Free Medical Camp Between Karatina University And Karen Hospital

Karatina University in partnership with Karen Hospital, Nairobi, organized a free medical camp on Saturday, 16th December, 2017 at the Main Campus for the residents of Mathira East and Mathira West Sub-Counties. Five senior nurses from Karen Hospital, two clinicians and eight nutritionists led by Dr. Stanley Wahome of Karen Hospital came with medical supplies to offer free medication to the patients. Twelve nurses from KMTC, Nyeri and the University’s medical staff also teamed with the group to offer the services.

A total number of 380 patients were treated and given free medication. The patients were ferried to the venue by University buses from all major shopping centres in the sub-counties. There was a lot of excitement from the members of public as they alighted from the Karatina University buses, some coming to the University for the first time. The patients were also ferried back home after treatment. The camp started off with a health talk by the Karen Hospital staff on different types of cancer, their preventive measures and possible treatments. Dr. Wahome, on behalf of Karen Hospital, conveyed greetings from the CEO, Dr. Betty Gikonyo. He indicated that Dr. Gikonyo is very much committed to partnering with Karatina University in helping to promote healthy living among the residents of Nyeri County. Some of the medical checks provided included blood pressure, blood sugar, BMI, and other general examinations. Patients who required referrals and were assisted accordingly.

The medical camp was officially opened by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (ARSA), Prof. P. Aloo-Obudho who welcomed the members of public on behalf of the Vice Chancellor. She noted that is the exercise was part of the University’s social corporate responsibility to the surrounding communities. The uniqueness of the camp is that local community leaders were involved in the planning process especially to assist in mobilizing members of the public. She encouraged the members of the community to access the quality services especially in provision of university education.

The community leaders appreciated Karatina University for her concerns to the welfare of the local people and committed to support the University in all its endeavours. The university will strive to enahance community outreach activities to remain relevant to the people within its surrounding and beyond.

Karatina University 5th Graduation Ceremony


The Karatina University 5th Graduation Ceremony was held on 1st December, 2017 at the Main Campus. The University has witnessed a gradual growth of graduands from one Hundred and twenty three (123) students in the year 2011 to one thousand five hundred and seventy seven (1,577) students graduated

The event was marked with pomp and colour as the Chancellor and Academic processions were led by Kiganjo Police Band. The Graduands also had an opportunity to be entertained by a local traditional group of dancers famed for the ‘Mwomboko’ dance and Karatina University choir had an outstanding performance.

The University was honored to receive more than two thousand guests invited by both the Students and the University Management. Notably, the University was commended for a very disciplined group of graduands who sat all through the ceremony without any interference. The ceremony was also noted to have started on time and ended as planned.

On behalf of Karatina University Council, Management and staff I wish to appreciate all those who made the day a success. Congratulations too to all Karatina University 2017 Graduates!!!!!

Karatina University Food Science And Nutrition Students Win And Excel In The Short Training Global Korea Scholarship

The Korean Government GKS short-term summer program is a training and research study awarded on a highly competitive basis to undergraduate students from Africa and Latin America. The aim of the program is to provide the participants with an in-depth academic training along mentorship for 5 weeks from Korea staff.

Two out of the 20 students who won the Food Science and Biotechnology program were 4th year BSc. Food Science and Nutrition (FSN) students from Karatina University. The two students quickly adapted to Korea culture and emerged among the top ten students at Kyungpook National University.  

Karatina University GKS Korean Government undergraduate award winners: From left: Dr. Louise Ngugi (HOD, Food Science and Nutrition), Yvonne Yator (4th year FSN class representative), Parmenus Kiprono and Dorsilla Anono (Award winners) and Dr. Mary Muchiri (Their KarU Mentor and Tea Institute Coordinator)

Karatina University Holds DIES National Multiplication Training (NMT 2017)

Karatina University was privileged to host the DIES (Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies) National Multiplication Training (NMT 2017/2018) Training Workshop for Deans and Directors of selected universities in Kenya from 19th to 21st December 2017 at the Main Campus, Kagochi under the theme: Training Deans and Directors On Quality Leadership and Management: A Driver for Change in Higher Education.

This is a multi agency training programme sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service( DAAD) and German Rectors‘ Conference (HRK). The partnering universities are Karatina University, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Kenyatta University and Maseno University. The goal of the training is to enhance quality in higher education by transforming management roles of middle level managers in higher education through sharing knowledge gained during the DIES-DAAD training courses. The project is being co-ordinated by Prof. P-Aloo - Obudho, DIES- NMT Project Team Leader/Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic, Research and Students Affairs at Karatina University. She is implementing the project with Prof. Elizabeth Abenga from Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Prof. Florence Indede from Maseno University, and Prof. Fuchaka Waswa from Kenyatta University.

The workshop was officially opened by Prof. Colleta Suda, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Education, State Department of Higher Education through her representative Dr. Christopher Yegoh. In her remarks, the Principal Secretary said that the dynamics in higher education today requires a re-evaluation of the role of higher education managers to provide leadership that will transform these institution to achieve quality in higher education.She commended the project team for an innovative idea and asked them to look for more funding to expand the training to cover all Deans and Directors in Kenya. She also appreciated DAAD for continued support to quality higher education .The PS thanked the Kenya DAAD Scholars for promoting quality in higher education through organization of conferences.

In welcoming the guests, the Vice Chancellor Karatina University, Prof. Mucai Muchiri underscored the fact that the University is on a spirited agenda to enhance quality higher education and therefore the training workshop will inculcate valuable leadership skills to the middle level managers who are the ultimate drivers of change in university management.

The notable guests included Prof. Mwenda Ntaragwi, the CEO Commission for University Education represented by Prof Anne Nagulu, Deputy Secretary Commission for University Education in charge of Quality Assurance, Prof. R. Munavu, Chancellor Laikipia University, Prof, Frank Ziegele, Director, Commission for Higher Education in Germany and Prof Dominic Makawiti, Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Nairobi.

During the training, 23 newly appointed Deans and Directors from 12 Universities across Kenya were trained with balanced gender representations. The Deans and Directors were trained on increased understanding of their roles in respect to university management and enhanced leadership and management skills.

Karatina University Library Receives Donations from American Reference Center

Karatina University Library has once again received books and audio visual information materials from the American Reference Center following a successful utilization of audio books given to the University last year. The books which are in various subjects ranging from entrepreneurship, communication, information and communication technology, library science to history and political science are part of the American Rotating Collection which the University has been hosting for over a year now. In addition to the information materials, the donation also included a 32 inch TV and a DVD player to be used to play the audio visual collection. Presenting the collection, the American Reference Center Director, Mr. George Kamau acknowledged the efforts the University had shown in involving the local community in accessing and using the audio books donated previously and hence the reason the Center decided to enhance the collection in the University. In addition, he promised to work with the University to establish an American Space within the University for Mt. Kenya region. Receiving the donations, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mucai Muchiri appreciated the American Reference Center for their continued collaboration with the University in building the rotating collection. He promised the University would work on a strategic plan to actualize the establishment of the American Space at Karatina University. The presentation of the information materials was witnessed by the University Management, the Librarian and students.

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