JKUAT Scoops Inaugural Uongozi Awards

Hon. Michael Onyango (left) presents Dr. Michael Kimwele Dean SCIT with his certificate

The Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) won four awards at the inaugural Uongozi Awards, held December 21, 2022 at the University of Nairobi. The event was organized by the Corporate Career Academy Kenya.

The winners selected by 22,000 voters in various categories, were recognized for their contributions to educational initiatives and students’ professional advancement.

Dr. Michael Kimwele, Dean School of Computing and Information Technology, was the first runners-up for the Lecturer of the Year, while Mr. Denver Walter Oduor from the Department of Media Technology and Applied Communication (MTAC) was the Young Lecturer of the year.

Prof. Fredah Wanzala emerged first runners-up in the “Dean of Students of the Year” category, while, JKUAT Students Association (JKUSA) was voted as the first runners-up in the “Most Innovative and Industrious” category.

Speaking during the gala event, the Chief Guest, Michael Onyango from 4gotten Bottomillions (4BM) urged professionals to leverage LinkedIn in building their profiles and invest their time engaging with writings that inspire innovative thinking.

Dr. Michael Kimwele (right) and Mr. Thuku Thiongo both from SCIT receive a Certificate on behalf of Prof. Fredah Wanzala

He lauded Kenya’s education system which he said, “continues to churn out brilliant workers” making the country a rich hub for human capital and human resource across the globe. He advised on building meaningful relationships with peers, as a strategy for fast-tracking career growth.

According to Mr. Livingstone Makori, the founder of Corporate Career Academy, the awards seek to honor those who have made an effort to invest in students, easing the transition from academia to industry for graduates and students in higher education institutions in Kenya.

“Uongozi (Swahili word for leadership) is a key aspect of development and we need to support these future leaders. We realized it was important to recognize and amplify the voices of those passionate enough to transform and bring change,” Mr. Makori observed.

Mr. Makori also called upon institutions of higher learning to strengthen career guidance offices as they are instrumental in guiding students to choose the right career path in a fast-changing job market.

Representatives drawn from public and private universities as well as private companies such as UNISERVE, LUNNA, Kenya Airlift, and 4BM Africa were present during the awards ceremony.

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