By George Munyasia
After taking over from Prof Dominic Makawiti in March 1, 2016, there has been a noticeable change at the university.
“Nyabundi is doing better than Makawiti, at least there are some improvements implemented in an avalanche of parts of the administration. But he is not there yet,” Pyus Ouma, a student at the campus, told Magazine Reel in an interview.
From the exams system; results, resits application, to students’ needs, things have been made easier for the students. Now, students can easily access their results on their portals and also download their exam resits forms online. With a population of approximately 10,000 students, it was a big headache for the students to access these services at one point at the same time. Though the portal jams during exam period, due to too much traffic, and students are left stranded, unable to register units and download their exam cards.
Nyabundi’s administration also plans to launch another phase of storey hostels to accommodate as many students as possible. This, to some extent, will help curb the heightened security threat on the campus.
He has also seen the completion of 3 big projects in a short spun. That is the New Library, the biggest in Kenya, a modern medical laboratory, intended to boost the performance of medical students, and also make a better learning atmosphere, and a modern administration block, at the college campus, that will see a good number of services accessed at one point.
However, he says some buildings, like the Siriba campus medical students’ hostels and the social halls will not be put down, despite the fact that they are old, because “Maseno University has a legacy, and it has to be kept.”
But there are still a couple of pain points that students wish the VC could see; poor security systems, lack of learning materials for departments like Art and Design, strikes, and ill-treatment from lecturers including records of missing marks and missing out on the graduation list.