The installation of the new Vice-Chancellor is a University of Nairobi (UoN) traditional rite of passage since time memorial. The new Vice-Chancellor of the university is unveiled to the public by the University Chancellor, through the University Council. On June 5, 2020, the incoming 8th Vice-Chancellor of the university was inaugurated in a colourful event at the Taifa Hall, UoN Main Campus. Professor Stephen Gitahi Kiama takes over the university leadership from his predecessor Professor Peter Mbithi. The event was attended by a few key individuals and streamlined via online platforms to enable people to observe the government measures on the prevailing COVID19 pandemic.
Prof Kiama has demonstrated a trail of scholarly excellence both as a researcher and lecturer. He has served in different capacities and has demonstrated an excellent record on leadership, administration, and innovation. He has contributed enormously to the University since his graduation in 1990. Similarly, Prof Kiama has worked with revolutionary leaders like Prof. Wangari Mathai where he conceptualized and actualized the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies, named in honour of the late Prof. Wangari Maathai. Visit this link for more of Vice-Chancellor Prof. S.G. Kiama’s achievements.
Among those who physically graced the installation event are the Chancellor of the University of Nairobi, Dr Vijoo Rattansi, The Chair of the University Council Prof. Julia Ojiambo, members of the University Council, Chancellor of the University of Eldoret Prof. Judith Mbula Bahemuka, the Vice-Chairperson of Public Service Commission Ms Charity Kisotu, Public Service Commissioner Dr Reuben K. Chirchir, Chief Administrative Secretary, Ministry of Education Mr Zacharia Kinuthia, former Vice Chancellors Prof. Francis Gichaga, Prof. Crispus Makau Kiamba and Prof. Peter Mbithi, the Vice-Chancellor Seku University Prof. Geoffrey Muluvi, chair of Alumni Association Dr Isaac Awuondo, Principal Secretary for University Education representative Peter Okwanyo and High Commissioners and Ambassadors. The event was streamed live for university fraternity to attend wherever they were.
The event included handing of University leadership tools including:
- The Constitution of Kenya 2010, upon which the oath of office as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nairobi is to be taken;
- The Universities Act No. 42 of 2012, 2015, 2016, 2018, which has an oversight role over management and provision of quality education in Kenya;
- University of Nairobi Charter 2013, which holds the mission and guiding philosophies of the University of Nairobi;
- The University Standards and Guidelines of 2014, which sets principles and strategies for accreditation and operationalization of university education in Kenya and assures the public and stakeholders that the education offered in universities is of good quality;
- The code of conduct and ethics for public universities 2009 that outlines the rules and ethical expectations to guide in the promotion of integrity, dignity and nobility of university education;
- The University of Nairobi Statutes that set out for the governance, control and administration of the university;
- The University of Nairobi Seal, which denotes, under Section 65 of the universities Act 2012, the authority and authenticity and in Prima rule of the University of Nairobi;
- The University of Nairobi logo, a symbol that has multidimensional value enshrined in the University of Nairobi in the spirit of the UoN motto “Unitate et Labore”;
- The Fountain of Knowledge, a premier symbol of uniqueness in the University of Nairobi of world-class scholarly excellence and
Prof. Kiama promised to bring about major reforms to the University including data management and business process improvement, financial reforms, the attraction of best students locally and from abroad and best minds into the academia, growth of students and staff exchange programs with the best universities in the world and create an environment that fosters intellectual curiosity and accommodates divergent views.
The event was a great success.