The Alumni and International Students Office (ALISO) in collaboration with Jomo Kenyatta University Students’ Association (JKUSA) organized a day long International Students Cultural Event to enable students appreciate the various diversities in the university in instilling global understanding among themselves, Thursday, November 8, 2018.
During the event, students from different countries showcased their cultural activities such as food, dances, art among others.
The occasion was also used launch the first International students Guide to help new students have a full understanding of the university guidelines before setting off for their studies.
The Vice Chancellor, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Prof. Victoria Ngumi, highlighted the importance of the guide, saying it was a milestone in sorting out the challenges faced by international students ranging from lack of information on courses and student life in the university.
In a speech read by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Prof. Robert Kinyua, Prof. Ngumi urged the principals, deans, directors and chairpersons of departments to sensitize members of staff, especially those engaged with international collaborations, to work with the ALISO office to help make the lives of international students wishing to join the university even better.
The Vice Chancellor advised the Academic Affairs division to integrate the International students Guide with the admission letters stating it would assist in marketing the university as a preferred destination for studying and promoting interaction between the university and the international students.
“I would wish to further ask the office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, to integrate this new guide with the admission letters sent out to International students so that they have a full understanding of the guidelines before setting off for their studies at our University,” said Prof. Ngumi
Director, Alumni and International Students’ Office, Dr. Churchill Saoke, said plans were underway to make the initiative an annual event, advising it was important for future collaborations and developing international networks for the students.
On his part, Director, Pan African University Institute for Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation (PAUSTI), Prof. Gabriel Magoma, underscored the significance of the initiative advising it would form a platform for eliminating ethnocentrism in the world.
Prof. Magoma further urged the international students to take advantage of scholarships and further their studies in JKUAT while encouraging other students from their home countries to join the university.
Present during the event were the Dean of Students, Mrs Emma Omulokoli, Dean, School of Physical Sciences, Prof. George Thiong’o and Student leaders