First year orientation at the College of Biological and Physical Sciences
Students have been advised to maintain great discipline and avoid being career students as they embark on their journey as first years at the University of Nairobi. The College of Biological and Physical Sciences (CBPS) already enrolled 900 students in the 2016/2017 academic year during the first year September 2016 intake.
At the first year’s orientation held at CBPS on Wednesday, September 7, 2016, students were instructed to maintain academic and behavioral discipline during their studies. This was greatly emphasized with keen advice enlightening students on the need to achieve personal management of time, freedom, academics, finance, relationships and their own security. This is aimed to produce holistic students, who will graduate in the required duration of four years and not extend their academic stay because of disciplinary issues, consequentially becoming career students.
While welcoming the first years, the Principal of the College, Prof. Bernard Aduda emphasized importance for the students to maintain a close relationship with academic staff, to know them and to interact with them for possible future references.
Prof. Aduda also highlighted the need for students to maintain decency that will ensure protection of their health saying ‘this is a Science institution, wear proper and appropriate dressing particularly when going to the laboratories, for the benefit of your safety.”
The College Principal encouraged the students to join academic student organisations whose money is allocated from the student’s fee payment for activities. Election for First year representative for the Organisation of Nairobi University Science Students (ONUSS) and Students Organization of Nairobi University (SONU) is scheduled within the semester.
Finally Prof. Aduda challenged the students to maintain greatest discipline so as to receive enormous support from management. Prof. Aduda stressed that students should read and abide by the student handbook regulations to avoid disciplinary cases that would lead to suspension or expulsion especially arising from exam cheating and illicit drug activities.
A clear distinction was also made between Acting Dean (School of Physical Sciences, Prof. Nyamai) and Assistant Dean of students (Ms. L. Jiomba). Prof. Aduda noted that students had been confusing the mandate of the two offices, where Acting Dean deals with academic affairs while Assistant dean of students handles students’ welfare issues.
Ms. J. Kinoti from the Sports departments informed the first years of the various sporting clubs that the University of Nairobi has and challenged them to join College teams with aspiration to join the University teams.
School of Computing and Informatics Deputy Director, Mr. C. Moturi message to the students was to use their four years wisely, to grow professionally and to network. School of Mathematics Director, Dr. P.Weke added that first years should make sure that they engage in activities that add value to them.
Further to this, students facing financial strains in meeting their fees obligation were advised to visit the Special student advisor, Prof. Godfrey Muriuki, in main campus, for discussion on bursary consideration.
Most importantly the students were advised to be responsible of their environment by avoiding high risk areas among them black spot locations around Chiromo.
Still in schedule during the orientation week is: Vice Chancellor’s address to first years (Friday 9th September 2016), Library and School orientation (Thursday 9th September 2016), Sports orientation (Saturday 10th September 2016) and Fresher’s welcoming party (Saturday 10th September 2016).
At least 1,000 students are expected to enroll in the 2016/2017 academic year.