Speech of Chairman, Board of Trustees and Chief Guest

 

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Let me express my sincere appreciation for the honour I have been given to be part of the “Save a Dream” dinner organised by the Management University of Africa (MUA),   Board of Trustees (BOT) and the University Governing Council (UGC). The event, the first of its kind, seeks to save the dreams of bright but needy students through donations of well-wishers for their university education in leadership and management. This event has received an overwhelming response and the success of this event of course has something to do with the support of every one of you with us tonight.

I would wish to take the earliest opportunity to thank our chief guest and all the other invited guests for having taken time off their busy schedules to be here tonight in an endeavour to SAVE A DREAM. I am extremely humbled by your kind gesture. I am also calling upon the MUA esteemed alumni and partners to help SAVE THIS DREAM.

Education has been and still is the only equaliser in the 21st Century. This explains why we are all putting our efforts in ensuring that all those who deserve higher education do not miss out because of financial resource limitation. MUA has cut a niche in offering quality education in transformational leadership and management, making it the right place for such disadvantaged young men and women to save their dreams. In order to give the best education to such students, the University has put much time and effort into raising funds and finding additional resources to support student development programmes.

Finally, Ladies and Gentlemen, I wish to once again welcome you to the Save a dream dinner and hope that you will all be generous in raising the enormous funds required to make the event a success. It is my hope that as we are gathered here tonight full of goodwill and generosity, we shall surpass the set target of Kenya Shillings fifty million (Ksh. 50,000,000). This being our first Fundraising Dinner, the success of the Dinner owes much to the support of our colleagues, alumni, guests and especially the dinner’s many generous sponsors.

It is now my pleasure to invite OUR CHIEF GUEST TO ADDRESS US AND LEAD THE COLLECTION OF SAVE A DREAM FUNDS

THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND DONATE GENEROUSLY

ASANTE NI SANA  

DR. PETER W. MUTHOKA, DML, EBS, FKIM, FKIB

CHAIRMAN, MUA Board of Trustees

July 10, 2015

 

Speech by University Council Chairman - Eng. Michael Kamau

 

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It gives me great pleasure this evening to welcome you all to this auspicious occasion of the MUA Endowment Fund Dinner. It is indeed a milestone in the growth of the University. As the Chairman of the UGC, I am delighted to be present and celebrate with you the realization of this dream.  

 

Ladies and gentlemen,

Education sector in Kenya plays a pivotal role in the development and progress of the country.It is true that the Kenyan job market is very competitive and requires that students are equipped well with relevant skills. The Management University of Africa nurtures and shapes leaders and managers to become change agents through knowledge transfer by transforming organizations, governments and communities. Universities world over are faced by many challenges particularly inadequate resources for teaching, research and development. This is occasioned by inadequate resources that are continuously being depleted by competing priorities within and without the Universities. As a consequence, many universities, especially Ivey league Universities in the US have endowment Funds in excess of 20 billion dollars build over time. They started where we are today. MUA, therefore, is no exemption. It is with this in mind that the MUA Governing Council established the MUA Endowment Fund.  This was also in response to a call by His Excellency the President of Kenya, while presiding over a Youth ICT internship function at the University of Nairobi in March this Year, urging Universities to establish endowment funds for faster development.

Ladies and gentlemen,

 I am informed that an endowment can be defined as a portfolio of assets donated to a non-profit institution like MUA to aid in its support.  In early ages, endowments consisted of farmland donated to churches, which would earn rental income from the land’s tenant farmers. In modern times, endowment assets are held in financial instruments, which may include real estate investments too. Modern endowments can realize capital appreciation as well as current income.

 

Over the long term, an endowment can provide a financial cushion to support the institution through changing times. With this added stability comes a greater degree of independence and enhanced ability to achieve academic goals. Many institutions can achieve a competitive difference in the quality of their programs and students only because of endowment income. An excellent University is characterized by excellent students, excellent faculty and abundant resources.

 

Ladies and gentlemen,

the Management University of Africa endowment fund seeks to save the dreams of students from disadvantaged backgrounds. I am informed that 6 students are currently pursuing their dreams at the university – thanks to the endowment fund. The university believes more dreams out there need to be saved. This is why we are gathered here tonight – to save more dreams by pooling resources. Quantitative and qualitative growth in education is vital if one has to succeed in the 21st century global economy, therefore to position the university our strategic thinking as the council  is to   promote research and attract funding, develop and enhance the University Infrastructure, facilities and security, Strengthen Cultural and technological exchanges with institutions of higher learning, Expand international focus and outreach, Develop and maintain a cost effective human resource base for optimum University performance and most of all to reach out to the needy out there so as to access education.

 

Allow me, ladies and gentlemen, at this juncture, to extend my invitation to all philanthropic individuals and corporates to join MUA in building this fund through donations, grants, partnerships, and so on.   The University also welcomes support in kind such as building materials in private-private or public-private partnerships and such buildings will be named after the sponsor.

 

Finally, allow me to once again thank you for choosing to join MUA endowment fund raising dinner tonight. May God bless as you purpose to give generously.

 

It is now my pleasure to invite the Dr. Peter W. Muthoka, the Chairman of MUA Board of Trustees to address us as our Chief Guest and invite the other Chief Guest.

 

Thank you.

 

ENG. M.S.M. KAMAU, CBS, CHAIRMAN,

UNIVERSITY GOVERNING COUNCIL 

 

Vice-Chancellor Speech During Alumni Dinner

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OUR Guest of Honour, Mr. Peter Munyiri, Managing Director of Family Bank representing Titus Muya, the Founder of Family Bank,

Chairman Board of Trustees, and our Chief Guest tonight, Dr. Peter W. Muthoka, DML, EBS, MBS, FKIM, FKIB

Members of the Board of Trustees present,

Chairman, University Governing Council, Eng. Michael S.M. Kamau

Members of the University Governing Council,

Members of the Kenya Institute of Management fraternity,

Members of the Management University of Africa Alumni,

Staff and Students of the Management University of Africa,

Our esteemed guests and well-wishers,

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,

GOOD EVENING.

It gives me great pleasure to host you tonight as you partner with us in this philanthropic initiative, as we endeavor to support needy and talented individuals achieve their dreams of realizing University education and eventually become the best citizens of the world.

 It is always said that learning and education is a partnership of mutual commitment to the pursuit of wisdom, knowledge and understanding therefore your support is vital if we are to continue producing invigorate economic and social development. MUA is committed to proactively provide quality and transformational management and leadership services to “industry” and society at large.  The University also seeks to develop competent, well trained and morally upright business leaders who will serve in various organizations and communities at large. Since its inception in 2011 the University prides itself in upholding high academic standards  and Our Academic programmes  are demand driven since we involve stake holders in the curriculum development to ensure that Our  programmes are geared towards producing graduates who are aware of societal expectation and modern realities. The distinct focus of The Management University of Africa (MUA) is to be the centre of excellence in capacity building in management, leadership, governance and entrepreneurship. MUA draws its authority and its strength from the practical experience and solid knowledge base that the sponsor, The Kenya Institute of Management, has built in Leadership and Business Management over the past decades. Currently we have six approved academic programmes by Commission for University Education (CUE), the most recent being the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Management and Leadership. The University admitted the first cohort of the PhD programme in May 2015.

The University has strategic alliances and collaboration with like-minded institutions such as the University of South Africa (UNISA), the Institute of Chartered Public Secretaries of Kenya (ICSPK), the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) among others.

The University has also entered into collaborations with Penda Health to provide medical services to the students and staff of MUA. Currently the University has a very vibrant student population well of over one thousand, and we are proud to report that the University held its first  inaugural graduation ceremony on 28th November 2015. The MUA student fraternity enjoys membership to a well-represented student body, the Management University of Africa Student Association (MUASA). MUASA has had its constitution approved the MUA senate and is already fully operational.

We held a very successful international conference in November 2014 which featured guest speakers, researchers and exhibitors from South Sudan, the Republic of Chad, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda and Tanzania. The MUA library became the second best during the last Maktaba Awards contest. Establishment of the Distance Learning programmes as part of the modes of delivery of academic programmes offered by the school of Management and Leadership contributes to our growth.

Under the leadership of the University Governing Council, the Management University of Africa established an Endowment Fund in August 2014. The objective of the fund is to support talented, bright and gifted needy students from disadvantaged backgrounds in Kenya, Africa and the World to study and ‘Save their dreams’ at the Management University of Africa.

The fund has progressed well since inception. So far six (6) students have benefited as follows: 

(a) Five (5) students, all women, have benefitted through partial scholarships to pursue a Master of Management and Leadership degree programme.

(b) One (1) student, a man, has benefitted from the student led ‘Save a Dream’ fund raising initiative held in November 2014 to pursue Bachelor of Management and Leadership.

Today, the fund is targeting to raise Kenya shillings fifty (50) Million so as to facilitate more needy students realize their dreams at the Management University of Africa. Through your partnership we believe that we can make this happen today.

We recognize that Alumni are the heartbeat of any University since they play a critically important role in advancing the University’s vision and mission. A world class university is characterised by three factors; excellent students, excellent faculty staff and abundant resources. We therefore would like to utilize the excellent former students (Alumni) in supporting other needy students achieve University education.

Being the first group you have a huge responsibility of setting the pace. Your imagination of what MUA will be in the future will play a huge role in directing the development activities of the University.  I had the opportunity of listening to your representatives on 4th of June as they expressed great ideas in developing MUA. Today we officially hand over the portions of development that are relevant to you as we launch your existence as MUA Alumni.  Knowing your potentials, I have no doubt in my mind that you will get together and implement those ideas as we work together as a team to grow MUA for future managers and leaders of Africa.

We all know that our Alumni have the potential of being our most loyal and generous ambassadors. They are also often in positions to engage the expertise of our University in their professional lives, being our strongest ambassadors, locally and internationally.

We would like to leverage on this relationship to support our academic programmes, research activities and University endowment. For those amongst us who are heading various organizations both locally and within the region, the Management University Africa encourages you to consider sending your staff for training. We also invite you to come and give lectures on topical issues such as relations with innovators and entrepreneurs as they build sustainable businesses for sustainable national development. Such and many other creative projects will make MUA Alumni relevant and strong, going into the future.

I encourage the new officials to uphold the zeal that the interim committee started with since their election in the office.  Put all your efforts together so as to mobilize all members of Alumni and drive MUA to greater heights.  Your duty as Alumni officials is to mobilize the Alumni members and well-wishers to support the welfare and progress of MUA.  You all know that we have 80 acres of land in Kisaju, you can decide to build hostels there for students, or in groups you can decide to construct classrooms that would have your names engraved on them.  Later in life you will have the pride of a leader as you take friends to Kisaju and show them what you did for the community as you rekindle the memories of the time spent at your alma mater.

Recognizing the importance of research, MUA is determined to have a strong team of researchers in management and leadership in Africa including transformational research and carry out innovations that benefit the national social-economic and political trends of our society. MUA has embraced technology and knowledge transfer strategy, under such strategy, staff and alumni will be encouraged to engage in research resulting into knowledge and technologies that can support the growth of economy. Additionally, MUA has always recognized a need for cooperation with industry in support of research innovation and industry /community services which consists of a variety of activities.  We acknowledge your ability and invite you to bring in concepts that will help MUA progress, since you now belong to the industry.

During this dinner, the Alumni, staff, and friends from all walks of life will have an opportunity and space to express their gratitude and appreciation for what Management University of Africa has done. This can be expressed through donations and direct financial contributions to any cause of the university.

Let me assure you, Ladies and Gentlemen, that your contributions will be duly acknowledged and immortalised. The Management University of Africa shall recognize your significant contributors towards this course. We shall have a plaque with the names of all who will have significantly contributed to MUA’s Endowment fund. MUA gives special recognition to these distinct individuals as having been the first Alumna or Alumnus of the University.

Finally, may I applaud the Chancellor, Dr. Arch. Reuben Mutiso, Board of Trustees led by Dr. Peter W. Muthoka, KIM Council and Management for the support as guided by Dr. David Muturi, the Chief Executive Director and the MUA Governing Council, under the leadership of Eng. M. S.M. Kamau for the wonderful ideas and participation in ensuring the University actualizes its dreams and for organizing the Save a dream dinner. 

Once again, I would like to thank our Guests for honouring our invitation and for making this occasion a memorable one.

I wish you all an involved event and journey mercies back to your various destinations.

Thank you and God bless.

Dr. Nicholas K. Letting,

PhD (UoN), HSC, MKIM, FCPA (K), CPS (K)

Vice-Chancellor,

Management University of Africa

July 10, 2015

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Vice Chanclellor's End of Year Speech

Dr.Letting

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

As we count down to 2015, let me thank God for seeing us through the year 2014, I also recognise and appreciate the incredible efforts and dedication you have exhibited throughout the year. Without doubt, most of us have shown good commitment to the University by portraying it in good light.

Let me begin by celebrating you all as an outstanding team and   appreciate people who have brought business to the University during the year. I wish to note and make special mention to some of the outstanding performance and services achieved in 2014 as follows:

  1. The University student population grew to 908 with new students growing from 321 in the year 2013 to 508 in 2014 this translated to our financial growth.
  2. The School of Management and Leadership has worked with The Commission for University Education who accredited three MUA academic programmes namely Bachelor of Commerce, Master of Business Administration and Master of Management and Leadership;
  3. We Managed to secure  5 scholarships for the Management University of Africa Staff and Students to pursue Master of Management and Leadership;
  4. We have been able to cut down on cost and some of you have had to teach extra units and we do recognise their commitment and efforts.
  5. The University registered a Savings and Credit Co-operative Society, MUASCO for staff members, opened up penda health clinic for staff and students, effectively managed the staff medical cover scheme;   
  6. We managed to raise funds by prequalifying suppliers, staff referrals and some through consultancies.
  7. The University and the student’s body held a successful awards dinner in March 2014 and had a successful cancer awareness clinic in October 2014.
  8. The University successfully held an International Conference in October 2014 which was graced by high level plenary and paper presenters and at least 35 Kenyan Universities and affiliate institutions and 5 African Countries represented.
  9. The University held the Inaugural graduation ceremony in November 2014 with 278 graduates and 2 Honorary Doctorates awarded.

As we look forward towards the future, all we can say is that we have a bright future as MUA and this can only be done through team work and commitment and I believe we in MUA can successfully achieve the following;

  1. Increase in the student numbers and student intakes through a blended face to face and Open, Distance and E-learning modes (Target being 900 Students)
  2.  Improve customer service and retain our current clients.
  3. Always strive to offer quality service so as to remain competitive as a University of Choice.
  4. Diversify our revenue base through capacity development and research and also promote individual capacity of staff.
  5. Next year, we shall have SAVE-A-DREAM dinner organized by the University Council and Board of Trustees.
  6. We expect CUE to accredit our Master of Development Studies and Doctor of Philosophy in Management and Leadership in 2015.
  7. We shall seek to automate some of our operations
  8. We shall Partner and collaborate with like-minded Institutions build capacity in our area of core competencies namely Management, Governance, Leadership and Entrepreneurship.
  9. Establish a research department to conduct disseminate and attract funding for the University.
  1. Work on the road map towards attaining the full Charter. This has a sole mandate of enabling the University achieve full Charter by September 2015.
  1. Develop infrastructural facilities both in South C and Kisaju.

As individuals we can make a difference let us all walk together in the year 2015. The University will continuously recognise and reward innovative and creative ideas. We need to note that the quality of outcomes within the University depend to a large extent on the quality of you as a staff.

I am immensely honoured to be counted among you as a colleague and deeply appreciate that you have done well this year and look forward to improved performance next year.

For now, we will take some time to relax and reflect on the meaning of Christmas as a time of giving, of happiness, of loving one another, of renewed hope. May the spirit of Christmas dwell with you all as we celebrate the end of another successful year for the Management University of Africa.

I wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and a very productive and healthy New Year.

      

   

DR. NICHOLAS LETTING, PhD, HSC

VICE – CHANCELLOR

 

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The 5th MUA Annual International Conference on Industry and Higher Education

Conference Theme: Leadership, Management, Ethics and Integrity in a Changing World: Lessons from African Philosophy

Presentations

  1. Globalization Of Management Internalization Of African BusinessMake and Sell or Remain Poor - By Gituro Wainaina Acting Director General Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat - Download Presentation
  2. Change Management: Role Of Insurance In Economic Growth - By Mr. Sammy Makove, Commissioner of Insurance & Chief Executive Officer, Insurance Regulatory Authority - Download Presentation
  3. Saving For Tomorrow – The Hidden Truths - by DR. EDWARD ODUNDO, CEO - RBA, Kenya - Download Presentation
  4. Knowledge Management: Applications & Future Business Insurance - By Ben Kajwang Director/CEO – College of Insurance, Nairobi - Download Presentation
  5. Leadership Thoughts in Public Sector - Presented by Dr. Jonathan Ciano-FCPAK; FKIM; MBS
    Group CEO-Uchumi Supermarkets Ltd - Download Presentation

Management University of Africa signs MOU with ESRI Eastern Africa

Dr Nicholas Letting, Vice Chancellor Management University of Africa exchanges copies of the MOU with Willy Simons, MD, Esri EA as Judah Bett Chairman, Esri EA looks on

The Management University of Africa signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Esri Eastern Africa Ltd on the 14th of June 2014 to partner in promoting Geographical Information Systems (GIS) through academic education. This is due to the realization that GIS nurtures spatial thinking skills and is therefore a key technology to help students develop analytical and problem solving skills and provides students with tools to develop a better understanding of the world.

The MOU was signed at the Esri Eastern Africa offices in Upper Hill and was signed by Management University of Africa's Vice Chancellor, Dr Nicholas Letting, and the Managing Director of Esri East Africa, Dr Willy Simmons. Esri Eastern Africa is the Authorized Distributor for Esri, a Trimble Business Partner for Mapping & GIS and the Official Distributor of ENVI Image processing software serving Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda with a growing client base of over 500 organisations.

Headquartered in Nairobi - Kenya, Esri Eastern Africa serves Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda across the region. Since 2007, we have been delivering proven solutions in recognition of the evolving needs of the GIS industry in Eastern Africa which include GIS software and emerging cloud and mobile GIS implementation platforms based on technology from Esri, the world's leading GIS software provider. Our solutions are scalable, open and built on a platform that provides the foundation to deliver enterprise-wide GIS.

The Management University of Africa (MUA) is a premier private university that aims at providing innovation, leadership and management solutions to industries and communities in Africa and beyond. Some of its unique programmes include Master of Management and Leadership (MML) which has attracted a huge interest and enrolment from leaders

 

 

MUA students run to touch a child's heart

Students and staff of Management University of Africa participated in the 2014 Matter Heart Run held on Saturday 24th May. The run was flagged at Nyayo National Stadium and attracted over 10,000 participants. MUA participates in this annual even as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility.

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Dr Letting appointed Vice-Chancellor

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The Chairman of  Finance, Human Resources and Governance Committee, of University Governing Council, Mr. Peter Kubebea, introduces Dr Nicholas Letting to staff after his appointment

 

The University Governing Council of The Management University of Africa, has appointed Dr Nicholas Letting as Vice-Chancellor effective 1st May 2014. Dr Letting has been holding the position on an acting capacity since June 2013.

Speaking on behalf of Council, The Chairman of the Finance, Human Resources and Governance Committee of University Governing Council, Peter Kubebea, thanked Dr Letting for demonstrating good leadership which has made him win the confidence of the Council. Dr Letting is credited for building a cohesive team and reducing operational expenses by cutting wastage, within the short period he has been acting Vice-Chancellor. The MUA University Governing Council is chaired by Eng. Michael Kamau, Cabinet Secretary for Transport and Infrastructure, and consists of top industry brains and academicians like Vimal Shah, Prof P.L.O Lumumba,Dr Julius Kipngetich of Equity Bank, Norah Odweso of Coca Cola Africa, Dr David Muturi, CEO, Kenya Institute of Management among others. The MUA Board of Trustees is chaired by Peter Muthoka as Chairman, and its members include Linus Gitahi of Nation Media Group, Alfred Lenana, Chairman, KIM Council and Susan Mudhune among others.

In his acceptance speech, Dr Letting thanked the University Governing Council for expressing confidence in him and called on all staff to work with him to build the university. His key focus will be building a stable financial and human resource base for the university, improving infrastructure and building international networks across the world.

Dr letting is a practicing ICPSK Member, holder of a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Business Administration (Strategic Management and Finance), MBA (Strategic Management and International Business); B.Com (Marketing) all of them earned from the University of Nairobi. He is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Public Secretary of Kenya examined by KASNEB.

He has over 16 years in senior management in finance, human resources, leadership, governance and general management in training, research and consultancy in the Private Sector (including British American Tobacco and Kenya Institute of Management) and in University teaching and management. He is a Senior Lecturer and has been with the university since inception. He has been a Secretary to the University Governing Council since the inception of the University in 2011. He is adjunct faculty in both private and public universities and a visiting adjunct lecturer in Ghana, with the African Graduate School of Management and Leadership (AGSML). He is widely published and supervises PhD and MBA students.

Dr Letting was awarded the Head of State Commendation (HSC) on 12th December 2012 by His Excellency President Mwai Kibaki, The President of Kenya for my contribution to the Nation through Community Development in the education sector.

 

 

MUA Signs a MOU with ICSPK

 MUA's VC, Dr. Letting shakes hands with ICPSK's Chairman, Ms. Musakali, FCPS (K) after signing the MOU. Others are Director, Executive Capacity Development Programmes, Ms. Mutinda (L); Head of Corporate Affairs, Mr. Nyiro (M); and ICPSK's CEO, Mr. Mburugu (R)

The Management University of Africa has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with The Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya, (ICPSK) on the 8th of May, 2014 to offer Governance and Integrity training.

The MOU was signed to mutually promote governance and ethics in Kenya. The MOU is aimed at facilitating the development, resource mobilization and implementation of Governance and Integrity programmes and projects to mainstream the latter in all sectors of the economy.

It was agreed that the two parties would be responsible for training, mentoring, co-ordination of field activities such as undertaking and availing research to participating delegates and institutions so that they can better understand and appreciate the issues, aspects and priorities of Governance and Integrity.

Those present during the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding from MUA were: Vice Chancellor, Dr. Letting; Director of Executive Capacity Development Programmes, Ms. Bernadette Mutinda; and Head of Corporate Affairs, Mr. Charles Nyiro. ICPSK Members present were Chairman, Ms. Catherine Musakali, FCPS (K); and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. John K. Mburugu.

 

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