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VC Kosgey rallies staff to selfless service to Moi University

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Vice Chancellor Prof. Isaac Kosgey cuts the tape to commission the renovated walkway

New Vice Chancellor Prof. Isaac Sanga Kosgey has rallied staff to offer the best of their service to the University in order to reclaim its lost glory.

In his first address to the University staff since he assumed the new office last month, Prof. Kosgey urged the staff to maintain high ethical standards while on duty, urging them to make good use of resources at their disposal and report to duty on time.

Walkway Launch Pic  9“I want us to create a University where all of us belong. We are going to institute a lot of changes and if you find us running, please join us, otherwise you will not be with me in Moi University,” said Prof. Kosgey, after commissioning the renovated walkway leading to the main administration block at main Campus, on Tuesday April 24, 2018.

He added: “Whatever resources you are entrusted with, use them prudently. Do the right thing. If you don’t do things right, I want to assure you that you won’t be here with me.”

He appreciated the efforts of former Acting Vice Chancellor, Prof. Laban Ayiro, for initiating several development projects at Moi University, among them the walkway he commissioned.

The VC said the new-look walkway lights up the image of the University, noting that  he has initiated more projects that will turn around the institution’s outlook including fixing of leaking roofs in lecture halls, murramig of roads at main campus and construction of kitchenettes for students who wish to cook.

Acknowledging the dwindling number of students and the growing competition in the University education sector, Prof. Kosgey called for investment in alternative projects to generate revenue for the University.

He said the University will work with the community through an elaborate Corporate Social Responsibility framework in animal breeding, public health and business.

“Universities do not only exist for knowledge generation but also for empowerment of the people,” said Prof. Kosgey.

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Moi University second in Kenya in World Ranking

Moi University is ranked second in Kenya, fourth in East Africa and 2006th in the world by academic performance in the World University Ranking 2017-2018. The ranking conducted by University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP) puts Moi University in category B. MOI UNIVERSITY ADMIN BLOCKDuring the period under the study, Moi University managed 7.69 articles and had 25.81 citations.

In Kenya, Moi University comes second to University of Nairobi that is ranked 1264th in the world in category B+ with 59.16 articles and 63.09 citations.

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology is ranked third in Kenya and 2213th in the world in category B with 13.09 articles and 13.70 citations.

Kenyatta University closes the best four Kenyan universities being ranked in position 2282nd in the world in category B- with 9.96 articles and 10.61 citations.

In East Africa, Makerere University is ranked top and 735th in the world in category B++ with 64.73 articles and 64.97 citations.

University of Nairobi comes a distant second in East Africa, followed by University of Dar-es-Salaam, that is ranked 1828th in the world in category B with 15.65 articles and 26.33 citations.
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Harvard University is the best university in the world ranked in category A++ with 126 articles and 126 citations.

URAP is a non-profit organization with intention to help universities identify potential areas of progress with respect to specific academic performance indicators.
The ranking system’s focus is on academic quality. Since 2009, URAP gathers data about 4, 000 Higher Education Institutions (HEI) with highest number of publications to rank them by their academic performance.
The overall score of each HEI is based upon its performance over several indicators, which include articles, citation, total documents, article impact total, citation impact total and international collaboration.

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Moi University weans Bomet University College

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Bomet University College Chairperson of Council, Prof. Esther W. Muchira Tirima receives signed documents from Moi University Council Chairman Dr. Jeremiah Ntoloi Ole Koshal as members of Bomet University Council and Vice Chancellor of Moi University Prof. Isaac Kosgey look on.

The lush tea plantations from Kericho town and the meandering tarmacked road connive to form the beautiful scenery of the great South Rift region. The journey leads to the outskirts of Bomet town where lies an emerging academic giant. Welcome to Bomet University College. Surrounded by protruding hills from all angles like a village under attack by the Maasai warriors and the beautiful Tenwek Water Falls just five kilometers away; then the marvelous sweet air that hits your nostrils are a testimony that this is a region with fertile soils and conducive climatic conditions that portend a rich agricultural culture.

Bomet Handing Over 3The College was first established as a Campus of Moi University in 2016 before quickly becoming a Constituent College. The rapid infrastructure development ongoing at the College is changing the skyline of Bomet town. The Ksh1.3 billion projects comprising mega tuition block with 23 lecture halls, multi-purpose hall, library and two hostel blocks, are true commitment by the Government to turn the constituent college of Moi University into a fully-fledged university in the near future. Forget about the protracted legal tussles that the college had with the former Bomet County government. Now the new management under the stewardship of Governor Dr. Joyce Laboso is in full-scale support of the project. No wonder barely a year since the College Campus was gazetted as a University College, Moi University on Thursday March 29, 2018 decided to wean its baby, leaving it to stand on its own feet even as it awaits its own Charter. The handover ceremony of assets and liabilities was done at the College’s main campus.

Despite a myriad of challenges such as inadequate funding, facilities, qualified academic staff and land, the College’s Acting Principal, Prof. Thomas Cheruiyot, was upbeat that they have the resolve to surmount the hurdles with the help of Government and all our stakeholders.

“We endeavor to be chartered within three years and these calls for support from Moi University, County and National Government and other key stakeholders,” said Prof. Cheruiyot in his opening remarks at the handover ceremony. “In delivering our vision, our mission is to provide a conducive environment for discovery, preservation and dissemination of knowledge; to nurture critical inquiry, creativity and engagement for social transformation and sustainable development.”

Exuding confidence that the College will endeavor not to be ordinary, Prof. Cheruiyot envisioned the College to deliver unique curricula and apply innovative means of delivering acquisition of knowledge; foster independent and critical thinking among students; promote cultural and social diversity; inculcate innovative thinking, creativity, and touch of excellence in academic and scholarship activities and also promote relevance.Bomet Handing Over 5

The College Chairperson of Council, Prof. Esther W. Muchira Tirima, noted that they had been handed a healthy baby amid challenges but promised to be focused on science technology and innovation and endeavour to join the few green universities in Kenya.

“This focus is to fulfill the charge to provide a workforce that will secure Kenya’s place as a middle in-come country and build the Country’s, County’s and region’s human capital to launch Kenya into the category of developed countries. We seek to offer market-relevant, cutting-edge academic and professional programmes characterized by linkages with industry and partnerships that will address and solve the problems and challenges of this county and country. In addition, we purpose to ensure that graduates of Bomet University College are tutored in the values that will produce great citizens of this nation, region and global community,” said Prof. Tirima.

The new Moi University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Isaac Sanga Kosgey, urged the College to start on the right footing by making right decisions to come up with vibrant programmes to sell to the market. He advised the College to strive to cultivate their own niche so that they are not a replica of Moi University.

“It should never be lost on you that the education landscape has changed amid scarce resources. This calls for proper planning and rigorous resource mobilization strategies. You must have strategic as well as master plans for the College to see which programmes and events are important to market you. Networking with key stakeholders such as Government and collaborations with other universities will help you in both infrastructural and human resource development of the College. You should also not forget to learn extensively from your mother, Moi University, because we have already nurtured many Colleges into fully-fledged Universities,” said Prof. Kosgey.

Bomet Handing Over 1Prof. Kosgey reiterated the need for the College to work with counties around its catchment area. The College’s major catchment area comprise Counties of Bomet, Narok, Kericho, Nyamira and Kisii. He promised Moi University’s continued support in mentoring it, since it is still a Constituent College of Moi University.

Moi University Chairman of Council, Dr. Jeremiah Ntoloi Ole Koshal, cautioned the young College against sole dependence on the Government capitation or student fees, noting that the avenues need to be much broader.

“Today's competitive universities depend on research funds and grants. Bomet University College thus should widen its scope and seek to raise resources from research institutions, foundations and collaborations with other universities and institutions. All these should be factored in your Strategic Plan,” said Dr. Koshal.

He advised the College Council to vigorously mobilize resources for infrastructure development and urged the local community to support the noble cause.

The College should avoid the mistakes of the current universities, which largely include uncontrolled recruitment and yielding to political pressure to do things that will later come to hurt the institution. The College should never allow support staff to drive the budget of the institution; the core function of the institution is education and training and not to act as an employment bureau like most of our universities today. Therefore, recruitment should be merit and need-based, more so in the academic departments,” advised Dr. Koshal.

The ceremony was attended by both Councils and Management Boards of Moi University and Bomet University College and staff and students. The commissioning of the new tuition block worth Ksh155 million whose works are 70 per cent complete is set for this June. Bomet Handing Over 2

Moi University hosts ASALI conference

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Participants of the conference following presentations

A Sustainable Approach to Livelihood Improvement (ASALI) conference has kicked off today April 10, 2018 at the Noble Hotel in Eldoret town.

ASALI Conference Picture 12The three-day conference is being hosted by Moi University in collaboration with South Eastern Kenya University (SEKU) and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VUA), The Netherlands.

The ASALI conference brings together delegates from different countries and institutions and offers an opportunity for entrepreneurship development, sharingof research findings and knowledge and corporate marketing in the area of sustainable livelihoods.

Speaking during the opening of the conference, Moi University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Isaac S. Kosgey, noted that participants will have an opportunity to interact with Moi University faculty, postgraduate students and the academic community.

“It also offers an opportunity for the Kenyan scholars and the business community to share and network with the participants and deliberate on possible inter-university-industry partnerships,” said Prof. Kosgey.

He added that the University is committed to the objectives of ASALI project – natural resource management, sustainable entrepreneurship, renewable energy and health, food and nutrition security.

SEKU Vice Chancellor, Prof. Geoffrey Muluvi, said the location of his University is strategic as it falls within the arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs) that are home to 25% of Kenya’s population, over 70% of the livestock and most of the game reserves.ASALI Conference Picture 34

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“Land degradation in the ASALs is largely characterized by inappropriate land use, poor farming practices and overgrazing. Through ASALI project, the University has received automatic weather station that will enhance research in related areas,” said Prof. Muluvi.

He noted that the project has facilitated outreach to Maasai communities in Kajiado County by setting demonstrations on range rehabilitation through reseeding and training of farmers on reseeding pasture and grazing management.

He added that ASALI project has also supported research on dry-land crops that address food security which is one of the four key development agenda for Kenya.

Dr. Henk van den Heuvel, Acting Director for the Centre for International Cooperation at VUA, said Universities around the world have come to realize that they have to work together closely and on equal footing in facing the global challenges and contribute food security, health issues, sustainable energy, entrepreneurship and employment for young people.

“As Universities, we have to work together in attaining the Sustainable Development Goals. These SDGs may be ambitious and very challenging, and they may have some flaws and weaknesses, but they also offer a framework, by which Universities can make a difference,” said Dr. Heuvel.

Uasin Gishu County Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno who presided over the opening of the conference on behalf of Governor Jackson Mandago, said mankind has not taken good care of the environment and hence it has turned unfriendly.

“We must stand up. The crops that we used to grow a few years ago are no longer there and yet the crops that we have today need to be modified. Overtime our soils have become acidic and therefore we need to change. Having such a meeting is quite handy in solving the problems afflicting us,” said Mr. Chemno.

The Deputy Governor noted that Kenya should tap the advanced technology of The Netherlands to get answers to its problems in order to attain the Vision 2030.

“As a County, we are out to ensure that food security as a key Government pillar of the big four agenda; we are getting crops that suit our environment and are affordable to all. We are also looking at cheap sources of energy. Kenya is losing out on business because our energy is so expensive. We are now looking at new sources of energy such as solar,” said Mr. Chemno.

The ASALI project started officially in February 2014 upon signing of a Memorandum of Understanding by Moi University, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and South Eastern Kenya University.

ASALI project objectives and thematic areas are linked to the Kenya Vision 2030 which provides a framework in which Kenya will be transformed from a low income, agrarian economy into a newly industrialized, middle income country by 2030, providing a high quality life to all its citizens in a clean and secure environment.

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Moi University hosts a Symposium “Power to the people? Patronage, Intervention and Transformation in African Performative Arts”

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The Department of Literature, Theatre and Film Studies, School of Arts and Social Sciences hosted an international symposium themed “Power to the People? Patronage, Intervention and Transformation in African Performative Arts,” which took place between 20th and 25th March. The symposium was a product of the continuing collaboration between Moi University and the University of Bayreuth, Germany.

Speaking during the official opening the symposium on behalf of the Vice Chancellor, the Dean School of Arts and Social Sciences, Prof. Peter Simatei hailed the partnership between University of Bayreuth and Moi University. Thanks to the collaboration between the two institutions faculty members and students from Moi University have been able to travel to Germany for various study programmes. On the other hand, Prof. Simatei noted, the partnership has enabled staff and students from Germany to visit Moi University as part of academic exchange, adding that this relationship is fostered through initiatives like the symposium on Patronage, Intervention and Transformation in African Performative Arts.

During the symposium, students from the Department of Literature, Theatre and Film Studies had an opportunity to direct and perform various plays. They also got a chance to screen some films they have produced.

Symbosium 2018 1A total of thirty two (32) papers were presented during the symposium, which attracted participants from various countries including Germany, Italy, Morocco, Nigeria, Cameroon, and Kenya. The symposium also attracted participants from other Kenyan universities such as Maasai Mara University, Technical University of Kenya, Kenyatta University and University of Nairobi. The papers as well as the group discussions approached the concepts of patronage, intervention and transformation from different perspectives namely, theatre, music, film. This was in fulfilment of the central objective in which the symposium sought to interrogate the aesthetic and motivational specifics of different artistic performances and the relation of protagonists—actors, the audience and the donors. Clearly, the presentations were able to demonstrate the mutual dependence of performative arts and patronage.

The conveners of the symposium were Prof. C. J. Odhiambo (Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies), Dr. Samuel Ndogo (Head, Department of Literature, Theatre and Film Studies) and Dr. Duncan Omanga (Head, Department of Media and Publishing). Other conveners from Germany were Prof. Clarissa Vierke (IAS, University of Bayreuth), Dr. Marie-Anne Kohl (fimt, University of Bayreuth) and Dr. Ricarda de Haas (BIGSAS alumna)

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