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UoN VC Stephen Kiama announces plan to offer students jobs

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By Judith Gicobi

If a strategy by the top university to connect its students to employers comes to fruition, graduates from the University of Nairobi (UoN) may not stay off employment for very long.

On Wednesday, August 31, Vice Chancellor Prof. Stephen Kiama of the university stated during the Dean’s Induction in Naivasha that UoN was in the process of altering its academic approach to become a human-centric institution.

He continued by saying that the organization’s operations will be centered on the welfare of the students and that it was crucial to effortlessly integrate them into the labor market.

The college will accomplish that by employing post-graduate students as adjunct teachers and connecting the remaining members of its student population to attachment and internship opportunities.

“The University must integrate students in all our activities. They must be mentored and equipped with entrepreneurship and innovation skills. Today we must give beyond what is offered in classroom”

“Students should be integrated in the job market through attachments and internships. The University will hire post graduate students as part time in future. Part-timers should be people who have compassion for students,” explained Kiama.

Every year, UoN produces over 13,000 graduates who enter the already saturated market with a rising jobless rate.

According to a report by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), the rate of unemployment in Kenya reached its highest point in 2020 and doubled in three months.

In April, May, and June of 2020, there were 1,841,918 unemployed Kenyans, an increase from the 961,666 registered in the first quarter.

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