A delegation from Githunguri area in Kiambu County has paid a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi to kickstart talks on a possible establishment of a University College in the area, Thursday 13 May, 2021.
The delegation led by former Nairobi Mayor, Dick Waweru, sought to find out what it would take to establish a constituent college of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) in Githunguri.
The former mayor was accompanied by Prof. Kiarie Mwaura, a professor of Law at the University of Nairobi, Mr. Francis Kihanya, Mr. Samuel Karega, Ms. Caroline Kamau, and Mr. Eric Waruhiu. In the deliberations with the University Management, the delegation expressed their desire to establish a College in Githunguri that is affiliated with JKUAT.
“My history with JKUAT goes way back, and when the opportunity to establish a College in Githunguri presented itself, I could think of no better University to mother it, and eventually see it become a full-fledged University. That is why we are here, to deliberate, and to be guided on the way forward,” said Mr. Dick Waweru.
In her remarks, Prof. Ngumi expressed her delight at the choice of JKUAT as the mentor University, citing that the University has similarly mentored other institutions that are now chartered universities.
“It always begins with a dream, and yours is a noble one. JKUAT has walked this journey with the now full-fledged Cooperative University, Multimedia University, Dedan Kimathi University, Zetech University, the Technical University of Mombasa, just to mention a few,” she explained.
The DVC Academic Affairs, Prof. Kinyua laid down the requirements and all it would take for an institution to be affiliated with JKUAT, urging the team to consider starting small and building on the gains with time.
“With time, a team from the University will come and survey the infrastructural capabilities of the institution, and what needs to be done. We shall then commence the development of programmes and procedures,” said Prof. Kinyua.
On his part, the Principal College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (COANRE) Prof. David Mburu confirmed that there were certificate and diploma level programmes already developed by JKUAT that the proposed College could immediately start offering once it starts operation.
In order to fully formalize engagements and partnership with the University, the team was advised to commence by writing a letter of interest to the University, followed by the drafting of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions. This was expressed by the Director of Linkages, Dr. Mwikamba Kaibui.
Once in operation, the College will commence by offering short courses, certificate and diploma programmes, before eventually offering undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Other members of the JKUAT team at the consultative meeting included DVC Administration, Prof. Bernard Ikua, Prof. Daniel Sila, Prof. Elijah Ateka, Dr. Francis Njonge, and Mr. Jeremiah Mbugua.