Prof. Mbithi was yesterday installed as the 7th Vice Chancellor of the largest University in Kenya. Prof. Mbithi has taken over from Prof. Magoha, who introduced performance contracts and strategic planning. Mbithi, a professor of veterinary medicine and the previous DVC – Admin and Finance – spelled out his reform agenda for UoN in his speech at an installation ceremony which was attended by Education CS Prof. Kaimenyi. Here are the 10 key issues Prof Mbithi will focus on:
1. World class University Status
For this University to continue producing quality products, we must compete with the very best in the world. My vision thus is to ensure that we become a top-ranked, sustainable, world-class institution with enduring and valuable scholarly excellence.
2. Fundraising, Resource Mobilization and Sustainability Strategy
These proposals in my administration’s priorities require financial resources which we intend to enhance through the establishment of endowment funds, creation of a university foundation, partnering with the private sector to finance capital projects
3. Infrastructure Development
In addition to refurbishing existing student hostels, we shall construct hostels to accommodate over 5,000 students through the Public/Private Partnership, to address the perennial problem of inadequate accommodation for our students. Also lined up for construction through the same model is the School of Law tower at Parklands, which will house the increasing academic activities of the School, and give it the profile befitting its status as the leading Law School in the region; construction of a building for the Computing Centre of Excellence and incubation lab (C4DLab); construction of the University of Nairobi teaching and referral hospital to specialize on chronic diseases and of course completion of ongoing projects, among them the University tower.
4. Graduate Skills Enhancement Program
Improve academic and social facilities for our students with more attention to student mentorship, orientation beyond classroom extracurricular activities and social life.
5. Students’ experience in campus
University of Nairobi produces quality and holistic graduates in diverse fields of study to meet the expectations of the market and to provide solutions to the challenges affecting our society. To achieve this, my administration will review academic processes in order to ensure quality programmes and increase the relevance of our graduates to industry.
6. University Research
My administration will focus on enhancing the capacity of researchers, improve the management of research funds, enhance dissemination of research outputs to society, incubate research efforts and partner with industry to commercialize research outputs.”
7. Develop Visionary, Innovative and Creative Leadership
We will professionalize resources management, including human resources and facilities, in order to increase staff productivity as well as to improve institutional efficiency and effectiveness; we will automate all core business processes and ensure managers make decisions informed by computer-based information and analytics.
8. Image and Competitiveness of the University
The University will not relent in its endeavor to realize a horizon of opportunities for exploiting and competing with reputable universities worldwide. As we move forward and into the future, we need to build synergies, based on our various strengths and experiences, to place UoN in a prime spot on the global map.
9. Our Alumni, Our Strength
To our alumni, help us in nurturing and developing the next generation of leaders through students’ mentorship, sponsorship and internship.
10. Community Service
To our government and donors, we’ll be your strongest and most reliable partner in achievement of vision 2030. We are ready to contribute in providing solutions in such areas as national security, cleaning our cities, tapping the huge body of energy in our youth, population growth, research and policy formulation and chronic traffic jams among others.