Kaimosi Friends University College
Plans by Kaimosi Friends University College to establish a School of Nursing have received a major boost following a successful inception talks with Jumuia Friends Hospital to help train the caregivers.
The parties are currently laying ground for a Memorandum of Agreement which will seal the training deal, bringing KAFUCO closer to meeting the Nursing Council of Kenya prequalification on the establishment of a Nursing School.
A team led by KAFUCO Deputy Principal in charge of Academic and Student Affairs Dr Erick Okwako on Wednesday February 19, 2020 met a team of National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK)-run hospital and initiated talks. NCCK General Secretary Reverend Chris Karanja graced the meeting.
The hospital is one the health facilities that will offer the requisite fieldwork experience to the Nursing students in line with Nursing Council guidelines.
The University College is also pursuing an MoU with the County Government of Vihiga and other hospitals.
The University College is training caregivers to tap to help plug shortage across the Western region.
The School will employ Technology Enabled Learning (TEL) to strengthen training in line with 21st Century demands.
Establishment of the school rekindles memories of when Kaimosi Complex in which sits the university had the only nursing school in the whole of East Africa. In fact, the complex is home to one of the very first such institutions in Africa
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KAFUCO’s indoor games and swimming teams will be proceeding to the National play offs phase of the Kenya University Sports Association (KUSA) games to be held in Meru University in February. Our teams proceeded after bagging medals at the Western Conference leg of the biennial tourneys hosted by Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of science and Technology on the weekend on 18th and 19th January, 2020.
The swimming team emerged best and second best out of nine participating universities in the region in the women and men’s categories respectively. In the women’s event, Becky Kerubo bagged three gold medals in back, freestyle and breastroke.
In the indoor games, KAFUCO will be taking the darts team to the National play offs.
Our hockey team lost the regional playoffs to the host university by a thin margin.
EMBRACE SYNERGY TO STAY RELEVANT, NEW STAFF TOLD
The Newly recruited (18) Academic Staff have been challenged to help drive up the quality of training offered to students at Kaimosi Friends University College by embracing professionalism and responsibility
In his address to the academic personnel who reported last month, our Principal Professor Ogodo J.M, Nandi called on the lecturers to commit to the University College’s philosophical framework and deliver on our mission, vision and core values.
Prof Nandi said recruitment of tutors was part of deliberate efforts to meet standard requirements of at least 70 per cent of teaching staff engaged on long term basis against less than 30 per cent part-timers for a University.
This, Professor Nandi said would strengthen the quality of student-to-faculty interaction, spur practical and market-oriented teaching and training.
The academicians are further expected to turn the University College into a research centre with several project proposals going out to attract funding.
“Synergy is the energy to relevance in research. Let us embrace multidisciplinary research and involve indigenous knowledge for studies that impact lives,” said Prof Nandi.
KAFUCO and with the University of New Mexico (US) have initiated a partnership to set up a multidisciplinary at the University College.
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Kaimosi Friends University College has initiated a partnership with the University of New Mexico to jointly establish a multi-disciplinary research center at the University College.
Dr Billy Jiveti, a researcher at the overseas university is leading the talks which begun today January 13, 2020 with a conception meeting between the researcher, our Principal Professor Ogodo J.M Nandi and the Deputy Governor Dr Patrick Saisi. The County Government is involved in the collaboration.
The center will conduct workshops, conferences as well as explore technologies and innovations which the lead researcher can explore jointly with KAFUCO students, lecturers and other local researchers.
Through the center researchers at the university college are expected to draft several research proposals in areas that can help strengthen capacities of the local community such as agribusiness and food security.
It is also expected to lead to launching of key short courses and programmes in areas such as environmrntal conservation.
Our Principal Profosseor Ogodo J.M Nandi welcomed the collaboration and pledged full support towards its establishment within KAFUCO.
He said the upcoming faculties such as the School of Nursing would greatly benefit from such programmes.
The centre is in line with KAFUCO plans to expand research and nurture innovation and explore local, regional and international linkages to strengthen this.
Professor Nandi said “We welcome the interdisciplinary research center because we are convinced that is the way to go in order to attract research funding.”
Through the Center, the University College plans to establish a language laboratory as part of efforts to strengthen training in linguistics as well as hone communicators and journalists
Among proposals by KAFUCO are community-centered research themes on food security to help the local communities strengthen commercial exploitation of the food crops adaptable to the region, such as cocoyams.
KAFUCO jointly with Rongo University and Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Teschnology are among frontrunners for a Sh3 billion research grant by Regional Universities Forum (RUFORUM) for Capacity Building in Agriculture
This is the second such centre at the University College after a biogel fuel production unit backed by BioInnovate Africa. The bioalkanol fuel production unit will be set up nex month.
The University has received a donation of laboratory equipment from a US-based non-government organisation – The Reagent Project Inc– to help strengthen training and research.
The School of Science’s Physical Science Department received assorted equipment on Friday, October 28 following a successful application by Dr Victor Shikuku, a lecturer and research fellow at the university, in February 2018.
The consignment includes high-tech apparatus which are expected to greatly advance both undergraduate and postgraduate training, especially in material science and water quality analysis.
It comprises an X-ray diffractometer and a polarimeter used in studying and characterization of material, water quality testers, thermo-biosafety cabinet used for safe experimentation and a salinity meter.
The Principal Professor Jack Ogodo Nandi ceremoniously received the apparatus and noted that they would remarkably boost advanced research for both the university, neighbouring ones and line Government agencies as well as researchers.
The gears come at a hefty price, with a refurbished XRD machine costing at least Sh2 million. This cost is an obstacle to scientific inquiry for universities that continue to weather decreased Government funding.
The Chair of Physical Science Department Dr Felix Saouma said hitherto researchers at the faculty have had to send samples abroad and other institutions for analysis. With the equipment, there will be a reversal of the trend.
Dr Shikuku sought the equipment to help improve his work testing and improving local water quality. The water quality gears will also be used to test the efficacy of the effluent released into water bodies by industries and institutions.
The Reagent Project collects useful but unused equipment from well-stocked laboratories across the US and gives them to needy institutions on a priority basis.
Last weekend on Saturday 28, September 2019, we hosted the Kaimosi Forest Handball Tournament at the Kaimosi Friends University College Sports Grounds. This tournament is a collaborative initiative between the institution and the Kenya Handball Federation, Western Chapter. The objective of KFHT is to develop talent, promote the sport and advocate for the conservation of the Kaimosi Forest and its biodiversity.
A total of 13 teams for the Men/Boys category and 6 teams for the Women/Girls, from a cross colleges, clubs and secondary schools as far Nairobi, Rift Valley and Nyanza participated. The finalists in the clubs category were Sega Girls against Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology. Sega Girls carried the day in their energetic yet competitive game. They won at 23/19 score. The Men finalists were Eldoret Tang Tang Club against Kakamega Flickers. Tang Tang took the trophy at a score of 8/6. In the Boys Category finalists, Keblonik Boys won by a margin of one score against Kamito Boys at 14/13. And for the Girls Ebusakami Secondary School won at 13/8 against our home girls Lusengeli Secondary School.
Despite the down pour that is characteristic of the rainforest climate, the teams beamed with satisfaction for having had fun whilst they participated in the tournament. We anticipate that next year this event will be greater and better as we strive to conserve our forest
It was colour and pomp last Friday on the 6th of September 2019 during the Principal’s Address Ceremony at the University College. This was the day freshmen were officially welcomed at Kaimosi Friends University, after a week-long of orientation. Members of the academic staff and the Students Governing Council, led by the Principal Prof. O.M.J. Nandi, the Deputy Principal Finance and Administration (F&D), Prof. M.M. Amadalo and Acting Deputy Principal Academic and Student Affairs (ASA), Dr. Erick Okwako, converged at the University College Academic Square adorned in academic gowns as the band serenaded musical tunes. They matched to the Assembly Hall where first years eagerly awaited for the ceremony to begin.
This is the third Principal’s Address since the institution was incepted in 2014. The Deputy Principal, F&D was elated to welcome the freshmen to the University College. He elucidated his docket in Finance and Development, and its relevance to the lives of students. He urged them to feel free to consult or table any complaints or challenges concerning infrastructure. He wished them success as they begin their studies.
The Deputy Principal (ASA) advised students to be serious about their four year academic journey. He cited deferment of studies, abuse of drugs and alcohol, violation of state laws and getting into the family way as vices that would deter their academic goals. He challenged the youngsters to strive to be tops in academics since the University College acknowledges and rewards such good performance with internship opportunities. He also encouraged the students to be active in extracurricular activities under the office of the Dean of Students.
On the other hand, the Principal Prof. O.M.J. Nandi congratulated the freshmen for joining KAFUCO. He expressed his joy at how the institution has developed from the time it was inherited from the Kaimosi Teachers Training College. He noted that the university has made tremendous strides in technology, infrastructure and inception of new academic programs for undergraduate and post graduate studies. He stated that students can now enjoy modern facilities in terms of smart lecture halls, halls of residence, library and the mess. He said that more structures are still coming up and pretty soon KAFUCO would be at an advanced level.
The principal emphasized that KAFUCO offers equal opportunities to both male and female students regardless of one’s socio-economic background. And that it is upon the individual student to take advantage of the academic opportunities that the institution offers and become tops. He said that to support growth in the academia and general wellbeing of A students, the University College offers internship and scholarship opportunities to those who attain First Class Honors at graduation. In that connection, he introduced the best performing Alumni of Class 2018, now interns in the institution, and encouraged the new students to follow their example.
The fact that KAFUCO as a community upholds integrity, and character formation is part of its curriculum, the Principal stated that the institution was keen on incorporating an academic culture that would produce excellent individuals for the labour market. To achieve this the university will expose them to programs that will define their self-worth. He however called on them, to desist from negative traits such as indecent dress code, cohabiting, abusing drugs and alcohol, engaging in premarital sex for money and consenting to student-staff relationships. This behavior would only abort or complicate their academic goals.
In conclusion, he asked students to participate actively in extracurricular activities, by exploring their talents to the fullest. He identified Linda Kareha, and Hillary Malanga, alumni of the institution as students who not only excelled academically but also utilized their talents. To date Linda plays for Vihiga United Football Club and Malanga is a gospel artist.
KAFUCO welcomes first years and we wish them success in their undertakings.
As summer holidays come to an end, KAFUCO is ecstatic about the turnout of freshmen for the academic year 2019/2020 in various academic disciplines. The students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, expressed confidence that KAFUCO, presented the face academic excellence. Parents as well as guardians also remarked about the serene environment of the institution, and the hospitality of staff during the registration process.
Kaimosi Friends University College (KAFUCO) is an arch University College located in a serene environment in Kaimosi, Vihiga County, Kenya. The college provides a unique and enriching environment for studying where students and lecturers interact with the Mother Nature of Kaimosi Tropical rain forest and its biodiversity.
Our students enjoy a learner centered kind of education that enhances intellectual skills and character development, because we believe a good kind of university education should shape an individual to be an expert that can work in both local and international platforms. Graduates from our University College are dynamic, holistic and ready to blend in any environment.
Currently, the University College has advanced by developing new programmes for both undergraduate and post graduate. Some of the courses include Master of Education in English Language, Master of Arts in Religion, Master of Science in Physics, Master of Business Administration, Doctor of Philosophy in Religion, Doctor of Philosophy in Comparative Literature among others.
As we welcome our freshmen to KAFUCO, we wish them success as they pursue academic excellence.