In this issue
The JUEA family congratulates and wishes well Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator, S.J, upon his appointment as the new Principal of Hekima College.Prior to this Fr. Orobator was the Provincial of Eastern Africa Province of the Society of Jesus (AOR).We are indebted to his diligent leadership and support which have brought JUEA project thus far. He remains a full-time member of the core planning team of JUEA. Asante sana (Thank you very much), Bator!!!
We also congratulate Fr. Jerome Manyahi, S.J ., a member of the core planning team of JUEA, upon successful completion of his PhD in physics at Loyola College, Chennai, India.His doctoral dissertation was "The Logical Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics: The Role of Probability Theory in the Description of Quantum Reality."Hongera (Congratulation), Jerome!!!
EDGING CLOSER TO REALITY
Once again I have the pleasure of returning to Nairobi to help the team headed by Fr. Fidelis Udahemuka, S.J work on the proposed Jesuit University in the Eastern Africa. It is always a delight to return to Kenya and very generous of my home university, Georgetown University, to once again give me time to come and help with this worthy project. One can feel the university getting closer to reality each visit.
On this trip I spent time with the team looking at potential sites for the university. Fidelis had already scouted out almost twenty potential locations and we visited the top six. All would make a great location for a university which is making our choice of just one location much more difficult but we will make a decision very shortly and then the professionals (lawyers, etc.) have a lot of work to do.
What excites us most is that the Society of Jesus is not just planning another university that would be located in Africa. We want to develop a university with a special mission: to create men and women for others; students who have a moral vision; students who care about their brothers and sisters no matter where they are or what their social status; who see that they have a responsibility to the environment – to continue the Creation that God began – and who have a passion to change the world for the better. And we also know that nothing helps alleviate poverty as much as education.
That is why the team is working so hard on this project. That is why the team needs the help of many women and men – educators, business people, entrepreneurs, and civil servants – to join us in this exciting and challenging venture. And that is why I am so honored to be a part of it.
By Fr. Ron Anton, S.J
Senior Advisor, Executive Education
McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University, USA