Zetech University spent the last week of February engaging with stakeholders during the 2017 Commission for University Education (CUE) 15TH Kenyan Universities exhibition, at the Catholic of Eastern University (CUEA) grounds.
The annual event, which brings together different players in the education centre, hosted institutions including public and private universities from all over the country, was officially opened by Education Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i who called on varsities to maintain high standards of education and deliver quality teaching.
The CS, who visited the Zetech stands, lauding the students present for the projects they presented, also took the opportunity to encourage the government and striking public lecturers to agree so as to allow students to go back to class.
Eager to impress once again, the Zetech exhibition stood out as the institution adopted a unique and colourful presentation that attracted visitors throughout the three day event. The team gave outstanding students an opportunity to showcase various projects in the areas of hospitality, IT and Engineering as well as media.
The Hospitality department staff and students this year prepared delicious healthy cakes using natural products such as cassava, beetroot and soya and shared with interested guests on the importance of preparing and taking healthy meals.
“We challenged our students to create something that is tasty but healthy for our guests,” noted Martin Butita, a trainer in the department, adding, “our visitors have been impressed and enjoyed a taste of the meals, with many asking many questions in the area of healthy meals.”
In the media section, the Zetech FM students attracted many guests as they held a live engaging radio show on site. The station also featured outstanding camera equipment that caught the attention of both the young and old, with many commenting that the stand was a winner. Moses Maina, the University Registrar, noted that it is critical that students are exposed to such opportunities to build their confidence and boost their training, “We are committed to providing our students with opportunities to apply what they learn in class.”
In our IT and engineering sections, our learners displayed practical apps and inventions deigned to improve lives in the areas of drunken driving with an app that detects one’s breathe to check if they are fit to operate machinery, and a Geo-mapping application that informs users on black spots within East Africa and alerts them through voice and text when they are about one kilometer away, to enhance public safety.
Commenting on the event, the University VC Prof. Edwin Wamukoya who engaged with his colleagues in the academic world at the forum encouraged the CUE team to enhance the experience from students and ensure students about to enter university attend the event in thousands. “Such exhibitions are designed for Kenyans to interact first hand with university administrators and learn about opportunities for higher education. At Zetech, we believe in advising young people on what to do in order to follow their university dream.”
Indeed, the fraternity looks forward to being a part of the 2018 CUE exhibition.
VARSITY EMPOWERS LIVES IN ROTARY SUNSHINE RALLY
It was Winston Churchill who said, we make a living by what we get but we get a life by what we give. On the last weekend of February, the Zetech fraternity lived out this saying by taking part in two community based initiatives designed to empower the less fortunate in the country.
The Zetech University Rotaract Club and other Rotary Clubs of Kenya gathered for a day of fun and feasting at the Jamhuri grounds on the 25th of February, with the varsity club taking charge of three designated schools; Zabibu School, Githunguri School and Gatongora school.
The Rotary Sunshine rally is an annual community drive designed to bring together thousands of kids with special needs for a day of fun, food and entertainment; the event works with clubs from all over the country so as to mentor as many schools as possible.
The Varsity Club and other volunteers, passionately took over the roles of transporting the children to and from their schools, as well as feeding and interacting with the over 200 delighted kids during the event.
The kids were also treated to entertainment by local stars such as Nameless, Mejja and FBI dancers, among other hype men who thrilled and inspired the beneficiaries.
Lauding the volunteers for the commitment, the University Dean of Student Affairs Elizabeth Muhia noted that community service is at the heart of the varsity and it is essential that students learn the gift of giving,
“We are keen on executing community based initiatives, with our students taking the lead on various projects to ensure they learn that it is important to use one’s skills and resources to better the community.” Ms Muhia noted.
To heighten the experience, the team also donated food items provided by the university to the schools’ management, to cater to their immediate needs for the coming months so that they can be comfortable as they learn.
It was indeed an inspirational experience that the Rotary fraternity and the children will never forget.