Attending a communication skills class is one of the best ways to announce that you are a first-year student at a university in Kenya.
Some universities refer to it as the section that teaches a student how to research and demonstrates how to use academic materials, including libraries and other resources.
However, that unit has since been dropped at the University of Nairobi (UoN). The long-taught lesson on communication skills will not be offered to students who start in the next academic year.
In an effort to keep up with the times, Kenya’s oldest university has also dropped another common unit on HIV/Aids.
Elements of Philosophy, Fundamentals of Development and their Applications, and Law in Society are among the up to 10 modules that could be eliminated.
According to John Orindi, director of business relations at the University of Nebraska, there are “more significant” topics that undergraduates might learn about.
Technology and the climate
“The graduate needs to be updated with challenges of climate and technology,” he stated. “As a result, we are adapting to the times so that what we teach is current and useful to our graduates. We want to give the grads things that are valuable, he continued.
According to Mr. Orindi, students can learn the abilities in the dropped modules at their own time and receive certification from business leaders. “Here, in this so-called skill center, we outfit our grads. We bring the industry, and they simply go there to receive instruction on how to learn these abilities. They therefore regularly hold those workshops.
There has been disagreement over whether some of the units needed to be eliminated ever since UoN Vice Chancellor Kiama Gitahi announced their elimination last week
One of our classmates once told us after one of those HIV/Aids seminars that she had never heard of some of the issues we had covered, said Ms. Mwaniki.