Karatina University Launches A Quality Management System Based On ISO 9001:2015

In line with the new ISO 9001:2015 QMS guidelines, The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mucai Muchiri launched the 2nd Edition of Karatina University Quality Management System (QMS).

This 2nd Edition of the Quality Management System was developed though a consultative process involving the consultant, ACAL Consulting Ltd. Led by Mr. Martin Nyongesa as well as a team of ISO Champions led by Prof. Charles Ngugi (former Director, QA&ISO) as well as Dr. Mugo Mware (current Director, QA and ISO)

This revised QMS incorporates all areas of the ISO 9001:2015 QMS guidelines through a comprehensive process of GAP analysis, process documentation and validation so as to incorporate all relevant legal and regulatory policies and guidelines for the University.

In his remarks, the Vice Chancellor emphasized that all University staff need to embrace the QMS documentation to enhance customer satisfaction as well as enhance planning, implementation and conformance to the ISO standards and make the University that of international repute. He further emphasized the need for the university to attain ISO 9001:2015 certification soonest possible to maintain its high standards of quality.

Spatial Data Modelling Workshop at Karatina University

The Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Sciences hosted a workshop in Spatial Data Modelling in partnership with VLIR-OUS Team Project Kenya as from 16th to 20th September, 2019. This was a fully funded workshop organized under VLIR-OUS Team Project 2016: Capacity Building Network in Biostatistics for Public Health Innovation in Kenya.

The five day intensive workshop attracted 55 participants from 13 Kenyan Universities, 1 from Tanzania and 3 Kenyan Industries.
The workshop equipped participants with knowledge of theoretical and practical approaches for analyzing spatially aggregated data. Specifically, the training focused on model based Geo-statistics approaches for point-references Gaussian data; modelling areal/regionally referenced data (Spatial error; Spatial lag; Spatial Durbin models); and Bayesian Hierarchical spatial data analysis using WinBUGS.

By the end of the workshop, participants had acquired competence in using QGIS, GeoDa, winBugs and R softwares.

Five of the participants in the workshop are full-time staff in the Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Sciences and plans are underway to organize an internal training to disseminate the knowledge and skills acquired to faculty members and any other interested parties.

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 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 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.

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