The University organized a week long training in Mombasa for the newly elected Jomo Kenyatta University Students Association (JKUSA) as part of a deliberate initiative to equip the newly inducted leaders with requisite leadership skills.
The training which run from November 9 -12, 2021, saw the participants taken through several aspects of leadership that will ultimately impact on their roles as students’ representatives.
Some of the aspects they were taken through included handling security issues, fundamentals of leadership, budgeting and requisition processes among other topics.
Speaking when she officially closed the training, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi underscored the commitment of the university in equipping students especially student leaders, with requisite life skills which she noted, would be significant in ensuring they are up to task as they assume their roles.
“As JKUAT, we believe in producing all rounded students in various fields. This training is in accordance with this objective and you have now been trained to tackle life hurdles you are likely to face while at the University and after you conclude your studies,” Prof. Ngumi stated.
The Vice Chancellor challenged the student leaders to be proactive and embrace call of action like the climate change, which is a major emerging issue across the globe.
Prof. Ngumi further urged the young leaders to work closely with the University management in tackling emerging issues that affect students noting, the university management espouses an open door policy.
On her part, Dean of Students, Prof. Fredah Wanzala, said the training provided students with vital tools that would to assist them to undertake their new roles efficiently and effectively.
The new JKUSA team came to office following the students elections through the delegate system conducted, Wednesday, October 26, 2021.
The student Council President and Deputy President positions were won by Mark Mwangi and Grace Joy Ngumi respectively, with the Ryan Jack Minyata clinching the Secretary General position. All the three candidates were elected unopposed.
The Academic Affairs position went to Kelvin Gachunga (unopposed) as the Finance Secretary post went to Emmanuel Kibet, while Mark Onyango clinched the Sports and Entertainment Secretary position. Fradina Makena was elected the Catering and Accommodation Secretary.