The University of Nairobi conducted a two day inhouse training for all chairmen of departments on 5th and 6th January, 2023 at the KCB Leadership Centre in Karen.
Speaking during the official opening of the training, the VC urged chairs of departments to take their responsibilities seriously. ''You must keep the fire burning and ensure that every staff in your department contribute to the proper functioning of the University. Let the fire burn but ensure you don't choke people with smoke.Poor leadership is like a bad smoke. It chokes people and make them shed tears,'' said the VC.
He noted that Chairs of departments are people who are qualified enough to run a university and therefore should be able to provide effective leadership in both academic and research functions in their departments.
The work and responsibilities of the chair of department mirrors the VC's work. They are in charge of academics, research and corporate services in the departments.
The VC further asked the chairpersons to ensure that the University is visible and relevant to the community in order to stay vibrant and sustainable.
"I am happy that we are able to pay our taxes on time and pay salaries on time unlike other universities. We can still do better and become a highly resourced university through our own efforts.''
The training was organized to align the chairs to the new operating environment. The VC noted that work environment has greatly changed over the years and therefore the University must realign its operations to the new reality including alignment to the new regulatory framework.
The training covered all areas of operations including academics, research and campus services.