P.S. Ndemo Commends JKUAT for Education Reforms

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Communications Dr. Bitange Ndemo has hailed the role the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology has played in the development of Information Communications Technology (ICT) in the country.
He said because of its commendable role, the government appointed JKUAT the lead trainer in ICT entrepreneurship programme, a government funded project initiated last December targeting to train over 7500 ICT entrepreneurship in the next three years, with the purpose of increasing access to ICT to Kenyans.

Dr. Ndemo made the remarks in a speech read on his behalf by the Chairperson of the ICT Board, Ms. Catherin Ngahu during the launch of revised JKUAT Strategic Plan, and the Academic Quality Assurance Policy at the University’s main campus in Juja.

He said ICT services were intended to dramatically revolutionalize rural socio-economic and political activities stressing that JKUAT had also taken the lead as the only University in the region, running a programme in ICT policy and regulations that would be important in the regulation of the all important ICT products and services.

Saying that a university was as good as its quality of programmes and students, the Permanent Secretary hailed JKUAT for being the first public University to publish Academic Quality Assurance Policy in line with the reforms being undertaken in the education sector.

Said Dr. Ndemo, “The launch of this policy comes at a time when concerns have been raised by the public and even in government quarters about the quality of university education in the country. I am sure that my counterpart in the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Crispus Kiamba will agree with me that at least JKUAT has met the first step in guarding the quality of its programmes”, he noted.

He said he was pleased to learn that the internal and external peer review assessment team drawn from East Africa and Europe highly rated the JKUAT’s BSc Information Technology as the best programme in the country and in the region.

Left to right, Prof. Njeruh, Prof. M. Imbuga, Prof. Kahangi and Ms. Catherine Ngahu during the launch of the strategic plan and academic quality assurance policy.

Left to right, Prof. Njeruh, Prof. M. Imbuga, Prof. Kahangi and Ms. Catherine Ngahu during the launch of the strategic plan and academic quality assurance policy.

For the ICT Board, Ms. Ngahu said, JKUAT was an important partner as it implemented the role and mandate of promoting ICT adoption in Kenya. She said ICT depended on quality training, a reason why she was confident the quality assurance policy would ensure that JKUAT could live to the image of a world class institution.

In her remarks, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga attributed the revision of her University’s Strategic Plan (2009 – 2012) to the rapidly changing global, economic, technological, political and social trends that have created the necessity for most organizations to re-examine their mandate and reasons for their existence so that they can capture mid-term plans in line with Vision 2030. The lifespan of the existing Strategic Plan 2004 -2014 had been outpaced by the many changes taking place in the country.

She said the University required greater corporate focus from all and sundry to be incorporated and implemented through the two launched documents.

Prof. Imbuga pointed out that her University was people oriented, targeting students, coming up with discoveries or innovations, and had a serious emphasis on community service.

She said the University required greater corporate focus from all and sundry to be incorporated and implemented through the two launched documents.

Prof. Imbuga pointed out that her University was people oriented, targeting students, coming up with discoveries or innovations, and had a serious emphasis on community service.

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