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USIU-Africa to assist local school at risk from land grab

As part of the university’s effort to build a coalition against corrupt interests that are threating land entrusted to educational institutions, members of the
USIU-Africa community will converge at Roysambu Primary School on Friday, September 23 from 9am to repair a portion of the local school’s boundary fence.

The over 500 volunteers who are expected at the school, will join parents, teachers and about 1600 pupils, as they trim grass, clean and refurbish facilities as
well as plant trees, as part of Freida Brown Day activities.

That afternoon, following long-established tradition, students will match their strength against a combined faculty and staff team in the annual tug-of-war later
in the afternoon, to be followed by a festive barbeque.

Established in 2002, through a decree of the Board of Trustees, Freida Brown Day is an annual day-long celebration that highlights community service initiatives
by the university, in partnership with neighboring institutions.

IT staff aim to demystify tech services

The ICT Division has organized the Tech Week scheduled to run from Tuesday, September 20 to Thursday September 22 outside the Student Affairs Council (SAC) offices.

The division will set up a ‘Tech Village” at the SAC square where new and continuing students can receive information on ICT services and applications, as well as have any pending concerns addressed.

Microsoft East Africa is also expected to make a presentation on Wednesday September 21 at 12.30pm at the Teaching Lab in Lillian K Beam Building. Further details are available on campus posters.

University Legal Counsel to represent FKE at state training corporation

The University Legal Counsel/Company Secretary, Ms. Helen Ambasa, has been appointed by the Board of the National Industrial Training Authority (NITA) to its Training Committee with effect from 29th July, 2016.

NITA is a State Corporation established under the Industrial Training (Amendment) Act of 2011 with a mandate to establish and maintain the highest levels of industrial training standards for all levels of manpower training, on behalf of the Government of Kenya. The Committee is an important structure of the Board as it facilitates the achievement of NITA’s objectives. The 3-year appointment is by virtue of USIU-Africa’s membership of the Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE), which nominated Ms. Ambasa to represent the organization.

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VC authors chronicle of global education transformation

In August 2016, Palgrave Macmillan published the Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza’s The Transformation of Global Higher Education, 1945-2015, as part of their African Histories and Modernities book series. The new book is a comprehensive overview of the development of higher education across different world regions from the end of the Second World War, right up to the present.

In the book, Prof. Zeleza identifies the main trends in the transformation of global higher education, their various manifestations, and what impact they have had in the diverse education systems and institutions, throughout the world.

The African Histories and Modernities book series by Palgrave Macmillan, is a collection of African scholarly contributions that seek to ‘…affect the way we think about African and global histories.”

Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza who is a Professor of the Humanities and Social Sciences, is an accomplished and much-feted academic. Over the course of his career which has spanned almost four
decades, he has published more than 300 journal articles, book chapters, reviews, short stories and online essays, and authored or edited 27 books.

Several of his books have won international awards including Africa’s most prestigious book prize, the Noma Award for Publishing in Africa, for his books - A Modern Economic History of Africa (1993) and
Manufacturing African Studies and Crises (1997). His most recent books include In Search of African Diasporas: Testimonies and Encounters (2012) and Africa’s Resurgence: Domestic, Global and Diaspora
Transformations (2014). 

The book is available online from Palgrave Macmillan  through this link