Kaimosi Friends University College

Kaimosi Friends University College

KAFUCO JANUARY - MARCH NEWSLETTER

17 March 2020, 2:41 pm

TEL WORKSHOP PUTS KAFUCO ON PATH TO FUTURISTIC STUDENT TRAINING

28 February 2020, 6:50 am

Kaimosi Friends University College academic staff have been trained on creating course content for open-source learning platforms.

This propels the University closer to achieving Technology-Enabled Learning goals of availing blended course material on the Moodle application for unlimited access by students

The training was done by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), which is helping KAFUCO transform approaches to teaching in line with modern learning habits. COL e-learning expert Johan Fouche of South Africa based JF Multimedia steered the three-day training between March 24, 2020, and March 26, 2020, in KAFUCO.

The workshop training material have also been uploaded onto our servers for unlimited access by lecturers for guidance in content creation.

Between now and May, our lecturers are expected to create and upload all course content onto Moodle, enabling students access on the go. The third phase of training in May will assess progress and strengthen the creation of interactive material that will include links to videos, graphics and thousands of material on the Open Educational Resources. 

COL has further pleadged to support KAFUCO in formulating the implementation matrix and monitor progress until we get it right.

Fouche said “the training will be a huge advantage to students who will be trained for the future job demands.”

Our Principal Professor Ogodo J.M Nandi who closed the workshop thanked COL for partnersing with KAFUCO and described technology-enabled learning as the future of acadremic training.

He said the University College will commit towards establishment of a solid implementation matrix and challenged the lecturers to treat the opportunity with the seriousness it bore.

He asked COL to continue supporting the University on the project.

KAFUCO has installed smart boards in lecture halls as part of efforts to strenthen training. Coupled with TEL the University is looking to revolutionize training for the 21st Century learners, who, research has shown, are drawing information from the internet and on the go.

TEL seeks to make leraning interactive and material accessible anytime, anywhere.

SCHOOL OF NURSING TAKES SHAPE IN DEAL WITH FRIENDS JUMUIA HOSPITAL

21 February 2020, 7:16 am

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

KAFUCO TECHNOVATION CHALLENGE 2020

5 February 2020, 6:59 am

THE 1ST TECHNOVATION CHALLENGE 2020

The School of Computing and Information Technology is at the Centre of excellence in the creative and technical aspects of computing, games and animation, web and multimedia.SCIT leads Innovative ideas from all proffessions. 

The School, has organized for the first Technovation Challenge 2020 event. If you are an innovator and interested, Kindly register before Monday February 2020 by 5PM. Click Here to Register.

You are Welcomed

KAFUCO TEAMS QUALIFIES FOR THE NATIONAL KUSA GAMES

20 January 2020, 10:50 am

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.

INDUCTION OF THE NEWLY APPOINTED ACADEMIC STAFF

20 January 2020, 10:50 am

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.

APPLY TODAY FOR JAN, MAY, AND SEPT. INTAKE

16 January 2020, 5:56 am

Kaimosi Friends University College (A Constituent College of Masinde Muliro University
of Science and Technology) wishes to announce to prospective candidates who wish to pursue their
academic studies that applications are invited to fill vacancies in the following programmes for the
January, May Intake for 2019/2020 and September Intake for 2020/2021 Academic years: For more information click here

KAFUCO in Research Partnership with the University of New Mexico

14 January 2020, 11:02 am

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.

KAFUCO FETED FOR HOSTING KAIMOSI FOREST HANDBALL TOURNAMENT (KFHT)

24 September 2019, 12:03 pm

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