Prof. Ngumi Addresses First Year Students as they Commence their Academic Voyage

Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi addresses the first-year students

Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi addressed first-year students as they culminated their orientation week. The new cohort of 2022/2023 academic year commences their new academic journey confident that they chose one of the best institutions in the country.

Prof. Ngumi hailed the students for choosing JKUAT out of the over 70 Universities and pledged the University’s commitment to training them to the highest professional standards that will guarantee secure career prospects in the competitive market.

“I assure you that we will, as a university administration, be with you at every level of your navigation to the very end when you will be crossing the finishing line,” guaranteed Prof. Ngumi.

The Vice Chancellor made a passionate appeal to the new students, urging them to embrace long life and tested values of Integrity, Transparency, Quality, and Professionalism; ideals she said were part of JKUAT core values.

Henrey Omondi, a BSc Economics first-year student gives a comment during the event

“I encourage you to foster a community free of intolerance and discrimination and to promote an environment that is respectful, civil, supportive and safe. These core values allow us to provide a learning ecosystem where we can all pursue our dreams and reach our highest apex,” said Prof. Ngumi.

The don further informed the freshmen and women that they had joined a University that has excelled in studentship, a feat she attributed to JKUAT’s unique curriculum that is well balanced for personal growth and market expectations.

“It is my belief you choose JKUAT because of its quality education. As a result, the University continues to take conscious steps to ensure all our academic programmes meet the criteria of relevance, quality and demand among others. This is why we review our entire curriculum at the end of every cycle,” said Prof. Ngumi.

Giving motherly advice to the new cohort, Prof. Ngumi advised them to avoid dangerous anti-social excesses like alcohol consumption and drug abuse that has plagued the youth in the country.

“I urge you to remain focused and avoid anything that could derail you from what brought you here. Avoid any form of peer pressure that may lead to, irresponsible drinking, sexual immorality, as well as indulgence in drug and substance abuse.”

With HIV, teenage pregnancies and sexual and gender-based violence deemed as a triple threat among adolescents and young adults in Kenya, the Vice Chancellor urged the student to avoid immoral behaviour and frequently make use of Voluntary Counseling and Testing Services to arm themselves with information on HIV/AIDS.

Prof. Ngumi also used the occasion to caution university students to promote nationalism as a way of reducing ethnicity in the country.

Her address to first-year students marked the end of the orientation week that was attended by all Deputy Vice Chancellors, College Principals, Deans of Schools and Chairmen of Departments, among others.

Prof. Ngumi Addresses First Year Students as they Commence their Academic Voyage

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