Up to 2,425 new students commenced their various undergraduate studies under the government accelerated intake initiative aimed at reducing the backlog of qualified Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examination (KCSE) students who have been waiting for over two years to join campus.
The government programme is as well intended to address the ongoing implementation of the Government’s free primary and secondary education policy expected to mature in 2015 when an estimated of over 150,000 qualified KCSE leavers will be seeking admission into the country’s public universities and their constituent colleges.
For a technological university like JKUAT, the programme has been implemented with great care to ensure students who join match with existing teaching facilities in terms of laboratories and workshops, a fact that has made training in JKUAT extremely competitive. And this was underscored by Prof, Mabel Imbuga when addressing the new students, Monday January 16, 2012 assuring the ‘freshers’ they had indeed joined a university that had excelled in training, research and innovation.
‘As vice chancellor, I want to assure you that we are proud of our alumni in all fields of our training. Feedbacks that we continue to get from the field are quite encouraging, as most of our former students mainly engage in research, innovation and leadership activities wherever they are’. Prof Imbuga reminded the new batch of students JKUAT alumni remained the most preferred in the job market, and advised them to be awake to the fact that ‘you too are destined for unique opportunities as your predecessors’.