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Varsity to host virtual standard chartered Marathon

Standard Chartered Bank has identified Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST) to be part of the centers to host the virtual race of the Standard Chartered marathon.

The University will be among other centers identified globally to host the 18th edition of the marathon which has now adopted a hybrid format due to Covid 19 pandemic.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Standard Chartered Bank Kariuki Ngari said the virtual marathon will be held between 25th and 31st October 2021.The physical race will be held on October 31st in Nairobi.

Ngari was speaking to final year students at the institution during a forum on mentoring tomorrow’s leaders which was also broadcasted live via social media platforms across the globe.

He said participants will contribute Sh. 1,000 which will go towards their future makers program, a mentorship program for students to prepare them to be ready for the job market.

The mentorship program will focus on employability, entrepreneurship and education.

Ngari said as they will be preparing students on how to get jobs, they will also be preparing them on how to succeed when they venture into entrepreneurship.

He advised the final year students to embrace honesty, a virtue that will make them successful both in the job market and as entrepreneurs.

He also challenged each student to identify a mentor, whom they can turn to whenever they are stuck.

“Have mentors, where you can go when you are suffering, mentors help to make wise decisions,” he noted.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor (DVC), in charge of Planning, Research and Innovation at the institution Professor Charles Mutai lauded the bank for selecting Masinde Muliro University as one of the centers to host the virtual race. He said the university and the bank share a common interest.

“Part of the Standard Chartered Bank’s important areas is vision care, and as MMUST we train Optometry which does most of that,” he said.

The DVC said the University through the two departments of Optometry and Paramedics will work closely with the bank in giving back to the community.

By Cynthia Kerubo and Moses Wekesa

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