JKUAT Chancellor, Prof. Geoffrey Ole Maloiy, has urged university students to prioritize learning and shun behaviors and activities that are likely to jeopardize their education and careers. The don who was speaking at the Nairobi CBD campus equally urged students to take advantage of the strong research and Innovation background that JKUAT has instituted and make their contribution in finding lasting solutions to the current and emerging challenges facing the country.
“Your parents as well as the government have invested in your education with the hope that eventually, you be of help to yourself and to the country. This is no time to engage in sideshows, “exhorted Prof. Maloiy.
The Chancellor also advised the students to be proactive and diplomatic in seeking solutions to challenges affronting them without resorting to extra-legal tactics.
“Take advantage of the diverse backgrounds of your colleagues and cement lasting and beneficial relationships while in college,” urged Prof. Maloiy, adding that, “in the years to come, those you schooled with will be critical to your success.”
Prof. Maloiy equally called on staff in local universities to harmoniously work together with the respective managements in order to optimize mandate delivery in the core areas of research and innovation.
“Our role as dons is to undertake high level and relevant research and publish in high impact journals. This is how to improve individual and institutional visibility in the world of academia,” reckoned Maloiy.
Ambassador Steven Loyatum, who represented Council Chair, Dr. Ekuru Aukot, noted that the campuses had grown over the years, and expressed the Council’s readiness to further assist the campuses meet the shortfalls.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga, who accompanied the Chancellor, noted that JKUAT was at an advanced stage in acquiring additional space within the CBD to ameliorate the space problem in the wake of increased demand of the University’s programmes.
The University, Prof. Imbuga added, was in the process of acquiring a bus for the Karen and Westlands campuses, besides deploying more teaching and support staff to the campuses.
On research and training, Prof. Imbuga noted, it was a requirement for the students to publish in peer refereed journals, with the final thesis deposited in the JKUAT institutional repository, a platform through which the university disseminates students and staff research findings to the wider public.
Ms. Naomi Mutheu, a student representative at the Westlands Campus lauded the efforts of the university in understanding and expeditiously addressing students’ affairs, leading to better and holistic performance by her colleagues.
The officials were speaking during a tour of JKUAT campuses in Nairobi County. They were in company of Council treasurer, Bertha Dena; DVC Research, Production and Extension, Prof. Esther Kahangi; and Acting DVC Academic Affairs, Prof. David Mulati, among others.