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Kaimosi Friends University College has facilitated the training of over 50 heads of sections on ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System with a view of strengthening effectiveness in service delivery.

The unit heads are expected to document quality service delivery standards, thus steering the implementation of the QMS, and aligning our operations with international best practices. 

The three-day training was conducted by ACAL Consulting Services Ltd between June 9, and June 11, 2021. 

Our Principal Prof. Ogodo M.J Nandi said the quest demonstrates “our commitment to improve our customer satisfaction and practice adherence to applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.”

QMS consists of written and controlled guidelines and procedures that form a foundation for all procedures, making them organized and predictable.

KAFUCO-Jumuia Hospital World Malaria Day community engagement

29 April 2021, 9:12 am

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Kaimosi Friends University College has opened partnership talks with the Jumuia Hospitals Limited to strengthen training for the proposed School of Nursing, whose establishment peaks this September.

The University plans to rope in the Government to help bring to life an Intensive Care Unit at Jumuia Friends Hospital Kaimosi with sights on training specialized critical care nurses at the facility once the School of Nursing matures.

The hospital, which neighbours the University in the vast Kaimosi Complex, has a 10-bed ICU wing equipped with an oxygen plant. However, this potential to breathe life into the much-needed critical care in the region is idle due to lack of human resources for health.

KAFUCO hopes later establish a critical care training center to expose and stoke the interest of Nursing students’ in the niche specialization, thereby boosting their expertise and employability.

The deal is informed by KAFUCO’s mission to provide quality education to meet the needs of a dynamic society. Currently, there’s a gaping shortage of ICU care in the Western region, with just Kakamega offering no more than five operational beds.

Further, dearth of institutions training of critical caregivers has left the life-restoring units operating at fractions of their capacities in the wake of increasing demand for specialized care.

The Principal Prof Ogodo M. J Nandi on Wednesday March 30, 2021 met a delegation from the Jumuia Hospitals Limited led by National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) General Secretary Rev Canon Chris Kinyanjui for talks on the proposal.

Prof Nandi said the fruition of the deal offered “both institutions opportunity for growth with KAFUCO standing to benefit from improved training.”

The University’s expansion plan entails mounting of a Medical School.

Mr Kinyanjui pledged commitment towards the partnership, stating that the unit would be a critical boost to quality healthcare in the larger western Kenya region.

KAFUCO signs Recognition Agreement with KUSU

4 March 2021, 5:30 am

Kaimosi Friends University College (KAFUCO) Management has inked a Recognition Agreement (RA) with
the Kenya Universities Staff Union (KUSU), paving ground for representation of administrative, technical,
and ICT staff.
The document will regulate the relationship between union members and the University Management,
including how to manage staff for maximum productivity.
It was signed by the Principal Prof Ogodo M.J Nandi, Deputy Principal Academic and Student Affairs Dr
Erick Okwako (for DP Finance and Development); and acting KUSU Chairman Ernest Wayaya, Secretary
General Dr Charles Mukhwaya and Treasurer James Makori.
The signing was witnessed by KAFUCO Legal Officer Linet Mayavi and interim branch Secretary Seth
Lugonzo.
Developed using a standard template, the signing ceremony came after approvals by the Management
and University College Council.
Hitherto the relationship between KAFUCO and the KUSU has been anchored on the Collective
Bargaining Agreement (CBA) signed with Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology – the
parent institution.
The agreement presents KAFUCO the autonomy to directly engage the union and have substantive
officials representing members. Further, a committee by the University College Management Board can
now pursue a CBA.
Prof Nandi lauded the step and asked KUSU to pay special attention to young universities which have
unique challenges.
“We want to urge you to pay special attention to young universities. Our doors are open; nurture us
well. We do not want to repeat the mistakes made by established peers,” he remarked.
Dr Mukhwaya lauded the goodwill leading to the signing of the RA, which will help “regulate
engagements between the union and the university.
He challenged the management to consult the union and pledged to help KAFUCO branch grow.

KAFUCO Accredited to offer HR Certification Training

24 February 2021, 6:01 am

KAFUCO is now an accredited training center for Human Resource Management Professional Examination Body (HRMPEB).

The University College is thus set to offer Certified Human Resource Professional (CHRP) courses. These will be offered on the Open Distance and e-Learning (online) and regular (face-to-face/classroom) platforms.

KAFUCO becomes the sixth university in the country to offer HR practitioners the professional certification training, and the only one in Western.

We are also seeking certification as an HRMPEB examination center.

HRMPEB CEO Dr Douglas Ogola and accreditation team member were on Tuesday February 23, 2021 in KAFUCO for the culmination of the accreditation process.

Curriculum for the programme is ready and those seeking career-long competitive advantage in the professional HR practice are encouraged to jump on this opportunity.

KAFUCO is launching a series academic and professional programmes in response to market training demands.

BUSY SEMESTER AS PHASED REOPENING PEAKS

12 February 2021, 12:46 pm

Second and Third-year students have reported back on campus for continuation of face-to-face learning following the phased reopening plans.

The over 1100 students join an equal number of First-year peers who have been on campus since November last year, bringing the varsity back to full activity, albeit in strict compliance with Covid-19 containment regulations.

They streamed in on Wednesday February 10 and Thursday February 11, 2021 with classes scheduled to begin on Monday February 15.

The learners had been away for nearly a year occasioned by effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

On Friday the University College organized a re-entry orientation for the students geared at counselling them following the long lull, as well as to appraise them on Covid-19 safety measures, learning continuation and co-curricular activities.

Having been engaged online while at home, the current semester will only be 12 weeks long and will be packed with activities including Kenya University Sports Association (KUSA) games and elections of the students governing representatives.

In his address to the learners Principal Prof Ogodo M.J Nandi challenged the students to quickly settle down to the core business of learning and make good use of resources availed to them while they also healthily pursued interests in the rich campus life, which includes games and sports, student politics, clubs and societies, and extravaganzas.

He further urged them to “observe University Covid-19 containment measures so as to provide a safe environment for our community of staff, faculty and neighbouring community” where many of the students reside off-campus.

He warned against radical student electioneering as one of the vices that could interrupt learning for implicated students or worse still, steer them off-course in the quest for employable skills and knowledge.

KAFUCO Students Organisation elections have been set to take place within the first two weeks of the semester.

The return of the two student lots finds KAFUCO prepared to host increased numbers. This follows the partial handover of a tuition complex that has been under construction. The first phase of the project is complete and will accommodate the students, helping eliminate lecture hall congestion and propelling the University towards meeting requirements for full university charter.

Meanwhile the past week also saw Nursing Council of Kenya, led by CEO Edna Tallam, visit the University to inspect the proposed School of Nursing and were pleased with preparations to launch Bachelor of Science Nursing programme.

Third cohort of First Class graduates to begin sponsored Masters

3 February 2021, 5:34 am

Nine First Class graduates in the class of 2019 are set to become the third cohort of students sponsored by KAFUCO to further their education at the Spring of Knowledge.. The University College has sponsored them for Masters degree in their various fields, signaling commitment to the initiative which encourages and rewards scholarly excellence. They will begin classes mid-February when ongoing intake of students comes to an end. Postgraduate classes begin with an induction seminar aimed at strengthening the quality of student output.  The Deputy Principal in charge of Academic and Student Affairs Dr Erick Okwako and the Director Graduate School Dr Benson Ojwang’ challenged the students to stick to standards and guidelines for postgraduate studies and complete the 2-year programmes in time. Sponsored students also benefit from paid internship placements at the University College.

KAFUCO currently offers these postgraduate programmes with ongoing intakes:

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Arts in (Geography, Literature, Religion and Kiswahili)
  • Master of Education in (Education Psychology, MEd Education Language)
  • Master of Science in (Physics, Microbiology)
  • PhD Religion
  • PhD Literature

LREB SCOUTS KAFUCO FOR CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE

9 December 2020, 12:30 pm

The Lake Region Economic Bloc (LREB) – a socio-economic development outfit bringing together 14 counties – has scouted Kaimosi Friends University College as one of the possible hosts for its research and innovation centres of excellence.

LREB Universities Committee chaired by Maseno University Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Partnership, Research and Innovations Professor Joseph Chacha met our Principal Professor Ogodo M.J Nandi and were briefed on preparedness of the University College to host the centre.

The team which also had two members of the LREB secretariat visited KAFUCO on the LREB-Universities research rapid assessment.

It had a checklist against establishment in infrastructure (learning and research facilities), human resource, ongoing research projects, level of research funds attracted, postgraduate enrollment, outreach, as well as number of partnerships, linkages and collaborations.

KAFUCO is among 16 universities under assessment for the centers pillared around 10 themes on Health, Education, ICT, Tourism, Agriculture and Food Security, Finance and Commerce, Trade and Industrialization; Water, Environment and Climate Change, as well as Gender, Differently Abled Persons and Youth.

The assessment follows response to LREB calls by KAFUCO dons Dr Kelvin Omieno (ICT and Engineering) and Dr Remmy Shiundu (Gender, DAPs and Youth). The two made their presentations at the second annual LREB conference in Siaya last year to earn KAFUCO the recognition.

Prof Nandi called on the LREB-Universities Committee to consider young universities like KAFUCO in establishment of the centers as was of nurturing their research and innovation activities and spreading the fruits of the development bloc to all corners of the region.

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