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50TH GRADUATION CEREMONY : FRIDAY 6TH DECEMBER 2013

Speech from the Chancellor

A graduation ceremony is an opportunity to congratulate the graduants for their achievement. I wish to exhort the graduants to dedicate their lives to social, political and economic emancipation of people t this land. They are now in a position to contribute to the acceleration of the socio-economic development of this country. The staff of the University has been diligent and committed in turning out this cohort of graduates.

One of the things that we must guard is the intellectual curiosity of the academia in this country. It is they who are charged with the obligation and enormous responsibility to maintain and participate in the improvement of the tradition of excellence in learning, the search for knowledge and service to the community. This University will not shy away from its duty to contribute to the socio-economic development of Kenya by finding ways to drive the prosperity of the nation, tackling ignorance, poverty and disease.

This congregation is part of the celebration of 50 years of independence apart from providing opportunity to acknowledge all those who have made a difference in the lives of many Kenyans, it is time to remember the ordinary Kenyans who have made extraordinary contributions to the development of or nation and to the University of Nairobi. This is a great University, with a greater potential. It is great because of its people – the students with their rains, energy and thoughts;  and the scholars renowned for their  excellence in innovation, experimental teaching, research and research  and service, the managers who have made vital strides in times of difficulties, the alumni serving in literally all sectors of the economy, the government for its unfailing support to the University, our development partners, and friends who have been faithful to seeing the University through trying moments.

I am sure that the University is challenged to enlarge its capacity and join the ranks of great Universities in the world. To make it a Centre of excellence will call for discipline, hard work, leadership and commitment but we will rise to the challenge because education is a gift that one generation gives to the next, and is a hallmark of all great institutions and nations. The problems and obstacles facing us, must not be understated and solving them will not be easy. The University council will play a role during transformational change, but there is still an onus on every member of this University to play his/her role to the full.

Finally I am grateful to the government for according me this opportunity to serve as the chancellor of this great institution and I will do my best to improve on the foundation laid by my predecessors.

A graduation ceremony is an opportunity to congratulate the graduants for their achievement. I wish to exhort the graduants to dedicate their lives to social, political and economic emancipation of people t this land. They are now in a position to contribute to the acceleration of the socio-economic development of this country. The staff of the University has been diligent and committed in turning out this cohort of graduates.

One of the things that we must guard is the intellectual curiosity of the academia in this country. It is they who are charged with the obligation and enormous responsibility to maintain and participate in the improvement of the tradition of excellence in learning, the search for knowledge and service to the community. This University will not shy away from its duty to contribute to the socio-economic development of Kenya by finding ways to drive the prosperity of the nation, tackling ignorance, poverty and disease.

This congregation is part of the celebration of 50 years of independence apart from providing opportunity to acknowledge all those who have made a difference in the lives of many Kenyans, it is time to remember the ordinary Kenyans who have made extraordinary contributions to the development of or nation and to the University of Nairobi. This is a great University, with a greater potential. It is great because of its people – the students with their rains, energy and thoughts;  and the scholars renowned for their  excellence in innovation, experimental teaching, research and research  and service, the managers who have made vital strides in times of difficulties, the alumni serving in literally all sectors of the economy, the government for its unfailing support to the University, our development partners, and friends who have been faithful to seeing the University through trying moments.

I am sure that the University is challenged to enlarge its capacity and join the ranks of great Universities in the world. To make it a Centre of excellence will call for discipline, hard work, leadership and commitment but we will rise to the challenge because education is a gift that one generation gives to the next, and is a hallmark of all great institutions and nations. The problems and obstacles facing us, must not be understated and solving them will not be easy. The University council will play a role during transformational change, but there is still an onus on every member of this University to play his/her role to the full.

Finally I am grateful to the government for according me this opportunity to serve as the chancellor of this great institution and I will do my best to improve on the foundation laid by my predecessors.

A graduation ceremony is an opportunity to congratulate the graduants for their achievement. I wish to exhort the graduants to dedicate their lives to social, political and economic emancipation of people t this land. They are now in a position to contribute to the acceleration of the socio-economic development of this country. The staff of the University has been diligent and committed in turning out this cohort of graduates.

One of the things that we must guard is the intellectual curiosity of the academia in this country. It is they who are charged with the obligation and enormous responsibility to maintain and participate in the improvement of the tradition of excellence in learning, the search for knowledge and service to the community. This University will not shy away from its duty to contribute to the socio-economic development of Kenya by finding ways to drive the prosperity of the nation, tackling ignorance, poverty and disease.

This congregation is part of the celebration of 50 years of independence apart from providing opportunity to acknowledge all those who have made a difference in the lives of many Kenyans, it is time to remember the ordinary Kenyans who have made extraordinary contributions to the development of or nation and to the University of Nairobi. This is a great University, with a greater potential. It is great because of its people – the students with their rains, energy and thoughts;  and the scholars renowned for their  excellence in innovation, experimental teaching, research and research  and service, the managers who have made vital strides in times of difficulties, the alumni serving in literally all sectors of the economy, the government for its unfailing support to the University, our development partners, and friends who have been faithful to seeing the University through trying moments.

I am sure that the University is challenged to enlarge its capacity and join the ranks of great Universities in the world. To make it a Centre of excellence will call for discipline, hard work, leadership and commitment but we will rise to the challenge because education is a gift that one generation gives to the next, and is a hallmark of all great institutions and nations. The problems and obstacles facing us, must not be understated and solving them will not be easy. The University council will play a role during transformational change, but there is still an onus on every member of this University to play his/her role to the full.

Finally I am grateful to the government for according me this opportunity to serve as the chancellor of this great institution and I will do my best to improve on the foundation laid by my predecessors.

A graduation ceremony is an opportunity to congratulate the graduants for their achievement. I wish to exhort the graduants to dedicate their lives to social, political and economic emancipation of people t this land. They are now in a position to contribute to the acceleration of the socio-economic development of this country. The staff of the University has been diligent and committed in turning out this cohort of graduates.

One of the things that we must guard is the intellectual curiosity of the academia in this country. It is they who are charged with the obligation and enormous responsibility to maintain and participate in the improvement of the tradition of excellence in learning, the search for knowledge and service to the community. This University will not shy away from its duty to contribute to the socio-economic development of Kenya by finding ways to drive the prosperity of the nation, tackling ignorance, poverty and disease.

This congregation is part of the celebration of 50 years of independence apart from providing opportunity to acknowledge all those who have made a difference in the lives of many Kenyans, it is time to remember the ordinary Kenyans who have made extraordinary contributions to the development of or nation and to the University of Nairobi. This is a great University, with a greater potential. It is great because of its people – the students with their rains, energy and thoughts;  and the scholars renowned for their  excellence in innovation, experimental teaching, research and research  and service, the managers who have made vital strides in times of difficulties, the alumni serving in literally all sectors of the economy, the government for its unfailing support to the University, our development partners, and friends who have been faithful to seeing the University through trying moments.

I am sure that the University is challenged to enlarge its capacity and join the ranks of great Universities in the world. To make it a Centre of excellence will call for discipline, hard work, leadership and commitment but we will rise to the challenge because education is a gift that one generation gives to the next, and is a hallmark of all great institutions and nations. The problems and obstacles facing us, must not be understated and solving them will not be easy. The University council will play a role during transformational change, but there is still an onus on every member of this University to play his/her role to the full.

Finally I am grateful to the government for according me this opportunity to serve as the chancellor of this great institution and I will do my best to improve on the foundation laid by my predecessors.

A graduation ceremony is an opportunity to congratulate the graduants for their achievement. I wish to exhort the graduants to dedicate their lives to social, political and economic emancipation of people t this land. They are now in a position to contribute to the acceleration of the socio-economic development of this country. The staff of the University has been diligent and committed in turning out this cohort of graduates.

One of the things that we must guard is the intellectual curiosity of the academia in this country. It is they who are charged with the obligation and enormous responsibility to maintain and participate in the improvement of the tradition of excellence in learning, the search for knowledge and service to the community. This University will not shy away from its duty to contribute to the socio-economic development of Kenya by finding ways to drive the prosperity of the nation, tackling ignorance, poverty and disease.

This congregation is part of the celebration of 50 years of independence apart from providing opportunity to acknowledge all those who have made a difference in the lives of many Kenyans, it is time to remember the ordinary Kenyans who have made extraordinary contributions to the development of or nation and to the University of Nairobi. This is a great University, with a greater potential. It is great because of its people – the students with their rains, energy and thoughts;  and the scholars renowned for their  excellence in innovation, experimental teaching, research and research  and service, the managers who have made vital strides in times of difficulties, the alumni serving in literally all sectors of the economy, the government for its unfailing support to the University, our development partners, and friends who have been faithful to seeing the University through trying moments.

I am sure that the University is challenged to enlarge its capacity and join the ranks of great Universities in the world. To make it a Centre of excellence will call for discipline, hard work, leadership and commitment but we will rise to the challenge because education is a gift that one generation gives to the next, and is a hallmark of all great institutions and nations. The problems and obstacles facing us, must not be understated and solving them will not be easy. The University council will play a role during transformational change, but there is still an onus on every member of this University to play his/her role to the full.

Finally I am grateful to the government for according me this opportunity to serve as the chancellor of this great institution and I will do my best to improve on the foundation laid by my predecessors.

A graduation ceremony is an opportunity to congratulate the graduants for their achievement. I wish to exhort the graduants to dedicate their lives to social, political and economic emancipation of people t this land. They are now in a position to contribute to the acceleration of the socio-economic development of this country. The staff of the University has been diligent and committed in turning out this cohort of graduates.

One of the things that we must guard is the intellectual curiosity of the academia in this country. It is they who are charged with the obligation and enormous responsibility to maintain and participate in the improvement of the tradition of excellence in learning, the search for knowledge and service to the community. This University will not shy away from its duty to contribute to the socio-economic development of Kenya by finding ways to drive the prosperity of the nation, tackling ignorance, poverty and disease.

This congregation is part of the celebration of 50 years of independence apart from providing opportunity to acknowledge all those who have made a difference in the lives of many Kenyans, it is time to remember the ordinary Kenyans who have made extraordinary contributions to the development of or nation and to the University of Nairobi. This is a great University, with a greater potential. It is great because of its people – the students with their rains, energy and thoughts;  and the scholars renowned for their  excellence in innovation, experimental teaching, research and research  and service, the managers who have made vital strides in times of difficulties, the alumni serving in literally all sectors of the economy, the government for its unfailing support to the University, our development partners, and friends who have been faithful to seeing the University through trying moments.

I am sure that the University is challenged to enlarge its capacity and join the ranks of great Universities in the world. To make it a Centre of excellence will call for discipline, hard work, leadership and commitment but we will rise to the challenge because education is a gift that one generation gives to the next, and is a hallmark of all great institutions and nations. The problems and obstacles facing us, must not be understated and solving them will not be easy. The University council will play a role during transformational change, but there is still an onus on every member of this University to play his/her role to the full.

Finally I am grateful to the government for according me this opportunity to serve as the chancellor of this great institution and I will do my best to improve on the foundation laid by my predecessors.

A graduation ceremony is an opportunity to congratulate the graduants for their achievement. I wish to exhort the graduants to dedicate their lives to social, political and economic emancipation of people t this land. They are now in a position to contribute to the acceleration of the socio-economic development of this country. The staff of the University has been diligent and committed in turning out this cohort of graduates.

One of the things that we must guard is the intellectual curiosity of the academia in this country. It is they who are charged with the obligation and enormous responsibility to maintain and participate in the improvement of the tradition of excellence in learning, the search for knowledge and service to the community. This University will not shy away from its duty to contribute to the socio-economic development of Kenya by finding ways to drive the prosperity of the nation, tackling ignorance, poverty and disease.

This congregation is part of the celebration of 50 years of independence apart from providing opportunity to acknowledge all those who have made a difference in the lives of many Kenyans, it is time to remember the ordinary Kenyans who have made extraordinary contributions to the development of or nation and to the University of Nairobi. This is a great University, with a greater potential. It is great because of its people – the students with their rains, energy and thoughts;  and the scholars renowned for their  excellence in innovation, experimental teaching, research and research  and service, the managers who have made vital strides in times of difficulties, the alumni serving in literally all sectors of the economy, the government for its unfailing support to the University, our development partners, and friends who have been faithful to seeing the University through trying moments.

I am sure that the University is challenged to enlarge its capacity and join the ranks of great Universities in the world. To make it a Centre of excellence will call for discipline, hard work, leadership and commitment but we will rise to the challenge because education is a gift that one generation gives to the next, and is a hallmark of all great institutions and nations. The problems and obstacles facing us, must not be understated and solving them will not be easy. The University council will play a role during transformational change, but there is still an onus on every member of this University to play his/her role to the full.

Finally I am grateful to the government for according me this opportunity to serve as the chancellor of this great institution and I will do my best to improve on the foundation laid by my predecessors.

 

Speech from the Chairman of council

The 50th Graduation ceremony is indeed a milestone as it coincides with Kenya’s 50 years of independence celebrations. As a University, we are honored to e part of a captivating history and future of one of Africa’s most fascinating nations. Our country’s story of struggles and triumphs.

For the University of Nairobi, the last fifty years have been full of promise with quality work in research, teaching and corporate social responsibility. The University has keenly taken up its role of participating in the maintenance of scientific standards, the provision of skilled manpower required y the industry, government and other sectors of the economy and most fundamentally to the accumulation of knowledge and understanding.

I congratulate Dr. Vijoo H.M. Ratansi on her appointment as the Chancellor of the University of Nairobi and welcome her to serve the University. Her contribution to higher education in the country especially in supporting needy students with bursaries is well known and worth emulating. The University of Nairobi will benefit from her fundraising and networking skills and her competence in corporate governance.

The University of Nairobi is committed to maintaining good industrial relations with the unions for the mutual benefit of the University and all staff members embrace dialogue as a means of resolving industrial disputes and places high priority in allocating resources to promote staff welfare thereby boosting morale and creating a conducive work environment.

The university has performed quite well in its mandate of social responsibility. It has been at the forefront in research and extension by continuing to be involved in research and extension by continuing to e involved in research activities that are relevant and responsive to the developmental needs of our country. For instance, the production of different varieties of bean seed, incubation of innovative ideas and technologies at the Science park and hosting of prominent international discourse.

I would like to congratulate the university management for the successful undertaking of Rapid results Initiative on the sensitization programme on the tenets of the constitution. The process targeting staff, students and alumni has created awareness and appreciation of the constitution within the University community.

 

Speech from the Vice- chancellor           

I take this opportunity to congratulate dr. Vijoo Ratansi on her appointment as the Chancellor of the University of Nairobi. Dr. Vijoo Rattansi is one of the leading local philanthropists, and her family through the Rattansi Trust, has supported education in Kenya since 1956. We are grateful to the government for this appointment which will ensure that this ceremony and other activities go on without any hitch. I also take this opportunity to thank Dr. Joseph wanjui for the time and efforts that he sacrificed for this great institution and wish him well in his other undertakings.

This ceremony coincides with our country’s celebration of 50 years of independence. The 50th graduation ceremony is yet another milestone in our University and country that will usher in another crop of graduates to play their role in the development of our country. Well done the graduants of the 50th congregation and congratulations to the country as we celebrate 50 years of independence. The ceremony is also part of our national festivities of Kenya @ 50. Early this week, we were privileged to host the retired head of state, Hon Mwai Kibaki in a lively interaction on developments in the country since 1963.

The University of Nairobi remains the gold standard not only in the country but also in the region. We remain the first choice University for those wishing to pursue higher education at all levels. Indeed, in the government sponsored programmes all our courses fill to capacity before other universities get a chance to fill their vacancies. This leadership has also been validated by ranking agencies, peer groups and government which consistently places us among the top in the region. Indeed in the last performance contracting,  the University of Nairobi became the first public institution to score the ‘Excellent’ mark.

In a nutshell, the university has grown over the last 10 years, improving its reputation by increasing its fixed assets to over KES 100 billion and the pension fund is posting surpluses to boost members’ savings. We are currently enhancing our infrastructural capacity by constructing the 22-storey University tower at the main campus to house our increasing academic activities. Construction work is progressing well albeit slowed down by lack of a 24-hour license which may affect our projected timelines. Other infrastructural activities include the School of Pharmacy complex and the expansion of the Kisumu campus whose works are on schedule.

Last weekend I collected a prize in recognition of the college of health Sciences as a centre of excellence, from H.E. Excellence President Uhuru Kenyatta, in capacity as the chairman of the summit of East African Heads of state. This good performance is also evident among our staff that has boosted our research portfolio to over KES 3.5 billion. I comment our scholars for not only concentrating on teaching but also on research and in participating in corporate social responsibility activities. This has ensured that the University maintains strong links and collaborations with other universities, organizations, and key stakeholders worldwide.

The University of Nairobi always takes its place as a responsible corporate, mindful of the welfare of its stakeholders and the nation at large.  Slightly over a hundred days ago, the university embarked on an audacious programme to sensitize its staff and students on the contents of the constitution.  This programme involved stakeholders and the outcome of this process was six publications, including a video on the process, an online resource repository, and more importantly an enlightened University community that is ready to exploit the opportunities provided by the constitution to develop our country. The University of Nairobi is the first government agency to undertake this task.

GRADUATION CEREMONIES 33RD - 49TH SPEECHES

CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW TO READ THE SPEECHES

 http://www.uonbi.ac.ke/node/290 The 45th Graduation speech by Hon Prof Margaret Kamar, Egh, M.P. Higher Education, Science and Technology

The Chairman of the Council

http://www.uonbi.ac.ke/node/4171 The 49th Graduation ceremony speech by  the Chairman of Council Fri, 2013-08-23

http://www.uonbi.ac.ke/node/741 The 48th Graduation Ceremony Speech by the Chairman of Council Fri, 2012-12-07.

http://www.uonbi.ac.ke/node/548 The 47th Gradution Ceremony speech by the Chairman of the Coincil 2012-08-24.

http://www.uonbi.ac.ke/node/799 The 46th Graduation Ceremony speech by Chairman of Council Fri, 2011-12-02

http://www.uonbi.ac.ke/node/292 The 45th Graduation ceremony speech by the Chairman of the Council Thu, 2011-09-15.

http://www.uonbi.ac.ke/node/798 The 44th Graduation ceremony speech by the chairman of the council Fri, 2010-09-24

http://www.uonbi.ac.ke/node/797 The 43rd Graduation Ceremony speech by the chairman of the council Fri, 2010-09-24

http://www.uonbi.ac.ke/node/797 The 42nd Graduation Ceremony speech by the chairman of the council Fri, 2009-12-24

http://www.uonbi.ac.ke/node/796 The 41st Graduation ceremony speech by the chairman of the counccil Fri, 2009-09-18

http://www.uonbi.ac.ke/node/795 The 40th Graduation ceremony speech by the chirman of council Fri, 2008-12-19

http://www.uonbi.ac.ke/node/60 The 39th Graduation ceremony by the chairman of the council Fri, 2008-10-17

http://www.uonbi.ac.ke/node/794 The 38th Graduation ceremony by the chairman of the council Fri, 2007-09-07

http://www.uonbi.ac.ke/node/59 The 37th Graduation ceremony by the chairman of the council Fri, 2007-09-07

http://www.uonbi.ac.ke/node/52 The 36th Graduation ceremony by the chairman of the council Fri, 2006-12-04

http://www.uonbi.ac.ke/node/51 The 35th Graduation ceremony by the chairman of the council Fri, 2005-12-09

http://www.uonbi.ac.ke/node/793 The 34th Graduation ceremony by the chairman of the council Fri, 2005-12-09

http://www.uonbi.ac.ke/node/792 The 33rd Graduation ceremony by the chairman of the council Fri, 2005-10-14

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