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 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.

The ‘Leadership Safari’

Research has shown that there are specific 21st century skills considered important to succeed in today’s world, particularly in the contemporary career and workplace. Industry players have continued to encourage universities to partner with policy-makers and the private sector so that they can produce graduates who are ready for the market and globally competitive. There is a broad agreement that today’s students need different skills than were  perhaps taught to previous generations, and that cross-disciplinary skills such as writing, critical thinking, self-initiative, group collaboration, and technological literacy are essential to succeed in modern workplace and adult life. While these 21 st  century skills are relevant to all areas of schooling and academic study, the skills may be taught in a wide variety of in-school and out-of- school settings.
A team of graduate faculty in Karatina University, School of Business have developed an initiative dubbed ‘leadership safari’ to equip and mentor students with work relevant skills to ease their integration into the job market and develop an entrepreneurial mindset for job creation. The specific skills that this leadership safari seeks to address are:-

  • Critical thinking
  • Complex problem solving
  • Personal expression
  • Self-direction and planning
  • Communication skills
  • Leadership and teamwork

The leadership safari is to be executed through monthly students’ round table panels with key industry players. Part one of this initiative was launched on Thursday 5 th October, 2017 by Dr. Jonah Aiyabei – Director – Kenya Pipeline Company, Morendat Centre of Exellence in Oil and Gas). He was declared the lead industry contact person for this initiative and has committed to provide all necessary support.

Karatina University’s Collaboration with Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat

Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat (VDS) as in its name is the main driver of the Kenya’s current blue print and strategy for making Kenya a middle income country in which its citizens enjoy high quality of life in a clean and secure environment. The blue print famed the “Vision 2030” is the national long term development policy formulated towards this goal.
The Vision comprises of three key pillars: Economic; Social; and Political. The Economic Pillar aims to achieve an average economic growth rate of 10 per cent per annum and sustaining the same until 2030. The Social Pillar seeks to engender just, cohesive and equitable social development in a clean and secure environment, while the Political Pillar aims to realize an issue-based, people-centered, result-oriented and accountable democratic system. The three pillars are anchored on the foundations of macroeconomic stability; infrastructural development; Science, Technology and Innovation (STI); Land Reforms; Human Resources Development; Security and Public Sector Reforms.
Karatina University has been engaging with the VDS for now over three years. Prof. Gituro Wainaina the immediate former Director General for VDS has visited the university on several occasions to sensitize both Staff and Students on the national blue print. This is in addition to providing sponsorship to key events such as the university’s career open days. The now current Director General. Dr.  Julius Muia delivered a key note speech during the International Conference on National Cohesion and Integration hosted by the University in March this year. VDS was also a key sponsor of the Conference.
Time was ripe to now concretize the different areas of collaborations of mutual interests to both institutions. On 13th October 2017, the University signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the VDS. The signing of the MOU by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mucai Muchiri and the Director General, Dr. Julius Muia was witnessed by Prof. Aloo-Obudho, DVC ARSA and Ms. Ada Mwagola the Director of the Social Pillar. While welcoming the delegation from Karatina University; Dr. Julius Muia noted that national cohesion and integration is crucial in providing a conducive environment for the key strategies highlighted in the Vision 2030 so as to spike their targeted impact. National cohesiveness and integration is at the moment a key concern in the prevailing political environment. Promotion of national cohesion and integration is hence one of the key identified area of collaboration.
Karatina University as a research institution is posed to make its contribution by participating in various studies whose data would inform review of the blue print. The VDS would be celebrating the 10th Anniversary in the year 2018 since its establishment as the driver for the Vision 2030. Target Impact assessment Studies of the implementation of the national blue print are hence key at this point in time. Data such as level of interaction of the University graduates with the Vision 2030, level of cohesion and integration within counties and other levels of government, a tracer study on graduates in the past five years is also of immense value to the VDS. A study on cities that have evolved from the association with a university is joint area of study of interest by both parties. It is noteworthy that Karatina University has already made its contribution towards the growth of Karatina and so have other universities in the Country and across the globe.
Community development and engagement is a key mandate shared by the two institutions.  During the signing, the Cluster Development Strategy was identified as a tool for implementing strategy. The two institutions agreed to map out the various market or business segments in implementation of this strategy. The fish farm sector within Nyeri County was identified as one of those segments that have potential to spur the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the County. It was proposed that workshops will be organized for building capacity on how to go about the implementation of this strategy.
Youth empowerment awareness and motivations is also a key area of interest. The VDS needs youth ambassadors to promote the vision 2030 in a bid to ensure participation by all citizen. A number of surveys and capacity building initiatives are earmarked activities for meeting this purpose.        
The members of the University are hence encouraged to actively participle in the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding. The Deputy Vice Chancellor, ARSA is the overall Coordinator and any interested members in the University should feel free to contact the office for further guidance.

Karatina University Receives Book Donations from Books For Africa


Books For Africa being the largest shipper of donated texts and library books and with a mission to end book famine in Africa shipped a 40ft container full of books to Karatina University. The received consignment had books in business and economics, computer science, mathematics, education, social sciences, medical and health sciences, law and fiction among others. The container was received and launched by the Vice Chancellor accompanied by the University Senate Members where he observed that, although the university subscribes and accesses digital information resources, there was need for the print books to supplement the e-resources, in addition to being the preferred form by some users. He appreciated BFA for the donation of the books and noted that they are current and relevant to the subject disciplines on offer at the University.

The consignment received will go a long way in building the library collection and it will also be used for community outreach programmes, where the library plans to share the books with the community library and neighboring schools. Karatina University acknowledges this partnership with Books For Africa in collecting and shipping these books. The Vice Chancellor called onto other organizations that can extend support for laboratory equipment and other research materials to partner with the University.

Karatina University Contacts

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