Students’ dedication to academic excellence was recognized by the university during the Babaroa and Vice Chancellor’s Award Ceremony, Friday, February 19, 2016.
The ceremony, presided over by acting Vice Chancellor, Prof. Romanus Odhiambo, saw over 200 students recognized, celebrated and rewarded for their exemplary academic performance and thus becoming the alumni of the two award schemes.
Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga, in a speech read on her behalf by Prof. Odhiambo reiterated that JKUAT’s objective is to produce graduates who have the capacity to identify pertinent problems affecting the society and come up with sustainable solutions using practical knowledge gained during their study.
“JKUAT values the need for transformational leadership and producing market ready students who will efficiently and effectively contribute towards the social and economic development of the country,” said Prof. Imbuga.
The Babaroa Award was initiated in 1996 by Japanese expatriates led by Hiroji Nakagawa and has since benefited over 700 students. The Vice Chancellor’s Award on the other hand was established in 2001 to cater for students pursuing programmes not traditionally funded by JICA and for the first time since its inception, there was a tie between Victor Borana Koome and Maurine Chepkoech both second year students of BSc. Telecommunication and Information Engineering.
The Vice Chancellor attributed the tie to the improvement in the level of competition and the quality of education. She encouraged the students to embrace competition, saying, “Competition teaches us to dig deep and find resources we never knew we had; and provides us the opportunity to think outside the box and explore other ways to succeed.”
Also speaking during the award ceremony, the Babaroa Alumni Association chair, Arch. Gathogo Githatu, urged the students to follow their passion and strive to be citizens of good values so as to make this country a better place.
“Without passion any rational person will give up. Passion will move you beyond your shortcomings and failures,” quipped the architect.
While passing a vote of thanks, Anthony Harold Odhiambo, third year Mechatronics Engineering student thanked the management for the recognition and encouraged his fellow students to continue showcasing their academic prowess and to aim even higher.
“I encourage my fellow students to remain focused, mentor other students and be good ambassadors of the University,” said Odhiambo.
The event was also addressed by the Principal College of Engineering and Technology, Prof. Bernard Ikua, and acting Registrar, Academic Affairs, Mr. J.M Kamau.