Following the enactment of the Universities Act 2012, in December last year, JKUAT has embarked on the revision of its charter to conform to the new piece of legislation.
Under the new law expected to radically alter the administration and development of higher education in Kenya, public universities that have previously operated under their own Acts of Parliament will now be regulated by a single law under the watch of the Commission for University Education (CUE), an enhanced setup and successor of the Commission for Higher Education.
Prof. Mabel Imbuga, the Vice Chancellor announced that the management had already forwarded JKUAT’s proposed draft charter to CUE which she added, would enable the new universities’ governing body in Kenya to dispatch a panel of experts to JKUAT to conduct an audit of specific university activities and facilities.
The Vice Chancellor, speaking during the first session of University Senate this year, Thursday, January 10, 2013 revealed that CUE had already constituted seven panels each comprising of five members drawn from broad complementing disciplines “who will audit the seven public universities concurrently from January 30 to February 5, 2013.”
Prof. Imbuga further said, the audit team has identified a number of areas including curriculum development and implementation; institutional governance and management; library resource and services, and infrastructure, all of which will be the main basis of the intended audit.
The Vice Chancellor informed the Senate that a Committee of ten people headed by Prof. David Mulati had been established to guide the audit exercise and urged Deans of faculties to familiarize themselves with the contents and requirements of the new law.
The Vice Chancellor used the occasion to encourage the dons to promote the culture of research and innovation among faculty and students.