Four recently appointed members of the TUM Council have assumed office.
The four, Mr. Muhammad Ali Loo, Dr. Paul Mwazumo Mwasaru, Dr. Asma Hadi Awadh and Ms. Grace Nekoye Katasi, were sworn to office on Monday June 19, 2023, in a ceremony officiated by the TUM Council Chairman Prof. Francis N. Kibera.
The Chairman urged them to play their role diligently and provide a strategic direction to the University.
Prof. Kibera emphasized that the purpose of council members in the University is to provide oversight role and develop policies. On the other hand, the responsibility of the University Management Board is to implement.
The Chairman said TUM Strategic Plan for 2023-2028 is in the works and therefore called on the TUM family to provide input and feedback.
He said members have one week to give their views to the crucial document which is a blueprint to the institution.
Turning to the Council members he said: “I urge all the council members to work as a team and use your connections to mobilize resources to make TUM a great University”.
Prof. Kibera also requested the council to have TUM at heart and uphold integrity.
He said: “Good leaders are guided by the principle of 3cs, Competence, Commitment and Character. One can achieve competence by continuous learning, if you stop learning you don’t grow. Commitment deals with how much time you allocate for TUM, while character is who you are, or who you are becoming. This is psychological capital.”
The Chairman assured TUM Management Board of full support from the Council but cautioned that the Council won’t be a “rubber stamp”. He called on each stakeholder to play their part to make TUM a noble institution.
“We shall not be here forever. So the issue is: what will you be remembered for when you served as a member of council at TUM?” he posed.
In her presentation TUM Vice Chancellor Prof. Laila Abubakar highlighted the historical evolution of the Institution since its establishment in 1948 as Mombasa institute of Muslim Education (MIOME) and up to its becoming a full-fledged university 10 years ago.
Prof. Laila informed the council members that plans are on top gear to make the recently built School of Medicine operational. She revealed that the curriculum has already been approved by the board.
She said the University was proud to be a national heritage site with its buildings architecture; however, maintaining the old buildings is cost intensive.
The Vice Chancellor informed the new Council officials that TUM’s 10th graduation ceremony is scheduled for July 20, 2023, hence she extended her invitation to them.
Shortly after the new officials were inducted, they planted commemorative trees, and thereafter, they were led on tour of key facilities and schools including Prof. Mazrui campus, TUM Enterprises Ltd (TUMEL), School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the School of Engineering and Technology, among other places.