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Date and time: 
Fri, 2015-09-18 08:13
Location / Venue: 

Great Court, Main Campus

(Pictured above: Vice Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi, Deptuy Vice Chancellors and collge Principals)


The Vice Chancellor; Prof. Peter Mbithi held a public address for the new students admitted for the 2016/2017 academic year. The University of Nairobi has this week admitted over 5,000 students who will be pursuing various Bachelors programs over the course of the next 4 years.

While speaking at the event, the Vice Chancellor congratulated the students for making it to the best university in the country; pointing out that the new students have a responsibility to make the University an even better place.

In the 15 minute address; the Vice Chancellor spoke on a wide variety of issues. Key among them:


University life offers a certain degree of freedom the freshmen may have not otherwise experienced in the past. In his speech; the V.C prepared them for this reality, saying “University is the first real experience of freedom; freedom of intellect, freedom of expression and all manner of other attendant freedoms. I urge you to exercise this freedom responsibly.”



The university is a metropolis of sorts with people from diverse cultural, religious,ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. The university environment will expose students to various things, some of which may deter the students’ journey to academic excellence. On the issue of Choices, the V.C pointed out “Choose to work hard and smart and a world of endless opportunities will unfold before thine eyes…Ultimately the choices you elect will make or break you. Choose today which masters you shall serve.”


  • Humility:

“You will learn valuable lessons in humility. True education makes us humble. Humility and character will open many doors for you and take you where brilliance cannot sustain you.”


  • Environment

The University has put in policies for environmental sustainability, the V.C urged students to join the University’s effort in realizing these environmental goals.


In closing, The V.C urged students to keep their eyes on the ball, to attend classes, join clubs, visit the library and build good relationships with fellow students. He assured students of support from management and staff throughout the course of their studies. Those who stay the course will be presented to the world “4, 5 or 6 years” on their graduation day.


During the event, SONU officials led by the Chairman, Babu Owino and the Organizing Secretary Mark Okool, were introduced to the new students.


Also present at the event were Principals from the 6 Colleges, 4 Deputy Vice Chancellors and staff of the University.


We wish students the very best in their studies.

(Pictured above: 2015 Freshmen following the Vice Chancellor's address)


Download full speech by Vice Chancellor: HERE

Expiry Date: 
Wed, 2018-09-12 08:13

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