the environment reminds you that youmisused bowed shoulder, Pokhariyal and physics scholar-the general theory should never dare challenge the rules.is a happy man. I am happy, I like the of relativity (Eistein theory) is actually This was always a lesson in humility.scholarly environment and the best based on logic “I tell my students Pokhariyal studied Physics, that math’s is the most logical andpart of this is the fact that whatever Chemistry and Mathematics for his the simplest discipline because it is selfsuggestion or what I get to put across B.sc degree at Allahabad University; verifying -you immediately know if youis taken and implemented. What else he pursued a master’s course in are going on the right track. You 8 VF DEC 2012
  • 11. PROFILE VarsityFocusdo not need anybody to verify the pathfor you”. According to Pokhariyal, maths According to Pokhariyal, math’s matches with mythology; mans-energymatches with mythology; mans-energyrelationship, is akin to the body and soul relationship, is akin to the body and soulrelationship and it matches mortal andimmortal. It is therefore important for relationship and it matches mortal andstudents of mathematics to realize thatthe discipline streamlines your thought immortal.process to have logic and that istransformed into your life and becomesmore or less in your habits. This makesyour life easy and smooth. Pokhariyal has been living in Nairobiand has worked for the University forthe last thirty eight years, and he hasnever wavered from continuing to workhere “you do not live in a country for38 years if you do not have mutualliking and respect. My interactionshave been enjoyable indeed, when Imeet ordinary Kenyans and theyidentify me as mwalimu at theUniversity, immediate affectionthreads are sewn, this makeslife fantastically enrichingoutside the University” After graduatingwith his master’sdegree, ProfPokhariyal taughtat BenaresHinduUniversity.Thetraditionat VF DEC 2012 9
  • 12. VarsityFocus PROFILE city, the dazzle of life complicates and makes them so emotional that it will take time for them to catch up. Now given that mathematics and English were core and they used to be given in the two year period of form five/six, we now have to prepare them in the first semester, but it is not only the system of 8/4/4, there is perhaps aBenares was that one could get a problem, with mathematic’s standards Pokhariyal taught at KUC betweenresearch position and still teach. What and moral aspects of teachers globally, 1974 and 1979, he started teaching atdrew him to Benares however was that teachers seem to lack dedication, they UON proper in 1976, at the time forhis supervisor, Prof. Mishra, shifted to have not made the effort to teach the Faculty of Engineering, where heBenares. “When he approached Mishra mathematics and in the spirit of taking taught the geometry course. In 1978,to supervise him for his PhD, destiny shortcuts inculcate a spirit of hatred for he was offered a full time position atmatched so much with what his father, the discipline. I do not see any reason Chiromo and finally joined the UONwho had studied at Benares wanted why girls and boys cannot do well in on 1st April 1979. “When I joined theme for me. My father was very happy math’s and physics. I know that in high University, remuneration was okay; ourwith me. He had been given an offer school, teachers tell girls that math’s students were so good that we wereto join the philosophy department, but and physics are not for them. proud to be associated with them. Iopted to look after family property. believe that the same holds today, that The conversation is heating up, Pokhariyal taught at Benares in any part of the world our students and Prof. Pokhariyal gives me what is abetween 1968 and 1970 and was would do well. If we are mean enough new thread, that training of teachers isenlisted on a post doctoral research to give them a B+, they get A+ at not adequate in terms of the teachingposition, where he also helped junior Harvard and Stanford. Again when I methodology and the subject content.research fellows. In 1970, he saw an joined we had fairly good interaction “Mathematics should be approachedadvert in the “Nature magazine. “I with global academic institutions with its possible applications shown tosimply applied and was offered a job in through external examination, staff was the students, for instance, mathematicsthe University. I was born in a big state fairly international. has a fantastic application in every‘Utter Pradesh, and was supposed to discipline, once this is injected in every So tell me, I ask, where did thejoin politics by consensus of the people. students mind, that hatred will go rain hit us? Frankly, a misnomerBut my father persuaded me and the down. We should capture students was introduced with the shift tocommunity to allow me to first earn at the catchment level at high school. 8/44. The challenge introduced isand utilize my professional capacity. I At the School of Mathematics, there that the fresher’s were not preparedguess if I was still in India, and given is an out-reach progromme that mentally and academically to take upthe turmoil in Utter Pradesh, I would be goes to schools to demonstrate. One independent study. The lights in thein jail.” methodology for teaching that works10 VF DEC 2012
  • 13. PROFILE VarsityFocus entrepreneur and has a sharp maths education can be successful in their venture, they immediately see the consequence of numbers, margin of profit, appraisal of investment risks and probability”. Pokhariyal is married to Mohini and she has played a big role in his life. To be honest, I don’t worry how my house is arranged. She arranges my clothes daily. Her management leaves me with enough time to interact between my students and colleagues. Mohini actually pushes me, she remembers my diary and allows me to work. We have two children; the elder son Shuvranshi did electrical engineering at the University of Nairobi and works forwell is group study. Methodology question on the tip of my tongue, Intel. Our second son Devesh, studiedshould boost morale, upraise uptake, what openings exist for someone aerospace engineering in Arizona, hedesign strategy that the weakest of who has done mathematics, is biting. has a master’s degree in aerospacestudent’s can understand and pass. “You see, says Pokhariyal, in the late engineering, and an MBA from Thunder 1970, Price Water house etc.” became world. He is a fairly top manager at Kenya is not doing badly on the Rockwell Collins, the company that convinced that BSc mathematicsworld map of maths. Prof Pokhariyal develops stimulators for defense and graduates are trainable for economics,observes that our students are civilian use in Virginia, USA. My children business, accounting, economics etc.comparable to any other in the world. are Kenyan and are fluent Kiswahili The mathematics branch of actuarialThe degree of the UON is globally speakers and were raised as Kenyan. sciences has drawn students and getsrecognised, for instance when my son them jobs in the insurance sector. Pokhariyal is very athletic, tall, atwanted to apply for a green card, they Industrial maths is designed to suit the 5.11, he is not stooped. He does 45asked for his course outline in electrical needs of the sector with mathematics minutes of yoga and exercises everyengineering, and they scrutinized the tools, while biometry is designed morning. He has played soccer in highoutline and pronounced it globally to train researchers in the area of school and at university, tennis andcompetitive. International exposure, biomedical and medicine research. chess.initiatives in teaching, seminars, Indeed, social statistics at master’s levelconferences for enhancing PhD’s and Pokhariyal observes that if by Gods is for any discipline, it is essential inpublication can also assist the University grace, he has breath to give and the research and health disciplines whereto regain its old glory. The interaction University wants him to continue he data is being analysed. Some of the topwith international experts and the will do so, mentoring, and supervising. employees of mathematics students areglobal community is imperative. He has cleared 5 students to graduate Kenya Bureau of Statistics, Central Bank, The tradition at the University Ministry of Finance, Kenya Airways and with PhD, next year he may have 6/7of Nairobi is one of: identify good those requiring operations research PhD students. “ I believe that if youstudents; nurturing them is a tried specializations. devote all your effort to train andtradition that cements relationships. improve the quality of the children of “I tell students that one of the the nation, then the almighty takes careThis is the tradition set by the late most important aspects of maths is of yours”.Morris Alala, George Saitoti, etc. The that anyone who wants to be an VF DEC 2012 11
  • 14. VarsityFocus LINKSChinese to help build Centre forSeismological Training and ResearchP lans are underway for the establishment of a Centre forSeismological Training andResearch in East Africa, tobe based at the Collegeof Biological and PhysicalSciences (CBPS), andsupported by the ChineseEarthquake Administration. This was first revealedduring a courtesy callby a delegation fromthe Chinese EarthquakeAdministration on the ViceChancellor, represented by The leader of the Chinese delegation, Mr. Chen Jianmin, Dr. Gladys Kianji and Prof. Isaac Mbeche.Prof Isaac Mbeche, DeputyVice Chancellor, Student international and local the development of a This link will also createAffairs, in September, postgraduate students in comprehensive proposal will greater understanding2012. During the courtesy order to increase the human be critical for broadening between the peoples ofcall, a memorandum of resource base in earthquake the area of research, training both countries and broadenunderstanding was signed mitigation technology and and student sponsorship and deepen cooperation inand equipment, books and research. under the present MOU. other fields. The University,USD 10,000 donated to the Further, he noted that on its part, will adhere to During the courtesyDepartment of Geology. the Chinese Earth quake the commitments outlined call, it was revealed According to Prof Administration attaches in the MOU and their that exchange of staffBarongo, of the Eastern great interest to links implementation. and joint research toAfrican Working Group, the with the department of enhance knowledge and Those present during theCentre will have a powerful geology in order to share research uptake will be courtesy call included Proflaboratory, equipped expertise, professionalism critical. The leader of the Bernard Aduda, Principalwith hard ware and other and common experiences Chinese delegation, Mr. CBPS, Dr Gladys Kianji oftools including a broad and solutions to problems. Chen Jianmin, noted that the East and South Africanband seismic unit. The Seismological WorkingCentre will be the base for Group, Deputy Directorexpanding the four seismic During the courtesy call, a memorandum CIPL, Prof Seth Mcligeyo andstations running in Kenya of understanding was signed and other academic staff fromand will also serve to train equipment, books and USD 10,000 CBPS. donated to the Department of Geology. 12 VF DEC 2012
  • 15. AWARD VarsityFocus dentist. Prof. Kaimenyi has served in different leadership roles in various professional bodies including the Kenya Dental Association, the East and Southern Africa Section of the International Association for Dental Research and the Commonwealth Dental Association. Prof. Kaimenyi thanked PFA for the honour and his family and friends for supporting him. He said that he was committed to be in the category of people who have prepared to live to the letter and spirit of the Award and the Academy. He called on professional colleagues to work towards the greater good of the community. Dr. Pankaj Patel, Chairman, PFA Among those who witnessed Kenya, Prof. J.T. Kaimenyi and Prof. PGeorge Magoha, Vice Chancellor UoN. rof. Jacob Kaimenyi, Deputy the auspicious moment was Prof. Vice Chancellor (DVC), Academic Kaimenyi’s wife, Stella and their Affairs, was recently awarded daughter, Ann, Prof. Isaac Mbeche, the Honorary Fellowship of the Pierre DVC, Student Affairs, Prof. Lucy Fauchard Award (PFA) in a colourful Irungu, DVC, Research, Production and Extension, Prof. Isaac Kibwage, Prof. ceremony held in the Vice Chancellor’s Committee Room. Principal, College of Health Sciences and Prof. Enos Njeru, Principal, Kaimenyi The award, which was formally College of Humanities and Social presented by Dr. Pankaj Patel, Sciences. Representatives from the Chairman, PFA Kenya, is given to Kenya Dental Association, Ministry of awarded individuals who have made a valuable contribution to the advancement of Medical Services and the Association of Professional Societies in East Africa Honorary the art and science of dentistry. Prof. were also present. Everlyne Wagaiyu, Dean, School of Dental Sciences and a PFA Fellow, read PFA has also awarded scholarships to Fellowship the pledge and administered the oath three UoN dental students to assist to Prof. Kaimenyi. the young Kenyans to access university education in dental sciences. Speaking during the function, Prof. George Magoha, the Vice-Chancellor, Varsity Focus congratulates Prof. congratulated Prof. Kaimenyi for the Kaimenyi and wishes him success as achievement and described his deputy he strives to maintain and sustain his as an outstanding and committed contributions to dentistry. VF DEC 2012 13
  • 16. VarsityFocus COLLABORATIONUON and Wits increase collaboration During the unique meeting, Information and Communication Technology, mining, financial education Wits and staff exchange were University, identified as some of the Director thematic areas for potential of Special collaboration. Projects, Oliver Seale, Prof. Present during the meeting Loyiso G. were : Prof. Lucy Irungu, Nongxa and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof. George Research, Production and Magoha, Vice Extension, Prof. Peter Mbithi, Chancellor Deputy Vice-Chancellor, UoN. Administration and Finance, Prof. Prof. SimeonT he University of revealed during a meeting Magoha acknowledged the Mitema, Director, Centre for Nairobi (UoN) and between Prof. George importance of developing International Programmes the University of Magoha, Vice Chancellor, training programmes that and Links (CIPL), Dr. JamenWitwatersrand (Wits) UoN and Prof. Loyiso G. will contribute to the Were, Director, Schoolwill soon expand the Nongxa, in November 2012. nation’s sustainable growth. of Mathematics, amongscope of the existing He said that the University others. Prof. Nongxa Prof. Nongxa said thatcollaboration between has a long way to go was accompanied by the African universities need tothe two institutions, especially in research and Director of Special Projects, engage and participate inwhich includes research, development. Oliver Seale. developmental discussionsteaching and community on Africa, rather than, sitting African universities need to engage andengagement, public health, back as Ivory Towers.engineering, social sciences participate in developmental discussions onand paleontology. This was In his remarks, Prof. AfricaLanzhou University delegation visits UoNA s part of the familiarization steps Presiding over a meeting on behalf with the LZU team in various areas towards the realization of the of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Isaac including dry land agriculture and new objectives of the memorandum Mbeche, Deputy Vice Chancellor, agricultural technologies.of understanding (MOU) recently Student Affairs, welcomed the move In attendance was Prof. Jacobsigned between the University of saying that UoN’s strategic plan is clear Kaimenyi, Deputy Vice Chancellor,Nairobi (UoN) and Lanzhou University on partnerships and linkages. He said Academic Affairs, Prof. Agnes(LZU), China, a delegation from LZU that through such arrangements, both Mwang’ombe, Principal, CAVS, Prof.visited UoN in October, 2012, to firm institutions will benefit especially from Solomon Shibairo, Dean, Faculty ofup on the collaboration in agriculture each other’s areas of expertise. Agriculture, Prof. Simeon Mitema,related projects especially in research, The College of Agriculture and Director, Centre for Internationalstudents and staff exchange and Veterinary Sciences (CAVS) is working Programmes and Links, among others.training.14 VF DEC 2012
  • 17. COMMUNITY SERVICE VarsityFocusPsychologyStudents Volunteerto teach in slumsF ollowing the clarion What the club members call by His Excellency anticipated was that they the President Hon will only teach the pupilsMwai Kibaki for free how to read and write.primary education , many That was not to be so,children joined the schools these young children hadnearest their residence. psychosocial issues thatThese children were mostly required resolution. Pupilsdrawn from lowly homes; from classes 5,6,7and 8 hademployed as house helps, different reasons as to why Some of the pupils tutored by members of the Psychologyfrom single parent headed they were in school. Their Club.household, HIV/AIDS reasons reflected their familyinfected and affected and challenges. Some came tofrom dysfunctional families. school for the free meal offered by the Word FoodThe Psychology Club of Programme at lunch break,the University of Nairobi others enjoy escape fromcontacted the Kusoma sexual harassment or to atTu Foundation based at least sleep in class, free fromKawangware Primary School brutality at home and otherto volunteer as teachers child abuse related issues.in a reading intervention.This was taken positively The members foundby the Club members who that they have to offer Undaunted by the challenges of tutoring in slumcommute to the school counseling and guidance to conditions, members of the Club arrive for the afternoonduring their free time. The groups and to individuals session.chairman organized them as they have differentinto groups of five to ten psychological and social performance. The most but has a limited staff due tostudents to attend on issues. With the help of the important service that they the location of the school indifferent days of the week. Department of Psychology offer now is counseling a high risk area.They meet their travelling and the University of Nairobi services to the pupils andexpenses because the fraternity, the Club will raise The Club is seeking how their parent(s) to lift their selfFoundation is nonprofit funds in order to carry out a best the child can be esteem and help them copemaking. Run by a retired more detailed research that protected and saved from with daily life challenges.teacher from the United will reveal the cause and drug addiction and abuse The school has 1400 pupilsKingdom. effects of poor education by others. VF DEC 2012 15
  • 18. VarsityFocus COLLABORATIONUoN and Reading discuss on collaboration meeting presided over by at the same time jointly Prof. Isaac Mbeche, Deputy source for funds with their Vice Chancellor, Student collaborators in order to Affairs, in October 2012, promote research activities, where different areas of institutional capacity collaboration were identified building and exchange of and discussed. publications and journals. According to Prof. Among some of the Steven Mithen, the Pro Vice areas identified include Chancellor of the University agriculture, food security, of Reading, the partnership engineering, architecture, between UoN and Reading economics, and the arts, T he University of will benefit from demand with possibilities forProf. Steven Mithen, thePro Vice Chancellor of Nairobi (UoN) has driven programmes that teaching and researchthe University of Reading entered into talks meet the international collaboration and exchangeand Prof. Isaac Mbeche, on collaboration with the market requirements. programmes. DetailedDeputy Vice Chancellor, University of Reading. This discussions on partnershipsStudent Affairs. While welcoming the was revealed during a and collaborations will initiative, Prof. Mbeche follow. said that programmes and “The partnership between UoN and reading linkages provide avenues The Reading delegation will benefit from demand driven programmes through which academic was on a one week visit of that meet the international market” members of staff and various institutions of higher students can further their learning in Africa, in a bid to requirements. research activities and identify new opportunities.School of Business to launch on-line coursesT he School of Business after the two schools Nzuve, the new method and convenient to all. (SOB) will launch two signed a memorandum of of delivery will increase Chairing the meeting, online postgraduate understanding to share admission of students to Prof. Isaac Mbeche,programmes through the academic resources and the School and accord Deputy Vice-Chancellor,support from Switzerland develop online programmes many prospective students Student Affairs, welcomedManagement Centre (SMC). at SOB. a chance to continue with the initiative by the two their education devoid The programmes The SOB will tap into schools and emphasized of barriers of distanceto be offered are the SMC expertise in developing the importance of and physical attendancedoctorate and masters and running relevant online collaborations, linkages requirements. By offeringin Entrepreneurship and programmes. According and partnerships in on-line courses, the SchoolHuman Resource Capital. to the Dean, School of developing capacities in will make the much neededThis initiative will be possible Business, Mr. Stephen modern institutions. He higher education accessible16 VF DEC 2012
  • 19. COLLABORATION VarsityFocusSchool of Journalism enters into talkswith China Communication UniversityT he School of Journalism delegation, Prof. Liu Jinan, and Mass Communication invited UoN to participate in the recently entered into setting up of the African Mediadeliberations with a delegation Centre at the Communicationfrom the Communication University University of China, noting thatof China, to explore possibilities it would present stakeholdersof collaboration in the field of with a chance to create mutualcommunication, research and understanding in developmentstaff and student exchange. The projects.collaboration will also focus on Present during the meetingprojects aimed at promoting women was Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi, Deputyin communication. Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Speaking during the visit, Prof. Enos Njeru, Principal,Prof. Isaac Mbeche, Deputy Vice College of Humanities andChancellor, Student Affairs, noted Social Sciences, Dr. Wambui Kiai,that the University of Nairobi Director, School of Journalism andrecognizes that education with an Mass Communication, and Prof.international character is necessary Simeon Mitema, Director, Centreto equip students with knowledge for International Programmes and Prof. Liu Jinan and Prof. Isaac Mbeche,and skills to survive and grow, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs. Linkages.in a competitive labour market.The team leader of the Chinesechallenged the stakeholders to Gerald Schwaiger, the Businessshare experiences and resources Development Manager, SMC.to benefit both parties and also This development will supportgrow beyond the School of the ongoing e-learning effortsBusiness. by the University through the Speaking on behalf of SMC Centre for Open and DistanceUniversity, the Deputy Vice- Learning and the e- LearningChancellor, Academic Affairs, Prof. Centre. In attendance was Prof.Ted Sun said the students will be Jacob Kaimenyi, the Deputy Vice-elevated to a world class level Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Prof.through the quality of on-line Enos Njeru, Principal, College ofeducation offered, developing Humanities and Social Sciencesappropriate programmes and Prof. Simeon Mitema, Director,and focusing on research. Centre for International Programmes Students research through WIFI facilitiesHe was accompanied by Dr. and Links (CIPL). availed at the campus. VF DEC 2012 17
  • 20. VarsityFocus DISCOURSEFord Foundation to fund renovation ofTaifa HallT he University of Nairobi (UoN) has been awarded a grantof $ 500,000 to renovateand modernize the TaifaHall. This was revealed duringa public lecture by FordFoundation President LuisA. Ubiñas held at UoN lastmonth. The well attendedpublic lecture was partof the Foundation’s 50thanniversary in EasternAfrica celebrations and itis befitting that it was heldin Taifa Hall, famous as aplace of rich history withintellectual debates datingback to close to 40 years Ford Foundation President Luis Ubiñas with Vice-Chancellor, Prof. George Magoha.ago.In introductory remarks,Prof. George Magoha their rightful role as leaders was given. In total, Ford on rethinking socialofficially welcomed the rather than being used as Foundation has supported movements, and studentguests and audience to the pawns by politicians. He the University in various voices in governanceUniversity and challenged urged Kenyans to embrace activities to the tune of of higher educationthe guest speaker to speak the “I can make it” spirit USD 5 million. Among such institutions.freely to the attentive which calls for people to be activities include supporting The interaction whichaudience. active in choosing all their the School of Journalism was aired live on Citizen leaders. This echoes a call and Mass Communication While reflecting TV was moderated by Julie being made in all gatherings to hold conferences,on the five decades of Gichuru of Royal Media asking the educated to take and build capacity as aprogress, opportunities Services. Also present charge of how they will be centre of excellence inand challenges in Eastern was Chief Justice Dr. Willy governed. communication, mediaAfrica, President Ubiñas Mutunga, Ford Foundation training and practices. Itcommended Kenya for the The partnership Representative for Eastern has also supported thegreat strides the country has between the Foundation Africa, Maurice Makoloo and Institute for Developmentmade since independence. and the UoN dates back to top University of Nairobi Studies to conduct researchHe said that every Kenyan, 1962 when the first grant Management.young or old has a specialresponsibility to make this The partnership between the foundation and the UoN datescountry better and called back to 1962 when the first grant was given.upon the youth to take18 VF DEC 2012
  • 21. DISCOURSE VarsityFocusWorld Students Summit for Sustainability 2012kicks off at UoNT he Taifa Hall was once requires governments to again the preferred promote the formulation choice of venue and implementationfor the official opening of strategies, policiesceremony of the World and programs forStudents Summit for the advancement ofSustainability 2012. The inclusive and sustainedfive-day Summit which economic developmenthad been organized through human resourceby the World Student development andCommunity for Sustainable technological innovation.Development (WSCSD) In this sense, education, Hon. James Orengo, Minister for Lands and Hon. Chirau Mwakwere,in partnership with the training and research are Minister for Environment and Mineral Resources arrive for the openingUniversity of Nairobi (UoN) key drivers of a Green session of the World Youth Forum for Sustainability.and UNEP’s Environmental Economy.” economy and sustainable entrepreneurship wasEducation and Training Unit The summit focussed development. held on the last day of the(EETU) was the first annual on developing a common summit.WSCSD summit to be held According to Nickson understanding of ain Africa. The theme of the Otieno, President, Speaking on behalf of green economy andsummit was “Students WSCSD, the aim of the the Vice Chancellor, Prof. how youth energy,leadership and innovation summit was to build the Jacob Kaimenyi, Deputy action and innovationtowards a green economy." students’ understanding Vice Chancellor- Academic could be harnessed for and enhance their actions Affairs congratulated the Opening the forum an enhanced impact in towards achieving a green students for dedicating theiron behalf of the Prime sustainable development. economy and to enhance time and energy on lookingMinister, Hon, James The summit topics were understanding of the green for solutions directedOrengo, Minister for energy, waste, water, food economy concept and towards environmentalLands congratulated and transport. Apart from increase action towards sustainability.students for hosting the keynote speeches, poster green entrepreneurshipforum and noted that “the presentations and group In attendance was by providing a platformtransition to a Green discussions, practical Hon. Amb. Chirau Ali for student-student andEconomy activities were incorporated Makwere, Minister for student-professional into the summit to Environment and Mineral interactions. ultimately, foster the Resources, Prof. Isaac formation of partnerships The students also Mbeche, Deputy Vice- for collaborative efforts got an opportunity to Chancellor, Student Affairs towards a green share and document their and Ibrahim Thiaw, Director, sustainability initiatives Division of Environmental in their various countries Policy Implementation, while laying a foundation UNEP are among those who for a green economy. A were present. special workshop on green Nickson Otieno, President, WSCSD, delivers his speech VF DEC 2012 19
  • 22. VarsityFocus CSRNeedy students to benefitfrom Rattansi bursaries The Rattansi Educational Trust recently donated Kshs 12,466,890.00 to support needy students in local institutions of higher learning.T he University of Nairobi was the main beneficiary getting over Kshs 2.3 million to support needy students. The donations weremade by the Trust’s Chairperson, Mrs VijooRattansi in a function at the University ofNairobi, attended by representativesof public and private institutions ofhigher learning.Speaking during the disbursement ceremony,Mrs Rattansi pledged that the Trust will continuesupporting higher education in the country byfinancing the needy students. In what is an annualevent, , many institutions of higher learningin Kenya , have over the last 56 years receivedbursaries to support needy students from the Rattansi Educational Trust. The Trust has been contributing The trust to the development of the country through investing in has been young people and eradicating contributing to poverty by funding the the development education of needy students. of the country Speaking on behalf of the through University of Nairobi, the investing in Vice Chancellor, Prof. George young people Magoha, thanked Mrs and eradicating Rattansi for the support she poverty by has been extending to higher learning institutions over funding the the years and challengedVice-Chancellor, Prof. George Magoha receives a cheque of 2.3M education of other Kenyans to emulate herfrom Mrs Vijoo Rattansi to support needy students. needy students. example.20 VF DEC 2012
  • 23. CELEBRATING EXCELLENCE VarsityFocusT here was pomp and your heads, but always celebration in August remember that power 2012, when 5,550 without responsibility isgraduands, consisting of dangerous.”2,173 women and 3,376 Dr Wanjui congratulatedmen were conferred with the management and staffdegrees and awarded of UoN for their hard workdiplomas during the 47th that saw the Universitygraduation ceremony clinch position one in thepresided over by Dr. Joseph 2010/2011 PerformanceB. Wanjui, the Chancellor Contract. He called forof the University. The more team work andceremony drew graduands commitment, and thefrom the Colleges of: desire to work harder andAgriculture and Veterinary excel, because excellence ThousandsSciences; Architecture and in performance is aboutEngineering; Biological re-energizing oneself toand Physical Sciences; and, new experiences and better graduate duringEducation and External practices of management.Studies. In his remarks, the Vice the 47thAddressing the Chancellor, Prof. Georgecongregation, the Magoha commended theChancellor reminded the graduands saying that theygraduands that while the Congregation had worked hard, diligentlyUniversity was releasing and smartly. He announcedthem to a world full of that in 2012 alone, thechallenges, they had been University had signedwell equipped with skills to 11 MoUs with variousenable them surmount any industries which will provide Chairman of the Universityof the challenges. He said, background of great internship for students Council Mr. John Simba“The knowledge gained expectations from society and research opportunities and the Chairperson ofover the years is the power for universities to provide for staff. He assured the University of Nairobi Alumniyou now have to conquer the much needed guidance congregation that the Association Medicinethe world. It is from you in the realization of the University would strive Chapter, Dr. Cleopa Mailu.that we expect to see more Kenya Vision 2030. The harder to remain a model The best overall student,enterprise, innovation and pillars of the Vision hinge institution of higher learning Maimuna Hussein, whosolutions to some of our on the improvement of the in the country, the region studied Industrial Chemistrymost pressing needs, no socio-economic and political and the world at large, in the School of Physicaldoubt you will soon have well being of the citizens. which is one of the tenets of Sciences, also addressed themore skills, responsibility The University of Nairobi Kenya Vision 2030. Congregation.and authority than you has the capacity to be parthave hitherto imagined. Others who addressed the of driving this country into The graduation ceremonyThe power may even turn Congregation were the realizing this vision. took place against a VF DEC 2012 21
  • 24. VarsityFocus FROM OUR GALLERY Wallace Chwalla realizes his dream in a meeting with UN Secretary General, Banki Moon. Vice Chancellor, Prof. George Magoha receieves the Vice President of Tanzania during the IUCEA Exhibition in Arusha.ICT director Ibrahim Otieno shows howit is done during the ICT tree planting Launch of the Nairobi Surgical Skillsday. Centre at Chiromo Campus.22 VF DEC 2012
  • 25. FROM OUR GALLERY VarsityFocus The 47th graduation Valedictorian Maimuna Hussein.A section of the crowd thatattended the Ford Foundation’slecture at Taifa Hall. Hon James Orengo, Minister for Lands, & Hon. Chirau Mwakwere, Minister for Environment & Mineral Resources with participants to the World Youth Forum for Sustainability. H.E Ambassador Amina Mohammed, Assistant Secretary- General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), signs the visitors book in the Vice- Chancellors office. VF DEC 2012 23
  • 26. VarsityFocus DISCOURSE 2012 EFMD Africa of Business, welcomed the participants to the University Conference held at of Nairobi and introduced the School which is among the top business School of Business schools in Kenya offering business programmes that are addressing the risingT he University of Africa.” Making a presentation at needs of the nation. He Nairobi School the Conference, Dr. Manu commended the initiative by The annual event, which of Business and Chandaria, Chairman, EFMD to engage business was sponsored by EFMDStrathmore Business Comcraft Group, schools in discussions and Graduate ManagementSchool co-hosted the third challenged participants on how to contribute to Admission Council (GMAC),European Foundation of to instill business and Africa’s growth. brought together HarvardManagement Development entrepreneurial skills in The conference discussed Business School, IESE(EFMD) Africa Conference their business students and the role of business schools Business School, Lagoswhich drew participants to equip them to fill glaring in Africa, partnerships, Business School, Angolafrom local and international gaps in Africa’s business management development Business School, Southtop business schools. The environment. Through powering development, Africa’s Gordon Institutetheme for the conference his presentation on ‘The income streams, governance of Business Science (GIBS),was “Sustainable Business role of business schools among others. EFMD is among others.Education Appropriate for in Africa’, Dr. Chandaria the leading global network shared his family’s for business schools and business success story and companies, and GMAC, the role education plays a council of the world’s in business. His passion leading business schools for entrepreneurship is felt and the owner of the GMAT through the Chandaria examination, have been at Foundation which is the forefront of raising the sponsoring innovation and standards of management incubation centres and education and development setting up business schools around the world. The in Kenya. participants were drawn During the opening from local and international session, Mr. Stephen business schools. Nzuve, the Dean, School The conference discussed the role of business schools in Africa, partnerships, management development powering development, income streams, governance among others. Dr. Manu Chandaria makes his presentation.24 VF DEC 2012
  • 27. Student Engineer meets DISCOURSE the UN Secretary General international students, has been an experience. Many of us have dreams and hopes for a better tomorrow, and everyone is striving to play a part in making positive sustainable changes and being that pivotal change that all want to see in the world around. Back to my meeting with the UN Chief, I believe that the UN Chief believes in the youth and the potential that they possess. It was amazing and inspirational to listen to his story of his childhood days during the war in South Korea and the assistance that the United Nations played in restoringWallace Chwalla 2nd right with Ban ki Moon UN Secretary General, and otherdelegates during the Model UN Meeting. peace to his homeland. This was the time thatT o be part of a great been like a miracle. “I have always the “United Nations bug” bit him and he started event stays with a When I got the invitation been fascinated by developing an interest in the man, this is whatinspires Wallace Chwala, to meet the UN Chief, I was the ideals, policies, United Nations. Little did excited, “ in life there are functions and the world know that littlestudent of engineering, who no limits to our potentials boy was going to be thetravelled to New York, last , indeed the only limits to mandate of theAugust , where he meet the United Nations Chief one our potentials is oneself” United Nations and day, one time.UN Secretary General, BankiMoon. Chwala narrates his . For someone brought so the opportunity My experiences at up in an ordinary home,experiences to Varsity Focus. the thought that one day of meeting the the United NationsI have always been I would lunch with the United Nations, Headquarters in New Yorkfascinated by the ideals, UN Chief, on the same Secretary General, and my meeting with the United Nations Secretarypolicies, functions and table, enjoying the same was a dream.” General, have made it clearmandate of the United food, laughing at the sameNations and so the jokes whilst talking as if headquarters to another, to me that we all have aopportunity of meeting the we are old friends, was from Nairobi to New York, role to play in making ourUnited Nations Secretary never envisaged. Then one from my interactions and world a better place for allGeneral was a dream come day, viola, before me, as meetings with all the humanity and that what wetrue to me and moreover to true and real as life itself, it amicable and very social believe and work hard andany student who is involved happened. United Nations senior tirelessly not for personalwith a Model United Officials to the friendships gain but for the benefit of From one United Nations humanity.Nations Programme has that I forged with other VF DEC 2012 25
  • 28. VarsityFocus DISCOURSE Regional Economic Outlook launched at UoN F ceremony, which drew or the third large numbers of students, consecutive time, the lecturers and the public; University of Nairobi’s various presentations School of Economics, hosted and discussions on topics the launch ceremony for the touching on the economy annual Regional Economic were made. Speaking to Outlook for Sub-Saharan the gathering, Prof. Jane Africa by the International Mariara, the Director of Monetary Fund (IMF) at the the School, noted the Education Theatre II, on 22 importance that the launch October, 2012. The School is had as a forum for students one of the leading centres of of economics to get a excellence in undergraduate better understanding of the and graduate training in economic performance of economics in Eastern Africa the region, Africa and the During the launch world at large. The School is one of the leading centres ofAntoinette Sayah, Director-African Department, IMF, excellence in undergraduatearrives at the University. and graduate training in “The economics in Eastern Africa. importance The highlight of the that the launch ceremony was the presentation by Antoinette had as a forum Sayah, Director-African for students Department, IMF, on of economics ‘maintaining growth in an uncertain world, and Sean to get a better Nolan’s presentation on understanding ‘Structural Transformation in of the economic Sub-Saharan Africa.’ Others performance who spoke included Peter Gakunu, Chairman, SACCO of the region, Regulatory Authority and africa and the Ben Ongeri, from the School world at large.” of Economics, UoN.Sayah hands over a report to a UoN member of staff.26 VF DEC 2012
  • 29. EXHIBITION VarsityFocusLibrary department openweek kicks off “Taking the University of Nairobi Library to the users for innovative teaching, learning, research and community services/ consultancy,”T he University of training, research and to The programme ran conducted last year, Nairobi, Library open enhance the visibility of the simultaneously in the revealed that the usage of week, was launched University. Colleges of: Education and library materials is low andin a colorful ceremony, in External Studies, Health that electronic resourcesNovember, 2012. Dubbed During the launch, Hudson Sciences, and Humanities have been under- utilized.“Taking the University of Liyai, Deputy University and Social Sciences. The UoN library subscribesNairobi Library to the users librarian, noted that the to over 50,000 journals,for innovative teaching, three-day programme The open week promoted 60,000 e-Books includinglearning, research and was part of the Library’s the Open Access initiative, reference materials andcommunity services/ initiative to realize the which is a worldwide 750,000 print resources.consultancy.” The open improvement of the movement aimed atweek aimed at marketing library users awareness harnessing the sharing andthe library services in on the latest development dissemination of informationsupport of education, in information services. globally. Indeed, a survey VF DEC 2012 27
  • 30. VarsityFocus EXHIBITION H.E. President Mwai Kibaki hands over the trophy of the best institution of higher learning in developing advanced technology to Committe Chairman, Dr. Fred Otieno. stand in development parents and the general research. public on our programmes, services and role in national The University also received development. 29 first prizes, 29 second prizes and 9 third prizes On display at the University in the farm and produce stands were research category and was the innovations, food crops and overall supreme champion farm animals in line withUoN records for the pigs’ category. this years trade fair theme- The University also scored ‘Enhancing Technology in second position in the best Agriculture and Industry forexcellent university stand category and the best engineering Food Security and National Growth.’performance in based institution of higher Among the many visitors learning category. who visited the UoN standtrade fair During the trade fair, different departments participated in providing were Mr. John Simba, the Chairman, University Council and Prof. JacobT and sharing information Kaimenyi, the Deputy Vice- he University of Nairobi (UoN) has done it again, during with stakeholders among Chancellor, Academic Affairs the 2012 Nairobi International Trade Fair, the University them potential students, among others. scooped the first position in three categories andsecond position in two categories, scoring a composite scoreof 88.7 per cent.UoN received top prizes from the President of the Republicof Kenya, H.E. President Mwai Kibaki for emerging the bestresearch and education stand, the best institution of higherlearning in developing advanced technology and the best UON staff display some of the trophies garnered during the trade fair.28 VF DEC 2012
  • 31. DISCOURSE VarsityFocusCJ interactswith UniversitycommunityIn August 2012,the Chief Justiceof Kenya, Dr.Willy Mutungachallengeduniversities inKenya to retaintheir true heritageand go backto their rootsand be more Chief Justice, Willy Mutunga signs the visitors book at the University.vocal in national the tide has changed anddevelopment. Kenya’s development has “Universities need to work with other were at theS paid a hefty price for the stakeholders to realize their peaking during a mandates. public lecture held poor systems and structures forefront in in place. He noted that The CJ challenged the that the University with the commercialization national debate younger generation in of Nairobi’s Taifa of university education, and immensely Kenya to take up its roleHall which he described Kenyans with the potential contributed to in nation building. Hisas ‘a place of rich history to bring change to theof intellectual debate country have been locked implementing generation pushed for the new constitution anddating back to close to out of accessing higher changes in the now it is up to the young40 years ago’, he called education. For a developing country.” generation to make thison universities to reclaim country, this is a risky state constitution work for thetheir territory in national of affairs as the country nation. On the upcomingdevelopment. needs to see the sense and organizations to general elections, JusticeReflecting on university life that the production of make endowments for Mutunga called on Kenyansin yester years, Dr. Mutunga knowledge is for the benefit scholarships. The university to reflect on the 2008 post-said universities were at the of the individual self and needs to reassert itself in election chaos, and shunforefront in national debate the public. Universities need the world of theory building violence and embrace theand immensely contributed to look for other ways of and contribution. He constitution.to implementing changes funding”. pointed out that universities are not islands and that they Student politics did notin the country. However, He called on individuals VF DEC 2012 29
  • 32. VarsityFocus DISCOURSE The well attended interactive public lecture not only attracted University students and staff but the general public as well. Some of Kenya’s senior judges, most of whom are UoN’s alumni, graced the event. The Chief Justice was introduced by the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. George Magoha, who observed that the University has been interacting with the public and private sector, as part of its role to engage in intellectual discourse. The public lecture marked the start of the Judicial Marches Week, whose theme was “Taking JusticeJustice Mutunga (centre) with Vice-Chancellor Prof. George Magoha and former to the people.” TheVice-Chancellor Prof. Francis Gichaga. marches week which will be held annually, isgo unmentioned. Back He pointed out the need to ensure an opportunity for thosein his days, the Students that student politics is driven by privileged to serve in theOrganization of NairobiUniversity (SONU) played a ethics and that university leadership Judiciary to open up to thesignificant role in opening should uphold the values of the public; explain to them howup the democratic space constitution. they work and get feedback from the people on how toin Kenya. Unfortunately, nurture student leadership vicious political persecution improve their services.university student that reflect these values of thought. He said thatorganizations in the as standards for public he would like to come The Judiciary is workingpresent day have been leadership are very high. back to a university that is towards becomingcompromised thereby intellectually active where a knowledge basedstopped contributing to The Chief Justice said that institution. The the notice boards are fillednational development. He he was still passionate about intersection between with numerous notices ofpointed out the need to teaching in the university justice and knowledge knowledge driven seminarsensure that student politics after his term. He looked can be developed through and lectures and no otheris driven by ethics and forward to being associated partnerships between the businesses. Universitiesthat university leadership with liberal institutions judiciary and the scholars must be cautious of theshould uphold the values that have a democratic thereby realizing collective aspirations of people andof the constitution. foundation- a university wisdom on research on the these aspirations must beUniversities should seek to that is free from the vile and constitution and the laws. protected.30 VF DEC 2012
  • 33. PARTNERSHIPS VarsityFocusUSHEPiA reflects on its role inadvocating scholarships particularly proud that the programme is making a significant contribution to capacity development for higher education in Africa. The Rockefeller Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation supported the initiative with initial funding for fellowships in science and engineering. In addition, the Andrew W Mellon Foundation was approached to extend the programme to offer fellowships in theUSHEPiA executive meeting at UoN. humanities and social sciences. I n October, 2012, of Botswana, Cape Town, Those present during the the University of Dar es Salaam, Nairobi, meeting included Prof. Nairobi (UoN) hosted Zambia, Zimbabwe, George A.O. Magoha, UoN, Since its the USHEPiA Advisory Makerere University and Prof. Ddumba Ssentamu, Committee’s meeting Jomo Kenyatta University of inception, 77 at the Vice-Chancellor’s Agriculture and Technology. Makerere University and Prof. Rwekaza Mukandala, full degree Boardroom. USHEPiA During the meeting it University of Dar es Salaam. was initiated as a body fellowships to build institutional and was noted that since its Prof. Thandabantu Nhlapo, inception, 77 full degree Deputy Vice-Chancellor, have been in human capacity in African fellowships have been in UCT, Norma Derby, operation and universities and promote operation and 52 degrees USHEPiA Administrator UCT collaboration amongst and Humphrey Webuye, 52 degrees African researchers. The awarded, while eight fellows are yet to complete USHEPiA Contact Officer, awarded programme partnership their studies. USHEPiA is UoN. comprises the Universities VF DEC 2012 31
  • 34. VarsityFocus PARTNERSHIPST Makerere University he University of Nairobi prides itself in taskforce visit UON being an institution ofhigher learning committedto scholarly excellence. Overthe years, UoN has put inplace systems and structuresthat have contributed to theeffective management of theinstitution and improved thequality of service provision.To this end, the Universityhas recorded excellentperformance not only locallybut also internationally ..It is because of thistradition of being a pointof reference for otherinstitutions in the region,that a team of seniorofficials from MakerereUniversity, Kampala, Visiting delegation from Makerere University.Uganda, visited UoN for afour-day study tour.The team which was led During the study tour, theby Prof. Foster Byarugaba, Makerere University team The UoN has maintained thisshared experiences and visited the six colleges tradition of being a point ofgathered information on where they interacted with reference for other institutions in key UoN officials includingsome of the important UoN the college principals. They the region.management processesand structures such as the also met officials from theinstitutional arrangements Student Welfare Authority, make recommendations Peter Mbithi, Deputy Vicein place. The taskforce was University of Nairobi Pension that can possibly be Chancellor, Administrationinterested in engaging top Scheme and the Higher implemented in Makerere. and Finance. In attendancemanagement on issues of Education Loans Board. UoN’s team also got an was Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi,governance, the leadership Through the tour, the opportunity to learn from Deputy Vice chancellor,role played by the University taskforce was able to Makerere. Academic Affairs and Prof.in Kenya and the East identify areas that have Lucy Irungu, Deputy Vice Before setting out, theAfrican region. The team worked well for UoN Chancellor, Research, taskforce paid a courtesywas also keen on how and with the information Production and Extension. call on the Vice Chancello,UoN manages its staff and gathered, the team will represented by Prof.students’ affairs.32 VF DEC 2012
  • 35. STUDENT AFFAIRS VarsityFocusRaising women in decision making: AWOSWA challengeWOSWA members during the launch of the university social media challenge.W OSWA had the “The university challenge can build them. We are women in the development privilege of comes at a time when fortunate that this is coming process constitutes a major being invited the Ministry of East Africa when Kenya has just been hindrance to regionalto the launch of the EAC Community has embarked appointed to head the East integration.Inter-University social on a campaign to educate Africa Community Students’ The East African landscapemedia challenge. This is an Kenyans on the benefits Union in the recent election has vastly changed overinitiative by The Trademark of integration and the held in Arusha,” said the the past decade in regardEast Africa and The Ministry progress made so far EACSU President,George to the situation of women.of East Africa Community, in making integration a Yogo. Despite the apparentin partnership with The East reality,” said the Minister slow take-off and modest Women in East AfricaAfrican Community Students for East Africa Community, gains, the countries of continue to be marginalizedUnion. The campaign Honourable Musa Sirma the region are steadfastly in the decision-makingdubbed ‘Connect, Vuka during the launch held at pursuing policies for the processes and haveBorder’ is the first of its kind The Multimedia University promotion of women’s limited access toin Kenya and the East Africa College East Africa. access to development roles, education, informationregion as it is based purely opportunities and resources. “This is an exciting and communicationon social and digital media, campaign whereby we technologies in comparison Rwanda, for instance, hasspecifically Facebook and are engaging the students to their male counterparts. become the first country inTwitter and, involves 13 on social media to Failure to involve the the world where womenmajor universities in Kenya. constructively discuss what VF DEC 2012 33
  • 36. VarsityFocus STUDENT AFFAIRSWOSWA members during an open forum with stakeholders at the Great Court.already outnumber Conference on the Role of development process in the the women’s participation,men in parliament; and Women in Socio-economic period ahead. it could instantly reduceKenya has promulgated Development and in poverty levels by half and Our greatest challenge isone of the world’s most Business, which was held thereafter rapidly advance to steady the course andprogressive Bill Of Rights, in Kigali in August last towards the realization maintain the momentum.with liberal provisions for year. Dovetailing into the of our region’s higher We need to embrace a greatwomen’s rights. These are overarching EAC Strategic development goals. shared responsibility tono mean achievements. and Action Plan on Gender, heighten the visibility and It is in this context thatA highly progressive Youth, Children, Social virility of the women in the the ‘East Africa Womentrend is discernible in the Protection and Community development enterprise. in Business Platform andempowerment of women, Development, the Kigali Strategic Plan’, which is welland the contribution and full recommendations have This is why WOSWA is structured will yield focused,participation in the socio- reinforced the recognition involved in the social media practical and action orientedeconomic transformation of the place and role of drive which aims to educate applications in empoweringof their countries and of women at the cutting the youth on the integration women and put genderthe East African region as a edge of the EAC’s process, raise awareness on mainstreaming firmly at thewhole. development challenge. A the benefits they stand to centre of the development solid foundation has been gain from it and report onIt is pleasant to note agenda with regard to the prepared and the stage is the progress made so far inthat this is the essence goals of women’s liberation set for the full participation making it a reality.of the recommendations and emancipation for the of women in the EAC By putting emphasis onof the historic first EAC rapid development of our regional integration and region.34 VF DEC 2012
  • 37. STUDENT AFFAIRS VarsityFocus UON’s Google Ambassadors recordimpressive performanceU niversity of Nairobi’s after having contributed newly constituted 1600+ mapping edits of the Google Student University. The competitionAmbassadors Team, attracted over 2,000Awesome, is already causing students from 65 universitiesripples in the world of in 11 African countries.technology in Africa after The students were firstscooping top positions trained on mapmaking, afterin two competitions. The which they were given tasksteam comprises of lead that included weeklongambassador Isaac Muuo,a mapping exercises focusing2nd year Bachelor of Law on campus departmentsstudent and 3rd year and faculties, lectureComputer Science students theatres, laboratories, banks,Paul Nyaga and Sylvia libraries, hostels, cafeterias,Karanja. administrative buildings and Team Awesome more. University students,came first in a debate staff and the surroundingdubbed “How can we use community can now accesstechnology to promote different locations within thesustainable development?” campuses through GoogleThe discussion aimed maps.at encouraging African According to Muuo,students and the youth in the young ambassadors aregeneral to seize the internet working towards hostingas a global stage for creating different fun filled eventspositive change in every to introduce the Universityaspect of human life with to new Google tools,emphasis on ubiquitously technologies and createavailable Google products awareness about Googlesuch as Google search, opportunities for universityYouTube and Google Plus. staff and students. The team In addition, the team has already held a fun-filledemerged second in and informative trainingAfrica during the recent session for UoN classgsamapafrica competition representatives and club VF DEC 2012 35
  • 38. VarsityFocus STUDENT AFFAIRSofficials in a bid to ensure that all clubs 170 students from 12 Sub-Saharan launched the programme in July 2011are online and classes embrace the Africa countries representing over 100 as part of its commitment to empowerlatest Google technologies to enhance universities converge in Nairobi. The the African academic communitycommunication and collaboration. three - day summit covered interactive with knowledge, infrastructure andAlready over 50 university clubs are sessions on different Google products tools to access information easily andonline and awaiting linkages with including Google Apps for Education effectively. This year the program hasCollege level websites. and Map Maker. grown by 150 percent from last year and is without doubt going to help Besides the competitions, the The Google Student Ambassador bring Africa online.Google Ambassadors also attended (GSA) Program is an opportunity forthe 2012 Google Student Ambassador students to serve as liaisons betweenSub-Saharan Africa Summit that saw Google and their universities. GoogleSocial Media Clubslaunched at UoNF our students from the of social media platforms to School of Business the university students. The have conceptualized initiative seeks to developand spearheaded the a talent pool of graduatesformation of social media with a solid understanding Celebrating the launch of Social Media Clubs.clubs dubbed ‘SocialPro of new media to bridgeClubs’ in universities across the knowledge gap and will work with marketing to unlock the potential ofthe country. This has been demand that is there and business information social media to the studentsmade possible through today for people with skills students association of and expose them to theSocial Edge Africa, a social and expertise in various the University of Nairobi, limitless possibilities thatmedia consultancy company disciplines of social media. and four universities in online technology offers,based in Nairobi. Nairobi over in November including integrating social The initiative was endorsedSpeaking to Varsity Focus, by the Ministry of 2012, before being rolled media networking sites inMuthuri Kinyama, 24, and Information and Technology out to other universities teaching, to ease contentthe founder and business and officially launched and campuses across the sharing and make learningdirector at Social Edge Africa by Dr. Bitange Ndemo, country in January 2013. more fun.says that the core objective the Ministry’s Permanent The Social Media Clubs will As part of the progromme,of these clubs is to teach, Secretary, on 25th, October, combine efforts with the social media ambassadorseducate, create awareness 2012, at the University of marketing, PR and IT clubs will be recruited in aand impart knowledge and Nairobi, School of Business. in the proposed universities. campaign dubbed “BE Askills of various disciplines The aims of the clubs is SOCIALPRO.” The Social Media Clubs36 VF DEC 2012
  • 39. ALUMNI VarsityFocusRole of alumni in university advancementA lumni are the past graduates of the University, College or Schools University Advancementis the bonding relationships betweenthe university and affinity groupsincluding the alumni that contributeto the University’s vision and mission– positive relationship building alignedwith the university’s strategy. It is arelatively new concept in Africa and yetwe have no choice but to embrace itconsidering the changing landscape ofhigher education in Africa.According to Dr. Max Price, Vice-Chancellor, University of Cape Townand Prof. Cheryl de la Reys, Vice-Chancellor, University of Pretoria ,many things are changing in the highereducation sector in Africa and hencethe need for new strategies. Thereis decline in government funding in Waiting for new responsibilities after graduationmany African countries and hencereliance on students fees as sourceof income which is not sustainable universities take advantage of the a guaranteed, never-ending sourceand hence the need for multiple opportunities. of income to support professorships,sources of funds. Another feature is student scholarships, innovativethe rate of economic growth which World Class Universities programs and learning opportunities.is creating new wealth and the result Endowment Fund Donors don’t support institutionsis massification of higher education The University Endowment Fund is the that have needs but those that meetin Africa as a key driver to social and best investment that Alumni can ever needs! Donors who contribute to theeconomic development thus putting make for the University. Endowment endowment do so because they wantpressure on the available resources and Funds provide steady financial to support the university and positivelyleaving little time for innovation. There support for the university’s academic impact students and academicis also the new scramble for Africa by programmes and other needs. programmes 25, 50 or 100 years fromChina among others, because of the Endowment funds are invested for the now.new discoveries of oil, reduced conflict long-term, and earnings from those An ancient Chinese proverbs saysand military action and hence there investments help support outstanding “If you want 1 year of prosperity,is high hope and optimism for Africa. faculty, innovative programs and grow grain. If you want 10 years ofThis has created new opportunities for student scholarships. A university’s prosperity, grow trees. If you want 100higher education in Africa and hence endowment is essential to sustaining years of prosperity, grow people.”the need to craft strategies that enable academic quality because it provides VF DEC 2012 37
  • 40. VarsityFocus ALUMNICompare and contrast the following Top Ten List of colleges and universities in theUnited States by endowment (2005-2011) and see what we can learn from them,majority being Ivy League Universities. Universities/Colleges Endowment Fund in USA (2005) (2006) (2007) (2008) (2009) (2010) (2011) billion billion billion billion billion billion billion Institution USD USD USD USD USD USD USD 1 Harvard University $25.47 $28.92 $34.64 $36.56 $25.662 $27.557 $31.728 2 Stanford University $12.20 $14.09 $17.17 $17.200 $12.619 $13.851 $19.700 3 Yale University $15.22 $18.03 $22.53 $22.870 $16.327 $16.652 $19.374 4 University of Texas System (system-wide) $11.61 $13.24 $15.61 $16.111 $12.163 $14.052 $17.149 5 Princeton University $11.21 $13.05 $15.79 $16.349 $12.614 $14.391 $17.110 6 MIT $6.71 $8.37 $9.98 $10.069 $7.982 $8.317 $9.713 7 University of Michigan $4.93 $5.65 $7.09 $7.572 $6.001 $6.564 $7.835 8 Columbia University $5.19 $5.94 $7.15 $7.15 $5.893 $6.517 $7.790 9 Northwestern Uni- versity $4.22 $5.14 $6.50 $7.244 $5.445 $5.945 $7.183 10 Texas A&M University System (system-wide) $4.96 $5.64 $6.59 $6.659 $5.084 $5.738 $7.000Source: WikipediaAs Martin Luther King Jr. said, “If Role of Alumni in Advancement communications and marketing.America is to remain a first class nation; The University of Nairobi Alumni Because the government fundingit cannot afford to have second class Association (UONAA) hopes to be a and students schools fees are notcitizens” conversely, if the University key strategic player in the University sustainable methods for advancingof Nairobi is to become a world class Advancement by mobilizing resources higher education in Africa, there isuniversity, it cannot afford not to have from the alumni membership and need to cultivate a third stream ofan endowment”. The inference is that, convocation fees, corporate and income given that higher educationthere is a direct correlation between donors’ funds, philanthropists and will be a key driver towards social-the university endowment and world gifts from friends of the University. economic development in theclass distinction status because a However, we must invest in our Emerging Africa. This is whereuniversity is able to meet its needs in current students (future alumni) apart University Advancement comesterms of research, infrastructure and from the academic credentials with in. Advancement includes alumniinvestment in its students’ welfare. skills, values and virtues that will relations, fundraisings, public relations, enable them to clinch top notch jobs,38 VF DEC 2012
  • 41. ALUMNI VarsityFocusalign their careers with realities in the Endowment Fund from their CSR kitty, development, scholarship and bursariesjob markets, invest in psychometric that will give us a billion shillings as and research grants respectively. Theand assessment centres to help them seed capital , is a good investment for UONAA focus in the next 1-2 yearsdiscover their passion and potential any company to make. If we endow will be to ask from all our stakeholderswhile still in the University, carry out this money at 15% annually, that (alumni, corporates, foundations,leadership assessments, develop them will yield shs 150 million annually in donors, philanthropists and friends ofand provide them with opportunities perpetuity, thus allocating Kshs 37.5 the University) and ask them rightly into deploy their passion, skills and million (25%) to spend in alumni and order to grow this fund that will helpcompetence in terms of internship and fundraising activities and operations, us grow our people and ultimately helpindustrial attachments. We want our and similar portions for infrastructural us achieve our Vision 2030.graduates to be the best and mostsought after in the global market.ConclusionThe following is a simple model of how • “In any moment of decision, the best thing youwe intend to raise the funds, invest it can do is the right thing, the next best thing is thein a University Endowment Fund and wrong thing and the worst thing you can do isuse its interests to finance the alumni nothing” president theodore roosevelt.activities and operations, help in theinfrastructural development (includingthe Alumni Centre), scholarships andbursaries and research grants, all • “Whatever the mind of man can conceive andaligned to the University’s strategy. believe, it can achieve. Thoughts are things!Our mission in the next 1-2 years will And powerful things at that, when mixed withbe to mobilize Kshs 1 billion as seed definiteness of purpose, and burning desire, theycapital towards this Fund. If 1000 can be translated into riches” napoleon hillCEOs, who are alumni/friends of theUniversity of Nairobi investing onlyKshs 1 million towards this University VF DEC 2012 39
  • 42. VarsityFocus Quality Policy Statement The University of Nairobi is committed to quality as the guiding principle in its decision making and leadership in the provision of university education and related services to its customers. To realise this, the University management shall regularly monitor and review its performance for continual improvement and suitability by implementing an effective quality management system based on ISO 9001 standard.40 VF DEC 2012
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