The Vice Chancellor's Address To Freshmen On Thursday October 2, 2014 At Kaimosi Friends University College.

"All the Deputy Vice Chancellors present,

Members of the University Management Board,

Other University Staff,

Students,

Distinguished guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I salute you!

I wish to extend a hearty welcome to you, and take this opportunity to congratulate you on your excellent performance in your K.C.S.E examinations, which has enabled you to join Kaimosi Friends University College, a constituent college of Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology. It gives me great pleasure and joy to be part of this occasion to formally receive you.

To the freshmen assembled here today,this is a day I believe will be forever engraved in your minds as it marks a very important transition in your lives.This is an opportunity that should not be taken for granted by any of you. Remember you are among the very privileged few to have been admitted in a public University.

Allow me to add that you are the pioneers of Kaimosi Friends University College. This bequeathes you with a major responsibility. The success of this University college squarely lies on your shoulders.You will be held accountable for the good or bad image that this college will have in the future. Therefore, it is your individual responsibility to ensure that you uphold the good name of this institution. 

As you embark on your first academic year here at Kaimosi Friends University College, be open minded and willing to learn and adapt to a new way of life. While at the primary and secondary school, you used to operate under tight supervision of your parents and teachers. But, since you have reached another level of education, things will be totally different. Here at the university you will be expected to manage the apparent freedom that will be at your disposal responsibly.

Bear in mind that the choices you make today and the values by which you will choose to live by during your stay here as a student, will determine whether or not you will be successful in your life.

Manage your time wisely and approach your studies with a sincere desire of ultimately becoming a better person.Always remain focus and outline your goals clearly so that you may know what you want to achieve and purpose how to achieve them.

The choice of friends that you will make, will determine your future. Choose friends that will build you and not those who make you loose your focus in your studies. Take care not to join friends who will lead you astray by recruiting you into self destructive practices that will lead you to your downfall. Bad practices such as alcohol and drug abuse have greatly contributed to students' failure. Keep off to such practices. Be disciplined and dont move with the crowd. We all are aware of what a mob can do.

You will encounter a quite number of challenges here and there but that does not mean you give up on yourself. Instead you will be required to cultivate the ability to discern the good from bad and then move on. The beauty about challenges in life is that they shape you and make you more determined to soldier on. It is however, gratifying to note that you are not alone. Our able staff will always be at hand to ensure that most of your concerns are adequately addressed. 

Remember always about the need to exercise your rights in a responsible and patriotic way. Avoid going into the harm's way by taking care not to engage in unprotected sex and drug abuse. I know that you are aware of the killer scourge, HIV/AIDS. You will be taught further about this in your course work in order to add the information you already have. Protect yourself and seek guidance if you have to take your relationships to next level before doing anything that you might regret for the rest of your life.

Allow me to reassure you that MMUST has and will continue to support Kaimosi Friends University College in terms of financial and Human Resources in order to ensure that quality services are provided to you students and the community at large.The University Council is also committed towards ensuring that this University College receives its charter before the end of this year.

Kaimosi Friends University College has a very conducive learning environment therefore, make use of the tranquil atmosphere to achieve your dreams. Dont be afraid to act on your dreams. In addition to that, utilize every resources available for your own betterment.

Finally, lets work together, hand in hand with each other, so as to realise our goal of making Kaimosi the desired destination for scholars.

Karibuni sana Kaimosi and God bless you."


Prof.Fredrick.A. Otieno
Vice Chancellor Masinde Muliro University Of Science And Technology.

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