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Dr. Mwambari presents paper at prestigious African studies conference

Assistant Professor of International Relations, Dr. David Mwambari presented a paper “Individual and Collective Memory in post conflict African countries" at the 59th Africa studies Association Conference. The conference held on December 2nd 2016 in Washington DC and was themed “Imagining Africa at the Center: Bridging Scholarship, Policy, and Representation in African Studies.” The paper explored the tensions that arise when individual memory is co-opted into a historical and political narrative to serve the needs of a State or a society emerging from war.

The African Studies Association that our Vice Chancellor was once the president (2008-2009), is the flagship membership organization devoted to enhancing the exchange of information about Africa and encourages the production and dissemination of historical and contemporary knowledge about Africa.

Supervisors attend leadership training

Assorted staff supervisors and middle-level managers attended a three-day Leadership Skills Development Training Seminar held at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies (KSMS) in Nairobi from December 14 – 16, 2016, and January 9 – 11, 2017. The seminar was designed to equip participants drawn from all university departments, with high-level supervisory and managerial skills necessary to effectively manage and run various university units.

Led by consultants from ACT Consulting Limited, participants were taught how to appreciate colleagues, support and enhance individual contribution, set expectations and plan for succession.

The seminar is part of a broader leadership program currently being executed by Human Resources that will next involve members of the Management Board.

University welcomes new members of faculty

Dr. Edith Amuhaya is the new Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry in the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences’ Bachelor of Pharmacy program. Dr. Amuhaya joins the School from Maseno University (Kenya), and holds a Ph.D degree in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from Louisiana State University in the United States.

She also previously taught at the Technical University of Kenya, Rhodes University (South Africa) and at Louisiana State University as a post-doctoral fellow.

Dr. Pablo Rubio Gijon is the new Assistant Professor of Spanish, in the School of Humanities and Social Science. Dr. Gijon holds a doctoral degree in Hispanic from the University of British Columbia in Canada, and a Master of Arts in Spanish from University of Georgia in the United States.

Previously Dr. Gijon taught at the University of Szczecin (Poland), the University of the Fraser Valley (Canada) and as a Visiting Professor at the Polytechnic of Namibia and the University of Zimbabwe.

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IBA Junior to feature in entrepreneurship reality show

Twenty-three year old Keith Asumba (IBA Junior) will be USIU-Africa’s representative at the Be Your Own Boss (BYOB) youth entrepreneurship reality show. BYOB has been sponsored by Blaze Kenya – a youth platform owned by East Africa’s largest telecommunications company Safaricom. The show’s 12 contestants were selected from almost eight hundred applicants over a period of 12 weeks, culminating in their unveiling on Wednesday, 18 January.

Keith, who runs TAGG (a 14-month-old talent management company based in Nairobi), will be a member of one of two teams that will compete against each other in an elimination round each week, for the grand prize of KES 5 million (KES 3 million in cash and KES 2 million in support) at the end of March 2017.

BYOB will make its television debut at 8pm on Monday, February 6 on KTN.