The reins of power were officially handed over to the new Commission Secretary, Prof. Mwenda Ntarangwi when the outgoing CS, Prof. David Some presented him with the instruments of authority ‟ to further equip him in the task Ahead”.
In a ceremony witnessed by Commission staff members, Prof. Ntarangwi pledged to diligently discharge his duties in furtherance of the Commission’s commitment to quality university education.
Prof. Ntarangwi, who officially assumed office on 5th September, 2017 reiterated his commitment towards transforming the university sector. He asserted that he would stamp the authority of the Commission onto the university landscape as an organization competent to regulate and guide the growth and development of university education in the country.
President Uhuru Kenyatta on October 23rd 2017, granted a Charter to Garissa University, making the institution that was previously a constituent college of Moi University a fullyfledged university.Mr. Kenyatta also appointed Prof Hellen Sambili as the first chancellor of what will now be the 31st chartered public university in Kenya.
President Uhuru Kenyatta presents the Garissa University mace at State house, Nairobi. Photo/PSCU
The Charter award ceremony was held in State house, Nairobi. President Kenyatta said granting of the Charter was a triumph for the institution that suffered a terror attack two years ago.
“Kenya will always triumph over those who preach hate, evil and destruction,” he said. “I am confident that Garissa University now has the capacity to provide quality university education,” the President noted.
The Commission undertook a two-set quality audit for five varsities between the 20th and 24th November 2017. Under regular/scheduled quality audit, Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, instrumentally, the first university to freshly be chartered under the Universities Act was subjected to Institutional Quality Audit. In the second set, four institutions underwent impromptu audits. The four were: KCA University, Pioneer International University, Management University of Africa and the RAF International University.
The audit, which last for two weeks focused on issues pertaining finances, governance, student welfare among others.
A section of Commission staff deliberate during the induction of quality audit Resource Persons held on 27th January 2017 at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies (KSMS) ahead of the national-wide audit of all universities the Commission undertook in January and February 2017
The Principal Secretary (PS), Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology has lauded corporate Communication Practitioners for ensuring Kenyan citizens are informed of services the government and private sector players should offer to them. Mr. Sammy Itemere who is in charge of the ministry’s state department of Broadcasting and Telecommunication observed this while opening the Public Relations Society of Kenya (PRSK) Annual Summit held from 14th to 17th November 2017 at the Pride Inn Hotel in Shanzu Mombasa.
The Secretary underscored the importance communication departments in ministries, government agencies and the private sector has collegiately played in ensuring their respective mandate is well understood to members of the public. “There used to be a time where so few Kenyans understood the workings of government and the fact that government is obliged to serve its citizenry through various established structures. It is no longer the case, we have much informed people in our country in the present day,” Mr. Itemere noted in respect to public communication, one of his state department’s functions.
One of the keynote speakers making a presentation during the PRSK summit held at Mombasa’s PrideInn paradise beach hotel and Spa from 14th to 18th November 2017.
He further commended the role the private corporate organizations have played in complementing government efforts in service delivery to Kenyan in all sectors of the economy. “We truly appreciate as government communication expertise you have provided to your respective institutions which has gone along in spreading out government agenda in health, education, environment, telecommunications, media, ICT and many more sectors,” he said.
The PS urged the Managements of respective institutions to accord their communication departments and entities necessary support to enable them reach out to Kenyans and beyond through appropriate public communication messaging, policy formulation, development & monitoring of service delivery charters among other functions embedded in the wide range of public service reforms initiatives.
The Principal Secretary assured the Society of the government’s commitment to support its endeavours with a view of enhancing the Public Relations practice in the country. Key point of focus for the Society has been on drafting a bill to establish a legislative framework for the Society. The Deputy Governor Mombasa County Dr. William Kingi who also graced the occasion echoing the PS sentiments noting “as an Academician, I know too well the importance of horning skills and deliberating issues together as members of the same profession”. Adding, that many Kenyans citizens depend on the counsel of the professionals especially in communication in the advent of information era.
This year’s Annual Summit run on the theme- communication for behaviour change brought together Public Relations Practitioners from government ministries, Constitutional Offices, Agencies, local and international private sector institutions, media as well as the Botswana Public Relations Society Chapter. The PRSK organizes annual summits as a platform for its members to interrogate pertain issues in the professional with a view of offering policy advisory to Kenyan government and the region on the strategic direction in the profession.
The 2017 PRSK Annual Summit supported by Kenya Ports Authority, KCB Bank and the Communication Authority of Kenya made milestones in the professional drawing from key speakers who presented on the theme. Some of the key speakers were Dr. Ludeki Chweya, the Director General, Kenya School of Government; Grace Wandera, Deputy Commissioner, Marketing and Communication, Kenya Revenue Authority; Mugo Kariuki Country Director Water and Sanitation for Urban Poor; Communication Consultants, leading media Managing Editors among others.
The Commission had an opportunity to showcase its operations at the Mombasa International ASK show. This is in line with one of the strategic objectives in the strategic plan to enhance corporate image and branding. Through participating in relevant local, regional and global foras, the Commission gains popularity and confidence among the stakeholders its serve hence strengthening collaborative network strategies and linkages.
The Commission Chairman Prof. Chacha Nyaigotti-Chacha has called on Africa Governments and agencies to apportion more funding to students undertaking post-graduate studies.
The Chairman said this when he was the key note speaker during the opening of the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) Vice-Chancellors meeting on the 10th July 2017 at the University of Nairobi Towers.
Citing the Commissions national-wide institutional quality audit, the Chairman pointed out the dire deficiency of postgraduates in the country, standing at 1% of the 72 universities. He observed,
“Doctoral training in Kenya is swapped with myriad of challenges including low funding, poor research infrastructure, acute shortage of doctoral faculty and poor supervising”.
The Commission’s well-manicured grounds got a spruce up admitting “newborns” - new trees to add unto its variety of species that radiates the serenity the grounds bequests. The Commission Chairman Prof. Chacha Nyaigotti-Chacha presided an afternoon session of the Tuesday 9th May 2017 for a tree planting exercise... read more...
The Commission Management welcomed new members of staff recently recruited to different portfolios. The members includes: Prof. Grace Njoroge (Deputy Commission Secretary, Accreditation), Mrs. Lynette G. Kisaka (confirmed as the Senior Assistant Commission, Quality Audit), Ms. Milcah Chebet Kiyai (Executive Secretary in the Commission Secretary’s Office), Mr. Naftali Okodo (Supply Chain Management Officer), Ms. Claris Awuor Adoyo (Research Officer II), Mercy W. Mwerereku (Senior Secretary), Barbara C. Oida (Secretariat Assistance I) and Mabel Mayende (Secretariat Assistant I).
Licensing of Student Recruitment Agencies is one of the functions of the Commission for University Education (CUE) provided in The Universities Act No. 42 of 2012; The Universities Regulations, 2014; Sections 71-75 and The Universities Standards and Guidelines, 2014. It ensures that local agencies recruiting students for foreign universities are duly regulated for the benefit of Kenyans intending to pursue university
Upon submission to the Commission of a curriculum of a degree academic programme by an institution of higher education, two (2) resource persons, who have appropriate academic qualifications and experience in the area of focus, are selected and commissioned to evaluate the programme. The resource persons are also considered to be peer reviewers since they are drawn from the public or chartered universities and the industry
The Commission undertakes recognition and equation of Degrees, Post – graduate Diplomas and Post – graduate certificates conferred or awarded by Foreign universities and Institutions in accordance with Section 5.(1)(g) of The Universities Act No. 42 of 2012, The University Regulations, 2014 and The University Standards and Guidelines set by the Commission from time to time.
The public is being informed that following the recommendation by the Commission for University Education to close eight (8) identified satellite campuses located in Nairobi, within six (6) months from the date of the public notice placed in the local dailies on June 18th 2015, seven (7) of the eight (8) affected universities lodged appeals.
The Commission on Tuesday 2nd June 2015 clamped down the operations of an institution purporting to be a university by defacing the deceptive signage and using a forklift to bring down the billboard bearing the name ‘Barack Obama University’. The ‘university’ in Ndenderu township of Kiambu County was formally, officially and legally closed.
The Commission hosted a one-day workshop on 13th February on drafting of minimum standards for the ongoing Credit Accumulation and Transfer System (CATS) project. The event which marked the second meeting of experts was presided over by Dr. Rispa Odongo on behalf of the Commission Secretary, Prof. David Some.The workshop was a follow up of the meeting held in December last year