The Team in a meeting with Prof. Reuben Muasya, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Finance, Planning and Development.

The School of Agriculture, Environment, Water and Natural Resources hosted staff from Weihenstephan-Triesdorf (HSWT), University of Applied Sciences of Federal Republic of Germany.

The two institutions are in the process of jointly implementing a number of projects which include; Digitization project: development of digital learning materials for ‘Agricultural economics’ and ‘Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Food Value Chains’, introduction of a Summer school on Curriculum Development for junior teaching staff and developing a Master programme in Farm Management among others.

HSWT’s academic partners in the project ‘HSWT goes international: Internationalizing Best Practices’ are Derbe Markos University in Ethiopia, South Eastern Kenya University in Kenya, Khon Kaen University in Thailand and The Evergreen State College in the USA.

1st Cohort of Bsc. Medical Laboratory Sciences Programme

We are delighted to have our pioneer students for the BSC. Medical Laboratory Science program. The lot joined in after a though inspection exercise and subsequent approval by both the Kenya Medical Laboratory Technicians and Technologists Board (KMLTTB) and the Commission for University Education (CUE).
The twenty eager learners are coming in at a time when there are state-of-the-art laboratories and facilities for their use and a wealth of knowledge from seasoned lecturers.
We recently had the issuance of Student Indexing Cards and Logbooks from the Programme Regulatory/Professional Body which is the  Kenya Medical Laboratory Technicians and Technologists Board (KMLTTB).  The event was graced by Prof. Zipporah Nganga, DVC, ARSA, Dr. John Koga, Registrar, ASA. Also in attendance were Prof. Catherine Mwenda, The Dean of Health Sciences,  Programme Co-ordinator Mr. Lameck Ontweka, Section coordinator Mr. Nathan Kiboi and Technical staff in the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences.

9th Annual Education, Research and Evaluation International Conference

We were privileged to host the 9 th Annual International Education, Research and Evaluation International Conference. The conference was organized by The Society of Educational Research and Evaluation in Kenya (SEREK) in collaboration with South Eastern Kenya University.
The theme of the conference was ‘Socio-Economic Development in Africa in the 21 st Century:
Innovations, Constraints and Comparative Politics’. The conference attracted scholars and Educational stakeholders with the aim of brainstorming on the issues affecting Education and humanity through various presentations, discussions and networking. The scholars also recommend policy actions that will be able to effectively and efficiently solve the problems.

The Council Visits SEKU Assets

The Council recently visited the university’s assets in different areas. The team started off with a tour and tree planting exercise at the Mtito-Andei Centre. The team then proceeded to Mwingi where the Mwingi Professional Group generously donated thirty acres of land to the university for the establishment of a campus. Plans to develop this parcel of land are underway and the community members are positive about the progress this will bring to the community.
The university also benefited from another generous donation of five acres of land in Migwani from Senior Chief Kasina. There are already infrastructural developments on the said land and we hope to pump life into it by introducing some of the courses there.

Community Outreach Programme - Ngoleni Secondary School

The new year 2022 has started off on a high note for the School of Agriculture, Water, Environment and Natural Resources (SAEWNR). On 11th January, a team of seventy-seven students from Ngoleni Secondary School Machakos accompanied by their two teachers paid the university a courtesy call. Their mission was clear. They wanted to benefit from the strong mentorship programme run by the school which so far has reached out to hundreds of high school students from Kitui and Machakos Counties.
The outreach programme is aimed at mentoring high school students to achieve their career goals as well as promoting courses offered in the school and University at large.
During the visit SAEWNR emphasised on the academic excellence and discipline if students were to achieve their goals. The visiting students were also briefed on how to go about choosing the courses in the KUCCPS website. We believe this programme will positively impact the life of Ngoleni students as well as market our university. The students also visited the University library to see where all knowledge is stored.

Community Outreach Programme - Kinaka Secondary School

The School of Agriculture, Environment, Water and Natural Resources (SAEWNR) was privileged to host fifty-eight (58) students from Kinaka Secondary School. On the same day, another team of one hundred and twenty students(120) from Ngiini Secondary School.
The visitors wanted to benefit from the strong mentorship programme run by the school which so far has reached out to hundreds of high school students from Kitui and the neighbouring Machakos Counties.
The outreach programme is aimed at mentoring high school students to achieve their career goals as well as promoting courses offered in the school and University at large.
During the visit SAEWNR staff emphasised on the academic excellence and discipline if students were to achieve their academic goals. The students also visited the University library and the lecture halls as well to get a feel of how learning takes place at the university level and to motivate them to work harder so that they can join the higher learning institutions.

KEFRI graduate research school benchmarking visit

A three-member team from Kenya Forest Research Institute (KEFRI) newly established KEFRI Graduate Research School (KGRS) visited SEKU on a benchmarking visit to discuss a proposed partnership between the two institutions. KGRS seeks to unlock its research potential and efficiency by providing shared platform for scientists, scholars and young graduates to translate ideas into actions.
The team was led by the Chief Research Scientist and Coordinator of the Graduate School, Dr. Michael Mukolwe who was accompanied by Dr. Jared Amwata and Ms. Janet Wanjiru.
The discussions also focused on matters of collaboration, mutual interest and benefits between the two institutions as well as matters of Education, research and innovation and outreach.
The Office of the Directorate of Council Affairs, Linkages and International Programmes took lead of the meeting to ensure fruition of the proposed partnership once deliberations are completed.

SEKU annual tree planting exercise

Trees are very important to human beings, animals and plants and are a very integral part of the ecosystem. Tree planting is also one of the most effective ways of mitigating the effects of climate change.
SEKU held its annual Tree Planting exercise earlier today at the university farm. Staff and students participated in this annual activity where a total of over 5,000 Eucalyptus clones (hybrid) tree seedlings were planting.
While leading the exercise, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Finance, Planning and Development, Prof. Muasya urged the staff and students to ensure they visit the farm regularly to see the progress of the trees planted.

Students and teachers from Mutonguni Girls take a group photo together with staff from School of Agriculture, Water, Environment and Natural Resources

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The School runs a community outreach programme aimed at mentoring high school students to achieve their career goals as well as promoting courses offered in the school and University at large. On Friday the 12th November, we hosted 47 students and 3 teachers from Mutonguni Girls, Machakos County for a career mentorship programme. This programme helps give the form four students clarity of mind when it comes to career options and an indepth knowledge of what each career entails. mutonguni girls at seku Research and innovation centre png

Students from Mutonguni Girls visit our Research and innovation centre.

South Eastern kenya University 8th Graduation Ceremony

We are so delighted to celebrate our 8th graduation today. A total number of 1342 graduands were conferred with various degrees, 1 honorary, 1 doctorate, 12 masters and 1328 bachelors degree.
Arch. David Muoka Mutiso was also conferred with a Doctor of Science degree (Honoris Causa) during the celebration. This decision made by the University Council and Senate was made following Arch. Mutiso's tremendous contributions in the field of architecture, building and construction where he has excelled both as a leader and as an expert. Arch. Mutiso also served as the 2nd Chairman of Ukamba Agricultural Institute (UKAI), which was the predecessor of the South Eastern University College which later evolved to the current South Eastern Kenya University (SEKU).
The Chief Guest, Hon. Mumina Bonaya, the Chief Administrative Secretary, State Department for Early Learning and Basic Education and University Education and Research while congratulating the graduands, lauded the university on the milestones that we have made as a learning institution even in the face of the game changer, Covid 19.
The Chairman of Council, Dr. Swabah Omar, in her speech, outlined the progress the institution as made in the past, the laid out the plans of development that are currently a work in progress and expressed gratitude for the support that the government has extended to the university. She expressed the council full commitment to work with the management and staff to enable the university attain its vision of being a globally competitive centre of excellence in teaching, research, innovation and service.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Muluvi, expressed the milestones we have made as an institution one being that, the University got accreditation from the TIVET Authority to offer TIVET courses both at diploma and certificate levels. We also got the first cohort of government sponsored engineering students this September. We also received the interim authority to offer bachelor of medical laboratory science and received accreditation to offer Bachelor of Public Health.
We congratulate our class of 2021!!

School of Agriculture, Environment, Water and Natural Resources community outreach programme

The School runs a community outreach programme aimed at mentoring high school students to achieve their academic goals and promoting courses offered within the School and the University at large.
On 2nd November, 2021, the department of Environmental Science and Land Resources Management visited St. Paul’s Kwa Vonza Secondary School for a career talk. During the visit, all the students in the school participated and a presentation about the university, courses and opportunities within the environmental sector and academic excellence and discipline was done by the staff present.
On 3rd Novemebr, the Department of ESLR&M also hosted form four students from Kwawanzilu Mixed Secondary School. A day interaction between the students and the staff in the department happened whereby, various labs within the School of Agriculture, Environment, Water and Natural resources were visited by the students. The students also visited the Library within the Main Campus, the School of engineering and the graduation square and the School of education, humanities and social sciences. A public lecture was also done about the university and on various courses within the environmental sector. A brief presentation of KUCCPS requirements for the degrees within the school was also done.

 

A team from Murang’a University visits our wote campus

A team from Murang’a University led by Prof. Beatrice Mugendi, DVC, Finance and Development toured our Wote Campus. The team was attending a different meeting in Wote Town but were gracious enough to create time to visit our campus and see how much we have grown as an institution. It was also a chance for the team to see what they can learn from us as we have also had the opportunity to learn from them and we all know that learning is a continuous process.
They were largely impressed by our state-of-the-Art complex and the many facilities that the complex houses.

Delegates cast their votes

A new set of SEKUSA Officials is set to take over office in a few days after the conclusion of a peaceful election exercise conducted today. We have nothing but lots of gratitude for the dedication and diligent service offered to the student community by the outgoing team and we trust that there will be a smooth transition between the outgoing and incoming SEKUSA Officials.
The Chairperson of the SEKUSA Electoral Committee, Prof. Mutisya lauded the student community for conducting themselves in a peaceful manner and exercising their democratic right through the ballot. The newly elected council will steer the Association for the next year and work together with the student community and the university management for the advancement of the institution.
There was a tie in the Satellite Campus Representatives elections and a re-run of the same has been scheduled for Monday, 15th November, 2021.

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PBL-Bioafrica project manager, Dr. Eija Laitinen visit

Dr. Eija Laitinen, PBL-BioAfrica Project Manager and Principal Research Scientist from HAMK Bio Research Lab paid courtesy call to the Vice-Chancellor to further discuss the engagement of our institution as a partner of the PLB-BioAfrica Project.

PBL-BioAfrica is a collaborative project for strengthening bioeconomy education through promoting (problem-based learning), entrepreneurship, innovation and digital learning methods in Sub Saharan Africa.
The four-year-old project kicked off in November, 2021 and the digital learning and teaching will enable the teams to reach a large of young Africans. SEKU is one of the partner institutions in the project.
Dr. Eija also toured the university and held a meeting with the SEKU Project Team to get updates on the project management, trainings and student challenges among others.

Kenya National Commission on human rights CEO Visit

The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) is an Independent National Human Rights Institution with the core mandate of promotion and protection of human rights in Kenya.

The Commission's CEO, Dr. Bernard Mogesa, accompanied by a team of four officers held a meeting with our Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Muluvi to discuss the status of human rights amid covid 19 pandemic in the university. There were also discussions on exploring possible avenues for collaboration between the two institutions.
The Commission lauded the efforts made by learning institutions in promotion and protection of human rights trough service delivery to the public.

Kitui county farmers capacity building workshop

A 2-day farmers capacity building workshop which brought together farmers from different parts of the expansive Kitui County was held at SEKU. The workshop was organised in partnership between Kenya Climate Change Working Group (KCCWG) and SEKU.

SEKU has since its inception been working and partnering with local communities in the areas of dryland agriculture, water, environment and natural resources through research, capacity building, tree planting, water resources management and climate change adaptation. While officially opening the workshop, the Vice-Chancellor emphasised that the objective of the workshop which is capacity building falls squarely within the mandate of the university.
The County Executive Committee Member, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, Kitui County Government, Hon. Emmanuel Kisangau was also present. The Agricultural Engineer spoke about the incentives and policy pathways at the County government level that have been devised to support value addition and adaptation and mitigation towards the changing climate.
The farmers also got an opportunity to share perspectives and coping mechanisms in the face of the changing local climatic conditions and their expectations and key areas for capacity strengthening.

Prof. George Magoha inspects our wote campus

We were privileged to host the Education Cabinet Secretary, Prof. George Magoha when he visited our Wote campus on an inspection mission.
As he went round the state-of-the-art facilities at the campus, the Cabinet Secretary was impressed and even commended that the building has been done to the highest international standards.

He was also impressed by the teaching staff, non-teaching staff ratio at our institution which stands at 60:40 and lauded the leadership and background training of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Muluvi whom he has known for long even when SEKU was a constituent college of the Nairobi University.
“As you move to reorganize your universities, be careful not to dismantle the entire structure, some of the structures may require action from the Act,” Prof. Magoha advised citing the ongoing university reforms.
He also encouraged the planting of more trees to create a microclimate for the students that will come in future.

04 October 2022