2018: Year in Review, Top Events that Made the Varsity Academic Calendar
By Anthony Musya
As we wipe out 2018 in style formulating a recipe to zoom in 2019 steadily, we can confidently testify that 2018 has been a year like no other. Well, ‘a year like no other” has for a long time be an end year closing phrase for many people whether the year was ‘kind’ or ‘harsh’ to them. But in our case, 2018 was a more engaging year in comparison to the previous years of Kibabii University existence.
January exams, March lecturer’s strike eventually causing the semester to be stretched, June field attachments , the special and supplementary examinations in October and beyond, research grants to several departments, 3rd graduation ceremony among others all summed up 2018 for Kibabii University. We give you a summary of KIBU 2018.
Academics and Research
The 2017/2018 academic year was the longest in the history of the university. This is due to the prolonged lecturer’s strike which affected learning.
Among other notable events in the academic calendar was the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation in Netherlands donating learning materials (papers, Compact disc, USB sticks, booklets and pens) to the varsity.
The varsity’s School of Computing & Informatics also won a Ksh. 64.6 Million Infrastructure Support Grand which was a great milestone for the school department and the university in general.
On May 4th the Chancellor who is also the president of the republic of Kenya, held a meeting with the council and management of Kibabii University at State House. The Government pledged to support the university with Sh100 million to equip laboratories and also to improve the institution’s water supply.
The President, who passionately believes in the youth empowerment, conceived the Presidential digital talent Program as the vehicle that will build capacity within government to; ensure effective service delivery and create the next generation of globally competitive ICT, leadership and technology talent that will transform Kenya. The program offers participants an opportunity to understand government services, and provides them with a chance to contribute towards improving service delivery to Kenyan citizens. Graduates from Kibabii University School of Computing and Informatics (SCAI) were part of the program and made us proud.
On the 3rd of September Kibabii university welcomed the 7th batch of first years for the 2018/2019 academic year. The students were the first group to register using the biometric registration at the university.
KIBU was ranked position 10 up from position 71 by webometrics 2018 July edition ranking of universities. Webometrics is an online platform which deals with the study of the quantitative aspects of the construction and use of information resources, structures and technologies on the Web drawing on bibliometric and informetric approaches.
Between June 14th and 16th 2018 Kibabii University hosted the 3rd International conference whose theme was “Creativity and Innovation for Sustainable Development”. The objective of the conference was to link different stakeholders in exchanging ideas on applied research and practice.
The year also saw the successful first SOKU elections under the new constitution. William Chiveli and Faith Matayen were elected by the Electoral College as the chair and vice chair respectively.
Career and Cultural Week
Kibabii University hosted the 5th careers and cultural week Ms. Gloria Muliro, Rev. Omore Kabasele and Prof. Embeiywa were the invited guests of honors for the Kibabii University 5th Careers and Cultural Week 2018 #KIBU2018CulturalWeek. The week was colourful as students got to experience the sweetness of diverse cultures and also got guidance on how to walk up their career paths.
KIBU ICT champions carried out a Community Social Responsibility Outreach at Laboot Primary School in Mt. Elgon Sub-County on 9 Feb 2018 where they donated story books, sanitary towels, blankets and clothes.
Members of staff led by Prof Solomon Shibairo (DVC ASA) and the dean of students Ms. Noel Malanda visited Kimbilio hospital to deliver goodies and pray with the families. The Kipkaren, Uasin Gishu County based, hospice is a 24 bed, inpatient facility that houses adults and children living with life-limiting illness.
Arts and Sports
The University hosted the Drama Festivals Regionals event at the university auditorium B. KIBU Big Kat group (Drama team) scooped position 1.
At the national level, Kibabii University Drama Team scooped several trophy awards at the Festivals that ended on 9th April, 2018.
Kibabii University hosted its 1st Edition of Professor’s Tournament on 20th – 21st January 2018. Activities undertaken included; Soccer, Basketball, Scrabble, Chess, Volleyball and Handball Certificates of participation were given to all participants and Trophies awarded on merited.
Kibabii University Rugby Club won the Malanda’s Rugby 10 aside tournament 40-7 against Sang’alo Technical Institute Rugby club held on 3rd February 2018 at Kibabii High School grounds.
From the cultural week pageant night to a taste of Eric Omondi’s comedy courtesy of Big Tyme Entertainment and finally Mseto Campus Tour and several campus nights the entertainment sector was fully covered.
The pageantry is celebrated during the careers and cultural week and this year Andrew and Rosemary Wairimu as Mr and Miss Kibabii respectively.
3rd Graduation Ceremony
Among the biggest milestones of 2018 was the 3rd graduation ceremony. It was pomp and colour as Kibabii University celebrated the third congregation for the conferment of degrees and award of diplomas and certificates on Friday 23rd November. The event which was live on NTV Kenya saw 1704 graduands being conferred with various academic certificates.
All the stakeholders and students, your concerted efforts has made the journey of humble beginnings a mission of the possible. Students are optimistic that as the New Year approaches, their voices will be amplified for the ultimate growth of the university and for it to achieve its mission.
See you in 2019, God willing.
God bless Kibabii