Addressing a congregation of graduands, their families and staff at the third graduation of the Management University of Africa in Nairobi, Dr Kituyi said to achieve the aspirations this continent, region and country has of banishing extreme poverty by 2030, the region and indeed Kenya will need to nurture a management culture and focus on developing the ecosystem of management as well as raising the level of practices that are acceptable as part of the Kenyan DNA.
He observed that even fast expanding economies of the world are shifting gear away from being the factories of the world into domestic consumption and building up the services for global value chains. "Technical proficiency cannot run things. A culture of management; a culture of doing things in a certain way; a culture of certain prudence is a critical ingredient in the aspirations at the national and regional levels," he noted. He added "you may have the most fantastic aspirations and development plans but if you do not nurture a management culture that is equivalent to the challenges, we are not going to get there."
Alluding to the recent corruption reports that have hit the news headlines, the UNCTAD Sec. General said He believes there is a future for competent management, and cautioned graduating class against embracing status quo by determining to "break the ceiling to go beyond the barriers that have been existing." He urged them to become part of the solution and not the problem.
Dr Kituyi further challenged the graduands to desist from apportioning responsibility and making national responsibility the constituency of political exchange and intrigues but instead seek to change the rhetoric of this land. Dr Kituyi noted that widespread misconduct is a sign of declining virtues and civilization.
The Chancellor of the University Dr Arch. Reuben Mutiso said MUA has set the platform for the graduands to be game changers in the world of Management, Leadership, Governance, and Entrepreneurship. He advices them to be the changes that they would want to see in the business world and greater community quipping "best practices in Management and Leadership are guarded and under-guarded in the principles of efficiency and fair play. Corruption, bribery and ethnicity undermine these principles." Echoing MUA's mission of enabling futures and impacting progress, the Chairman of the University Council, Engineer Michael Kamau said the aim of the University is to nurture the students into desirable leaders as it creates a renowned leadership hub in Africa and beyond. The Vice Chancellor, Dr Nicholas Letting while releasing the 204 graduates charged them to go lead and transform the world. He said "MUA was a breeding ground for you and now releases you to go and do all that appertains to your degree. Go ye transform and change the world."
As the country hits up with election campaigns in preparation for the 2017 elections and the government grappling with allegations of rampant corruption in its various departments, Dr Kituyi's remarks come as a wake-up call to all Kenyans to arise and be counted for the change and sanity they desire in the competent management of the country's public affairs.
The Management University of Africa (MUA) is a premier private University recognized by the Commission for University Education (CUE) and sponsored by the Kenya Institute of Management (KIM). The University was established five years ago and awarded a Letter of Interim Authority by the Commission for University Education. With a current population of 2066 students, the University has churned out a total of 604 leaders since its establishment inSeptember 2011. The University offers undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral degrees in the fields of Management and Leadership, Commerce, and Development Studies. In a bid to promote and boost professionalism and competency in the marketplace, MUA also offers professional open and in-house short courses under the department of Executive Capacity Development. ...END///