VC Cautions “Freshers” Over City Life
The social life of Nairobi city poses serious challenges and temptations to new students who should be cautious to survive.
“Some of you are coming to the city for the first time. You need to be fully aware of the harmful effects of the city’s life together with the freedom that come with it,” said the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Francis Aduol when he addressed today more than 2300 students who have joined The Technical University of Kenya (TU-K).
“Nairobi city is the largest in the region and it comes with fortunes and challenges that must be approached carefully, it is painful for us to bury a student who died of HIV AIDs, this is more painful to parents, something that can be easily prevented,” said the VC.
He cautioned them against alcohol, drugs and substance abuse, as well as sexually-transmitted diseases that can be avoided. He said: “As much as you have freedom to do what you feel is good for yourselves, you need to stand out as academics by avoiding useless things such as alcohol and drugs that will make you their slave and lose sense of direction and purpose in life.”
The VC’s address marked the climax of the week-long orientation exercise for the Freshers whom the VC said were among the chosen few from the long list of prospective students who had applied to join TU-K.
“We are glad you have joined us. We are a dynamic community that endeavors to teach through practical training with the aim of creating a challenging and inspiring learning environment,” said the VC.
He said the facets including integrity, discipline, hard work, entrepreneurship will help solve challenges facing the country among them poverty, negative ethnicity, corruption, joblessnessamong others.
“Now you have joined professionals who should engage your minds, transform yourself and provide solutions to emerging issues especially in technological world,” Prof Aduol told the new students.
“If you haven’t changed by the time you finish your coursework here, then you never explored your freedom of thinking,” he said adding that the university gives practical training that ensures finalists are ready to be absorbed in various fields.
Prof. Aduol also spoke of the different learning environment that the students will soon be exposed to whereby they will be encouraged to ask questions and think critically about issues.“When studying high school geometry, parallel lines don’t meet, but at the university they do meet and your teachers will show you how.”
Prof. Aduol also said that Orientation Week was an opportunity for new students to familiarise themselves with the campus, clubs and societies, and with the sporting and cultural programmes on offer.
“It’s a great chance for you to get a head-start on your studies and to take part in social and academic activities that introduce you to life and study at TU-K.We have wonderful staff here to support students academically, but also more generally with settling in and accessing important welfare services if they need them”, he said.
The VC concluded his address by encouraging the students to commit themselves to their studies. He also added that the university has programs that support needy and deserving students including the Work-Study programme which is administered through the Office of the Director, Student Support Services. He also encouraged needy students to apply for bursaries from the students union.
Also present during the ceremony were deputy vice-chancellors Prof Joseph Kiplangat (Administration Planning and Infrastructure) and Prof Paul Shiundu (Academic, Students and Research) as well as Executive Deans, Directors and other senior university staff