The appointment of Prof. Joseph Mathu Ndung’u as JKUAT Chancellor has been well received by JKUAT stakeholders. During his first visit to the University, staff union leaders, students, University management and Council all expressed readiness to support Prof. Ndung’u as he settles in to execute his new role.
JKUSA President, Clinton Osoro, said the students’ fraternity welcomed the new chancellor with open arms, noting, JKUAT students are very creative innovative and sharp skills that with the chancellor’s guidance, can be directed for the benefit of humanity.”
He further said, the students looked forward to benefit from the Chancellor’s global networks and connections towards forging partnerships that will benefit the students.
Chairman of Council, Prof. Paul Kanyari Njuki in his brief remarks on behalf of council, welcomed the new chancellor, whom he described as “a scholar with a distinguished career in the world of academia.”
He used the occasion to appreciate the great support the university stakeholders have accorded the council, adding, it had enabled the organ to proactively carry out its mandate in a harmonious manner. He wished the Chancellor success in his new role and asked the entire Council to support him.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, effused confidence that the new Chancellor will be in a position to leverage on his “vast international experience in the academia and research and act as a fulcrum towards building new relationships with leading organizations and industrial partners, both locally and abroad.”
Prof. Ngumi assured the Chancellor of the University’s total support and wished him success as he embarks on his new role of championing the JKUAT’s vision and mission to even greater heights.
The staff union representatives also addressed the occasion: University Academic Staff Union Secretary General, Prof. Peterson Hinga acknowledged that the higher education sector had challenges which called for urgent attention and invited the Chancellor to engage the union. He said UASU was keenly focused on efforts to find sustainable solutions to the challenges.
Kenya Universities Staff Union Chairman, Mr. Nderitu affirmed the union members’ commitment to work with administration in articulating the welfare of staff urging the university to engage the union when developing and reviewing university strategies and policies, and reflected on the JKUAT’s growth trajectory from of its humble beginnings as a Constituent College of Kenyatta University, rising to become the most preferred university.
Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotel, Educational Institutions, Hospitals, and Allied Workers, Mr. Michael Gitahi welcomed the Chancellor on behalf of the union membership, which he said, was committed to take JKUAT to greater heights and appealed to union members to rise to the occasion and help the university in addressing some of the challenges by coming up with new ideas. He reminded them that even at the lower cadre they can be in the front line in helping the university address challenges.