PRINCIPAL'S ORIENTATION SPEECH TO FIRST YEAR STUDENTS 2021/2022

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The Principal Prof. Ogodo, M.J. Nandi addressing First-Year Students 2021/22 during the orientation on Thursday, September 9, 2021. He urged the new students to stay focused on their academic goals while healthfully participating in KAFUCO’s unique campus experience.  -- The Principal Prof. Ogodo, M.J. Nandi addressing First-Year Students 2021/22 during the orientation on Thursday, September 9, 2021. He urged the new students to stay focused on their academic goals while healthfully participating in KAFUCO’s unique campus experience. --

GOOD MORNING

 On behalf of the entire Kaimosi Friends University College fraternity it is my great pleasure to extend our warm and hearty welcome to you our new students to this great university, Kaimosi Friends University College (KAFUCO).

I wish to congratulate you for working hard and passing your KCSE examination. Also, I applaud you on your selecting KAFUCO as your university of choice and securing an admission. You made the right choice. To those of you who revised your first choice in favour of KAFUCO, I thank you for the vote of confidence too.

I wish to extend my gratitude to your parents, guardians and sponsors whose support has enabled you to be here today. Respect and keep praying for them.

Dear students,

I want to assure you that you are joining a student-centered academic community. Together with the entire supportive community of dedicated faculty and staff, we will do our best to provide you with a caring environment that will enable you to take the right steps towards a brighter future and career success, as well as an outstanding student experience.

You are joining this University at a moment that is not any different from that under which you sat your KCSE examinations. The world, and indeed, the country, is still battling newer variants of Covid-19.

We have had to adjust our operations, including embracing blended learning(virtual and physical), to make the University safe for the entire KAFUCO community. We have taken deliberate measures to avoid the spread of the pandemic and it will be important that you follow the measures already introduced to you for the benefit of not just yourself, but the community.

Dear students,

As you settle in, I hope this orientation week has offered you the necessary support you need to become part of this growing community, and to focus on your core business here as soon as lectures begin.

I want to assure you that my management will go to great lengths to protect you and champion your interests as a student throughout your stay here

Report any member of staff who denies you service. Likewise, feel free to report any attempts of sexual exploitation and abuse from any member of staff.

Dear students,

KAFUCO is a student-centred academic community and endeavours to give you the best foundations to an independent life in your chosen career paths.

Our priority is to provide every one of you with formal qualification for a rewarding career. We opened a window of cross-faculty as well as intra-faculty transfers because we want you to settle on a career path of your choice. The Registrsr Academics will give you guidelines on how to go about it.

Your success in the career programme you selected will however depend largely on your conduct as a student. Unlike primary and secondary schools where success is pegged only on the final national examinations, the university system is different. All forms of assessments from 1st year will cumulatively contribute to your exit grade at Fourth Year.

Treat your classes and these examinations as crucial components of this exit grade. Read the regulations on exams in your student handbook and abide by those rules and regulations to avoid consequences of exam malpractice.

We pride ourselves in timely completion by students. I therefore wish to urge you to work hard from the very beginning and remain steadfast.

The lecturers who will support you to become an expert in your chosen field are among the best in the country. They are widely experienced in their respective fields. We also have programme leaders for all the 35 programmes on offer. Their work is to ensure that all the units you study here are of the highest quality standards and are in tandem with market demands. You can therefore rest assured that you are in the best hands.

However, we are not all about studies. We have put in place programs and initiatives aimed at ensuring that you leave KAFUCO armed with ethical, digital, global and entrepreneurial skills necessary enable you take on the next phase with confidence.

Remember to cultivate your social life as well. We have a vibrant campus life as you have already been told. There are clubs, societies, outreach and voluntary programmes which will help build you into a wholesome person.

As part of long-term staff development strategies, the University College offers Masters scholarships to students who attain First Class Honours at the end of the degree programmes. The opportunity comes with guaranteed paid internship and subsequent job opening as part of our vibrant staff establishment.

FACILITIES

Students,

Like many young universities, KAFUCO strives to provide an enabling environment to students, staff and research collaborators. Against limited resources, we have greatly invested in modernizing and expanding the university to ensure the highest levels of quality is assured as enrolment continues to rise.

The success of this growth depends on you playing your part by promptly paying fees as spelled out in your admission letters.

We are devoted to our Mission to provide quality education and training, research and innovation to meet the needs of a dynamic society.

To achieve this, we are placing at your disposal resources such the current libraries and utra modern library that is soon coming up with improved access to learning material; a robust ICT infrastructure, including smart boards in some of the lecture halls, and some of the best programme leaders and lecturers in the field of academia.

Make good use of the resources this university avails to you and abide by the guidelines contained in your student handbook.

Our primary aim is to mould and send into the dynamic world a competent professional or an innovative entrepreneur who drives change.

Across the world, institutions of our caliber are making the migration to the digital platform so as to offer learners the much-desired flexibility in accessing quality education.

To prepare you for this revolution, we at KAFUCO have embraced technology and have dedicated resources to ensure you are a part of the transition from the beginning.

As you have learned during the earlier phase of this orientation program, some of your classes may be online or blended. You have been inducted and onboarded onto the e-Campus.

I want to urge you to fully embrace technology enabled learning because even the future of the job market is digital.

COVID-19 CONTAINMENT

Dear students,

You are joining this University at a moment that is not any different from that under which you sat your KCSE examinations. The world, and indeed, the country, is still battling newer variants of the disease.

We have had to adjust our operations, including embracing blended learning, to make the University safe for the entire KAFUCO community. We have taken careful measures to avoid the spread of the pandemic and it will be important that you follow these measures for the benefit of not just yourself, but the community.

THE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE SURROUNDING

Just like the settings you all come from, KAFUCO is established in a community. We have cultured a good relationship with the surrounding community and I want to appeal to each of you to make a positive contribution towards that relationship

Take time to understand and appreciate the way of life of your new neighbours and treat everyone with respect and humility.

I want to urge those of you residing in hostels off-campus to respect your hosts. Pay your rent on time and take good care of the resources availed to you, just the way you would your own.

Make do with that which is available and your stay here will be memorable.

CAMPUS LIFE AND VICES

As I have said, our vibrant campus life will offer you a lot of freedom which comes with its share of social risks. Exercise this freedom with a lot of responsibility and endeavor only to cultivate healthy and beneficial friendships which will build positively towards your future.

In the University, you are considered an adult responsible for all your decisions. Still, I urge you to lead a responsible life. Shun companies and activities that will lead you down the path of destruction such as reckless sexual behavior, use of drugs and alcoholism, as well as other destructive habits.

Explore the healthful community activities we have on offer such as social clubs, games and sports for better health and a stronger mind, which in turn will help you focus on your mission here.

We have recently formulated Sports and Talent Policy to help nurture your gifts. I wish to urge you to fully explore these gifts both for wholesome growth and for the added advantages they present as career or scholarship opportunities.

My young scholars, in case you lose track on the way, we have a careers office which will help you to refocus.

DRUG AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE

Reports indicate that college and university students make up one of the largest groups of drug abusers nationwide. Young people (18 to 24 years of age) are prime targets for drug abuse, binge drinking, addiction and alcoholism.

The temptation to fall prey is high because, according to these reports, alcoholism and drug abuse make socializing easier.

Some of the reasons cited for this kind of behaviour include peer pressure, curiosity, bad company, stress and course load.

Please take exceptional care and seek help from the University any time you feel at risk of falling victim to these social ills. We have Guidance and Counselling services at our clinic. Please, feel free to contact them whenever there is need.

As you embark on this journey under the prevailing circumstances, great challenges and great opportunities lie ahead. Accept the challenges so that you can feel the joy of victory. I kindly ask you to be disciplined, focused, hardworking and God fearing as you face your future here.

I wish you a safe, happy and challenging academic journey at Kaimosi Friends University College. Once again, welcome, class of 2021.

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