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Speaking during the training, the MMUST Vice Chancellor, Prof. Solomon Shibairo stated that office assistants are an integral component in the running of the daily activities in the University. “Office assistants are of value to the University. We are interested in training you for better performance in your various sections. This training will come with promotions as we have set aside funds to help us promote you,” said Prof. Shibairo.

The Ag. Registrar Administration, Dr. Eglay Tsuma assured the participants that training of office assistants would not be a one off thing but a continuous capacity building process. Concurring with the registrar, the Senior Assistant Registrar, Mr. Josephat Shigogodi, confirmed that part of the mission of the University is to train and mentor both staff and students. He also discussed the University’s Vision and Mission.


One of the participants discusses a point during the training in Busia

Other topics that was covered on day one were ‘Time Management & Critical thinking skills’ by Dr. Pamela Buhere, chairperson of the Department of Educational Planning and Management ((EPM); Occupational Health and Safety by Dr. Damaris Ochanda; ‘Record Management, Planning & Organizing skills’ by Mr. Vincent Chibini; ‘Career Progression, Training & placement’ as well ‘Organization Culture & Behaviour Change’ by the Dean School of Business (SOBE), Prof. Robert Egessa.

Day two was marked by interesting activities including team building by Dr. Issa Kweyu who took the participants through light exercises and bonding activities. The Director, Corporate Communications and Marketing (DCCM), Dr. Lydia Anyonje, engaged the participants in a session on ‘Communication Skills and Protocol Etiquette’ as well as ‘Public Relations & Customer Care Skills,’ reminding them that office assistants are among the most important and innovative personalities in the work place.

Other stimulating presentations included ‘Disciplinary Processes & Staff Welfare Issues’ by Mr. Benard Ooko ‘Psychological Planning for Retirement & Financial Management’ and Stress Management & Counseling Skills’ by Dr. Kenneth Otieno. The resounding message in all these presentations was that office assistants have a role to play in the achievement of the organizational goal at the University. The training workshop was officially closed by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Solomon Shibairo who urged participants to be good ambassadors of their University.

 By: Wilberforce Shiundu

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