The JKUAT Alumni Association in collaboration with the Alumni and International Students Office (ALISO) held the inaugural Alumni convocation June 23, 2018. The convocation dubbed, ‘Strengthening the Alumni Network for Job and Business Creation in line with the Big Four agenda’ brought together alumni with the aim of fostering strong and enduring relationship between the Alumni and the University.
The Chancellor, Prof Geoffrey ole Maloiy, while welcoming the alumni back to their alma mater, urged them to work closely with the University on resource mobilization, curriculum development and mentorship for career development.
Prof. Maloiy encouraged the Alumni Association to start a legacy project model where individual alumni initiate projects by giving funding for development and branding it under their name.
Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga lauded the implementation of the tracer study, saying “JKUAT Alumni continue to make great impact in different sectors of the economy both locally and internationally.”
Referring to the data in the tracer study report, Prof. Imbuga urged the alumni to help the university link up with the industry.
“Having interacted with the market and industry, the University appreciates your invaluable experience of the job market. This experience should be shared with schools, departments and college curriculum review committees to enhance curriculum development of our programmes,” said Prof Imbuga.
Lauding the University’s knack in academia, the Chairman of the JKUAT Alumni Association, Arch. Christopher Naicca urged his fellow colleagues to commit themselves to mentor students through the structured mentorship guide developed by the ALISO especially in entrepreneurship and business.
“Most of the innovations in this country have a blueprint of JKUAT. To maintain this status. We need to mentor the students on business development,” uttered Arch Naicca.
While making his remarks, Director ALISO, Dr. Churchill Saoke emphasized the need to foster strong and long-lasting relationship between the University and the alumni community. “The making of alumni identity cards is currently in the pipelines, and will be available at no charge to our alumni,” he further opined.
Dr. Patrick Mweu Musimba, the Member of Parliament, Kibwezi West Constituency was awarded with the 2018 JKUAT Distinguished Alumni Award for his role in broadening both the University’s and Alumni image.
The convocation also saw Dr. Bernard Mugwima, Dr. Abdi Wario Guyo, Eng. Ababa Chanasa, Mary Mildred Wanyonyi, Reuben Kimani and Mr. Robert Manyala being given the 2018 Alumni Achievement Award of Excellence, while Asman Omondi and Fridah Jepkorir bagged the Achievement Award Programme commonly known as PAA award for outstanding performance in academics, community service and character.
The convocation was graced by DVCs, Prof. Romanus Odhiambo, Prof. Victoria Ngumi, Prof. Moirongo Otoki, Deputy Commission Secretary, CUE, Prof. Grace Njoroge, Deputy Commissioner, KRA, Dr. Fred Mugambi and Women Representative, Migori County, Dr. Pamela Odhiambo among other alumni.