Prof. Nathan O. Ogechi
Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor - Student Affairs,
Moi University Main Campus,
P.O. Box 3900-30100, Eldoret, Kenya
The Current DVC - Student Affairs,
Prof. Nathan Oyori Ogechi is the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs. He holds a PhD in African Linguistics from the Asien-Afrika Institut, Universitaet Hamburg, Germany. View his profile
The Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Student Affairs was created on March 4, 2013 following the granting of the Moi University Charter by the then president of the Republic of Kenya, His Excellency, Mwai Kibaki. Until then student matters were dealt with by the Chief Academic Officer, an office that also doubled up as a docket of academic affairs. However, with the repeal of the Moi University Act (1984) that was replaced by the Universities Act (2012), the Office of the Chief Academic Officer ceased to be. In addition, with a student population of 34,000+ spread in several campuses, namely Main Campus (Kesses), Town Annex, Town Centre, Eldoret West, Kitale, Odera Akang’o-Yala, Kericho, Nairobi and Coast, the need to establish an office focusing on students had to be established and here it is.
The division is responsible for the welfare of students, co-curricular activities and all non-academic matters affecting students. The establishment of the division was informed by the need to create an enabling environment focused on helping students achieve holistic development, blend with the entire University community and prepare them for post-university life internationally.
The office of the DVC (Student Affairs) coordinates departments and units responsible for student welfare under the Dean of Students comprising academic and social counseling, on-campus work study programme, chaplaincy, career guidance, oversight of students’ elections, orientation, and leadership training, and games and sports; accommodation and catering are handled by the Catering and Hostels Manager. The division has recently managed to automate student accommodation booking and is striving to ensure that there is continuous improvement in students’ welfare matters through automation.
On day-to -day basis, the Deputy Vice Chancellor – Students Affairs is assisted by Registrar Students Affairs and the Dean of Students in managing the affairs of the division.
Therefore the functions of the DVC Student Affairs include:
• Registering, advising and guiding various student organizations and societies
• Mentoring and offering training aimed at developing student leadership and other life skills
• Developing and running seminars and training programmes that contribute towards students’ holistic social, intellectual, spiritual and physical development
• Planning, organizing and managing the provision of academic and social counseling, career choices, and work study programmes within the university
• Planning, providing and/or identifying habitable accommodation and hygienic catering services within and without the university
• Developing mechanisms to anticipate and promptly, efficiently and effectively respond to student needs.