The Chancellor, Dr. Sally Kosgei conferred degrees and awarded diplomas to 680 students at the 4th graduation ceremony held on May 5, 2021, at the University Amphitheater.
The Chancellor congratulated Prof.Fred Simiyu Barasa for his appointment as the first substantive Vice-Chancellor of Taita Taveta University.
She extended her gratitude to the Government through the Principal Secretary State Department of University Education & Research Ambassador Samuel Nabukwesi for their tremendous support to the University.
“TTU working with other industries aims to develop a Centre for Research and Knowledge in Mining, Environmental Engineering and Resource Management with special emphasis on Extractive Industrial Sector covering Mining, Oil and Gas’
The Chancellor also had a special message for the graduating class of 2020.
“It may indeed be a difficult year to be graduating from University in the view of the current health and economic situation in the world. But having successfully completed your studies in this same difficult year, you are no doubt more self-reliant and Techno savvy. I think those experiences will serve you well as you enter your new worlds. I wish you well in those new experiences.”
The Principal Secretary State Department of University Education and Research Ambassador Simon Nabukwesi asked TTU to pursue opportunities for partnership with private investors for the successful implementation of e-learning. He said the government is keen on addressing key issues of quality teaching and the challenges facing the students and lecturers as critical stakeholders in the implementation of e-learning.
“The ministry will continue working with Taita Taveta University and partners in the education sector to support the successful implementation of online learning,” said Ambassador Nabukwesi.
Ambassador Nabukwesi noted the commendable research and innovations being undertaken by Taita Taveta University, he further urged the staff and students to intensify research to offer practical solutions to the country.
He said he will link up TTU with Iran and Israel Universities through its embassies to partner in areas of Nano-Technology, Biotechnology and Dryland farming. TTU being strategically located will be important to collaborator to transform the region into an economically viable hub in Kenya.
Prof. Hamadi Boga Principal Secretary State Department Crop Development & Agricultural Research congratulated Prof. Barasa in his appointment as the first substantive vice-chancellor, he said it a great step for the University to have strong leadership that works with all stakeholders towards a shared vision.
“The vision that was developed 14 years ago in 2007 by the founders its, fruits can be seen by the number of the improved learning conditions, the quality and number of graduates,” said Prof. Boga
Prof. Boga said TTU is based placed for climate-smart agriculture and he will engage the school of agriculture, earth and environmental sciences to link with the ministry’s Kenya Smart Agriculture project which is being implemented in Taita Taveta County. He further said that he will link the University with Bishop Masika Farm in Yatta to learn more on farming in dry land.
The Vice-chancellor, Prof. Fred Simiyu Barasa congratulated all the graduands of a class of 2020 for completing their
studies on time despite the negative effects of Covid-19.
Prof. Barasa noted that the 4th graduation ceremony is a historic one as it’s the first time top government officials are attending the graduation person, also a substantive vice-chancellor presiding the graduation.
He called upon the Principal Secretary State Department of Education Ambassador Simon Nabukwesi to facilitate in providing a permanent solution to the perennial water shortage, enhanced recurrent capitation to hire the much needed academic staff in critical niche areas of mining and applied sciences, completion of construction projects, severe transport problems in form lack of an official vehicle for the Vice-chancellor and a bus for the students to cater for academic trips.
The Chairman of Council for the occasion Dr. Jeremiah Koshal acknowledge the relevant research activities that the University researchers have ventured in that are geared towards a better understanding of the pandemic; The future of Africa in the Post Covid-19 World a book soon to be launched is one such initiative which academic staff drawn from TTU have delivered on as part of University and Industry collaboration.
Also present during the occasion were Wundanyi Member of Parliament Hon. Danson Mwashako, TTU council, Senate, staff OCPD Voi Basten Shari representing the County Commander, Senator Mwaruma represented by Mr.Fanuel Mwalala and County Commissioner represented by Mr. Ezekiel Tulu.