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University of Nairobi suspends 10 courses in its re-engineering financial processes

The University of Nairobi suspends ten common undergraduate courses from its list offered in its re-engineering financial processes for sustainability.

The scrapping of the courses comes after the University also 2021, suspended some 250 units in order to trim the courses.

Vice Chancellor Prof Stephen Kiama made the announcement during the 67th Graduation where 85 Ph.D. Degrees were conferred.

Kiama added that the scrapping will improve the developing of common undergraduate courses that are aligned with national and global demands.

The affected courses are Communication skills, Fundamentals of Development and their Applications, Human Health, Law in Society, Environment Science, Chemistry and its Applications, Science and Technology in Development, Elements of Philosophy, Elements of Economics, and HIV/AIDS will not be offered at the University effective 2022/20223 academic year.

For the university to continue fulfilling its mission, according to Prof. Stephen Kiama, it must implement focused, strategic interventions with a human-centered perspective.

He stated that the institution would only hire essential departments, reduce the number of courses from the current 324, and place a greater emphasis on engineering, medical, and IT.

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‘‘The senate recently deliberated on this matter and approved a series of targeted interventions that are aimed at making the university more relevant, vibrant and sustainable,’’ Kiama said.

‘‘We suspended new appointments unless in critical areas, we rationalized programmes offering to focus on our flood ship programmes. In the process, we have in the three years collected 8.2 billion and are still counting,’’ Kiama stated.

The Prof said the reduction in wastage and leakages in its financial systems assisted in re-engineering financial processes.

He further said that even with all attempts to make relevancy, the university has sunk under running costs.

‘‘This financial gain continues to be eroded by unfinanced collective bargaining agreements that are signed between the employer and the unions as well as the underfunded Differentiated Unit Cost. The last CBA resulted in an increase of 1.6 billion on our payroll in the financial year 2022/2023,’’ he said.

In an internal memo from the University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor DVC Academic Affairs Prof. Julius Okeng’o, dated September 19, 2022, the university said it arrived at the decision to ensure its sustainability.

‘‘By a copy of this memo, the Director of Information and Communication Technology, is required to withdraw them from the system altogether,’’ read the statement.

The University of Nairobi VC urged the government to support the effort the university has undertaken and also provide the resources needed for the university to carry out its mandate for this country.

‘‘We launched the university of Nairobi foundation on June 30, 2022, as a special purpose vehicle for resourcing the university through mobilizing of private capital and donations from philanthropists,’’ he said.

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