Residents of Murang’a County have a reason to smile following the elevation of Murang’a College of Technology, one of the pioneering post independence Technology Institutes, into a university college under the mentorship of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.
Murang’a University College, inaugurated, Tuesday November 6, 2012 at a ceremony presided over by the Chancellor, Prof. Francis Gichaga will admit the first batch of 229 undergraduate students to pursue various programmes in information technology, human resource management and commerce.
Speaking during the launch, Prof. Gichaga congratulated the incoming council and challenged them to actualize effective corporate governance, as codified in the charter establishing the university college.
He told the new team to proactively guide the nascent institution to carve its own niche in the world of academia, saying, “ no university deserves the name, or massive material investment, if it is not a principal source of new knowledge and a major contributor to the knowledge base for public policy”.
The Chancellor advised the management of the new University College, they had an exemplary mentor adding that, “JKUAT that has developed an admirable reputation for the culture of research and innovation which you should embrace”.
Eng. Julius Riungu, JKUAT Council Chair in his address exhorted the inaugural council to put in place adequate infrastructure for teaching and research to enable the university college execute its mandate to the people of Kenya effectively. He reminded the university college to embrace the culture of holistic development of the students pegged not only on the contents of their brains but also on the fabric of their character.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga pledged JKUAT commitment to guide the Murang’a university college as it sought its own footing in family of universities in the country.
“We take pride in guiding this brand new University College as it embarks on the journey to become an autonomous university. It is a job that we expect to enjoy since we have been working closely with this institution from 2004’, averred Prof. Imbuga.
The Vice Chancellor commended the institution for agreeing to retain the middle level programmes, to run alongside degree programmes, saying they were equally critical in the development of the country’s economy.
Hon. Maina Wanjigi, who was instrumental in initiating Murang’a College of Technology, the precursor to Murang’a University College paid glowing tribute to his founding contemporaries for their vision that has finally blossomed into a university.
He particularly singled out the late Bildad Kagia for his immense contribution during initial phase of the institution’s establishment.
The new university college is expected to not only enhance uptake of higher education in the county but also improve the economic status of the region.