2nd National END FGM Conference @ Maasai Mara University

Maasai Mara University through its Council Chairman Dr. Samuel Agonda Ochola in conjunction with the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Mary K. Walingo have welcomed delegates led by the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Prof. Margaret Kobia to the ongoing 2-day 2nd NATIONAL END FGM CONFERENCE. Maasai Mara University is glad and humbled to host the conference.


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Donation of Laboratory Equipment by Chinese Academy of Sciences
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Asst. Marketing Officer and the Third Year Botany students
These are photos of third-year Botany students, the lab technician and the Asst. Marketing Officer of Maasai Mara University during a botany field practical session at the University's Botanical garden. Technology draws on science and contributes to it. In the past, botany was mostly about observing, collecting and describing. In the current times, due to advances in both science and technology, botany has become more about experimentation and manipulation and is now real in Maasai Mara University.
These students are now able to see the reality that plants are all around us and underpin all life on earth in the sense that plants provide two of the essentials of human life by providing all our food (either directly or indirectly), and provide the oxygen that we breathe in their University. The students can now practically prove that plants also play a role in many other aspects of our life by providing many of our medicines, are involved in storing carbon, provide habitats and food for other living organisms and have a visible economic role. The students are also realizing more about the importance of biodiversity and want to know more about plants that live on earth. All this is now possible to them through the Botanical garden that is within their reach and is now able to investigate and understand the role of plants in their world which drives them to the fact that Botany is an essential study. Science is now real through the Botanical Garden of Maasai Mara University. We, therefore, invite all potential students to this interesting field of study.


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Conference 2018
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New D.V.C (A, & SA) urges student leaders to be good ambassadors


From Right: Senior Administrative Assistant -Office of the Dean of Students Mrs. Susan Kimweli, Secretary Academics- Bernard Wambua, Secretary Sports, Entertainment and Gender- Benjamin Cheruiyot, Secretary Health, Catering and Special Needs- Betty Awino, the Dean of Students and Chairman- Kenya Universities Dean of Students (KUDSA) Mr. Mohamed Abdullahi Adan, Vice- Chair -Mercy Kabue, D.V.C (A, & SA) Prof. Bulitia Godrick Mathews PhD, Simo Raphael-Chairperson, Secretary General-Patrick Mereru, and Treasurer -Cyrus Kipkogei. 


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Maasai Mara University through its Vice-Chancellor Prof. Mary K. Walingo and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic and Student Affairs Prof. Bulitia Godrick Mathews has spearheaded the quest to apportion part of the KONZA City land, also known as the Smart City to universities. The Mara varsity is honored to be among the identified universities to benefit in the allocation of KONZA City resources for universities.

The Chairman KONZA Technopolis Development Authority Prof. Reuben M. Mutiso PhD, the Chief Executive Officer KONZA Technopolis Development Authority Eng. John Tanui and Kilome MP Hon. Eng. Thaddeus K. Nzambia in their discussion with the Maasai Mara University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Mary K. Walingo promised to support Maasai Mara University to be one of the treasured partners in the coveted KONZA Technopolis Development Authority. 

Prof. Mary Walingo who is accredited as the top notch scientist, having won the First Women Scientist Award in Kenya Life Sciences and receiving the Presidential Award, Elder of the Burning Spear in 2013, affirmed that Smart City will be a solution to enabling the country achieve the highest standards of quality research and innovation outputs. Her presence and quest to have the Mara Varsity to be allocated a space within the Smart City heightened the pursuit and Mara which was not initially featuring among the varsities to benefit in securing space at KONZA City became the latest entrant partner.   

According to Prof. Bulitia who also doubles as the interim Chairman of the National Construction Authority (NCA) Board, the KONZA City is a blueprint of government project meant to hatch an international technological hub that will satisfy all sectors in the country. The forecasted KONZA City sits on a 5,000 acres land where NCA has secured a section and the education sector has followed suit. 

“University sector has been allocated a section of the KONZA City land to advance on Technology, Research and Innovation. The varsities will have their Research and Innovation hubs and incubations where exhibitions will thrive and throng,” Prof. Bulitia said. This will also be aligned to all other levels of education from primary to tertiary levels.

The University also stands to benefit from the Korea-Kenya bilateral partnership which is at an advanced stage. 

The Chief Administrative Secretary and Principal Secretary, State Department of University Education, Ministry of Education Prof. Collette A. Suda led delegates from KONZA Technopolis Development Authority, Maasai Mara University and other stakeholders in touring the initial ongoing KONZA City projects. The first phase is expected to be completed in a month’s time. 

Climax of the move was later attested when the Ministry of Education in conjunction with the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology as well as the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) kicked off the setting up of the Kenyan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). Coincidentally, the acronyms seem synonymous. 

Speaking during the kickoff ceremony, the Chief Administrative Secretary and Principal Secretary, State Department of University Education, Ministry of Education Prof. Collette A. Suda promised that the project is in the right hands. She added that the government will support the project that is paramount in making KONZA City a centre of quality research and innovation.  

She also noted that Kenya is technologically advancing at an appreciable pace but campaigned for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) career trends. “We are very focused on where we want to go and on which path to follow. The main role of KAIST is providing specialized training in various engineering areas to help us as a country to meet the standards of our partner  Korean KAIST that has advanced from Agrarian to Knowledge economy”, Prof. Suda said.  

The Principal Secretary Ministry of ICT Mr. Jerome Okoth Ochieng supported the move assuring that Kenya will move from labour economy to knowledge based economy through prioritizing careers in Science, Technology and Engineering. He added that other universities in Kenya are welcomed to invest in KONZA City through creation of their innovation hubs within KONZA City. 

Jerome also called for Kenyans to uphold highest level and dignity regarding Intellectual Property Rights. He cautioned against parties taking advantage of young or unsuspecting innovators who rush to patent artistic and creative pieces generated by others as their original work. 

The Korean Ambassador to H.E Amb. Choi Yeonghan applauded the initiative saying that it will help Kenya attain international standards and draw great opportunities for economic milestones. “Korea’s support for Kenya drives the support of KAIST establishment so as to realize the Big 4 Agenda and the Vision 2030 through disciplines in Science, and Technology,” Choi said. 

Security agencies in the area promised to offer best services to ensure that the KAIST project and the KONZA CITY entirely is achieved. They maintained that there is no development without security. They urged residents to welcome the projects by providing ample working environment and support to stakeholders. 


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Maasai Mara University has offered some of medical equipment and facilities bequeathed to it in July 2017, by a USA-based Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), East Africa Partnership Limited (Kenya) to some health and humanitarian institutions in Narok County and beyond. 

This honors a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Maasai Mara University and the said NGO where the varsity had agreed to donate some of the donations to definite institutions in Kenya managed by the NGO.   

The specified institutions are Ndeia Health Centre and Limuru Children’s Home. However, some items may be used in the NGO’s Health Centres in Narok County as the recipient may deem fit. 

Transportation costs to the destinations were incurred by Maasai Mara University as part of fulfilling the MoU coupled with the zeal to serve the community both locally and internationally. 

The university appreciated the eminent support demonstrated by the NGO and called for more collaboration and partnership. 


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The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has set its foot at Maasai Mara University yearning to harvest ambassadors who will propagate the good news of tax compliance. 

The team led by officials from KRA Headquarters Nairobi with backup from its representatives in Narok County had a lengthy discussion with students. The students who are interested in taxation professionally engaged the officials where their concerns were attended to. 

The discussion bore the move to register a students’ society that will champion taxation campaigns and awareness both within the varsity, Narok County and beyond. 

Taxation awards, conferences, training among other advancement opportunities are doors that will be opened for Maasai Mara University students and the institution at large. 

The Students’ leadership led by Chairman Simo Raphael lauded the trend and urged students to fully harness the chances offered by KRA for their academic and development needs. 

The Dean of Students Mr. Mohamed Abdullahi Adan wrapped up the session affirming that the sole agenda of the collaboration with KRA is to catalyze securing attachment and internship openings. 


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Maasai welcome, the new Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Butilia Godrich Mathews opened the meeting underlining the importance of research in universities and the vital role of international collaboration. The meeting then heard about work at the university’s Sekenani Centre (McGlade) and the UKNCEO (Director, Professor John Remedios, Professor Heiko Baltzer and Dr Luke Smallman). Representatives from the community teams also gave an overview of the community science, field work and ground truthing in the Mau forest complex and Vihiga (Kipepeo Community). The meeting then heard from Maasai Mara University staff and collaborators participating in the project about the results of the agriculture and forest surveys (Professor Frances Mburu and Simon Wachila), remote sensing (Dr Samson Mabwoga) and e-learning (Anil Kumar). 


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The Vice-Chancellor of Maasai Mara University Prof. Mary K. Walingo who was represented by the
Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration, Finance and Planning) Dr. Aloys Osano has officially
opened a three-day training at the Africa Hope grounds, Narok County.
The members of staff are undertaking an Internal Quality Auditors’ Training Course. It is facilitated by
Alpex Consulting Africa Limited (ACAL); organized by the Directorate of Quality Assurance and
Performance Contracting (QA &PC).
The workshop commenced on Wednesday morning, 13 th March, 2019 and shall come to closure on
Friday 15 th March, 2019.


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