The University of Eldoret held its first former student leaders’ symposium on 2nd of March 2019 at the Education Complex Conference Room 1. The Meeting which was a get-together/re-union between the University Management Board and the former student leaders was dedicated towards forming a basis for future tracer-studies of the University graduates.
The Symposium which was organized by the office of the Dean of Students was attended by the University Management Board, University of Eldoret Alumni Executives, University of Eldoret Students’ Council and close to 100 former student leaders who have served in various capacity as student leaders of this University.
The symposium which was called to order by the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Teresa Akenga called on the student leaders to enhance networking and interaction between former university students and the University Management in order to foster cohesion and fast-track growth and development of the University. The Vice-Chancellor was categorical in appealing to the former student leaders to be the University Ambassadors in marketing the University and sourcing for funds for key development programs. She reiterated that the University has a functional Alumni Association responsible for promoting socio-economic and intellectual interaction between the University and its key stakeholders. She thus, urged them to join this Association to promote key development agenda of the University. She further elaborated that the University has opened an Endowment Fund Bank Account which is currently active and running awaiting its official launch later in the year. She highlighted that the Endowment Fund Account will aid the University in sourcing for funds from well-wishers for mutual benefit of the University. The Vice-Chancellor therefore, called upon the former student leaders to assist the University in sourcing for key partners.
Prof. Akenga thanked the office of the Dean of Student for facilitating the symposium and calling upon them to create such meetings yearly to enhance regular interaction between former students and the University Management Board. More so, she called on the office of the Dean of Student to come up with a database of former University students who are not employed so as to be able to help them secure tangible jobs both within the University and beyond. She finalized by urging the office of the Dean of Student to include former student leaders in the Student Leaders Council Training Workshops to facilitate in the nurturing of their leadership skills.
The Vice-Chancellor’s sentiments were echoed by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic and Student Affairs Prof. Ruth Otunga, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Planning Research and Extension Prof. Phillip Raburu and the Dean of Student Dr. Lelei who appealed on the former student leaders to utilize their connections and extensions in helping the university reach out to key investors to enable it meet its objectives.
The former student’s leaders on their part commended the Vice-Chancellor and the University Management Board for enhancing viable transformation within the University and reiterated that they are willing to work with the management board for the betterment of the university when called upon. However, they called on the university management to give former students some waiver to enable them pursue postgraduate courses, so as to enable them progress in their careers as they study and develop the University. Moreover, they urged the University management to facilitate them in forming regional networking committees to enable market the university brand within the country and beyond.
Other UMB members and University Staffs that were in attendance included the Ag. Finance Officer CPA. Ereu Totona, Ag. Registrar Planning CPA. Francis Ikapel, Registrar Planning Dr. Benjamin Mwasi, Dean School of Environmental Studies Prof. Gelas Simiyu, Dean School of Education Prof. Kisilu Kitainge and the HOD. Tourism and Tours Operation Management Mr. Michael Kangogo.
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