New students from Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Eritrea, Nigeria, South Sudan, Burundi, Malawi, Somalia, Congo and Germany were inducted to JKUAT by the Alumni and International Students Office (ALISO), October 6, 2017. They also got a chance to meet their fellow continuing international students to enhance the sense of belonging and inclusivity among the students.
The discussions centered on ensuring the students complied with not only the laws of the land but also rules and regulations of the University.
Speaking during the forum, Director ALISO, Dr. Saoke Churchill, said holding such fora for the international students was an avenue of creating a home away from home for the students.
“In our bid to attract and retain international students, we organise such fora to integrate the new students to the University society and Kenyan community at large,” opined Dr. Saoke.
He also said ALISO was in the process of introducing Buddy programme, where the new students will be placed in the care of continuing ones to reduce the myriad of challenges facing new students, brought about by multifaceted culture, language barrier and inadequate information.
Representing the Academic Affairs Division, Deputy Registrar, Planning and Budgetary, Dr. Rose Githu, urged the students to embrace and respect the diversity of culture and strive to live in harmony and unity. She encouraged them to be in constant communication with ALISO for vital information and assistance.
Patrick Nahayo, a student from the Democratic Republic of Congo, while appreciating ALISO for organising the forum, implored them to initiate cultural exchange events saying it will be critical in embracing the diversity of the cultures at the University.
“The forum is excellent for social interaction among students and provides a great platform for us to connect,” extolled Nahayo.
In keeping with the University Vision of being a University of global excellence in training, research and innovation for development, ALISO aims to develop programmes that enhance the relationship between the alumni, international students, and JKUAT for mutual benefit.