The government has embarked on a programme to strengthen and empower newly established university colleges through the provision of increased government development funding. The idea according to Dr. Areba Nyangate, a Senior Deputy Director in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology is to accelerate teaching and research capacities in the institutions through the acquisition of crucial and modern infrastructure.
The official who was inaugurating the new Council for Muranga University College, Wednesday August 28, 2013 said government annual development funding stood at Shs. 118 million for the nine new university colleges while established universities received shs. 40 million. Dr. Nyangate reminded the new Council of nine, led by University of Nairobi Don Prof. Mohammed Juma; they were at the apex of university administration, advising them to deploy their innovativeness to guide the new university college to be a leader in the advancement of knowledge in Kenya.
He petitioned the new Council to learn from JKUAT flourishing practices that he noted had transformed it to a highly reputable university and most preferred institution; particularly in its specialized areas of engineering, agriculture, architecture and related disciplines.
In her remarks, Prof. Mabel Imbuga, JKUAT Vice Chancellor pledged JKUAT’s commitment to support Muranga University College saying the two establishments had a long working relationship dating back to 2004, when the Muranga University College was then operating as a middle level college.
Prof. Imbuga noted JKUAT had already allowed the University College to offer four of its undergraduate programmes in Information Technology, Business Information Technology and Human Resource Management. ‘I am happy to note that over 200 students were admitted to these programmes by the Joint Admissions Board during January 2013 intake. Additional 233 students will be admitted to the College under JAB in the September 2013 intake, to pursue the above programmes’ said Prof. Imbuga.
Area Governor, Mwangi WA Iria petitioned residents to take advantage of the enormous investment opportunities that are likely to accrue from the University. The new institution too he said would be instrumental in promoting relevant research that could lead to value addition in local resources mainly in the agricultural, water and energy sectors.