The 2020/2021 Jomo Kenyatta University Students Association (JKUSA) leaders have been urged to practice strategic thinking, and always be guided by the philosophy of respecting self, respecting others, and being responsible for any actions they take.
While addressing the JKUSA officials at the close of their week-long leadership training in Mombasa, Friday 13th March, 2020, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, noted that it was only through strategic thinking that would nurture them into proactive leaders.
“I believe after this training, you will be ready to undertake your leadership mandate. Endeavor to always do what’s in the best interest of the students, and do so constructively, decisively, and respectfully,” she added.
The leadership training was meant to fully induct the leaders into their new roles, and to give them insights on what helping in the management of the University would entail. The training commenced with a comprehensive presentation by the Registrar Academic Affairs, Dr. Esther Muoria, who took them through the University operations, and how they would manage their relations with key stakeholders to deliver on their mandate.
The students were also taken through various aspects of leadership that included; Financial Accountability and Stewardship, Communication skills, Conflict and Negotiation, Leadership Ethics, and the art of constructive Mobilisation and Advocacy. This was punctuated by team building activities, geared at molding the JKUSA leaders into a cohesive team with unity of purpose and direction.
In his address to the students leaders, the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs, Prof. Robert Kinyua, made a passionate appeal to them to wake up to the reality that they were now in a unique position to be change agents and drive transformation not just in the country but across the continent.
“This begins with you being confident, accountable, and effective in changing mindsets, attitudes and driving real change to take our continent to the next level. Don’t let this solemn obligation you now have get blurred by myopic interests,” Prof Kinyua told the attentive young leaders.
The leadership training was the culmination of an intensive electioneering period and the beginning of the leadership tenure of the JKUSA team.