More Public Universities Underway

Kenya will soon have thirteen more universities following the Government decision to transform selected existing University Colleges to full university status. Making the announcement, Higher Education, Science and Technology assistant Minister, Dr. Kilemi Mwiria said it was the intention of the Government to see there was at least a university in each county in the country.

Dr. Mwiria who was speaking at the Third Mombasa Polytechnic University College (MPUC) graduation ceremony advised the country’s youth to take advantage of the increased educational opportunities to acquire the right skills. He cautioned the coastal youth to shun the secession grouping – the Mombasa Republican Council saying ‘what the group is agitating for was a common problem facing Kenyan youths across the country’. The solution according to the Assistant Minster was for the youth to work for Kenya’s increased stability and coexistent which he said were core prerequisites for national development.

Presiding over the ceremony in which he awarded over 3000 certificates and diplomas to 2011/2012 candidates, Prof. Francis Gichaga, the Chancellor, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology(JKUAT) observed education was the bedrock of modern society but called on Universities to ensure they produced ‘all rounded graduates. He called on the authorities of MPUC, which is a constituent College of JKUAT to invest in research aimed at addressing the many challenges afflicting Kenyans. ‘In this regard, it important to recognize that today’s global trends are towards knowledge based economies requiring universities to seek increased collaborations with industries’

Back: Dr. Mwiria(centre), Prof. Gichaga (right), and Prof. Odhiambo(left). Front: Prof. Keya (left) Council Chair, MPUC and Prof. Mwatela Principal MPUC during the graduation ceremony

Speaking at the ceremony Prof. Mabel Imbuga, the Vice Chancellor called on the graduating class to shun vices such as ethnicity that she said were working against Kenya’s integration dream. ‘As you embark in your future careers, remember to be guided by values which ascribe to the highest levels of professional distinction, academic freedom and accountability’ the vice chancellor said in a speech read for her by Prof. Romanus Odhiambo, Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs. The Vice Chancellor appealed to the graduands to extend a helping hand to the less fortunate members of society urging that, ‘where there is inequality and injustice we need you to exemplify equity’

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