Launch of UONAA Dental chapter at Sarova Panafric Hotel
UoNAA launches Dental Alumni Chapter
There was pomp and colour as the University of Nairobi Alumni Association (UoNAA) launched the Dental Sciences Alumni Chapter. The 16th Alumni Chapter was launched by the Prof. Jacob T. Kaimenyi, Kenya’s Representative to the Permanent Mission (UNESCO) on March 28, 2018 at the Sarova Panafric Hotel.
Prof. Kamenyi who is also an Alumni of the Dental School congratulated the Association on the achievements realized to date.
“I urge the UoNAA Executive Committee to focus on the vision of the Association which is to be a leader in promoting active, visible leadership in the community and to foster interaction between the alumni and the students of the University of Nairobi and the Industry,” he said. “This will go a long way in improving the image of the University, equipping the students with relevant 21st century skills, mentoring the students in readiness for the job market and giving them exposure in translating theoretical learning in to practice.”
Prof. Kaimenyi also had a word for the Dental School alumni.
“My message to the alumni especially from the School of Dental Sciences is please let us come together and support our alma mater through cash and in-kind support towards projects and activities lined up by the school. I am aware that the school is planning to build a Post Graduate Center that students, lecturers and alumni will use to engage with one another. This is a great vision set out by the School and the Alumni Association. Our role as alumni is to give towards this noble initiative,” he continued. “I believe that the University of Nairobi played a crucial role on what we have become today professionally. It is through this University that we got an Education that opened doors for us.”
“Alumni across the globe play a critical role in the growth and development of their alma mater,” he said. “It is through alumni associations that alumni are able to come together to re-connect, network and support their University. I believe that the University of Nairobi Dental Sciences Alumni are pacesetters in the health sector in the region. I would like to encourage all of you seated here tonight to reflect on how you can pay it forward by supporting our students through coaching and mentorship. It is through your networks that the University is able to reach out to more stakeholders both locally and internationally.”
Speaking on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Prof. Henry Mutoro, said that the University will continue to support the Association in order for it to play its rightful role in supporting the University.
“I am personally gratified by the efforts made and commitment shown by the Association in bringing the over 200,000 of our graduates together in a number of similar fora like this one,” he said. “I urge the Association to leverage on technology especially in their quest to tap to our alumni spread across the globe. I am also pleased to note that the University of Nairobi has been ranked position 66 globally in alumni relations and 300 globally on employability of its graduates. I believe we can do even better if we continue pulling together as one and sharing ideas on how we can make our Alma mater shine globally.”
The Dean, School of Dental Sciences, Dr. Regina Mutave, recognized the pioneers of the school that had lead to its growth. She called on the alumni to support the construction of the modern postgraduate wing by giving donations towards it.
The launch brought together alumni across the four disciplines of dentistry. Namely; oral surgery, periodentology community and preventive dentistry, conservative and prosthetic dentistry and oral and maxillofacial dentistry.