The student leadership at JKUAT has been commended for remaining focused during the recent strike by the public universities’ staff unions.
“Unlike what was experienced in other universities during the strike, some of which ended up being closed, you held up together and worked closely with the university administration and management as a whole by ensuring that the university calendar remained uninterrupted. This is commendable,” said Prof. Geoffrey Ole Maloiy, the University Chancellor when he met officials of the Jomo Kenyatta University Students Organization (JKUSO), April 9, 2014.
He said he was impressed by the students’ leadership in the wake of the recent industrial action by varsity staff unions by demonstrating that their desire was to accomplish their studies without any hitches.
He also hailed the University staff, administration and management as a whole for keeping the university running despite the attendant challenges.
“I thank you most sincerely for making our university unique. Your teamwork and cooperation is testimony that the institution is clearly focused on its mandate of providing quality training and graduating its candidates within its prescribed timelines without interruption. Please keep it up,” he told the gathering which was also attended by the Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga and Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs Prof. David Mulati.
Prof. Maloiy who presented the students’ leaders with tokens of appreciation, also hailed the University management for introducing an open door policy, which he pointed out, was the reason why the institution remained calm and experienced minimal challenges.
While introducing the Chancellor to the gathering, Prof. Imbuga stated that the university’s effort of availing its academic programmes to the society had seen it open various centres in Kenya and other parts of the region. Prof. Imbuga further disclosed that the 47 county governments in the country had expressed their desire to partner with the university in various projects of mutual interest. “We will ensure that most of our students with relevant training and skills are attached in the projects undertaken by these county governments.
During the meeting, JKUSO Chairman Felix Kipkalya Kones thanked the university management for what he termed as “good management practices” which had seen the university calendar run uninterrupted. He assured the management of the students’ body’s continued support.
Others present were the Director Nairobi CBD Dr. Florence Ondieki–Mwaura, Registrar Academic Affairs Mr. Antony Kiswii and the Dean of Students Ms. Emma Omulokoli among others.