The pandemic has caused a disruption in our lives, but it has also come with ways of handling adversity as humanity. May this be a lesson to all of us that in every new challenge in life there is an opportunity lying next to it. It is upon you to look for it keenly.
Since our last graduation, Nakuru Town Campus College (NTCC) has recorded a number of successes which I wish to share with you. To begin with, we have started the refurbishment of the Electronic Media Studio that is used to offer practical lessons to students taking Communication and Media studies. This is the first phase of the refurbishment that will see the studio transformed into a modern media training centre. In this phase the University has acquired modern broadcasting equipment for the expansion of Egerton Radio. This will enable the radio to be heard beyond its current reach as it hits Nakuru Town and its environs. With this expansion, we expect to launch more courses in communication and media studies and attract more students. We will also use the radio as an extension tool for the University as well as an income generating unit (IGU). The second phase will see the University acquire more media equipment for the training of students in video and television production as well as photography and eventually lead us to the launch of our own television station.
In December 2019, I reported that the Faculty of Law had partnered with UNDP-Amkeni Wakenya in a project to support indigenous and marginalised communities in Nakuru County to access legal aid. I wish to update you that this project finally kicked off and has seen the University extend legal services to the communities that surround us. The Faculty has been running a legal aid clinic that is open to the public twice every week. It has also been delivering legal aid services to communities by organising legal aid camps at grassroot levels. This has given us visibility as a legal training institution.
In February 2020, our Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery programme in the Faculty of Health Sciences was inspected by the East Africa Community Partner States, National Medical and Dental Practitioners Regulatory Council. I wish to report that the Council gave the medical programme a clean bill of health for meeting minimum requirements to train doctors in East Africa. The objective of the inspection was to ascertain whether medical and dental schools are operating in compliance with the set standards and guidelines as approved by the East African Community states.
I am delighted to inform you that, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some of our graduate programmes have been going on through virtual classes. At the Faculty of Commerce, for instance, students have been doing virtual presentations of their projects and theses. Plans are underway to ensure that our undergraduate programmes are also offered virtually.
Although the current situation has made it difficult for us to offer on-campus services, we have continued to serve our students facing challenging times through the office of Assistant Dean of Students (ADOS) in terms of support and counselling services. I wish to inform the community in Nakuru that these counselling services are also available to the community members in Nakuru County and its environs. This is because we understand the difficulties and challenges that have been posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. We thus encourage the community to reach us at our offices and benefit from these services.
In conclusion, we live at a time when humanity is in dire need of novel ideas to deal with modern life challenges. It is my hope that the skills you acquired at Egerton University will give you a firm foundation in doing exactly that.
Once again, I wish to congratulate you and your parents/guardians on this very important occasion. May God bless you in your endeavours.