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pcMMUST Council, Management and Staff committed to achieve growth of the University through targets set in performance contracts. The commitments were made during Performance Contract (PC) signing ceremony organized by the Directorate of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) headed by Henry Wati on 20th March 2018.
 
This ceremony was a climax of the cascading process and involved the various officers of the University signing with their respective supervisors. The MMUST Council negotiated a performance contract with the Ministry of Education in January 2017 for the 2017/2018 financial year. This contract was thereafter vetted by the Office of the President of Kenya.  
 
The implementation of this Performance Contract involves cascading the respective targets from the University Council to the Vice Chancellor who implements the agreed terms.  The Vice Chancellor cascades the targets to the Deputy Vice Chancellors, the Deans and Directors, and finally to Chairpersons of Departments, Coordinators and Heads of Units. 
 
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Eng. Fredrick Otieno directed that PC should be embraced by all MMUST staff. “To be a world class University, we should measure our performance”, said Prof. Otieno. He projected MMUST to be in the top three Universities in Kenya within the next three (3) years. He said that the PC is signed with the Ministry of Education and Treasury, then cascaded to the lowest level of staff establishment.
 
The Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs Prof. Josephine Ngaira committed to promote academic excellence in MMUST in her PC to the Vice Chancellor. Prof. Ngaira signed PCs with Deans of Schools, Dean of Students, Registrar Academic Affairs and the Librarian. She particularly pointed out the need to strengthen areas such as Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Medicine, Optometry, Food Security, Disaster Management, Information Technology and Short Management Courses. 
 
Prof. Ngaira expects the library to enhance access to reading and learning materials especially through digital platforms. She praised the Dean of Students Dr. Benardatte Abwao for ensuring that MMUST was the first to implement the new University Students Constitution, besides working very hard to promote the welfare of students. The Registrar Academic Affairs Dr. Caroline Onyancha was louded for being efficient in developing policies and being firm in their implementation. Head of Departments signed PCs with their respective Deans.  
 
The Deputy Vice Chancellor for Planning, Research and Innovation, Prof. William Shivoga committed to enhance research and outreach activities to the Vice Chancellor. Signing PC with officers in his docket, Prof. Shivoga required for improvement in research activities, grant proposal writing, enhanced thesis supervision and publishing in high impact journals. He focused on increasing international linkages and the promotion MMUST visibility through enhanced communication and marketing, while adopting new ICT technologies.
 
Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration and Finance, Prof. Joseph Rotich committed to strengthen the financial and administrative arms of the university to the Vice Chancellor. He expected from staff in his docket improvement in administration, financial management, procurement services and human resource matters. He also received commitment towards conflict resolution through internal mechanisms such as the office of the Ombudsman.
MMUST Council member Mr. Don Riaro said that the PC is a covenant with stakeholders that needs to be cascaded to the lowest level to enhance performance. He louded the performance of the current University Management especially in financial best practices, but pointed on the need for further improvements. He advised MMUST staff to avoid negative politics and discrimination that were getting rooted in many institutions. He praised the good status of MMUST campuses in Budalangi, Butula, Bungoma and Webuye that the Council recently visited.
 
The Chairman MMUST Council and Chief Guest, Dr. Jeremy Bundi, said that “the PC is a covenant, a commitment towards achieving the laid out targets for the growth of this University”. He said that PC appreciates and boosts strengths while laying the basis for addressing weaknesses in an institution. He noted that MMUST has a very strong team of staff that are at par with those in other earlier established Universities in Kenya. He was proud of MMUST Alumni that he has encountered holding strategic positions in the industry. He advised MMUST staff to embrace diversity and strengthen internal conflict resolution mechanisms. He particularly noted communication as a major tool that could be used to build a respectable MMUST. The Chairman MMUST Council Dr. Bundi wished the best and committed to fully support the leadership of the Vice Chancellor Prof. Otieno towards growth of this University.
 

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