Hyslop building, Room 215, UON, Main Campus
The pioneer class for the Institute of Development Studies’s Masters in Development Studies (MDEV) were welcomed to the institute during an elaborate orientation ceremony on 8th September 2016. The new programme replaces the MA in Development Studies and takes into consideration the post 2015 development thinking and issues.
In her welcoming remarks, the IDS Director Prof Winnie Mitullah told the new students that they had now joined scholarship fraternity and challenged them to be steadfast in pursuit of knowledge since they have mandate to contribute to society.
The Director said the MDEV course is unique because it admits students from different disciplines. “We need a variety of skills in all sectors in order to contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals,” said the director.
IDS Associate Director Prof Karuti Kanyinga told the new students to strictly adhere to the institute’s rules and regulations and maintain academic and social integrity. “We are a global institution that produces graduates who are globally competitive academically and in other spheres,” said Prof Kanyinga. He advised the students to investigate issues in order to be liberated from self deception and also shun plagiarism.
Other IDS staff members who addressed the students were Prof Patrick Alila, Prof Mohamud Jama, Dr Mary Kinyanjui, Dr Paul Kamau, Dr George Michuki, Dr Godwin Murunga, Dr Upadhyaya Radha and Mr Erick Manga.
Prof Alila advised the students to always be inquisitive and read widely. He reiterated that the MDEV course is a fulltime programme and cautioned that it may pose a challenge to employed students, especially during projects period.
Prof Jama told the students that admission to IDS’s MDEV programme is a critical moment in their lives and advised them to make a break with their previous perspectives on several issues. Dr Kinyanjui advised the students that success does not occur in solidarity, hence the need to closely work with other students and staff members. She said that development means hard work, honesty and doing the right things.
Dr Kamau briefed the students on examinations regulations and emphasized the need to avoid plagiarism. “We can easily know your work and that done for you by someone else. The University has invested heavily in anti-plagiarism equipment,” he warned.
Dr Michuki outlined MDEV Programme regulations. He said the Institute for Development studies nurtures integrity and produces graduates with values. He was speaking on behalf of the IDS MDEV Programme Coordinator, Dr Joseph Onjala. Mr Manga challenged the new students to work hard and come back as a generation that will take the Institute to another level.
Speaking on behalf of IDS continuing students, Mr Vincent Mugo welcomed the new students. “IDS has one of the best staff in this University. When I was seeking admission to a postgraduate programme I was always referred to IDS,” he said.
The new students were also briefed on library information by IDS Librarian Ms. Mercy Waithaka as well as on the registration requirements by IDS Senior Administrative Assistant Mr Edward Sibota and ICT staff.
Prof Winnie Mitullah, Director IDS.