Dr Adenya Appointed Director of Academic Quality Assurance

Dr. Christian Adenya, Director, DAQA

Dr. Christiaan Adika Adenya has been appointed the Director, Directorate of Academic Quality Assurance (DAQA) in the University. He takes over from Prof. Erick Okong’o who has served as the Director for the last 6 years.

The appointment was made by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, vide a letter dated April 14, 2023.  His appointment runs for a period of two years, effective 1st April 2023.

According to the appointment letter, “As the Director,” Dr. Adenya “will be both the administrative and academic head of the Directorate.”

The Vice Chancellor congratulated Dr. Adenya following his elevation to the new position, having served as the Deputy Director, DAQA since November 1, 2022.

While acknowledging the appointment, Dr. Adenya expressed his readiness to work with diligence and dedication to ensure, the University not only maintains its brand character as a veritable institution of higher learning, but also delivers on its core mandate through quality training, teaching and research.”

Dr. Adenya is a Lecturer and former Chairman, Department of Marine Engineering and Maritime Operations (MEMO), in the School of Mechanical, Manufacturing and Materials Engineering (SoMMME) in the College of Engineering and Technology (CoETEC). He served as CoD from April 2018 to April 2022.

He is passionate about quality and is involved in teaching, research, management, and consultancy and policy development. This he says, “Is   one way of making a contribution to the generation and application of knowledge.”

Dr. Adenya holds a Ph.D. in Design and Construction of Naval Architecture and Ocean Structure, from Harbin Engineering University, P. R. China (2016), M.Sc. Mechanical  Engineering (Design and Production) JKUAT (2010), and a B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering (First Class Honours), the University of Nairobi (2000).

The Directorate of Academic Quality Assurance was established in June, 2008 to among others functions, implement the Academic Quality Assurance policy.

This has been achieved through development Academic Quality Assurance Handbook, development of guidelines on Curriculum Development and Review, conducting Evaluation of Curriculum Performance by students every semester, preparation of University Self-Assessment Report for the Commission for University Education, development of guidelines for Campus Self-Assessment, and conduction of training and sensitization to all staff on matters quality assurance.

Prof. Erick Okong’o, immediate former Director, DAQA.

The outgoing Director, Prof. Okong’o wishes Dr. Christiaan Adenya well as he takes on the mantle for Quality Assurance in the University.

He indicates that prior to Dr. Adenya’s appointment as the Director, he worked with him in the capacity of Deputy Director, DAQA. “He is a team player and always ready to learn. May God grant him wisdom, knowledge and the resilience to steer the University to greater heights as pertains quality across all the University divisions.”

Prof. Okong’o is of the considered view that some of the key issues as the new director takes charge include: First, to lead all academic departments in embracing competence based curricula,  as well as reviewing  and aligning  all curricula to CBC since CBC is a global idea and trend for academic relevance in the 21st century and beyond.

The second issue is “transitioning from Directorate Academic Quality Assurance (DAQA) to Directorate of Quality Assurance (DQA) and hence, expand the mandate of the directorate to matters quality beyond academics,” concludes, Prof. Okong’o.

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