ISADU HOLDS 10TH DIPLOMATIC DINNER
It was pomp and color as the International Students Association of Daystar University held its 10th Diplomatic dinner on Saturday, 7th April 2018.
The event which took place at Laico Regency hotel was graced by the Education Attaché of the Embassy of South Sudan, Ms. Elizabeth Dicho, Deputy High Commissioner and Permanent Representative & Charge d’Affaires of the Malawi Embassy, Rev. Nakari Mwanamvekha, and the Project Officer for African Union-IBAR, Dr. Annie Lewa Kigezo who was the keynote speaker.
University officials present included Daystar University Ag. Vice Chancellor Rev. Prof. James Kombo, Ag. DVC Academic Affairs, Prof. Bernard Boyo, Ag. Dean of Students Dr. Peterson Mwangi, Chief Finance Manager, Mrs. Phyllis Mutua, and the Corporate Affairs and Marketing Manager Mrs. Damaris Kimilu, among others.
Prof. Kombo thanked the diplomats for identifying Daystar as a university of choice for their citizens, and the students for choosing to study at Daystar University.
The Acting VC said Daystar started off as an international institution, offering short courses for participants from across the world, adding that Daystar prides itself for being one of the Institutions with the highest international student population in the country. He called for partnership with embassies, especially in the area of education.
With reference to the event theme Unity in Diversity, the DVC Academic Affairs Prof. Bernard Boyo said that unity in diversity is made possible by the fact that we have one God and one Spirit.
The keynote speaker Dr. Annie Lewa-Kigezo emphasized the need to embrace diversity in order to live in peace with one another. Dr. Kigezo affirmed that a lot of conflict in the world today is caused by the fact that we do not appreciate diversity. Drawing from her firm belief in God, she advised the students to let the fear of God be their guiding principle as they pursue their studies at Daystar University.
The Malawi Deputy High Commissioner told the students that studying at Daystar was a privilege because of the international nature of the institution and its being a Christian University.
“You can go to any university in the world, but if education has no values and especially Christian values, that education is not enough,” he observed.
The South Sudan Education Attaché Ms. Elizabeth Dicho advised the students to take their studies seriously.
“The pain of discipline is less than the pain of regret,” she said, calling on the students to make wise choices while on campus. She thanked Daystar University for providing an enabling environment for international students, stating that Daystar was one of the institutions where international students felt comfortable. Ms. Dicho further urged international students facing challenges to approach the Dean of Students and their respective embassies for assistance.
On his part, the Dean of Students Dr. Peterson Mwangi recognized the embassies represented, and lauded ISADU for organizing the dinner. Dr. Mwangi reaffirmed Daystar’s commitment to helping international students settle well in Kenya. “We will continue to work with your leaders to make the process of acquiring student passes less strenuous,” he promised.
The ladies were all so dressed up at the ISADU Diplomatic Dinner on April 7th.
The Chair of the International Students Association of Daystar University (ISADU) Mr. Gamachu Eba observed that though the students were from different countries and spoke different languages, they were one.
Every year, ISADU organizes Diplomatic Dinner to provide a forum where international students can interact with diplomats from their countries. This year’s event attracted 105 guests who included international students, student leaders, University officials and Diplomats from two countries.