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21 January 2012
Bassirou Wagne

Surviving the Academic Arena: My Complex Journey to the Apex

ISBN: ISBN 9966846727

Surviving the Academie Arena: My Complex Journey to the Apex recounts the true story of Francis John Gichaga, a survivor, who from a humble background rose in the academie and management ranks to become a leading scholar and university manager during the turbulent years of transition to multiparty system of govemance in Kenya.

Gichaga’s narrative as Vice-Chancellor, University of Nairobi, depicts the turmoil of a public institution in Kenya during the difficult period in terrns of economie sustainability and political upheavals. His ability to manage the volatile situations at the University was as unique as his ability to survive and thrive from humble beginnings. This is evident throughout the memoirs. The book teaches us never to give up in spite of seemingly insurmountable challenges. Readers will find the memoirs quite inspirational.

Francis John Gichaga is Professor of Civil Engineering. He holds PhD in Highway
Engineering (VON, 1980), MSc in Civil Engineering (VON, 1971), and BSc, Civil
Engineering, Hons, (UON, 1968). He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Kenya, and a Fellow ofthe Institution of Civil Engineers in the United Kingdom. He has published widely in his areas of specialization - transport engineering and engineering drawing. He has served in many positions of responsibility including the position of Chairrnan, the National Council for Science and Technology, and honoured with several awards including the Highest Award of Honour by Soka University, Tokyo, Japan, in 1992. He became Chancellor, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture andTechnology in January 2010.

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