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KAFUCO MARKS WORLD AIDS DAY

1 December 2021, 12:14 pm

KAFUCO’S TROPICAL RANGERS DOMINATE ULTIMATE FRISBEE

17 November 2021, 12:56 pm

They air-bend in the offense and bid in the defense. In between, they scan the field, run into space and complete grass-cutting bullet and smooth hammer passes. By the time 100 minutes are over, they are carting away trophies and shiny medals. 

In a game where players self-officiate, Kaimosi Friends University College’s Tropical Rangers are proving to be the ultimate team.

Having debuted just two years ago, the team of 32 male and female students is posting impressive results and advancing further into the region, having conquered local tourneys

The Tropical Rangers are the Kenya University Sport Association (KUSA) Western frisbee champions. The games were held at Masinde Muliro University Science of Technology grounds on November 13th and 14th.

They were previously second best at the same tourney held at Rongo University in February.

As a club, the team has bagged spirit trophies in tournaments organized in Nakuru and Eldoret.

Ultimate frisbee relies on the spirit sportsmanship that places the responsibility for fair play on the player. Whereas competitive play is encouraged, it should never be at the expense of mutual respect among competitors, adherence to the agreed upon rules, or the basic joy of play. This makes the game one of the best routes for achieving national cohesion in universities, nurturing team work

Moreover, it is a good full body workout and nurtures critical thinking.

The KAFUCO team is led by student author Patrick Juma.

KAFUCO IN GREEN ENERGY PROJECT WITH VIHIGA, UK FIRM

12 November 2021, 11:42 am

Kaimosi Friends University College is in talks with the County Government of Vihiga over plans to establish a green energy plant at the institution.

The County Government is the intermediary for Blackburn, UK-based Enegy Limited which is sinking about Ksh.10 billion into a waste-to-energy plant in collaboration with KAFUCO.

The County Executive Committee Member for Trade, Industrialization and Entrepreneurship Mr Geoffrey Vukaya said the plant will burn varied waste into 16 products for the local and regional market, helping mitigate against climate change and providing affordable alternative fuel to homes and industries.

The firm is looking for at least 70 acres of land to operate the plant for between 10 to 15 years, employing 300 people directly and over 1500 casuals at peak operation, said Mr. Vukaya.

The firm will retain 30 per cent of the profit and the remaining 70 per cent shared between KAFUCO and the county as agreed in memoranda of agreement to be pursued immediately.

The Principal Prof. Ogodo, M.J. Nandi welcomed the project, saying it presented the opportunity for the university to pursue a niche in environmental conservation and play a crucial role in climate change debate.

“As the only university in a tropical forest we have a lot of interest in areas of forestry, conservation and climate change. This is an opportunity for us to explore these interests and mount programmes,” he said.

In the meeting were Deputy Principal Finance and Development Prof. Maurice Amadalo, Director International and Academic Linkages Dr Caroline Mulinya, Directior Research, Innovation and Outreach Dr Remmy Shiundu,  Senior Research Fellow Dr John Ayisi, Economics Lecturer Geoffrey Abung’ana and KAFUCO’s Bio-gel Enterprise lead Boniface Jiveri.

UNIVERSITY EDUCATION AND RESEARCH PS AMB.NABUKWESI VISITS KAFUCO

9 November 2021, 11:48 am

Today, November 8, 2021, Principal Secretary State Department for University Education and Research Amb. Simon Nabukwesi visited KAFUCO on an inspection tour of ongoing and planned development projects, preparedness for the award of university charter and CBA implementation for staff.

Amb. Nabukwesi, who was accompanied by other senior staff from his office, was received by the University College Management Board led by the Principal Prof. Ogodo, M.J. Nandi.

The PS lauded efforts by the University College towards offering quality education, research and innovation to meet the needs of a dynamic society.

Prof. Nandi thanked the Ministry for the support that has seen the university college grow.

KAFUCO Education student Caroline Nanjala has won a cash prize in a Students Essay Writing Competition targeted at university students countrywide.

The essay competition was organized by the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) to mark the international year of the plant health.

Her essay titled “Towards sustainable food security” written under the tutelage of Dr Victor Shikuku (School of Science) was ranked 5th

The prize was awarded on Thursday, September 16, 2021 during the 3rd Phytosanitary Conference hosted by KEPHIS.

The competition was aimed at engaging university students on the importance of plant health and its effects on agricultural resources, the environment, human health and the economy.

Its primary aim is to sensitize students on the benefits of agriculture and enumerated on the many opportunities available for the youth in the agriculture value chain.

There were six thematic areas for the students to write on, i.e. emerging pests and diseases, climate change and its effects on food production, phytosanitary and market access, food security and the Big 4 Agenda for Kenya, Adoption of use of certified seeds for food security and devolution and plant health.

Nanjala is a B.Ed Science (Mathematics and Chemistry) student.

POMP AND COLOUR AS SCHOOL OF NURSING LAUNCHED

13 September 2021, 7:59 am

POMP AND COLOUR AS SCHOOL OF NURSING LAUNCHED

KAFUCO’s School of Nursing has been launched, setting the ground for the training of qualified nurses to help supply the country’s growing demand.

The launch themed ‘Advancing the Vision for Future Healthcare’ was presided over by Nursing Council of Kenya CEO Edna Tallam-Kimaiyo.

The Principal Prof. Ogodo, M.J. Nandi and the presiding Chairperson of Council Dr Josephine Waudo led the University fraternity.

Our partners in the training clinical sites, as well co-sponsors Equity Bank and KCB Bank, as well our mother University, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology graced the occasion. The National Council of Churches of Kenya, the immediate community, as well as the political leadership, were represented.

The guest speaker challenged the University College to provide a high standard of training, maintain professionalism and integrity in setting standards for entry for students, number of students admitted per cohort vis a vis available training resources and equipment, qualification and number of the tutors, and uniformity of the curriculum.

NCK, she said, would guide the growth of the School by availing avenues for engagement and collaboration with like-minded partners.

Ms Tallam was pleased with the plans to offer the BSc. Nursing programme through a hybrid approach to delivery, which blends the traditional face-to-face classroom with digital learning.

“We understand that blended learning brings depth to nursing education and fosters student engagement.”

In their speeches, the Principal and the Presiding Council Chairperson committed to supporting the growth of the School into the envisioned College of Health Sciences. They described the school as the pad from where the University’s identity as a Center of Excellence in Health Sciences will be launched.

“The new school offers us the opportunity to transform the model of nursing and midwifery education and research at this time of significant change in our health sector. It equally gives impetus to our quest for a center of excellence in Health Sciences.

We are therefore establishing this school with vision of helping alleviate shortage of nurses in the country and across the region,” said Prof Nandi.

Dr Waudo said the Council was committed to supporting the vision the Managament had set in launching the School. The Council, she said, would help in sourcing for funds to see the University cut a niche as a world class university delivering high quality supply of professionals to drive the national, regional and global development agenda.

To create a pool of professionals with relevant skills the University College has equipped the school with education resources including a well-equipped skills laboratory, access to anatomy laboratory in our mother university – MMUST, library, sufficient lecture rooms, computer laboratory and highly qualified lecturers and support staff.

Forty (40) students have been placed in the programme by the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service.

PRINCIPAL'S ORIENTATION SPEECH TO FIRST YEAR STUDENTS 2021/2022

10 September 2021, 7:23 am

GOOD MORNING

 On behalf of the entire Kaimosi Friends University College fraternity it is my great pleasure to extend our warm and hearty welcome to you our new students to this great university, Kaimosi Friends University College (KAFUCO).

I wish to congratulate you for working hard and passing your KCSE examination. Also, I applaud you on your selecting KAFUCO as your university of choice and securing an admission. You made the right choice. To those of you who revised your first choice in favour of KAFUCO, I thank you for the vote of confidence too.

I wish to extend my gratitude to your parents, guardians and sponsors whose support has enabled you to be here today. Respect and keep praying for them.

Dear students,

I want to assure you that you are joining a student-centered academic community. Together with the entire supportive community of dedicated faculty and staff, we will do our best to provide you with a caring environment that will enable you to take the right steps towards a brighter future and career success, as well as an outstanding student experience.

You are joining this University at a moment that is not any different from that under which you sat your KCSE examinations. The world, and indeed, the country, is still battling newer variants of Covid-19.

We have had to adjust our operations, including embracing blended learning(virtual and physical), to make the University safe for the entire KAFUCO community. We have taken deliberate measures to avoid the spread of the pandemic and it will be important that you follow the measures already introduced to you for the benefit of not just yourself, but the community.

Dear students,

As you settle in, I hope this orientation week has offered you the necessary support you need to become part of this growing community, and to focus on your core business here as soon as lectures begin.

I want to assure you that my management will go to great lengths to protect you and champion your interests as a student throughout your stay here

Report any member of staff who denies you service. Likewise, feel free to report any attempts of sexual exploitation and abuse from any member of staff.

Dear students,

KAFUCO is a student-centred academic community and endeavours to give you the best foundations to an independent life in your chosen career paths.

Our priority is to provide every one of you with formal qualification for a rewarding career. We opened a window of cross-faculty as well as intra-faculty transfers because we want you to settle on a career path of your choice. The Registrsr Academics will give you guidelines on how to go about it.

Your success in the career programme you selected will however depend largely on your conduct as a student. Unlike primary and secondary schools where success is pegged only on the final national examinations, the university system is different. All forms of assessments from 1st year will cumulatively contribute to your exit grade at Fourth Year.

Treat your classes and these examinations as crucial components of this exit grade. Read the regulations on exams in your student handbook and abide by those rules and regulations to avoid consequences of exam malpractice.

We pride ourselves in timely completion by students. I therefore wish to urge you to work hard from the very beginning and remain steadfast.

The lecturers who will support you to become an expert in your chosen field are among the best in the country. They are widely experienced in their respective fields. We also have programme leaders for all the 35 programmes on offer. Their work is to ensure that all the units you study here are of the highest quality standards and are in tandem with market demands. You can therefore rest assured that you are in the best hands.

However, we are not all about studies. We have put in place programs and initiatives aimed at ensuring that you leave KAFUCO armed with ethical, digital, global and entrepreneurial skills necessary enable you take on the next phase with confidence.

Remember to cultivate your social life as well. We have a vibrant campus life as you have already been told. There are clubs, societies, outreach and voluntary programmes which will help build you into a wholesome person.

As part of long-term staff development strategies, the University College offers Masters scholarships to students who attain First Class Honours at the end of the degree programmes. The opportunity comes with guaranteed paid internship and subsequent job opening as part of our vibrant staff establishment.

FACILITIES

Students,

Like many young universities, KAFUCO strives to provide an enabling environment to students, staff and research collaborators. Against limited resources, we have greatly invested in modernizing and expanding the university to ensure the highest levels of quality is assured as enrolment continues to rise.

The success of this growth depends on you playing your part by promptly paying fees as spelled out in your admission letters.

We are devoted to our Mission to provide quality education and training, research and innovation to meet the needs of a dynamic society.

To achieve this, we are placing at your disposal resources such the current libraries and utra modern library that is soon coming up with improved access to learning material; a robust ICT infrastructure, including smart boards in some of the lecture halls, and some of the best programme leaders and lecturers in the field of academia.

Make good use of the resources this university avails to you and abide by the guidelines contained in your student handbook.

Our primary aim is to mould and send into the dynamic world a competent professional or an innovative entrepreneur who drives change.

Across the world, institutions of our caliber are making the migration to the digital platform so as to offer learners the much-desired flexibility in accessing quality education.

To prepare you for this revolution, we at KAFUCO have embraced technology and have dedicated resources to ensure you are a part of the transition from the beginning.

As you have learned during the earlier phase of this orientation program, some of your classes may be online or blended. You have been inducted and onboarded onto the e-Campus.

I want to urge you to fully embrace technology enabled learning because even the future of the job market is digital.

COVID-19 CONTAINMENT

Dear students,

You are joining this University at a moment that is not any different from that under which you sat your KCSE examinations. The world, and indeed, the country, is still battling newer variants of the disease.

We have had to adjust our operations, including embracing blended learning, to make the University safe for the entire KAFUCO community. We have taken careful measures to avoid the spread of the pandemic and it will be important that you follow these measures for the benefit of not just yourself, but the community.

THE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE SURROUNDING

Just like the settings you all come from, KAFUCO is established in a community. We have cultured a good relationship with the surrounding community and I want to appeal to each of you to make a positive contribution towards that relationship

Take time to understand and appreciate the way of life of your new neighbours and treat everyone with respect and humility.

I want to urge those of you residing in hostels off-campus to respect your hosts. Pay your rent on time and take good care of the resources availed to you, just the way you would your own.

Make do with that which is available and your stay here will be memorable.

CAMPUS LIFE AND VICES

As I have said, our vibrant campus life will offer you a lot of freedom which comes with its share of social risks. Exercise this freedom with a lot of responsibility and endeavor only to cultivate healthy and beneficial friendships which will build positively towards your future.

In the University, you are considered an adult responsible for all your decisions. Still, I urge you to lead a responsible life. Shun companies and activities that will lead you down the path of destruction such as reckless sexual behavior, use of drugs and alcoholism, as well as other destructive habits.

Explore the healthful community activities we have on offer such as social clubs, games and sports for better health and a stronger mind, which in turn will help you focus on your mission here.

We have recently formulated Sports and Talent Policy to help nurture your gifts. I wish to urge you to fully explore these gifts both for wholesome growth and for the added advantages they present as career or scholarship opportunities.

My young scholars, in case you lose track on the way, we have a careers office which will help you to refocus.

DRUG AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE

Reports indicate that college and university students make up one of the largest groups of drug abusers nationwide. Young people (18 to 24 years of age) are prime targets for drug abuse, binge drinking, addiction and alcoholism.

The temptation to fall prey is high because, according to these reports, alcoholism and drug abuse make socializing easier.

Some of the reasons cited for this kind of behaviour include peer pressure, curiosity, bad company, stress and course load.

Please take exceptional care and seek help from the University any time you feel at risk of falling victim to these social ills. We have Guidance and Counselling services at our clinic. Please, feel free to contact them whenever there is need.

As you embark on this journey under the prevailing circumstances, great challenges and great opportunities lie ahead. Accept the challenges so that you can feel the joy of victory. I kindly ask you to be disciplined, focused, hardworking and God fearing as you face your future here.

I wish you a safe, happy and challenging academic journey at Kaimosi Friends University College. Once again, welcome, class of 2021.

Commission for University Education (CUE) Chairman Prof. Chacha Nyaigoti Chacha today visited the University College on a familiarization tour ahead of anticipated award of charter to Kaimosi Friends University College.

Prof Chacha was received by the University College Management Board chaired by the Principal Prof. Ogodo, M.J. Nandi and was appraised on the progress of the quest for the University Charter.

The CUE chairman lauded the efforts being made by the Management in offering quality education and training, research and innovation

KAFUCO STORY

24 June 2021, 7:08 am

KAFUCO academic staff Research Seminar Series launched

21 June 2021, 8:52 am

The KAFUCO Research Seminar Series for academic staff has been launched to drive our commitment to the research mandate. 

The seminars offer opportunity for both academic staff and postgraduate students to get acquainted with research work conducted by University College, with a view to strengthen our research output and attract research grants.

Hosted weekly by the Directorate of Research, Innovation and Outreach the seminars are geared towards cultivating our faculty into grant-winning researchers by honing their understanding of academic research, grant proposal writing skills as well as multidisciplinary collaborations both amongst themselves and with likeminded institutions and industry.

The output is expected to strengthen our multidisciplinary research center. 

Researchers and participants will discuss their academic work, share knowledge on various topical issues and create linkages with scholars in other institutions.

The series was opened by the Principal Prof. Ogodo M.J Nandi. 

Prof Nandi, a grant-winning professor of Religion and Philosophy, challenged participants to exploit the opportunity to drive multidisciplinary research at KAFUCO. He said the forum offered opportunity for the University College to upscale quest for a multidisciplinary research center with impactful output.