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In the 2017 Zetech University graduation ceremony, thousands of students were awarded and conferred upon the powers to read and write. The colourful ceremony held at the varsity main campus, was crowned with a memorable award session designed to celebrate outstanding students in both academic and co-curricular activities.
The overall award was gifted to Mercy Opata Imai, a degree graduate in the Business department, who attained a first class and was selected by a panel from a competitive list of awardees to take home the coveted award.
Awarded by the event Chief Guest, Mr. Joe Muganda, Group CEO, Nation Media Group, Ms Imai expressed her delight in the award, reflecting on the successful journey she has enjoyed at the university. Serving as the graduation class valedictorian, she thanked the leadership, faculty and fellow graduates for ensuring she has a prosperous campus experience.
In the IT department, Julius Gichane was selected as the best student in the undergraduate section and was congratulated on achieving a first class honor while Yasmin Mustafa was recognized as the best Diploma graduate in ICT.
Commenting on the session, varsity Vice Chancellor Prof. Edwin Wamukoya lauded the 15 winners in the various categories, emphasising the importance of acknowledging those who excelled and awarding them for their outstanding performance,
“It is important and fulfilling to take time to recognize and celebrate our best students, through the support of our valued partners who stepped in to sponsor this integral part of our 2017 graduation.” he said.
In the extra-curricular categories, Joshua Kisali was awarded the Best Basketball player of the year for effectively balanced success in class and on the field; Joel Kahimba won the overall Best Male in Sports while Deborah Atieno clinched the overall Best Female in Sports In the other various departments, the below students received recognition.
The varsity would like to specially thank our partners who have supported us through the newspaper graduation supplement and the awarding of our best performing students: KCB Bank, Suntech Power Solutions, Barclays Bank of Kenya, Jack Insurance, Stemain Solutions, Ecodesh Power Solutions, Standard Group, Dr. Alice Njuguna, DVC- Academics, Research and Development, Ms Gladys Wangari, Ag. Faculty of Business, Mr. Shadrack Ngao, HOD- Department of Engineering, the Zetech University Dean of Student Affairs Office and the Nation Media Group.
Congratulations to the awardees. The entire list of awardees can be reviewed below:
|Mercy Opati Imai||Overall Best Student|
|Best Student-Degree, Faculty of ICT|
|Pauline Njoki Njage||First Class Honours Degree-Faculty of Business|
|Josephine Kithu||First Class Honours Degree-Faculty of Business|
|Hamud Yasmin Mustafa||Best Student in ICT (Diploma)|
|Patrick Ndungu||Best Student in Business (Diploma)|
|Betty Wachera Waiguru||Best Student in Hospitality Management|
|Tracy Wanjiku||Best Student in Tourism Management|
|Onyando Magoma Brenda||Best Student in Education, Arts & Social Science|
|Karanja Alexander Mwangi||Best Students- Department of Engineering|
|Moseka Lillian Akinyi||Best Student-Department of Media, Arts and Design|
|Joshua Kisali||Basketball Player of the Year|
|Deborah Atieno||Overall Basketball Player of the Year|
|Joel Kahimba Shibunji||Overall Best Male in Sports|
|Zetech Christian Union Club||Most Active Club of the Year|
The Zetech University Football team locked down a needed win against University of Nairobi’s Tandaza side in a heated clash during the start of the 2018 SportPesa Shield FKF tournament this past weekend. The Varsity side silenced their opponents 1-0 with a lucky 91st minute goal by Aron Omar during extra time, in the round of 64 outing.
The gents maintained pace during the intense game held at the opponent’s lower Kabete campus, to avert a penalty shootout to qualify for the next round when they will face Friendzone FC.
The Zetech Titans Coach Tom Juma lauded the team for securing a win, noting that the team rallied itself steadily to defeat Tandaza to progress to the next round, “It was a tough game given that Tandaza is a strong side, but our patience and hard work paid off to secure a late victory. Now, we are training for our upcoming match, which we hope to win.” he said.
Meanwhile, in the Universities and Colleges Football League, the Varsity’s women’s football side thrashed NYS Vocational Training Institute 3-0 while the provisional team beat Thika School of Medical and Health Sciences 3-1 with the Teams’ Coach Bernard Kitolo noting that the teams have been training intensely and approaching games tactfully to secure victories.
In the basketball courts, the university ladies side Zetech Sparks stamped Footprints Point 49- 38, with the side’s top scorer Lucy Mbithe securing 11 points in the during the KBF premier league, while the men skinned Lions 56-53 during the action packed weekend.
Similarly, the Varsity martial arts teams emerged the overall winner in KATA and KUMITE games during the Universities, Colleges and High schools tournament held at MKU Thika grounds. This doubled their luck as they had earlier qualified for the East African games last week in the KUSA finals tournament.
Zetech University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Huawei Technologies Ltd to become a Huawei Authorized Information Network Academy (HAINA), in line with the Varsity’s efforts to prepare graduates for the employment and entrepreneurial market.
The agreement set to take effect immediately, will see the institution offer Huawei programmes to students to boost their skills in IT, kicking off with network based course, Routing and Switching; the course will complement other university IT courses as well as empower networking professionals advance their careers. Through the skills gained, students will be in a better position to generate innovative solutions and creativity in IT and enterprise.
Commenting on the partnership, Zetech University VC Prof. Njenga Munene expressed confidence in the established relationship noting that enhancing the learning experience will serve to bridge the gap between the needs of the market and what is taught in class, “This agreement is timely and I believe that our students will greatly benefit from these specialised programmes. In addition, the Huawei certification will contribute to their qualifications for the market once they complete their studies.”
On her part, Suky Su, Huawei Industrial Service Solution Manager expressed her excitement to work with the university, terming the partnership as mutually productive, “We are privileged to enter into this partnership with Zetech to provide market-based courses and we trust that the agreement will be of great impact to the students and the faculty team.” she noted. She added that students who successfully undergo the programme will benefit from discounted charges while undertaking the certification exams.
The MOU signing, also witnessed by the university’s Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academics, Research and Extension Dr. Alice Njuguna, University faculty members and, Richard Gowi, Legal Officer at Huawei Technologies, is in line with the IT firm’s partnership with the ICT Authority to create an engineering students internship programmes and tech forums through which beneficiaries can use technology to contribute to the use of ICT in advancing growth in the country.
The University joins other institutions such as University of Nairobi and Strathmore University which are now HAINA, in boosting students’ capabilities in IT through these courses and align their training to meet the expectations of a fast based world of technology.
The Zetech University sports fraternity celebrated a deserved win after the varsity Karate team silenced over 12 universities to emerge second in the Kenya University Sports Association (KUSA) national championship playoffs, to qualify for the upcoming East Africa Championship Games to be held in Tanzania.
The team, coming in second after Kenyatta University, excelled in the Nairobi conference games, bringing home 4 gold medals, 2 silver medals and 1 bronze medal in the semifinal level under the Karate–KUMITE and KATA individual and team games to qualify for the national fete that took place in Bungoma County.
Coach Martin Ndegwa celebrated the win with his side, noting that this was no mean fete for the growing team,
“We have worked hard to get here and we are elated to have qualified for the East African games. We look forward to the action as we train intensively and participate in other competitive outings.” He said
The tournaments also saw the Zetech Taekwondo squad battle seasoned teams to secure 4th place while the ladies side came out 7th in the national competition in the tough battle played at Kibabii University.
Lauding the team, Varsity Sports Coordinator Alfred Muli said that the institution is keen on talent development through sports and remains committed in ensuring the team enjoy exposure through competitive games, “The Zetech martial arts teams continue to amaze us with their commitment to grow and excel, and this win is a welcome addition to their continued success.”
Speaking about sports development, Moses Maina, in the country, Executive Director in charge of Corporate Affairs noted the critical role sports place as a source of income and way to market the country. “Sports is an incredible platform for young people to not only share their skills with the world, but earn an income and make money for themselves. With such wins, the Zetech sports teams will be celebrating across the continent and beyond.” He said
The EA games are set to take place in December this year.
May 2018… Varsity Students have been called on to position themselves for the market by coming up with innovative ways of learning and engage with faculty to revolutionize the learning experience in Kenya, during the Zetech University international research conference. The event saw scholars discuss the need to promote innovation in business, IT and entrepreneurship.
The research, a first of its kind at the University, was organised in collaboration with Research Acies Publications and highlights the commitment of the University to expand its research and extensions portfolio to ensure learners benefit from a rich campus experience.
Zetech University Vice Chancellor Prof. Njenga Munene noted that research plays a significant role in developing effective academic systems, driving the University’s plans to establish research-based training for students and faculty experience,
“Ideas bring people together. Our first research conference created a platform for the exchange of ideas that address the critical role innovation plays in advancing education, IT and business.” said Prof. Munene. He further called on the scholars to ensure their research findings develop into practical solutions for the country and urged students to think differently so as to make the most of the university education.
Furthermore, the two day conference addressed challenges in the area of research and collaboration, with participants reflecting on issues such as inadequate funding and infrastructure for research and the need to generate findings that can influence policy and inform national decisions.
Commenting on the way forward from the research session, Dr. Alice Njuguna, DVC, Academics, Research and Extension at Zetech University highlighted the need to bridge the gap between varsities and governing bodies in the country, especially in the area of education, innovation and research. “It is important that varsities collaborate with entities such as the Ministry of Education, Ministry of ICT, CUE and institutions such as KEMRI to promote innovation in research and promote patenting of ideas birthed by Kenyan researchers.” Dr. Njuguna said.
In his key note address titled Promoting Entrepreneurial Innovation in Kenya’s Higher Learning Institutions, JKUAT Professor Henry Bwisa addressed the need to enforce the application of better solutions to solving existing problems, as well as promote students and faculty innovation. He highlighted that few university dons engage in research and a small number of researchers’ commercialize their output, calling on the scholars to seek partnerships that can ensure their findings bear fruit.
The conference ended on a high note with the organisers highlighting that the objectives had been met, researches had networked successfully and ideas were exchanged; participants were also charged to engage county and country leaders to use their research findings to grow industry.
Hundreds of inmates and prison officers graduated with fundamental skills in Information Technology through an education programme run by Zetech University and the Kenya Prisons Service. The initiative aims to equip learners with relevant computer training for the job market and entrepreneurial world.
A total of 123 graduates from five prisons were awarded certificates by the University at a colourful graduation ceremony held at the Nairobi Remand and Allocation Maximum security prison.
The initiative, which has made huge impact and seen over 600 inmates benefit from the programme, saw 106 inmates and 17 staff members from the Kamiti Maximum, Nairobi West, Kamae Borstal, Langata Women Maximum and the Nairobi Remand and Allocation Security prisons form the graduating class of 2017 after successfully undertaking the training.
Speaking at the graduation, Zetech University Vice Chancellor Prof. John Njenga Munene noted that access to quality education is a fundamental right for all in the society and a significant contributor to the rehabilitation process,
“Today’s ceremony demonstrates the increasing demand for higher education by Kenyans, including our brothers and sisters in correctional centres. Indeed, intellectual endeavour is not a preserve of the rich, the free, but of all citizens, including the less advantaged, marginalised and those in prisons.” Prof. Munene said, adding, “As Zetech University, we believe in the future of this country and trust that the beneficiaries will use skills gained to contribute to the development of the country.”
Prof. Munene added that with the notable success of the programme, the University is keen on introducing progressive courses to enable beneficiaries to study other courses relevant for different markets.
Representing the Kenya Prisons Service, Nairobi Deputy Regional Commander of Prisons Madam Olivia Obell observed that the initiative has greatly impacted the lives of inmates and staff because of the practicability of the course,
“We appreciate the commitment shown by Zetech University in ensuring our community is well trained in matters education. The training in IT serves to adequately equip a significant population of learners with necessary skills that are useful for any professional setting and we are eager to see the institution offer courses in Diploma and even Degree levels.” She said.
Corporal David Onjera who has benefited from the programme and now tutors other trainees shared that the training is transformational and has enabled officers to work more efficiently, “The training upgrades one’s skills and has had a positive impact on the prison community as a whole.” On his part,
Boniface Omuhunya appreciated the University and Prisons administration for the opportunity he believes has empowered him and his fellow inmates to learn and understand concepts in IT.
The ceremony also saw the inmates present entertaining items in the area of dance, comedy and acrobatics portraying the power of social development and talent identification programmes in correctional facilities.
April 2018… The Zetech University Council has appointed Professor John Njenga Munene as the University’s new Vice Chancellor effective 1st April 2018. Prof. Munene takes over from former VC Prof. Edwin Wamukoya who served the institution for six years, overseeing its transition to University status.
Prof. Munene joins the institution from Egerton University where he served as the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Administration and Finance as well as Acting VC at the University. A distinguished strategist, he also served as Chairman of various committees at the varsity and was a member of the Egerton University Management Board.
Commenting on the appointment, Eng. Ken Mbiuki, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Zetech University noted that the timely step is geared towards growing the university’s status and provision of quality education. “It is a great time to welcome a scholar of Prof Munene’s stature, a leader capable of steering Zetech University to greater heights. We are privileged to have him join us and we look forward to benefitting from his rich experience in higher education,” Eng. Mbiuki noted.
A highly regarded scholar, Prof. Munene has a Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Studies from the University of Nairobi, a Master of Science in Clinical Studies and a Bachelor of Veterinary Studies from the same University. He also pursued Advanced Studies in Protozoan Diseases at the Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine (Japan).
Speaking during his unveil at the University main campus, Prof. Munene stated that he aims to promote academic excellence, expand research investment and expertise as well as enhance service delivery during his tenure at Zetech. The Professor of Clinical Veterinary Medicine added that he is enthusiastic about working with a vibrant faculty and administrative team to enhance students’ experience.
“It is indeed an honour and privilege to join Zetech University and work with a team eager to reshape the provision of higher education in Kenya. In line with the Varsity’s five year strategy plan, my work will largely involve steering the team in amplifying the capacity of our faculty, growing student population, development of infrastructure and increasing programme offered, to meet the growing need for quality education in the country,” Prof Munene said adding that these engagements are critical in the University’s journey towards attaining a University charter.
The Professor, who is a registered veterinary surgeon and a member of the Kenya Veterinary Association and the Kenya National Academy of Sciences, has widely travelled and published in refereed journals, with several University awards to his credit.
Indeed, the institution’s fraternity looks forward to working with the distinguished Professor whose experience will be of great impact to the university as a whole.
The new Zetech University Student Association (ZUSA) team took an oath to serve and represent the varsity students following a successful student election, during a celebratory ceremony held at the institution’s Thika Road Campus.
The students exercised their democratic right, successfully electing a reputable team of qualified students to represent them, following an intense process headed by the Student Affairs department. A well able electoral team presided over the election which was a welcome development for learners, who have eagerly anticipated a fresh team of student leaders.
During the election that followed the Electoral College system, Eugene Odhiambo and his running mate Faith Khakasa executed a successful campaign that led to a victory in the hotly contested election. The Bachelor of Purchasing and Supply Chain Management student beat his competitor Samuel Adama to win the coveted ZUSA Chairperson post.
The new council vowed to execute their manifesto during the ceremony graced by the University leadership, led by Dr. Alice Njuguna, DVC-Academics, Research and Development. The Council was advised to use the right channels to vocalise the needs of the student fraternity with a commitment from the Management to listen and implement their ideas.
The incoming Chairperson noted his desire and plans to fulfill promises he made in his manifesto. “I am grateful to the Zetech students for trusting me with such an honourable post and I am excited to represent my comrades. I will diligently serve them and ensure they enjoy their student life, in line with the ZUSA constitution.” Eugene said.
Commenting on the election, Elizabeth Muhia, Dean of Student Affairs said, “The voting process went on smoothly at our main and town campuses. The tallying of the votes was done by the electoral body under tight security and the results announced the same night, amid cheers and excitement.”
The successful candidates who were elected are as follows:
- Eugene Odhiambo- Chairperson
- Faith Khakasa- Vice Chairperson
- Kelvin Kirimi- Secretary General
- Ruth Mwende- Finance Secretary
- Nicholas Mutwiri-, Academic Affairs Secretary
- Francis Mutinda-, Sports and Entertainment Secretary
- Yasmin Mohammad- Social Welfare Secretary
The process involved staff members who served as Chief Returning Officer, Presiding Officers, and Chief Observers while a trained team of students served as electoral clerks.
Zetech University has kicked off admission of 162 government sponsored students placed by the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS), in the recent placement of 2017 KCSE candidates and those from previous years who successfully applied for placement under Government sponsorship.
This year, Cabinet Secretary for Education Ms. Amina Mohammed noted that of the 69,151 candidates who scored C+ and above, the minimum mean grade required to join university, 62,851 were successfully placed to pursue degree courses of their choice.
The University has received students from all counties covering the Rift Valley, Nyanza, Western, Eastern and Coastal regions as well as candidates from North Eastern; this ensures parity in the institution and promotes national cohesion and coexistence within the school. Moreover, this aligns with the Varsity’s intention to admit students from various religious backgrounds and different countries, to create a diverse and rewarding learning environment.
Commenting on the development, incoming Vice Chancellor Prof. John Munene shared that the University has prepared adequately to enable the new learners to settle in and begin their campus journey,
“We are excited to welcome our incoming students. Zetech University gives trainees an edge in the market through provision of a unique and fulfilling experience that challenges learners to think critically and create solutions that can change the world.” Prof. Munene said, adding, “We laud the Government and KUCCPS for the continued efforts in enhancing the education sector through such programmes that benefit students and the institutions.We look forwarding to receiving the students on the 2nd of May.”
In addition, the University also provides government sponsored students who wish to shorten their time in campus an opportunity to reduce their long holiday to undertake studies during the period, at slightly higher fee.
This year, the number of placed students across the Country dropped in comparison with numbers recorded in previous years as a result of challenges such as qualifying students not applying for their courses of choice hence missing placement opportunities as well as students opting for Diploma courses yet they qualify for Degree programmes.
However, for the over 100,000 students who did not manage to be admitted in universities for Degree programmes, there are numerous opportunities to join an institution of higher learning. “These learners should not give up on their dreams as the education sector has expanded to accommodate students who got a grade below C+.” said Moses Maina, Registrar, Academics Affairs at the University. He added that Zetech has established the Zetech Career Centre which offers the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) courses from artisan Level with a mean grade of D- as advised by the Kenya National Qualification Framework, to Diploma courses that can accommodate students from this group.
Highlighting the significance of career advisory in equipping students with the necessary information on joining University, he added, “Our Heads of Schools and Career Advisors will talk to Kenyans about University education in our upcoming Career Exhibition that will held from 17th-19th April, at the Memorial park located in the Nairobi CBD. Guardians and students are encouraged to attend.” Moses added.
January 2018… In the wake of the released 2017 KCSE results, Zetech University held a timely career exhibition in the heart of Nairobi and Kiambu Counties, in a bid to equip Kenyans with important information regarding university education.
Featuring various departments, the four day activity was a rewarding experience for many as the varsity brought information to clients and provided them with a rare opportunity to talk directly to Faculty Heads and lecturers on key aspects of different courses.
Commenting on the forum, Zetech University DVC, Academics, Research and Extension, Dr. Alice Njuguna highlighted on the significance of such initiatives as they equip students with details on what next after KCSE,
“Not many parents and students are clear on opportunities in university and what options they can pursue with regard to grades attained; they should not feel defeated and lost, but they should be furnished with full information from experts on joining a credible institution. At Zetech, we have invested in these regular exhibitions to meet this need.” Dr. Alice said.
The exhibition saw the Faculty of Business team set up an inviting station to enlighten participants on the course while the varsity’s business students capitalized on the session to apply skills gained by selling various products and services on site. The School of IT and Engineering, on their part, displayed various innovations and talked to engaged guests on the important role of technology in the world today and the role of technology in solving problems in the world.
Highlighting the role of technology in education and the world, Moses Maina, Registrar Academics noted that the place of IT in the world informs the curriculum and training at Zetech, with the aim of equipping students with the skills to create solutions during the time of study and beyond the classroom. “IT remains a critical element in the development of new world systems and shifts, not only in corporate entities but in government circles. At Zetech, we admit students who are not only thirsty for knowledge and expose them through such career exhibitions so that they can share their innovations with the world.” He shared.
Indeed, the annual event is a beneficial platform for students as they finalise the process of pursuing higher education.
Zetech University conferred the varsity’s first group of Degree students, following the receipt of the award letter of interim authority to operate as university in 2014, at a graduation ceremony held at the university main campus.
This year’s ceremony, where 2481 students graduated after successfully competing courses in ICT, engineering, business, development studies, media and communication, hospitality and tourism, focused on the impact of academic excellence on leadership and development.
During the ceremony, the University Chancellor Prof. Susan Alfano Nkinyangi encouraged the graduates to use the knowledge gained to create a better world, highlighting the university’s commitment to putting up additional infrastructure projects to enhance students’ experience,
“Today’s graduation is a testament of the growth we have realised as a private university in this country,” she said, adding, “we have in place a strategy to build on infrastrructure projects in collaboration with various partners to ensure our learners are thoroughly equipped for the market place.”
On his part, varsity Vice Chancellor Prof. Wamukoya emphasized that the Varsity’s drive to provide access to quality higher education to students from Kenya and beyond has stood firm over the years.
”This year, we are proud to confer our inaugural group of degree graduates in Business and IT programmes, as we cement our plans to build our portfolio of science and technology courses to meet market demands. ” said Prof. Wamukoya. He added that in keeping with the demand for quality higher education, the university has plans in place to incorporate additional science-based programmes so as to produce students who are innovative and solution driven.
As the graduates are released to the market place, the institution has embarked on the addition of two Degree programmes set to be launched next year, following approval from the Commission for University Education.
Over the years, the varsity has grown its undergraduate student base, boosted by the government of Kenya’s 2016 move to have private universities admit students through the Kenya University and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS); 470 students were placed in 2016 while 635 students were placed at the university this year, through the initiative.
Chief Guest Joe Muganda, Group CEO, Nation Media Group, who presided over the graduation, encouraged the graduating class to dream big and actively take part in advancing economic and leadership development in the world.
Further, the ceremony featured an award session sponsored by various partners and sponsors who awarded the best performing students in academics and extra-curricular activities, to celebrate their exemplary work and motivate current students, with Mercy Opata Imai receiving the overall best award.