<br>Reports show that the murdered Kenyan University student was suffering from a deadly disease. The student, who succumbed to knife injuries, died after being <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/124083424@N04/31782809405/">kidnapped</a> by unknown people. Sources intimate to us that the student had been on drugs and that had reportedly infected a senior politician and other people who ate her in secret. In her house, several packets of drugs were found and it was the first time her ‘sponsor’ realized the student was on drugs.<a href="https://www.facebook.com/Murangauni/posts/on-saturday-26th-january-2019-mut-in-conjunction-with-ventures-grand-stage-bring/1161400580683303/">facebook.com</a> It’s reported that since drugs were discovered in the student’s house her sponsor has not taken meals in peace; he is often seen talking to himself.<br>
<br>A group of individuals have organized a protest along USIU Road on 28th March, 2019 as from 0800hrs to 1100hrs. Students, staff, faculty and their visitors are asked to avoid accessing the campus through the main gate during the protest. The alternative access point to the campus will be gate B. Gate B can be accessed through Mirema drive, Lumumba drive and or Northern By-Pass and it will be open for use as from 0600hrs in the morning. You are advised to avoid <a href="https://www.facebook.com/MurangaUniversityPage/">USIU Road</a> during the above period. Besides, you are expected to exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings. While the administration is mum on this and using all means to suspend or expel students, the current strike is a sign of an underlying problem.<br>
<br>The students are not the only aggrieved members of the USIU-Africa community with staff now claiming that they have been targeted for holding divergent views and suspended or sacked when they voice their concerns. The new Vice Chancellor has adopted an authoritarian method of administration which he doesn’t apply directly but through the Legal Director, Hellen Ombima, and Finance Director Judith Obura. While the wife of the VC (Prof. Cassandra Veney) also teaches at USIU, she has also deployed high handedness and almost runs the International Relations department like her own property. She normally brags that she is the VC’s wife and so she deserves some authority in the school. Hellen has silenced any voice of dissent with students now blocked from even voicing concerns on social media and posts removed by a team led by the Principal Marketing Officer, Dan Muchai. Any calls for the university to be more listening and receptive are wildly dismissed.<br>
<br>NAIROBI, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- Ruth Wambui grew up in a farming village on the outskirts of the Kenyan capital Nairobi where the virtues of hard work, fortitude and service were inculcated in her at a tender age. The 24-year-old commerce and accounting major from a local university has a calm demeanor yet her zeal to join the ranks of youthful peers who have secured well-paying jobs has not diminished in the face of stiff competition. Wambui was among hundreds of young people who attended a joint career fair in Nairobi on Monday organized by a consortium of Chinese companies operating in Kenya with the aim of showcasing opportunities that were up for grabs. She was in high spirits after visiting the stand <a href="https://www.mut.ac.ke/mut-students-campus-life/mut-dean-of-students.html">MUT SHTM</a> of Power Construction Corporation of China (POWERCHINA), where friendly attendants explained to her the job opportunities available and how to qualify for them.<br>
<br>The Kenya-China Economic and Trade Association (KCETA), with support from the Chinese embassy in Kenya, hosted the one-day career fair to raise awareness on potential job opportunities for local youth. About 50 Chinese firms with around 1,000 job opportunities participated in the career fair that resonated with Kenyan youth aspiring to secure well-paying jobs and upgrade their technical and managerial skills. Wambui and her peers who learnt about the career fair from announcements in the media and social media platforms expressed optimism that working for a Chinese firm would be a game changer in their personal and professional lives. The inaugural career fair organized by Chinese companies based in Kenya was a draw to local youth whose zeal to work for them, earn decent income and refine their skills was palpable.<br>
<br>Walter Kirivwa, a 22-year-old education major from a Kenyan university, hailed the career fair, terming it an eyeopener to skilled youth yearning for a chance to work for Chinese companies that are behind economic transformation in the country. He dropped his contacts at several Chinese companies' booths in the hope that a positive feedback would be forthcoming. An estimated 400 Chinese firms that are operating in Kenya have created many new jobs for local youths while providing a platform for this demographic to hone skills in various disciplines like engineering and finance. Kate Ouma, a 23-year-old finance major, said Chinese firms, whose investments portfolio in Kenya is expanding, have become <a href="https://www.mut.ac.ke/school-of-computing-information-technology.html">prized employers</a> of choice among local youth. She engaged in a chat with attendants at China Wuyi booth and later dropped her mailing address for future correspondence.<br>
<br>Kenyan universities have been urged to shun politics and tribalism and hire qualified lecturers. Kenya National Examination Council chairman George Magoha says the university system in the country has been politicised. Magoha said the country has reached a stage where universities are created by politicians in their own localities. "We are creating universities in our own backyards because we think they are going to create jobs for our people. "Magoha said. He spoke during the third graduation ceremony at Machakos University on Friday. A total of 1,424 graduands were conferred certificates, diplomas, and bachelor’s degree certificates. Magoha said most Kenyan universities lack tangible physical infrastructure. He said a professor is supposed to do original research and you publish or perish ­ you don’t publish trash, he said.Magoha said some people call themselves professors though they have published nothing. He asked universities to look for ability, capability and competence as bottom lines in hiring. Magoha said universities should develop the culture of benchmarking in other universities with projects worth emulating. He said tribalism, nepotism and corruption are some of the vices ailing universities. Magoha said some people think productivity depends on tribe.<br>
<br>A Kenyan university is facing severe criticism after a woman was killed and up to 30 people injured when a safety drill was mistaken for a genuine terrorist attack, causing terrified students to flee and jump out of upper-floor windows.<a href="https://www.mut.ac.ke/mut-teaching-timetable.html">mut.ac.ke</a> Strathmore University confirmed in a statement on Monday that a staff member, Esther Kidemba, had died as a result of "severe head injuries" during the exercise. She is reported to have thrown herself out of a third-storey window. Students told local radio station Capital FM that loud bangs and people pretending to be extremist attackers had caused panic at the university, causing everyone to rush to the exits. Strathmore Uni students teetering on the edge about to take a leap.<br>
<br>On Tuesday morning the university tweeted that the vice chancellor had briefed the Kenyan cabinet on the situation and had ordered a full investigation into "how a drill of that magnitude took place without prerequisite communication". The Kenyan police service said institutions should refrain from organising terror drills of their own accord to prevent similar tragedies occurring. "We are on high alert and in case of an attack do not panic, do not kill yourself, we will always be there for you" said inspector Charles Owino Wahong’o in a statement. Kenyans online have been very critical of the university failure to apologise or accept responsibility for the situation.<br>
<br>In airplanes they show you where the emergency exists are,how to use a life jacket.They don't simulate a crash. Strathmore did the reverse. The official statement was branded as insensitive, with many asking how a drill meant to keep people safe could have been so ill-conceived. StrathmoreDrill was like those medieval medicines that were more dangerous than the diseases they were trying to cure. Others questioned the level of force used in the drill and asked why students weren’t given adequate warning. StrathmoreDrill. KE citizens trauma inflicted by terrorism is worse than we care to admit. People are living in fear.<br>
<br>Universities are at the forefront of any country’s economic development efforts. They play an invaluable role in passing knowledge on to the next generation and creating new knowledge through research. Both these endeavours can set graduates up to contribute to their country’s growth. In this vein, more universities around the world are paying attention to entrepreneurship education. The idea is that graduates with entrepreneurial skills may have a high chance of creating work and livelihoods for themselves and their communities. Some <a href="http://opac.mut.ac.ke/cgi-bin/koha/opac-MARCdetail.pl?biblionumber=16074">universities combine</a> this training with their community engagement projects. In this way, students learn to be social entrepreneurs: people who can set up and run community projects.<br>
<br>A number of institutions nurture social entrepreneurship by setting up incubation centres dedicated to this work. These centres provide a platform where ideas are nurtured into viable business through expert mentoring; some help students access initial funding for their ideas. This training can benefit a multiplicity of people. The students learn skills and can go on to create social enterprises that help communities or vulnerable groups. Some universities in Africa and around the world are deliberately adapting their curriculum to nurture social entrepreneurs at various levels undergraduate and graduate. They don’t just offer entrepreneurship training to business students. Instead, they work with undergraduate students across diverse faculties. My colleagues and I wanted to know whether Kenyan universities were taking this or similar approaches to social entrepreneurship training.<br>
<br>So I conducted a study, whose results I’ll present at the Zambia Association of Public Universities and Colleges’ conference in late April 2018, with eight of the country’s public universities and three government institutions. These were the Commission for University Education, Kenya Vision 2030 Secretariat and the National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation. I conducted interviews and examined policy frameworks, priorities, agendas and strategies related to social entrepreneurship training. The study found that all eight universities were working to develop and encourage entrepreneurship as a means of diversifying access to livelihoods. But most of these programmes lean more towards business entrepreneurship and have a weak social orientation. This is a shortcoming that must be addressed.<br>
<br>All eight of the universities we surveyed offer at least one course unit about entrepreneurship. This suggests that Kenya’s universities have recognised how important such skills are. These courses are also very popular; there is great demand among students for them. This suggests that students, too, can see how vital entrepreneurship skills could be for their future in the world of work. The courses in question are offered in a variety of ways. Some are for undergraduates; others cater for postgraduates. Some are full degree programmes and others are just part of other courses. What’s missing is a focus on social entrepreneurship. The courses we examined tend to focus on developing entrepreneurs who can handle self-employment and create their own work.<br>
<br>They had little or no focus on social entrepreneurship. This makes sense when considering the country’s broader policies on job creation and entrepreneurship. Kenya’s economic blueprint outlines the commitment to creating an environment suitable for entrepreneurship and innovation through training. The intention is to equip learners with knowledge, skills and competencies so they can work and earn a living. Tellingly, social entrepreneurship is never mentioned in the document. It makes sense that universities are taking their lead from government policies. But Kenyan researchers have, in the past few years, started calling for universities’ entrepreneurship training to shift its focus from the purely economic to include social responsiveness. This is because social enterprises have the ability to bring change for the better by tackling social problems and improving the lives of individuals and their communities.<br>
<br>They enhance growth by facilitating the flow of resources to where they have the largest economic and social benefit.<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqw5hmUg8rA">youtube.com</a> This makes social enterprises especially suitable for developing countries. There are problems even where universities do offer social entrepreneurship training. The teaching methods used aren’t necessarily fit for purpose. Most courses that we studied for my research involved lectures and no practical training. This flies in the face of the methods suggested by researchers to make social entrepreneurial learning truly valuable. These methods include case studies, role playing, project based methods and guest lectures by people already working in social entrepreneurship.<br>
<br>Peer assessment and reflective accounts are also useful tools, but are largely lacking at the universities we surveyed. Such approaches are important because social entrepreneurship training should blend traditional economic and business lessons with real-world practical experiences and challenges. This is where dedicated business incubation centres could be useful. There are about 7 000 such centres worldwide; they are not particularly widespread in sub Saharan Africa apart from in countries like Nigeria and South Africa. And university business incubators are only just becoming more common in Kenya, so it’s difficult to quantify their achievements and measure their performance. However, most Kenyan universities have some kind of systems in place - at departmental, faculty or institutional level - to support business innovation ideas. These focus on intellectual property units, innovation databases and the allocation of budgets for innovation. The innovations incubated through these systems over the past decade have addressed everything from agriculture and energy to water and sanitation. My study found that around 50% of these interventions can be categorised as social enterprises. We recommend that universities must deliberately prioritise social entrepreneurship training and innovations. This could happen through existing systems or by setting up dedicated business incubation centres. Training should include a variety of teaching methods rather than just lectures, to ensure real value for students. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.<br>
<br>Three Kenyan university students have developed a panic button app that alerts local security, medical, and fire authorities in case of an emergency. The app dubbed Usalama, a Swahili word for safety, has a database of all recorded crime alerts, which enables the police and other emergency responders to identify crime-prone areas, allowing them to put in place the necessary security measures.<a href="https://ebaoxford.co.uk/e-commerce-expo/117-education/universities/246-murang-a-university-of-technology">ebaoxford.co.uk</a> In an interview with Face2Face Africa, the app’s co-founder, Edwin Inganji, revealed that the idea of developing a panic button app was born out of his encounter with robbers who stole his laptop and mobile phone. His ordeal inspired him and his two classmates, Marvin Makau and Kenneth Gachukia, to develop a simple technology that could be activated silently and promptly to alert emergency service providers and security agents in case of an attack.<br>
<br>"I always kept thinking, what if they had shot me and there was no one to help me. I would have needed emergency response urgently and would probably have not gotten it as quickly before I bled out," Inganji explained. Usalama, which was launched in November 2016, is a smartphone app that is activated by simply shaking your phone three times while holding down the volume button, or tapping on the app’s icon. It then sends an emergency alert to the police or other emergency responders - as well as any other Usalama users within 200 meters from your location.<br>
<br>This, Ingunja says, helps to broaden the effectiveness and efficiency of the app. To sign up, the user is required to provide three contacts of their next of kin, including their spouse, a work colleague, and a parent. The three contacts are the first people to be notified, in addition to any relevant emergency service providers. The app continues to send emergency updates to the available contacts every five minutes until the situation is resolved. Currently, the app has 3,000 users and was recently shortlisted to represent Kenya in the Africa Prize for Engineering, where only 16 African entrepreneurs are selected by the Royal Academy for Engineering based on the potential of their project. "We are looking to engage more and more emergency providers as partners as well as getting the app out there to users. This will go a long way in ensuring we make a difference in society with our app," Ingunja said.<br>
<br>For the longest time, surviving in a Kenyan university could easily have been a page off the survivor series book. It would seem that no one was spared from the struggle including journalist Peter Mwangangi. The Kenyan BBC journalist took to his social media page to reveal his struggles including pictures of the shanty he lived in and still couldn't make rent. Being a Daystar student 10 years ago, Peter lived in an off campus room called River Rufiji which ironically experienced constant water shortages. Despite the rent being only Ksh2,500, the journalist was rarely able to make payment even though he shared the room with a comrade. He even recognises Mama Kasilanda who gave them vegetables on credit despite them defaulting. Infact he admits that he graduated without paying his debt to the mama mboga. A debt that he settled this year after seven year.<br>
<br>When gunshots rang out through Strathmore University in Nairobi Monday, students believed they were under siege. They thought immediately of Garissa, another Kenyan university, where a terrorist attack left 148 dead in April. No voice appeared over the intercom to say, "This is a drill" — even though that’s exactly what it was. Instead, <a href="https://www.irs.gov/individuals/students">students</a> and staff at the school frantically tried to escape. They waded through the neighboring Mbagathi River, climbed out of windows and hovered over perches on the side of the university building, looking for a way out. Esther Kindambi, a 33-year-old employee, jumped from the third floor and died.<br>
<br>Some 30 additional people were injured, police officials said during a press conference Tuesday morning. Strathmore communication director Betty Ngala confirmed the death to The Washington Post over the phone. In a statement, the university said an "approved safety and security simulation drill" had been carried out to test the readiness of the school and their emergency team for an attack. "In preparation for this, teams of security marshals comprising of staff and students together with the emergency response team were trained on evacuation, assembly points and exit points," the statement said. Ngala told The Star, a Kenyan newspaper, that only rubber bullets were used during the drill. For those on campus, however, the shots fired into the air by unidentified gunmen <a href="https://mbasic.facebook.com/Murangauni/photos/pr.220194984803872/311731292316907/?type=1&source=42">sounded terrifyingly</a> real.<br>
<br>"I ran into a classroom, but the gunshots still intensified," a student told The Star. The event followed a slew of security drills at Kenyan universities after the Garissa attack. According to The Star, the latest test was performed at Kenyatta University, where six students were injured and admitted to the hospital. Real terrorism incidents in Kenya are also on the rise, as the country has been the target of attacks from the Islamist militant group al-Shabab. Kenyan security forces have been criticized for being slow to respond to warnings and reports of such attacks, which may explain Strathmore’s adherence to authenticity in this case.<br>
<br>According to KUSO President, Muchui Manyara, he estimate about 200,000 marchers from all Kenyan universities to take part in the peaceful procession to the Uganda Mission in Nairobi. Manyara said that, if he were to meet and interface with Gen. Yoweri Museveni, among the complaints would be: "Gen. Museveni scores quite poorly in matters of human rights and freedom of expression. Mr Manyara said that as youth leaders in the Great Lake Region, we have an obligation to voice our concerns against human rights abuses even when they're beyond your borders. Manyara further said: "Indeed Yes. According to Manyara, Kemyan students came out for the first-time, at least officially; because there need to sustain this kind of solidarity by the youths in the region. "This for sure is just the beginning.<br>
<br>The youth have decided to take their rightful place in everyday matters that affect them in one way or the other-across the borders," says Manyara.<a href="http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=1QGlSg0AAAAJ&hl=en">google.com</a> As youths’ leaders in East Africa, Manyara says that be it personal and group developments, the youths stand better chances of transforming the region as well equipped leaders of tomorrow. Meanwhile; several Ugandans in some major European cities have organised similar protests to demand the unconditional release of Hon. Kyagulanya, other members of Parliament and all opposition supporters who were arrested early last week. United Kingdom: - Thursday, August 23, 2018: The protesters will stage at Uganda House, Trafalgar Square, Central London at 12:30 hours (UK time) with red-as dress code. The Netherlands: - Ugandans and Friends of Uganda onThursday, August 23, 2018, in Amsterdam . DENMARK: -Friday, August 24, 2018: Copenhagen at Copenhagen Central Station. GERMANY: - Saturday, August 25, 2018, in Munich, Ugandans AND FRIENDS OF Uganda will convene at Karlsplatz (Stachus), at 16:00 hours up to 18:30 hours.<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gNBZtlpHNg">youtube.com</a> The <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFdz8iF-Wwo">marchers</a> will gather at Karlsplatz and walk down street up to Wittelsbacher.<br>