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MMUST Enhances Mentorship Initiatives To Guide Secondary School Students Towards Higher Education And Career Success!

Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST) has enhanced its mentorship initiatives in a bid to guide secondary school students towards higher education and career success. This was evident on Friday 21st June, 2024, when the Directorate of Career Services, led by Prof. Robert Egessa, visited St. Mary’s Mundika Boys High School in Busia County for a career mentorship activity. The visit was geared towards introducing students to MMUST’s diverse programs, academic support opportunities, and the vibrant University life. This initiative bridges the gap between secondary school education and higher learning, while inspiring students to pursue their career aspirations with confidence and purpose. The career team was accompanied by the University webometrics team, who were implementing a recent agreement between MMUST and Konza Technopolis- ‘Tovutisha Program’, aimed at digitizing information for secondary schools through their websites.


A section of students keenly following the discussions.

Speaking during the event, the Director of Career Services, Prof. Robert Egessa, acknowledged that it is key to empower secondary school students with the necessary tools and support needed to make informed decisions about their educational and career paths. Prof. Egessa encouraged the students of Mundika Boys High School to visit MMUST, noting it as a motivational experience that could inspire them to work harder and pursue higher education. He emphasized the Directorate’s commitment towards career outreach, alumni affairs, and industry linkages.

“As a university, our mission is to provide the necessary resources and guidance to help secondary school students make informed choices about their futures. We believe that such visits inspire students to strive for academic excellence and consider higher education as a viable path to achieving their career goals. By fostering such a culture, MMUST aims to inspire a new generation of leaders who will contribute positively to society,” said Prof. Egessa.


The Director of Career Services, Prof. Robert Egessa addressing the students.

The Coordinator- Webometrics and Short Courses, Dr. Dennis Ochieno, who is a proud alumnus of the School, highlighted the importance of partnerships between MMUST and secondary schools, noting that the collaboration is set to spur various beneficial activities. He emphasized the need for populating the school and supporting various community initiatives under the umbrella of its alumni. Additionally, Dr. Ochieno challenged the school to showcase every valuable piece of information to market the school on social media. Further, he urged the students to give their best in their endeavors, stating that their dedication and hard work will pave the way for future success and opportunities.


Far left (Prof. Robert Egessa), far right (Mr. Hesbon Amwayi)- Webometrics and Short Courses together with MMUST students on teaching practice at St Mary’s Mundika Boys High school.

Echoing Dr. Ochieno’s sentiments, Mr. James Muriithi- the University Marketing Officer, commended the effectiveness of the platform in promoting the University. He highlighted MMUST’s role as an advisory institution. Mr. Muriithi pointed out that MMUST offers a wider array of programs designed to meet the current market demands.

“We take pride in our University for offering top notch programs which are recognized both nationally and internationally. Our scholars have ensured that MMUST is the home of unique and innovative programs such as Mortuary Science, Optometry and Vision Sciences, as well as Biosafety and Biosecurity. It is our commitment to providing quality education and support to the students. I urge you to explore the opportunities available at MMUST to achieve your academic and career goals,” stated Mr. Muriithi.


Mr. James Muriithi- the University Marketing Officer, speaking to the students.

The school Principal, Mr. Bernard Nyongesa, expressed his gratitude for the visit, noting that it was an honor for his school to be the first selected in the development of the program. “We live in a technological era, and this initiative will certainly enhance our visibility,” he said. He further thanked the University for the mentorship opportunity provided to the students. Mr. Nyongesa expressed optimism that the mentorship would greatly assist students in making informed and well-directed decisions about their future careers.

“We are deeply grateful to MMUST for this invaluable mentorship. It is a fantastic opportunity for our students, and we hope to welcome you again for further mentorship sessions,” said Mr. Nyongesa.


The school Principal, Mr. Bernard Nyongesa engaging his students.

MMUST’s mentorship initiatives through the Directorate of Career Services is setting a new benchmark in guiding secondary school students towards higher education and career success. Certainly, this will ensure that pre-university students are well-prepared for the challenges and opportunities ahead. With this focus on holistic student development, MMUST remains steadfast in its mission to empower the next generation of leaders and changemakers. 

By Caren Nekesa and Verna Awuor

Photos by Caren Nekesa

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