The first University College in Kirinyaga County was inaugurated on Monday 30, July, 2012 and will be mentored by Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology for a period of three years. In a colourful ceremony, Kirinyaga University College (KUC), formerly Kirinyaga Technical Institute was officially launched as a constituent college of JKUAT.
During the occasion, the Vice Chancellor of JKUAT, Prof. Mabel Imbuga said that, JKUAT was honoured to have the University College under its mentorship stable. She added that, “while KUC will now operate under its own statutes; formulating, mainstreaming and implementing own development agenda, as a constituent college of JKUAT, the two institutions remain closely linked in academic and ceremonial affairs which will be overseen by the JKUAT Senate and Chancellor respectively”.
She added that JKUAT has a good mentorship history to its constituent colleges. Kirinyaga University College is therefore in safe hands and the management should constructively engage the mother institution.
In his remarks, JKUAT Chancellor, Prof. Francis Gichaga asked members of the University College to be proactive in consolidating their niche in the national and global arena. He thanked the outgoing (BOG) for a job well done and he challenged the new Council to take over steer the institution to new heights of academic excellence.
Speaking on behalf of the Permanent Secretary for Higher Education Science and Technology, Prof. Crispus Kiamba, Dr. Salome Gichura, said that it was a great move for Kirinyaga community because they were getting a university which will educate their people.
Dr. Gichura, who is a director at the Ministry of Higher Education Science and Technology, added that only good things should come from the University College. This, she believes can be achieved with proper utilization of resources at the disposal of the institution to benefit not only the county but also Kenya at large.