2. 0 mission, vision and core values



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2.0 MISSION, VISION AND CORE VALUES




2.1 Philosophical framework


The changing dynamics of the internal, national and global environment for any organization necessitates a periodic review of its strategic plans. Such review requires a careful re-examination of the goals, challenges, threats, strengths and weaknesses and determining the best way to navigate round the various “icebergs” in order to achieve the prioritized objectives. In addition, for our school, the guiding philosophical framework for such review requires considerations of perceived needs of stakeholders and experiences gained over the years in training, research and other activities aimed at meeting the needs of stakeholders and improving the oral health welfare of the general community. The school will endeavour to meet international standards, value customer care services and join the rest of the college and entire university community in meeting the global and national challenges including those introduced by the enactment of the new constitution and the development proposed by vision 2030.

2.2 Mandate of the School

The role of the School is to train undergraduate students to become dental professionals of high moral calibre and clinical skills of internationally acceptable standards and who are able to work at the public and private sector health facilities and at community level carrying out preventive and promotive activities and independently conduct research.


The School also plays a role in training qualified dentists to become specialists in different fields of dentistry. These specialists are trained to conduct research, teach undergraduate programme and provide specialist care to patients. It is worth noting that countries in the East, Central and Southern African region are also beneficiaries of training programmes in this School.
Since the year 1998, self-sponsored students have been admitted for undergraduate training. This has subsequently increased the number of graduating dental surgeons and will go a long way in meeting the global set goals of recommended Dentist: Population ratio. The postgraduate training will enhance the number of specialists in the various dental disciplines in the ever changing world of specialization.
Through the training programme, the school provides oral health services to patients and to the larger community through its outreach programme. The mandate of the school also includes conducting research which also aids in the improvement of training and community service. Therefore, the mandate of the School is:

To Train Oral Health Care Providers, Conduct Research and Provide Oral Health Care Services





2.3 Vision

The demand for a shared vision for the School arises from the new strategic direction that will propel it to higher levels of effectiveness, efficiency and relevance in the pursuit of its mandate.


An internationally recognized centre of excellence for research, teaching and provision of quality oral health care.

2.4. Mission

Deriving from the vision, the School of Dental Sciences mission is:


To provide quality dental education and training through research, innovation, integration and utilization of oral health knowledge, skills and positive attitudes.

    1. Core Values

To realise its vision and mission, the School shall nurture certain shared values derived from the virtues and moral standards of the Kenyan and the wider society. The following core values shall guide the School:




  1. Freedom of thought and expression. The School shall promote and defend freedom of thought and expression in academic inquiry and other activities.

  2. Innovativeness and creativity. Innovativeness and creativity shall be the hallmarks of the School activities as it initiates and adapt to change.

  3. Good governance and integrity. The School embraces and practices good corporate governance. In this regard, the School shall ensure that all processes and procedures are carried out with efficiency, effectiveness and are morally sound and ethical. The School decision-making processes shall be participatory, consultative and reflects meritocracy, openness and transparency.

  4. Team spirit and teamwork. The School shall foster a work environment characterised by team spirit and teamwork.

  5. Professionalism and ethics. In all its actions and interactions, the School shall maintain ethical behaviour, professional etiquette, and honesty.

  6. Quality customer service. The School shall provide quality services for all round satisfaction, always striving to improve for the betterment of its customers.

  7. Responsible citizenship. The School embraces corporate social responsibility and shall ensure that all decisions and actions are marked by human dignity, equity, social justice, inclusiveness, equality, human rights, non-discrimination, and protection of the marginalized. In all its activities, the School shall strive to respect and protect the environment.

  8. National cohesion and inclusiveness. The School believes in national unity and cherishes respect for diversity.
    1. Guiding Principles

The key guiding principles of the School are:



  • Connecting to and inspiring the Kenyan society to pursue good health practices with pace, passion, professionalism and patriotism.

  • Providing leadership and stewardship in Kenya’s pursuit of health for all.

  • Loyalty and Commitment to excellence. This requires that the School distinguishes itself from other players in this sector. The members of staff shall act with speed aiming to do things right the first time, cherish the intrinsic value of the work they do and remain loyal to the institution and the professional calling.

  • Engaging stakeholders in order to deliver responsive services.

  • Evidence based practice

  • National cohesion and inclusiveness.


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