Karatina University Participates In The 4th Session Of Unep Environmental Assembly Conference At Unep Headquarters In Gigiri, Nairobi, 11th To 15th March, 2019

Karatina University was privileged to be invited to participate in the Fourth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) held in the UNEP Headquarters at Gigiri, Nairobi from 11th to 15th March, 2019. The United Nations Environment Assembly is the world’s highest-level environmental forum that was attended by heads of states, environment ministers around the globe, CEOs of multinational companies, NGOs, environmental activists, faith based organizations and scholars to discuss and make global commitments to environmental protection and sustainability.

Courtesy Photo with the Director General, NEMA Prof. Geoffrey Wahungu (C) at the University booth

The United Nations Member States delivered a blueprint for change, saying the world must hasten towards a new model of development in order to respect the vision laid out in the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. The Assembly rested under the themes of innovative solutions for environmental challenges and sustainable consumption and production aiming to inspire nations, companies and individuals to take a critical look at how they produce and consume. A Twitter hash tag #Solve Different and Think Beyond drove online participants globally to the forum.

The university, in the five-day forum was represented by Prof. P. Aloo-Obudho, Deputy Vice Chancellor (ARSA) ; Prof. Gilbert Nduru, Director, Research and International Programmes; Dr. Mugo Mware, Dean School of Natural Resources and Environmental Studies; Dr. Josphat Kagema, Coordinator, Community Outreach; Mr. Wilson Lochomoi, Marketing Officer and Mr. Leonard Wamai, Senior Technician Media. The team purposed to showcase the innovative green brand of Karatina University inspired to provide transformational sustainable environmental development and green activities. Karatina University was the only university from Kenya to participate in the high profile Assembly and the second one after Yale University from the United States.

Deputy Vice Chancellor (ARSA) Prof. P. Aloo-Obudho explaining a point on KarU green concept  to Hon. Najib Balala, Cabinet Secretary Tourism

The Assembly in its five days of deliberations was deeply concerned on the wanton destruction, plunder and depletion of the global environment. Consequently, the planet is increasingly polluted leading to gobal climate change. This was brought to focus by the over 5000 delegates who gathered to address environmental challenges through advancing innovative solutions and adopting sustainable consumption and production patterns.

On Thursday, 14th March 2019, the French President Emmanuel Macron was hosted by President Uhuru Kenyatta in the high level One Planet Summit and he affirmed on the world leadership commitment to tackle laws and rules that are binding and adopted internationally to safeguard and protect the environment for posterity. He concluded: ‘Our biosphere faces total devastation’. Karatina University team was once more privileged to attend the high profile discussions.

One of our guests  signing the Visitors Book

In conclusion, Karatina University has a strong focus to mirror on environmental sustainability. This is a follow up of the recent branding of the University as a Green University. By participating in the high level conference, the university has made a mark in the global dialogue especially on environmental sustainability.

Award of Certificate of Compliance to Karatina University for BSc Programes in Human Nutrition and Dietetics and Food Science and Nutrition by the Kenya Nutritionists and Dietetics Institute (KNDI)

Above, the DVC ARSA Karatina University (Prof Peninah-ALoo Obudho) receives license from the KNDI CEO Dr. David Okeyo, for Karatina University to train for the Degree Programme in Human Nutrition and Dietetics and Food Science and Nutrition. Looking left to right are: Mr. Peter Opanga-council Member representing CUE, Martin Kiome (of KNDI), Dr G. Nguka (Council Member, KNDI), Dr H. Kamiri- Dean SAB, Prof M. Lokuruka-FSN, Dr. L. Ngugi-HoD, FSN

The KNDI awarded Karatina University the Certificate of Compliance, for the Department of Food Science and Nutrition to offer BSc programmes in Human Nutrition and Dietetics and Food Science and Nutrition. The Certificate was received by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic, Research and Student Affairs, Prof. Peninah Aloo-Obudho on behalf of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mucai Muchiri. Earlier, the Vice Chancellor accompanied by the two Deputy Vice Chancellors, Prof. Peninah Aloo-Obudho (DVC, ARSA) and Prof. Linus Gitonga (DVC, FPA) received the Council Inspectorate and Compliance team of the KNDI, led by the CEO/Secretary to Council, Dr. David Okeyo. Also at hand to receive the visitors were the Dean, School of Agriculture and Biotechnology, Dr. Hellen Kamiri, the Chairperson of the Department of Food Science and Nutrition, Dr. Louise Ngugi and members of the academic staff of the Department.

This was a glorious occasion for the University, the School of Agriculture and Biotechnology and the Department of Food Science and Nutrition to be awarded this Certification showing that the Department meets the requirements set out by the KNDI for the two programmes the University offers to undergraduate students. The University is elated by this culmination of the hard work by the staff of the Department, supported by the Dean and the top University Management. We aim to be the Centre of Excellence in Nutritional Sciences in East Africa and beyond!

Karatina University received full accreditation from the regulatory body Kenya Nutritionist and dieticians institute to train in Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition and Dietetics and Food Science and Nutrition on the 27th February 2019. The Licensing followed an inspection that affirmed that the University meets the required --threshold in various standards set by the Institute.

Karatina University Hosts German Alumni Summer School, Kenya 2018


Introduction and Background
Karatina University was privileged to host the German Alumni Summer School Kenya 2018 under the theme ‘Higher Education, Science and Cooperation between German Alumni for Sustainable Development and Biodiversity Conservation’ organized within the frame work of the DAAD Alumni Programme for developing countries from Saturday 6th October 2018 to Sunday, 14th October 2018. It was a joint interdisciplinary programme led by Project Coordinator Prof. Martin Kappas from the Faculty of Geography, Department of Cartography, GIS and Remote Sensing, University of Gottingen, Germany. The Project Assistant Coordinator was Dr. Jolanta Slowik , Department of Conservation Biology, University of Gottingen, Germany. The local cooperation partner was Prof. P. Aloo-Obudho, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (ARSA) and Professor of Fisheries Ecology in the School of Natural Resources and Environmental Studies, Karatina University.

Highlights of the Summer School
Key note speeches during the Summer School were given by Prof. Geofrey Wahungu, Director General NEMA, Kenya. Prof. Wahungu shared with participants the process of the plastic ban in Kenya and indicated that the country has now achieved 85% ban. He appreciated the invitation to the Summer School because the theme is closely linked to the mandate of NEMA on environmental conservation. The second keynote speaker was Prof. Martin Kappas from Germany who echoed the importance of the Alumni Summer School which brought together people from various nationalities to discuss issues surrounding biodiversity conservation and climate change. In a speech read on his behalf, Dr. Helmut Blumbach, DAAD Regional Director confirmed the commitment of DAAD to alumni network activities. The Director General of Kenya Wildlife Services represented by Mr. Julius Kimani explained to the participants the relationship between wildlife and nature conservation including the inter-connectedness between the two.
Representing the Vice Chancellor, Karatina University, Prof. P. Aloo-Obudho, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (ARSA) affirmed that the University is on a trajectory path to be a research hub in the East African region with focus on quality higher education. Indeed, the choice of the University to host the Summer School 2018 is an attestation that the University has internationalized higher education research. The Green University Concept that the University recently embraced was discussed at length with resolution to take the concept to the next level. She emphasized that the Summer School could not have been held in a better institution than the green Karatina University. The Summer School was officially opened by Dr. Cyrille-Lazare Siewe, Kenya Country Director, UNEP. In his opening remarks, Dr.Siewe reiterated the importance of mitigating climate change to save humanity. He congratulated Karatina University for maintaining a clean green environment which is a great step towards being a green university in line with the initiative of Kenya Green University Network.
The Summer School was financed and supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) of the German Government through the framework of DAAD Alumni Programme for developing countries. The objectives of the Alumni Summer School were: promotion of sustainable development through higher education, biodiversity conservation and climate change, cooperation among DAAD Alumni in universities and research institutions, strengthening local and international linkages.
The Summer School 2018 provided a platform to researchers, academicians and practitioners drawn from different countries including Germany, Indonesia, South Africa, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Burkina Faso, Madagascar, Senegal and Burundi. They shared their knowledge and experiences from diverse disciplines ranging from natural resources conservation , humanities and social sciences with an interdisciplinary approach.
The Summer School interrogated core areas of focus from a multidisciplinary approach including Sustainable Development, Climate Change, Global Partnership in Research and Education, Biodiversity Conservation and Poverty Eradication. The expected outcomes of the activity include research collaboration and international programmes.
The excursion tours included participants visiting UNEP Headquarters in Gigiri, Nairobi to familiarize themselves with the agency’s activities on global environmental matters and policy. The team also toured local tourist attraction sites including Kahuru Falls, Kariba Mau Mau Caves and Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia. The team also delighted in visiting Karatina University Botanical Garden, the tea plantations and they also had an opportunity in mentoring groups of First and Fourth year students.

Karatina University Signs MoU With Galilee International Management Institute (GIMI)

Karatina University hosted the President of Galilee International Management Institute (GIMI), Israel, Dr. Joseph Shevel, to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to offer a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership.
In his introductory remarks, the Vice Chancellor, Karatina University Prof. Mucai Muciri recognized GIMI to be among the best institutes offering management training courses. He is an alumnus of the institute together with the DVC (ARSA) Prof. P. Aloo Obudho and DVC (PFA) Prof. Linus Gitonga. The institute has a high alumni base from all over the world, and especially high ranking persons in various management positions in Kenya. They include Prof. Margaret Kamar, Former governor of Tana River county Hussein Dhado, Prof. Collete Suda, State comptroller Mr. Mbugua, Prof. Ntiba, Governor of Nakuru, Lee Kinyanjui, Prof. Kimemia to mention a few.
Dr. Shevel began his address by reiterating the late Nelson Mandela’s quote that “education is the most important weapon”. He also noted that the first president of Israel, Chaim Weizmann ordered that in his country, every child to go to school, failure to which the parent would be jailed. This has been the driving force that has seen technology advancement in Israel. He challenged the members present, to utilize available resources indicating that Israel is an arid land that receives as little as 50 millilitres of rainfall per year. Despite that, Israel has grown and proved to be a leader in the use of agricultural technologies to boost production. 90% of water in Israel is reused for agriculture, he added.
Mr. Joseph Shevel shared a case of GIMI’s partnership with Mr. Matu Wamae, who received a training of trainers at the institute in Israel in dairy management and production. The training was on utilization of technological advancements in boosting milk production, which he implemented back at home by setting up a training school. This has seen over 2000 farmers get trained and milk production rise by 100%, from 7 litres to 12-14 litres a day. GIMI has agribusiness partnership in Tanzania and is working together with the Government of Uganda and Ethiopia as well.
Dr. Shevel encouraged the University not only to sign the MOU, but also implement it so that the collaboration would see trainers trained at the institute in Israel and pass the knowledge to trainees back at home. He hoped that a budget could be set aside, for the implementation of the MOU.

Induction Workshop for 2018/2019 Student Governing Council


The 2018/2019 Academic Year Students Governing Council (SGC) held their induction training on 12th - 13th January, 2019 at the Kenya Education Management Institute, Nairobi. The objective of the training was to create awareness among the SGC members in regard to leadership in a university context and thus enhance their leadership skills. The training was organized and conducted by members of the University Management and staff from the Office of Dean of Students.

Among the topics of covered were: Actualizing Leadership potential, Qualities and Functions of Student leaders, Budget and procurement processes, Financial Management, Communication and Protocols, Support systems for student leaders in the University, Maintaining psychological health while undertaking leadership assignments, Sports Implications for Student Leaders, Developmental Needs of Emerging Adults, Leadership Implications and Emotional Intelligence. The topics were carefully selected and delivered to prepare the new cream of student governing council for responsible leadership in the University. We look forward to a harmonious and cordial working relationship with the 2018/2019 SGC.

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