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Paul T. Zeleza installed as University Vice Chancellor

Prof. Paul T. Zeleza was installed as University Vice Chancellor on Thursday, April 7 during the inauguration ceremony presided over by the Chancellor Dr. Manu Chandaria. On hand to witness the inauguration was Prof. Zeleza’s spouse Prof. Cassandra Veney (Professor of International Relations), other members of his family and former colleagues such as Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court Dr. Willy Mutunga.

In his address, Prof. Zeleza described his background growing up, living, studying and working on two continents over four decades, as having prepared him to ensure that the founding President Dr. William Rust’s dream of a global educational experiences continues.

The Chief Guest Cabinet Secretary for Ministry of Education, Science and Technology looked forward to working closely with the governing bodies and the management team led by Prof. Zeleza, to chart a new path for private universities and other higher educational institutions in the country.

The ceremony also saw the introduction of the new Board of Trustees and University Council, which will be headed by Mr. Linus Gitahi and Dr. Lola Odubekun respectively. The ceremony caps the three months since Prof. Zeleza’s arrival on campus where he took over from long-serving Vice Chancellor Prof. Freida Brown.

Since then, Prof. Zeleza has initiated a “90 Days of Listening Campaign” which involved meeting with various groups on campus, to capture their perspectives on university development.

Additionally, this period witnessed board approval of the new strategic plan that will guide institutional policies and development for the next five years. Speaking at the event, Prof. Zeleza noted that his arrival on campus could not have been more opportune, since he has benefited from Prof. Brown’s strategic input and institutional memory, and the collegial nature of the plan’s development. This, according to him has enabled him to capture the history and development of the university, as well as their aspirations for the next year.

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University unveils new strategic plan

On Thursday, March 31, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza launched the 2015/160 -2019/20 Strategic Plan during a baraza in the auditorium. The new plan will guide institutional priorities and activities over the next five years, as well as form the basis for divisional and school strategic plans.

Speaking at the event, the Vice Chancellor emphasized the collaborative and inclusive process involving the entire university and the community’s responsibility in  achieving the plan’s new five goals namely: to provide globally competitive and innovative academic programs incorporating research and co-curricular activities for holistic education; Expand and efficiently manage the university’s financial and human resources to meet its capital and operating requirements; improve human resource management using best practices; expand, maintain, and optimize use of physical facilities and technology; and increase visibility and enhance quality services to internal and external customers.

He noted that the university needed to “provide globally competitive and innovative academic programs incorporating research and co-curricular activities for holistic education” so that students can receive an education that will take them places.

Other imperatives included in the plan are the decision to increase enrollments to 10000 students, introduce new Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) creative arts and cinematic academic programs, and invest in institutional research capabilities.

Prof. Zeleza also thanked Strategic Planning Steering Committee and the Strategic Planning Task Force for their exceptional dedication, noting they had volunteered their time and energy, even in the midst of pressing faculty and staff demands.

The document has been made available to the faculty, staff and students, and can be downloaded on the cx portal.