The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Stephen Agong’ has implored on first year students joining the University to embrace critical thinking and independent minds that are paramount to achieving academic and research excellence. This was the theme for this years’ message from the Vice-Chancellor to the first year students as they geared up for the start of a new chapter at the University.
The over 1000 students were given a warm reception during the week- long orientation programme by University Dons and staff. This culminated into the Vice-Chancellors’ address that focused on creating their destiny in preparation for an unknown future. “Whether we know it or not, you are creating and experiencing your destiny right now……...what you think of being your future is really the choices you are making and experiencing right now.” Said the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Stephen Agong’.
Prof. Agong’ welcomed the students and promised that the university will support creative ideas and innovations that are geared towards providing solutions that can benefit humanity. He encouraged the first year students to aim high and never lose focus. He also mentioned that the University had set high standards that have ensured that JOOUST students are much sort after in the job market. He gave the example of the Enactus team through their “Project Hyatech” innovation, that had for a second time put Kenya on the World map and will be representing the Country in the World Championships in San Jose in the USA. He termed it as among students’ innovations and creativity that has made the University proud.
Different schools and departments gave talks on various expectations, achievements and accomplishments. The Ag. Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Planning, Finance and Administration (PAF) Prof. Francis Ang’awa, DVC Research Innovation and Outreach, Prof. Benson Estambale and DVC Academic Affairs, Prof. Joseph Bosire also addressed the students and gave their welcome remarks.
The Orientation week saw over 1000 students join the Institution, and were given various talks ahead of their reporting. The highlight of the event saw the Vice-Chancellor give his key note address at the University’s’ sports pavilion at the close of the Orientation week on Friday 23rd August 2019.