CESAAM conducts the First Orientation for Graduate students under the Program
As part of the very first steps to becoming a student at Egerton University is to go through the process of orientation. The pioneer Students sponsored by the Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Agriculture and Agribusiness Management (CESAAM) hosted by Egerton University went through the same on the 31st August and 1st September, 2017 at Education Theatre (ET2), Njoro main campus. The orientation brought together MSc. and Ph.D. students (From Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Sudan and Burundi), Heads of Departments and university staffs from supporting services. The program was organized in three sessions:
The dean faculty of Agriculture Prof. Joshua Ogendo led this session which had self-introduction of all students, the university officials plus the teaching and non-teaching staffs who were present. The session was full of congratulatory words to the students for having beaten the stiff competition and made it to the awardees’ final list.
The CESAAM centre leader Prof. George Owour gave highlights of the project, the objectives of the center and the activities the center will undertake during its implementation. The Center leader mentioned that the main challenges being addressed by the centre are food security and persistent hunger and that the center expects all the students to address these by focusing their research on fields of:
- Agri-Enterprise Development
- Agri-value Addition
- Climate Smart Agriculture
Other speakers in this session included; The Director of Graduate Studies Prof. N. Kitaka who in her words emphasized that paper publications must be at least 2 for PhD. and 1 for MSc. Students, the Directorate of International Linkages Dr. J.N. Wolukau and the University Library Department.
Students had the pleasure to listen to and interact with their respective Heads of departments from:
- Dairy, Food sciences and Technology
- Crops, Horticulture and Soil sciences
- Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness management
- Animal sciences
The Dean of Students Office was well represented, the Chief medical officer, Chief Security Officer and the Catering Services Department were all among that afternoon speakers.
The orientation ended on 1st September and all CESAAM sponsored students had an opportunity to be toured around the campus to familiarize them with the new surroundings of the university and show them their various lecture rooms, this was led by Mr. Paul Kahenya (CESAAM-Project Administrator) and Mr. Dickson Otieno Ouma (CESAAM-Project Assistant).