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3Following an inspiring address from the Deputy Vice Chancelors to the University freshmen on Monday, 25th September, 2017, the Vice Chancellor’s speech Prof. Eng. Fred Otieno’s speech to the Freshers marked the climax of the first years’ orientation for the 2017/2018 academic year.
The event that took place on Tuesday 26th September, 2017 at the Graduation Square, Main Campus began with an introduction to the Freshers by the Ag. Registrar (Academic Affairs) Dr. Carolyne Onyancha of the University Directors, Deans, Chairs of Department, the Finance Officer and Librarian among the members of the MMUST academic fraternity.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and Students Affairs) Prof. Josephine Ngaira who introduced and invited the Vice Chancellor to address the freshmen gave an outline of the Vice Chancellor’s biodata, his education and administrative background and the various achievements acquired over time. “You need to be inspired by such a wonderful CV,” the DVC (A&SA) urged the First years students.

In his speech, the MMUST Vice Chancellor, Prof. Eng. Fred Otieno welcomed the first year students to the University of Choice. “You have come to MMUST from far and wide on a journey that will hopefully change the rest of your life. Let us wipe out our differences, respect others’ views and cultivate values that will make this University the preferred University of Choice, ” Prof Otieno said. He urged the Freshers to maintain a positive attitude, make a difference, own MMUST and observe its values, build a culture that will be envied in the Country and thus, leave a legacy that will be spoken of with great pride.
The Vice Chancellor also emphasized to the students that the University encourages holistic growth and advised them to spice their academics with co-curricula activities for them to be all-round individuals. “MMUST is a University that recognises talent,” the VC pointed out.
He further noted that the University is student-centred and welcomed the students to embrace hard work in all their endeavours.

He warned the students that while a lot of freedom comes with being in the University, there is need for them to shun behaviour that would cause destruction, violence, drug and alcohol abuse and illicit sexual practices. He observed, “HIV/Aids is real!” further reminding the students to focus on the critical reasons for coming to University and advised them to seek counsel from the Dean of Students Dr Bernadette Abwao in case they faced any challenges.
He asked the students to be team players and assured them that the University Staff at MMUST is qualified, capable, committed and willing to support them. He requested the students to respect all staff members and consult them from time to time.

Finally, he noted that the students needed to remain non-political.

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Requirements:

(i) At least C+ in KCSE or C plain and a relevant Diploma recognized by the University Senate for bachelors courses

(ii)At least C- in KCSE for Diploma Courses or any other qualification recognized by the University Senate.

(iii)Must apply for a course offered at Masinde Muliro University of science and Technology or be a continuing student

(iv) Must have demonstrated excellent performance in specified talent areas at National and International Level

(v) Applicants from needy backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply. 

Applications should be made by filling a pre-requisite form available at the University bookshop or the University website (Click here to download Application Form) and returned to Dean of Students office not later than 7th July, 2017.

RESEARCH IN ACTION
Plans are underway for the development of a comprehensive proposal on research, leadership and management in Africa by Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology and three other Universities across Africa. The collaboration will be between Walter Sisulu University of Botswana, Ibadan University, Nigeria, the University of Venda, South Africa and Kenya’s Masinde Muliro of Science and Technology.
This was revealed by Prof. Georges Ekosse, Research Coordinator and Senior Professor of University of Venda, South Africa who is also an Adjunct Professor of MMUST when he paid a courtesy call to the Vice Chancellor, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology on Tuesday, 2nd May, 2017.
Prof. Ekosse who is on a 7-day working visit to MMUST will facilitate a training workshop whose participants include Postgraduate students and the teaching staff and also deliver a Public Lecture titled: Leading and Managing Research in African Institutions. Ekosse underscored the need to tap resources to enhance research and lauded MMUST for its significant improvement in web rankings.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor, Planning Research and Innovation, Prof. William Shivoga who received the visiting Adjunct Research Professor on behalf of the Vice Chancellor Prof Fred Otieno, commended the University of Venda for its unwavering commitment to its MoU with MMUST, terming the collaboration as active and unique.
Prof. Shivoga noted that MMUST is committed to strengthening research especially among students and building the capacity of its faculty. He said that the International Congress that will be held in October 2017 is among the key events slated for the year.
Also present was Prof. Judith Achoka, the Director, Research, Extension and Linkages who was coordinating the training and Dr. Bob Mbori, Ag. Dean of the new School of Arts and Social Sciences (SASS) among others.

 

18422278 1370942179662524 4499797747862183882 o CopyThe elected officials take a group photo after the democratic peaceful elections of Parliament and the Executive Council at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST) on 12th May 2017

The Inaugural Agri – Expo exhibition that took place ton Friday, 5th May, 2017 at the MMUST Milimani farm will now be an annual event in the MMUST Calendar. This was announced by DVC, Planning Research and Innovation, Prof. William Shivoga on behalf of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. FAO Otieno while addressing farmers, exhibitors, staff and students.

Prof. Shivoga urged farmers to modern farming techniques which will ensure that they reap maximumly from their input. He related good farming practices to the all green MMUST farm where crops were planted during the dry season but survived the harsh weather conditions because of care.

He called on farmers to diversify agricultural practices by embracing farming of indigenous crops which are resistant to harsh weather conditions. He told challenged farmers to enroll for courses in Agriculture and Veterinary at MMUST so as to keep abreast with the emerging farming technology.

The Chief Guest, Mr. Kulati Wangia, CEC Agriculture, Kakamega County, thanked MMUST for integrating the society by hosting the exhibition to benefit farmers from across the County and beyond. Wangia said the County government will continue to support initiatives by likeminded partners that are geared towards food security in the County.

Wangia said the County government is working in partnership with other stakeholders to eradicate the army worm menace that has the capacity to negate the gains made in the agriculture sector. He added that the County government had rolled out a fertilizer program to help farmers get better yields from their farms.

Wangia noted that the Kakamega County climate is appropriate for horticulture and urged farmers to venture into horticulture as a business.

The County Director of Agriculture, Mr. Johnston Imbira who was also present underscored the need to create new technologies that should be adopted by farmers for improved yields and thanked all stakeholders for their concerted efforts in eradicating the army worm menace.

Over 30 exhibitors who included seed companies, input companies, livestock companies and machinery companies exhibited their ware to over 2000 farmers drawn from across the county. The exhibition whose theme was Diversifying Agricultural practices to maximize productivity and ensure Food Security in the Region was sponsored by MMUST in collaboration with Savistine Company Ltd and the County government of Kakamega. 

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