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Message from the Dean

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Welcome to the 2020-2021 academic year!

A warm welcome to you, our students, to Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR) of the Hekima University College (HUC)!   To those of you who are just joining our community, we are conscious of your academic expectations which HIPSIR will not disappoint you.  With your full cooperation, participation, and commitment, it will be a memorable part of your journey in life, and we endeavor to make a significant contribution to your sense of fulfillment. Our institution embodies key values of excellence, integrity (honesty, truthfulness, fairness, respect, and responsibility), commitment to social justice, peace, and reconciliation.  We have full trust in you that you too join us in embracing and embodying these values. We encourage you to make the most of your time here.  HIPSIR offers a clean and academically conducive environment.  Where we all do what is required from each other, we all achieve greater height.  Welcome again to HIPSIR!

To our existing students, we express the joy of having you safe and sound and as ever committed to your academic endeavors.  We are here as a family to accompany each one of you as you continue your educational journey towards academic excellence that enables you to acquire deeper knowledge and build greater characters founded in truth and justice.   To all of you, our students, your college experience will be what you make it, and your opportunities will only be limited by the limits you place on yourself.   HUC avails all academic resources that are necessary to advance your academic dreams and expectations. We count on you to make this your better year with us. We are here to support you in every step of your academic journey.

HIPSIR, the earliest institute in Africa in the field of peace studies and international relations, started in 2004 and has marked its 16th Anniversary in 2020.  We thank God for the strides made by HIPSIR for the past 16 years, and we are happy that our alumni are active in promoting peace in their respective contexts. We will be happy to hear from you (our alumni) as you share your experiences with us and the rest of the world through any possible means (e.g., posting on our website your updates, writing to HIPSIR online Peace Dialogue, and publishing your reflections in 4-8 pages) on what you are doing to bring the little change so badly needed in our world today.   Originally, the marking of HIPSIR anniversary was planned to culminate with an international conference on the 21st to 23rd of October 2020 under the theme: Women, peace and security in Africa: Celebrating 20 years of UNSCR Resolution 1325. Unfortunately, COVID-19 affected the plan which is now postponed to next October 2021.  HIPSIR encourages all its alumni and current students to fully participate in this event. 

Hekima University College is a research-intensive and student-centered institution which fosters an institution-wide commitment to creating a strong, healthy future for our students and for our local and global communities. We have in the past had a privilege to have the international community represented in our student population and we look forward to having more from within Kenya and different parts of the world as we accompany you throughout your education and general growth.

If you are a HIPSIR alumnus, please fill in the update form to let us know what you are currently doing. We will be happy to hear from you. I invite you to explore and suggest what HIPSIR has to offer through our website, things that offer new aspirations and motivations to change our world together. Please take your time to explore and send us your opinions and suggestions.

With best wishes to you all!!

Rev. Dr. Kifle Wansamo Wakayo SJ

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