Karatina University In Collaboration With The Agakhan University Hospital Trained Community Cancer Patient Caregivers

Prof. Ronald Wasike from Aga Khan University and Teaching Hospital taking the trainees through one of the session

Karatina University was engaged in a training workshop with the Aga Khan University and Teaching Hospital for community caregivers at the Main Campus on Friday, 24th May 2019. This initiative is part of the wider agenda of creating awareness on the cancer pandemic through the auspices of Carry Your Candle Initiative established by Karatina University to be pivotal in reaching out to ailing members of the society especially in hospices across the region. Cancer is currently ranked the third Killer in Kenya with over 30,000 deaths annually. In the recent past, the disease has claimed a number of prominent Kenyans, besides many who are ailing at home or in hospitals. This calls for action to create awareness and build the capacity of those affected.

Participants in a Group Photo. Representing the Vice Chancellor, Karatina University is Prof. Patrick Mathenge, Director Post Graduate Studies (seated Left)

The community caregivers provide volunteer care services to the sick in the society especially cancer patients. Many of them are not adequately trained and do social support with limited skills in patient care and management. Having identifies this gap, the university invited medical personnel to provide skills training to the caregivers. In partnership with 10 community leaders, 110 caregivers were identified within Mathira East and Mathira West through balanced representations. Most of the caregivers are affiliated to community based health organizations for general health awareness.

Training ongoing with the participants keenly following.

Welcoming the trainees to Karatina University on behalf of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Patrick Mathenge, Director of Post Graduate Studies informed the gathering that Karatina University is committed to enhance outreach activities that will impact directly on the community. Noting the partnership between Karatina University and the Agakhan University Hospital, he appreciated the hospital for the continued support to Karatina University especially in cancer awareness creation.

The training was conducted by a team from Aga Khan university Hospital led by Prof. Ronald Wasike, a Breast Surgeon Specialist and Consultant at the hospital. The topics covered ranged from overview of palliative care to basic concepts of communication and counselling .Participants were very interactive with the experts sharing moving experiences of patient care. They thanked Karatina University and Agakhan University Hospital for providing such an opportunity to have them trained for free.

Participants in session

The University in collaboration with like-minded partners plan to roll out cancer awareness creation and training of cancer caregivers to other counties in the country to take the message far and wide.

Karatina University and Strathmore University Spearhead Activities of The Kenya Green Universities Network and Lead the Effort to Commit Kenyan Universities to Going Green

Representatives of 18 Kenyan universities met at the UN compound in Nairobi in June 2019 to agree a new plan of action including greening campus operations while also enhancing student engagement and learning.  Holding the word NETWORK is Prof. P. Aloo-Obudho ( DVC-ARSA) and a colleague from UNEP. Photo by Carina Mutschele.In a recent meeting of 18 public and private universities in June,2019 at UNEP headquarters, Karatina University was selected together with Strathmore University to spearhead the re-launch and Activities of the Kenya Universities Green Network ( KGUN)and to lead the effort to commit universities to going green. The meeting was attended by senior university leaders, student leaders, UNEP officials, Ministry of Environment officials and NEMA, among others. During the meeting, participants committed to going green in their universities. Karatina University Deputy Vice-Chancellor ( ARSA), Prof. P. Aloo-Obudho and the Deputy Vice-chancellor (Research Affairs) at Strathmore University, Prof. Izael Da Silva were selected as Co-Chairs to Coordinate the activities of KGUN.

Apart from the desire to go green, many universities are seeing the shift to adopting green technologies as a way to reduce costs and further sustainability. Working closely with the Ministry of Environment and the National Environment Management Authority, UN Environment will be hosting a Kenya University Summit in the coming months, calling on other Kenyan universities to join the network.

“Kenyan universities not only define the learning and careers of the next generation, they can also shape their behaviours,” said Juliette Biao, Africa Director for UN Environment. “We look forward to supporting the Green University Network to inspire Kenya’s students and to become a point of reference to other universities on the continent.”

Professor Aloo-Obudho ( DVC-ARSA) from Karatina University said: “The [Kenya Green University Network] meeting was timely and has helped me establish relevant contacts to support Karatina University’s green concept and solar energy project. Karatina University is at a very advanced stage to implement the green university project and intends to go solar in the near future.”

“Universities across Africa can run on the power of the sun and set new standards for sustainability,” said Professor da Silva of Strathmore University. “But it’s just not on the roofs of our campuses that we need to take action. We also need to support students to take action in support of the planet in their personal lives.”

This recognition of the efforts of Karatina University is a boost towards our dream of becoming a green University.

The Green University Network in Kenya draws on the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment’s Arusha Declaration “to strengthen environmental education and training and develop an action plan for Africa” and the lessons from Kenya will be shared at a ministerial meeting in South Africa in August.

Karatina University meets KEPHIS to discuss MoU

From left to right Dr David sujee (SPAS representative), prof Kenneth wanjau (director university -Industry linkage), Dr Isaac macharia ( KEPHIS GM phytosanitary services), Mr. Simeon Kibet ( KEPHIS GM quality assurance), Dr Lucy Ndegwa (SESS representative) & Dr Denis maina ( SAB representative).

KarU team had visited KEPHIS for a preliminary meeting to discuss MoU components. The meeting took place at KEPHIS Headquarter in Karen on 29/05/19.

More meetings are scheduled to take place before finally agreeing on when to sign MoU.

Karatina University Organized a Training Workshop for University Leaders at Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge in Naivasha

Karatina University had the privilege of hosting a training workshop for university leaders to train the newly appointed Vice-Chancellors and Principals of university colleges from 24th to 27th April, 2019 at Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge in Naivasha. The training workshop was jointly organised by the Kenya DAAD scholars on behalf of DAAD and the Commission for University Education (CUE). It was supported by DAAD, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (Germany), Dialogue in Higher Education Strategies (DIES) and German Rector Conference (HRK). The theme of the workshop was “Developing Transformative, Visionary and Effective University Leaders”. The workshop was co-odinated by the Deputy Vice- Chancellor (ARSA), Prof. P. Aloo- Obudho who is also the Chairman of the Kenya DAAD Scholars Association, Mount Kenya Region Chapter. Prof. P. Aloo-Obudho also coordinated the development of the Guide for Training University Leaders (GTUL).

The workshop attracted sixteen (16) participant out of the twenty (22) who were invited. The participants were taken through various topics including University Governance, University Environment and Leadership Principles, among others. Participant were drawn from both Public and Private Universities. The workshop was opened by Dr. Mogaka Ogutu (Director of University Education) on behalf of the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Education, Prof. G.A. Magoha. Dr. Mogaka also lunched the Training Guide for University Leaders on behalf of the Cabinet Secretary.

In his speech, the Cabinet Secretary appreciated the initiative of training newly appointed University leaders and stressed the importance of such trainings to equip the leaders with the relevant skills. He put emphasis on the resource mobilization by Universities since government funding to Universities has gone down. He challenged Universities to seek for alternative sources of funding to be able to achieve their mandate. The CS also appreciated the efforts by DAAD towards promoting quality in higher education and the Kenya DAAD Scholars Association (KDSA) for organising regular conferences to discuss topical issues on higher education. He urged the KDSA members to continue with the dialogue on quality issues facing higher education in Kenya.

Karatina University was represented in the workshop by the Vice–Chancellor, Prof. Mucai Muchiri and the Chairman of Council, Dr. Kobia Ataya. The Vice-Chancellor in his remarks decried the reduced funding to universities and the difficult financial situation facing universities. In his remarks, the Chairman of Karatina University Council said he was happy that his university is associated with the training workshop for University leaders. He thanked the organizers and asked them to extend the same training to Council members. The outgoing DAAD Director thanked the team that organized the workshop under the leadership of Prof. P. Aloo-Obudho and urged them to keep the candle of quality in higher education burning. Also present in the workshop was the CEO for Commission for University Education, Prof. Mwenda Ntarangwi and the Deputy Director of DAAD, Ms. Margret Kirai.

Due to the co-ordination role played by Karatina University, the workshop gave the university good publicity especially after the press interviewed the Vice –Chancellor, Prof. Muchiri Mucai on challenges facing higher education in Kenya. The training brought out a strong image of the university with regard to training University leaders on leadership and management of higher education institutions. Based on the feedback received from the participants, they indicated that the training will help them sharpen their leadership skills.

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.

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