About the Faculty of Science
The role of science and technology in the development of any country cannot be emphasized enough. The Faculty of Science was established in the 2003/2004 Academic Year with the aim of meeting the ever-growing challenges of development in African Countries, which have yearned for different cadres of Scientists who can contribute to the development of their continent.
Community Health and Development
The department has continued to promote her agenda of training health professional who need to be concerned beyond technology but with the communities’ increasing poverty situation, escalating health care costs, diminishing access of care, increasing gender workload imbalances. inadequate food availability, increasing violence and insecurity. The impact of these trends hit the poorest and marginalized disproportionately, in a context which is increasingly globalizing as their situations go through the experience of massive traumatic transition. These has been achieved through practical training of our graduate in community service practice and field attachment component in various institutions.
Uniqueness of the Community Health and Development Programme
New and robust models are needed to change the trends of development. For the needed paradigm shift a new cadre of personnel are required, trained in the practice of public health not only by academicians but also by professional practitioners as well as stakeholders. The new approach heavily relies on skills and cannot be adequately developed among learners in the classroom. A practical hands-on approach is vital, which makes our programme unique. Needless to stress that health improvement demands the inputs of variety disciplines.
As such we have established MOUs with such institutions as well as public sector i.e. Kajiado County - Ministry of Health, Langata Sub-County, Kuwinda Village, Good Samaritan Rehabilitation Centre.
The Bachelors Programme has been reviewed by the CUE and comments given, the document has been updated so far, only site inspection for approval of the same
- Community Health and Development
The following are some of our collaborators:
- Other departments with the faculty of Science
- Ministry of Health - Kajiado County, Langata Sub-County
- University of Nairobi - Ethical clearance for our students’ research work
- Mission for Essential Drugs and Supply (MEDS)
- Good Samaritan Rehabilitation Centre
- Kuwinda Village
- Community Health and Development
The department has been visible at the centre of community service through representing the faculty of science in the 2018 community service week, which has been our continual engagement. These enabled the department to create a sygenetic partnership with the community- Kuwinda Village and we are on the process of formalizing our partnership as a learning site. #ComServiceCUEA@CUEA_OFFICIALyoutube.com
The department is also actively involved in community service with the Good Samaritan Rehabilitation Centre (GSRC), Mathare, and has a signed MOU for student attachment as well Community Service Practice (CSP).
Regina Pacis came to existence after several years of planning and preparation. After approval by the Nursing council of Kenya and accreditation by the commission of education, learning commenced in May 2010 with the first intake of 12 students taking Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) a 4 years course.
The school started with the title of Regina Pacis University College (RPUC) a constituent college of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) situated in St. Mary’s Mission Hospital. In the year 2016 following the regulations of Commission of University Education, the college had not reached the rank of a fully-fledged university. Therefore in September 2016 the college was absolved by the mother University,Catholic University of Eastern Africa(CUEA).
CUEA is an instrument of liberation and transformation of people in their social, political, economic and religious dimensions.
The BScN curriculum is designed and aimed at preparing a nurse from an institution of higher learning who is self-directed with appropriate knowledge, skills and values to provide leadership in clinical Nursing practice, Education, Research, and community. Hence producing holistic graduates who are competent leaders for the church and society.
In May 2011, the Nursing council approved the college to start the upgrading of the Diploma in Nursing to BScN a 3year course for part time and 2 1/2years for full timers, and the first three students were received. The school has ever since continued with the two programmes.
Regina Pacis students get clinical experiences in many health institutions of which we collaborate with for different experiences.
The students are well exposed to extra curriculum activities. They participate in community service, associations like the YCCS, Catholic Nurses Association, taking posts in the students’ leadership body and others.
The graduation of the first students was held in May 2014 followed by many other groups in the consecutive years. On completion of their studies the students are posted to the county hospitals one year internship by the Ministry of health.
After passing the Nursing Council of Kenya Licensing exam, they secure jobs in different institutions. For example, working with the county health institutions, Mission Hospitals and teaching in diploma nursing schools.
Nursing Department has attracted many students both Government and private sponsored. This is supported by excellence reports we get from the institutions. In 2015-2016 three Nursing students were recognized for excellent work at the KNH Maternity department, just to mention a few.
The Department collaborates with the following institutions under Ministry of Health/counties.
- Kenyatta National Hospital.
- Mbangathi county hospital.
- Mathare hospital
- Karen medical training center
- Presbyterian University of Eastern Africa School of Nursing.
- Women Hospital medical training school.
- County of Nairobi and Kajiado Health centers for community Health experience
- Mission for essential drugs and supply(MEDS).
- University of Nairobi and Kenyatta Hospital Ethical clearance-for Research.
- Langata children’s home for community service and joins other students as they go for other activities eg Medical camps.
MOUs with the following Institutions not finalized and in the pipeline include:
- Coptic Hospital
- Pumwani Hospital and School of Nursing.
Participation in Workshops/Conferences/Seminars:
Faculty members have continued to participate in local and international Workshops/Conferences/Seminars.
▪ Four staff members from the Mathematics Department were sponsored by the Faculty for the 5-day Strathmore annual Mathematics Research Workshop in 2012 and 2013.
▪ Ian Kaniu of Physics department attended the Fourth African Regional Radiation Protection Association Congress (AFRIRP A04) International workshop held in Rabat, Morocco from 13th-17th September 2014.
▪ Carolyne Songa of Physics department attended a workshop in the African School on Space Science: Related Applications and Awareness for Sustainable Development of the region that was held at CST-UR, Kigali- Rwanda from 30th June to 11th July 2014
▪ Mutambi Songa presented two papers; Modeling and Predicting of Solar Forcing of Total Column Ozone over Kenya Using Regression and Artificial Neural Networks and Statistical Study of Solar Forcing of Total Column Ozone Variation Over Three Cities in Kenya at the 2017 Joint IAPSO-IAMAS-IAGA Assembly (Session JA4 - Solar Related Variability of the Atmosphere domain) which at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) in Cape Town, South Africa.
▪ Dr. Rossa Nyoike attended a Regional Workshop on Widening Informed Stakeholder Engagement for REDD+ (WISE REDD+) that was held in Mombasa, Kenya between 11th and 13th August 2014.
- Organized a successful 6th Interdisciplinary Session, which ran from 16th – 17th October 2014 where diverse themes of relevance to contemporary society issues were presented. The conference was opened by Dr Uyi Stewart, Chief Scientist, IBM Research Lab, Africa
IBM/CUEA Certificate in Applied Computer Science Course
- The IBM Research Lab has set up their only lab in Africa at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Langata Campus. The focus of their research is application of Big Data to Africa’s grand challenges in the areas of Energy, Health, Water, Education and Genomics.
- In order to effectively engage in collaborative research in these areas with Universities in Kenya, IBM Research Africa in partnership with the Faculty of Science offers a one-semester course in Applied Computer Science to staff and students from universities and research institutions in Kenya. Each of the course units is taught by domain experts drawn from their pool of world-class Researchers
- The pioneer class was held between February and April 2014. The next class followed up in 2015.
- Successful completion of the course leads to an award of a Certificate of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa.