VC together with Management tours Kisumu Campus

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Vice-Chancellor together with University Management tours Kisumu Campus.

The University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor Pro. Peter M. F. Mbithi was in the lakeside city of Kisumu

to  access the progress of the ongoing construction work of Kisumu Towers and to receive the

Memorandum from the College Academic Board on Saturday 24, 2015.

 

The construction of Kisumu Campus Towers begun in February, 2012 and was to be completed in

October, 2014. Unfortunately, the work is only 66% completed. The University Management Board

expressed displeasure at the slow pace at which the construction work is moving.

Upon completion, Kisumu Towers will  be one of the highest buildings in Kisumu City with a sitting

capacity for 6,000 students, 80 lecture offices, lecture theatres, library, seminar rooms, computer

laboratories among other facilities.

The Vice-Chancellor urged the contractor and the other consultants to work as a team , have the

work plan approved and signed by all the team members and to ensure the safety of the

environment. He warned that should there be no significant progress after one month as promised  

by the contractor, the university will consider terminating the contract.

Earlier on, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor ( Academic Affairs), Prof. Henry Mutoro explained that the

delay in the completion of the tower is slowing the University from meeting its key objectives. " We

started this building four months before the University of Nairobi towers, now the towers is on the

22nd floor, while this building in on the 6th floor," he said.

 

Prof. Isaac Jumba, Principal, College of Education and External Studies, noted that Kisumu Campus

has a potential for growth, once the building is completed, a lot of money being used in rental space

will be saved.  Key challenges facing Kisumu Campus include lack of space, shortage of lecturers, lack

of utility vehicles,  slow procurement process, slow ICT( read internet).

On revenue generation, the Campus intend to introduce PhDs and more courses like Msc. Finance,

and monitor fees collection. On cost reduction, hiring of Kisumu based lecturers would help ease the

cost of air ticket.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Production and Extension), Prof. Lucy Irungu  noted that there is

a need to train both Kisumu and Mombasa campus  students and staff on research . Since the

University is restructuring Post Graduate to Graduate School, there is need to improve  throughput

time, improve student - supervisor relationship, staff and post graduate students build repositories.

Prof. Isaac Mbeche, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor ( Student Affairs) expressed the challenges being

faced by students like lack of sporting facilities, lack of transport,  counselling services and the need

to have full professors and associate professors among the staff members.

Also present during the tour were; six College Principals and Deputy Principals. Others  present were

Managing Director, University Enterprises Services, Prof. Julius Ogen'go, Finance Officer, Mr. Michael

Karue,  Registrar Administration Dr. Dismus Bulinda, Estates Manager, Mr. Trancisio Thuita,

Construction and Maintenance Manager Architect Jarett Odwallo.

 

The tour ended with members of the UMB touring the various facilities being rented out by the

University.

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