‘Today we admit you as Okello and we expect you to leave UoN as an architect, you join as Wanjuki and leave as a doctor and surgeon, You join as Kemunto and leave here as a veterinary doctor, You come here as Mohammed and leave UoN as an accountant, you join UoN as a simple Sanapei and leave here as an economist, You come here as a Patel and leave our gates as a pharmacist, Join as Nafula and exit as a lawyer, a sociologist or archeologist. That is the transformation that I expect you to undergo.
With our student population of over 60,000, this university is a rich source of learning about other cultures and improving your student experience and outlook in life.’
This is the message that the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Stephen Kiama amplified as he welcomed the 10,000 first years in his first official address during orientation week.
The VC congratulated all the first years for joining the University, “It is my honour and privilege to welcome you to the University. Officially, you are now members of the UoN family. This will be your home for the next 4 or 5 years depending on the program that you have been admitted into.” Beamed Prof. Kiama in a blended ceremony held at Taifa Hall and broadcast live over various social networking platforms.
“No doubt, your presence here today is proof that you are the finest among your contemporaries because the University of Nairobi admits only the best. I am a product of this University. Many of my fellow professors in this University also pursued their dreams in this place. You are joining a university that has produced many of this country’s great men and women.”
Prof. Kiama urged the first years to use their freedom wisely, to be wary of who their friends are, and to enjoy the city and the 8 campuses.
He invited the first years on a journey of self-discovery, ‘The University of Nairobi is the home of talents. I challenge all of you to go through a process of self-discovery and discover the many hidden talents that you have. Take advantage of our supportive environment. We are going to expose you to experiential learning and seek to impact on you so that you leave the University as a different person-completely refined and transformed. We will train and repackage you. We will ensure that you are fully branded just like one would process ordinary water and package it to become a leading mineral water brand like Keringet or Dasani water.
Prof. Kiama also announced that the students should seek help in the Dean of students’ office or the University Health Services whenever they feel overwhelmed, citing that the University is well equipped to handle the social problems too.
The VC vowed to support the freshmen so they can succeed and fulfill their aspirations.
Over 10,000 students have been admitted to the university, 6407 of which were placed by KUCCPS.
Click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeRRlX46HuU&t=8s to watch the full address.