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15 February 2017

3 Universities Face Closure as Government Tightens on Malpractices

The Commission for University Education (CUE) and Education Ministry are mulling over shutting down three universities by not renewing their licenses. Read more

Abide By Rules or Face Closure, Varsities Told

Universities have been handed six months to comply with new requirements or face severe sanctions, which include possible closure. Read more

Fake Degrees Declaration Huge Step Backwards For Education

The declaration of fake degrees offered in Kenyan universities has disappointed parents even more than the graduates. Read more

Government Sponsored Students Find a Home at MKU

The year 2016 will go down in record as the first time that the government of Kenya took a bold attempt to enable more students attain university education. It is in the implementation of this program that a group of 1,126 students joined Mount Kenya University. Read more

I Can’t Negotiate With Lecturers over Pay

Education Cabinet Secretary has denied talks that he is involved in talks aimed at ending the lecturers’ strike. He stayed away from the talks because he does not desire to interfere with due process. Read more

Is Your University Degree Fake? CS Matiang’i Is After You!

You have every reason to worry if your university degree is fake or attained on questionable grounds. Read more

Kenyan Private Universities Join Top 200 in Africa Best Institutions in Africa in 2017

Private universities in Kenya are among the top 200 best institutions in Africa in 2017, according to a report by uniRank, a web-based higher educational ranking organisation. Read more

Ministry’s Pursuit to Cleanse Varsities from Rot to Continue

Education Cabinet Secretary said the government will stop at nothing in its bid to clear the rot in local universities. Read more

Only Monkeys ‘Studying’ In Universities, Uasu Says As Strike Bites

Negotiations to end the lecturers’ strike collapsed last week after the government declined to accept demands. Read more

Postgraduate Students Also to Blame for Poor Completion Rates

In an audit of universities recently released by Education Cabinet Secretary, a number of “irregularities” with regard to certification, examination, duration of courses and admissions were exposed. Read more

Reduced Budget Puts Damper on Student Funding Plans

Plans by Kenya’s Higher Education Loans Board, or HELB, to implement the differentiated unit cost funding model biased towards science and technology programmes and introduce loans to students abroad seem destined to falter after the government moved to reduce the budget allocation to the board by US$90 million for the upcoming 2017-18 financial year. Read more

Revamp of Varsity Education to Start as New Team Formed

A joint working group has been constituted to monitor the implementation of the audit report on state of higher learning that was released. Read more

Time to Clear Rot in Running of Universities

University education is at a crossroads and radical measures must be taken to clean up the mess and restore sanity to the sector. Read more

University Audit a Big Step Forward

The recent university audit by the Commission for University Education (CUE) is a step in the right direction. Read more

University Audit Reveals Litany of Problems

Kenyan universities have been given 30 days to outline corrective measures to address a litany of misdemeanours ranging from flouting of admission criteria to ‘rampant’ abuse of executive degree programmes, the offering of unaccredited programmes as well as the failure to follow rules for student-to-staff ratios. Read more

Universities Flouting Admission Rules, CUE Report States

A report by the higher education regulator accuses universities of failing to adhere to admission criteria. Read more

Universities Told Not to Increase Allowances

Universities have been asked not to increase house allowance for their staff and instead focus on raising their salaries in a bid to end their month-long strike. Read more

 

31 January 2017

By Blocking Professionals from Approving Universities, MPs Restored Autonomy

By blocking professional bodies from approving and accrediting university courses, the National Assembly has shown uncharacteristic acuity and set the tempo for reforms in the management of our institutions of higher learning. Read more

Courses to Determine Lecturers’ Pay

University lecturers’ salaries will be based on the course taught as a new funding formula for the institutions takes effect in the new financial year that starts in July. Read more

Government to Audit Private and Public Universities

The way in which universities in the country conduct their business is set to change drastically as the government embarks on an audit of both public and private institutions of higher learning starting Monday. Read more

Helb Directed To Spend Entire Sh900 Million from Government on Student Loans

The Higher Education Loans Board (Helb) has been directed to spend the entire Sh900 million it received from the government on loans to college students. Read more

Joy As Turkana Varsity Is Gazetted

Residents of Turkana County have a reason to smile after the region’s only public university was gazetted as a constituent college of Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology. Read more

Matiang’i Calls For Dialogue to End Lecturers Strike

Lecturers have vowed to continue with their strike, ignoring an appeal by Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i to suspend it for dialogue. Read more

Matiang’i Directs CUE to Implement Credit Transfer Programme

Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has directed the Commission for University Education (CUE) to start implementing a university credit transfer programme. Read more

Ministry Uses Money to Woo More Students to Study Science, Math

Students pursuing science courses in universities will from July receive more funding than those taking humanities. Read more

Prison Term Gives Father Chance to Pursue Degree

When he sat his Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination at Kodiaga Prison in Kisumu, Mr Aggrey Ondego’s mind was more on the certificate than the grade. Read more

Reduced KCSE Qualifiers Chance for Universities to Change Tack

Debate has been raging over the future of the private universities and the parallel degree programmes in public universities following the drop in the number of last year’s Form Four candidates who met the entry requirement. Read more

Staff Strike Paralyses Public Universities

Learning was paralysed in Kenyan public universities after unions representing both the institutions’ teaching and non-teaching staff announced a nationwide strike over salaries. Read more

TUM Ordered To Pay Ex-VC Mwatelah over Unlawful Sacking

Technical University of Mombasa has been ordered to compensate former Vice Chancellor Josphat Mwatelah for unfair dismissal. Read more

Universities’ Future Lies In Innovation

Discussions on the role of higher education in Kenya tend to hark back to quality assurance. Seeking to improve quality is important. But the larger issue is whether the education system meets contemporary economic and social needs. Read more

 

15 November 2016

Clean Up Higher Education

Moi University’s announcement that it is shutting down two campuses is a clear sign of a deeper malaise in the country’s university education system. Read more

Employment Will Never Make You Rich

Today, our country is soaring with universities and other institutions of higher learning more than any other time in history. Read more

Forum of Varsity Chancellors to Spur Education

University chancellors have formed a forum that will help the national government actualise national goals in education. Read more

Higher Grades Proposed for Trainee Teachers

The entry grade for people wishing to join the teaching profession will be raised if proposals by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development are adopted. Read more

Kisii University Suspends 40 Students for Leading Strike

Kisii University has suspended 40 students for engaging in protests that led to closure of the institution two weeks ago. Read more

Moi University’s Kericho, Nakuru Campuses to be Closed

Moi University has announced the closure of its Kericho and Nakuru campuses, citing lack of students. Read more

Talks on Status of Higher Education in Kenya Set

 Kenya is set to hold a conference on the status of the country’s university education starting tomorrow. The four-day conference, organised by the Commission for University Education (CUE), is expected to provide a platform to address key issues in higher education. Read more

USIU Unveils State-Of-The-Art Student Centre

United States International University-Africa has unveiled a state-of-the-art student facility designed to concentrate student services and recreational facilities under one roof. Read more

Universities Warned Not to Admit Unqualified Politicians

Education Cabinet Secretary has cautioned universities against admitting unqualified students, especially politicians who he said are keen to acquire certificates ahead of the next general election. Read more

We Need Sanity in Higher Education

The closing of 11 university campuses offering questionable degree programmes is a timely intervention to clear the mess in higher education. Read more

World Bank Shines Torch on Helb Cash and High Expenses

The Higher Education Loans Board (Helb) is spending more time and money on administrative costs at the expense of issuing loans to students joining universities. Read more

 

31 October 2016

State Probes Public Varsities over Poor Cash Handling Claims

The Government has launched ‘special investigations’ into the financial accounts of some of the public universities. Read more

State Sets Aside Sh500 Million for HELB Loans to Vocational Training Students

Deputy President announced that the government has set aside Sh500 million for loans to students selected to join the various technical training institutes (TTIs) across the country. Read more

Teachers Attaining Higher Qualification Won’t Be Automatically Promoted

Teachers pursuing higher education have been taken aback after their union leaders agreed to their employer’s demand that higher qualification should not be a basis for promotion. Read more

Uhuru Urges Varsity Students Abroad to Apply for HELB Loans

President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged Kenyan students studying in foreign universities to apply for loans at the Higher Education Loans Board. Read more

Universities Open Doors to Business Opportunities

In what seems to be a growing trend in Kenya, public universities are actively seeking investments in a range of sectors including manufacturing, real estate and agriculture. Read more

UoN and DAAD Review Partnership

The University of Nairobi and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) have reviewed their partnership that has existed over 40 years. Read more

UoN Joins League of Top World Research Universities

The University of Nairobi is officially admitted to the World Universities Network (WUN). This was after an assessment by the Global Universities Network. Read more

UoN to Partner with Debre Markos University

The University of Nairobi will collaborate with Ethiopia’s Debre Markos University in the areas of teaching, research, staff and student exchange programs. Read more

UoN and Hokkaido University to Collaborate

University of Nairobi and Hokkaido University have commenced discussions on collaboration majorly on student exchange. Read more

What Varsities Should be Doing

The deterioration of employment prospects for the youth is expected to be worse in developing countries, where official unemployment figures understate the severity of youth labour market challenges. Moreover, the informal sector, which creates about 90 per cent of the new jobs, does not pay young people enough to get themselves out of poverty. Read more

Youth Challenged to Know and Exercise Their Civil Rights

The University of Nairobi’s Youth Alliance for Leadership and Development in Africa (YALDA) organized a one day conference themed, ‘Empowering the youth on civil rights through education, advocacy and leadership’. Read more

 

30 September 2016

Agency to Probe Funds Misuse at Universities

The national government has ordered a special investigation into financial mismanagement at several public universities. Read more

Court Orders Prof Thairu to Resign as CUE Chairman in 10 Days

A Nairobi court has ordered Commission for University Education chairman Henry Thairu to resign from his position in 10 days. Read more

Eight Colleges Set to Receive Charters

Eight colleges are set to become fully-fledged universities. Read more

Ethnic Universities Are Untenable, Unacceptable

Two governors and several MPs yesterday stormed Moi University to stop newly appointed acting vice chancellor Laban Ayiro from taking over. Read more

HELB Tightens Noose on Diaspora Defaulters

The Higher Education Loans Board has set its sights on defaulters living abroad after the debt collectors it hired two financial years ago helped recover Sh455 million. Read more

Matayos MP Castigates Kalenjin Leaders over Moi University VC Debacle

Matayos MP has described as an act of bad faith, the plot by a section of leaders from the Kalenjin community to reject the acting Moi University vice chancellor. Read more

Our Universities Have Been Reduced to Tribal Fiefdoms

It is unfortunate that some people consider Prof Laban Ayiro unfit to be vice chancellor — acting or otherwise — of Moi University in Eldoret. Read more

Politicians Storming Moi University Was Not a Right Move

The university is a national institution and cannot be run like a village baraza. Read more

State-Financed Varsity Students Get Sh1.6bn

HELB has released Sh1.6 billion to 101,938 government-sponsored continuing students in public universities. Read more

Tight Security at Moi University to Lock Out Politicians from Attending Graduation

The decision was reached following threats by the North Rift politicians to disrupt the event because of a row involving the appointment of Laban Ayiro as the acting vice chancellor. Read more

USIU Fees Cause Uproar

Parents of students admitted to the United States International University (USIU)-Africa under the government-sponsored programme are up in arms for what they claim are high additional fees charged by the university. Read more

Varsities Have to Brand to Survive the Tough Times

The recently concluded conference on the State of Higher Education in Kenya held at Kenyatta University was, perhaps, the most significant event in higher education this year. Read more

Varsity Students to Demonstrate about Delayed Loans

University students have threatened to march to Anniversary Towers on Tuesday to demand audience with the Higher Education Loans Board (Helb) over delayed disbursement of this semester’s allocations. Read more

 

15 September 2016

Ex-Police Boss Kimaiyo among Students to Graduate with PhDs from UoN

Former Inspector General of Police among the 57 PhD students expected to graduate from the University of Nairobi. Read more

Funding Crisis Puts University Quality at Risk

Kenyan universities are facing a fresh financial crisis following revelations contained in a recent national audit that they are operating at a deficit of over US$100 million, with serious consequences for education quality. Read more

Group Calls for Probe into Academic Qualifications of Nyeri Deputy Governor

A human rights group has written to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) seeking investigations of the academic qualifications of Nyeri Deputy Governor and the citizenship of a county executive. Read more

HELB Fines Are Unfair to Unemployed Graduates

While Kenyans are still excited about reduced interests rates, the Higher Education Loans Board continues to fine unemployed youth Sh5,000 a month on top of the agreed interest rate for failing to clear their loans after university studies. Read more

HELB Launches Electronic Loan Management Programme

The Higher Education Loans Board (Helb) has launched an electronic financial literacy programme aimed at helping university students efficiently manage their loans. Read more

Jobs That Didn’t Exist 10 Years Ago

Nothing is permanent except change, so goes the saying. And change has been the constant in the careers arena over the years, with some jobs emerging every day while others fade into extinction. Read more

Part-Time Lecturers on Way out In Bid to Boost Quality

Part-time lecturers will soon be locked out of universities as the higher education regulator moves in to ensure that those teaching in the institutions meet minimum requirements. Read more

Report Highlights Dire Shortage of Professors and PhDs

A crisis is looming in Kenyan universities over the shortage of professors, low numbers of qualified lecturers and low numbers of PhD students in both public and private universities, according to a recent report. Read more

University of Nairobi Ranked the Best in East Africa

The University of Nairobi has been named the best institution in Kenya and East Africa, in the latest ranking by Webometrics. Read more

 

31 August 2016

120 Kenyan Students to Leave for China for Higher Education

A ceremony was held at the Chinese Embassy in Kenya bid farewell to 120 Kenyan students who have received scholarships to study in China. Read more

3,800 Moi University Staff Stare at Job Losses

More than 3,800 casual workers at Moi University’s main campus are likely to lose their jobs if their employer adopts a plan to outsource cleaning and catering services. Read more

Crisis in Kenya Universities Due to Shortage of Professors

A new report indicates many students from local universities even graduate without having a personal interaction with a professor. Read more

Defaulting Could Deny Your Child HELB Funds

Students seeking financial aid from the Higher Education Loans Board and whose parents are defaulters will only access the money once their parents start to repay their loans. Read more

Education CS Orders VCs to File Varsity Data

Education Cabinet Secretary has directed vice-chancellors to file quarterly reports to chancellors on the performance of their universities. Read more

Edulink International College Inks Deal With University of Northampton to Offer UK Degrees Locally

Kenyans with a thirst for an international qualification can now access more options after Commission for University Education granted a go ahead to University of Northampton to offer degree courses in collaboration with Edulink International College. Read more

Equity Group Sponsors 64 Students to Top US Universities

Equity Group has sponsored 64 students to top universities in the United States such as Harvard, Yale, Stanford and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as it pushes to develop top talent under its leadership programme. Read more

Experts Converge in Nairobi on Status of University Education

Education experts converged at Kenyatta University for a first conference on status of education in the country. Read more

Future of Innovation in Varsities Lies In Cooperation with Business

The increasing demand for university education in Africa and the huge intersecting challenges remain unparalleled, giving new impetus to the search for solutions. Read more

HELB Raises Minimum Varsity Cash Allocation to Sh40, 000

The Higher Education Loans Board (Helb) has raised its credit allocation per student by up to Sh10, 000 amid rising costs in university life. Read more

MKU Starts Partnership with US Universities

Mount Kenya University (MKU) has entered into partnership with two leading universities in the United States that will enable the institutions to share facilities and have exchange programmes for students. Read more

Mombasa County Enters Partnership with Malaysian Varsity

The Mombasa County has entered into a partnership with a Malaysian university in a deal that will have students from the county wishing to study at the institution pay less fees. Read more

Only Five Varsities Have Complied With Cohesion Law

Only five out of 33 public universities have complied with law on national cohesion. Read more

President Uhuru Kenyatta Urges University Students to Shun Tribalism

President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged university students to shun tribalism and work together as Kenyans to achieve their dreams. Read more

Private Universities to Admit State-Funded Students

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has given the go-ahead to the admission of 10,000 state-funded students at private universities. Read more

PS Had Interest in Tender, Says Suspended Don

Former Technical University of Mombasa (TUM) Vice-Chancellor claimed he was suspended months after declining Higher Education Principal Secretary directive that he influence the award of multi-million shilling tenders. Read more

Remove Politics from Education to End Ethnicity at Universities

Many readers were rightly shocked by media reports that most of Kenya’s universities fail the ethnic diversity test. Read more

 Stop Fighting, Teach Instead, Matiang’i Tells Lecturers

Education CS Fred Matiang’i has expressed concern that public universities staff were wasting valuable time fighting instead of teaching and conducting research. Read more

Students Won’t Be Admitted For Courses They Didn’t Choose – Placement Service

Students will not be placed in courses they did not choose, the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service has said. Read more

Universities Accused of Introducing Unnecessary Courses to Make Money

Report by university education regulator indicates institutions have adopted new way to make money by having courses that are not market-driven. Read more

Universities Facing Serious Financial Crisis

Kenya’s universities are facing a serious financial crisis, operating on a Sh9 billion deficit, which undermines their ability to offer quality education and training and conduct research. Read more

We Can Admit 20,000 Students, Private Universities Now Declare

Private universities have declared a capacity of 20,000 to absorb 10,000 government sponsored students set to join the institutions next month. Read more

 

31 July 2016

Kenyatta University Staff Stage Match, Call for Disbandment of University Council

For the second day running, Kenyatta University staff members staged a match against the university council calling for its immediate disbandment and reconstitution to ensure transparent and fare appointment of the university vice chancellor. Read more

Public University Lecturers Issue Strike Notice

The newly elected Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU) National Secretary General says the UASU members are likely to down tools by September 2016 if the government fails to implement what they had bargained for. Read more

University of Nairobi’s Cyber-Attack Contained

The attacker demanded a ransom of Sh700, 000 with threats of worse consequences if the institution did not yield to his demands. Read more

US$20 Million for University’s Confucius Centre Upgrade

The government of China is investing a massive US$20 million in the University of Nairobi’s Confucius Institute, one of the big education projects by the Chinese in Africa. Read more

Varsity Students Protest as Lecturers down Tools over Pay Dispute

The tutors say they have not been paid from as long as 2013 and some are owed up to Sh2 million in arrears by the institution. Read more

You May Soon Need Helb Nod to Marry

It might soon be a requirement to produce a loans board compliance certificate before one can tie the knot. Read more

 

15 July 2016

Enactus Entrepreneurship Programme Targets 5,000 Students

Enactus Kenya, an organization that promotes entrepreneurship among youth, targets to empower 5,000 students in Kenya. Read more

French Give US$30 Million Credit for University Growth

The French Development Agency, or AFD, has given a US$30 million concessional credit line to commercial banks in Kenya to finance new and ongoing university infrastructure investment initiatives in strategic faculties. Read more

KUCCPS Gives 74,046 Students Nod for Higher Education

The number of students sponsored by the government to pursue various courses in post-secondary institutions of learning will sharply shoot up when the government unveils funding framework for students in private universities. Read more

Matiang’i Orders Reinstatement of Sacked UoN Deputy VC

Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has ordered the University of Nairobi (UoN) council to immediately reinstate sacked Deputy Vice-Chancellor. Read more

Mps Seek To Push Back Degree Condition To 2022

MPs have ganged up to delay the requirement that they hold a degree to run for office. Read more

State Plan to Push Up Cost of University Education

The cost of university education is expected to rise after the government introduces the Differentiated Unit Cost (DUC) financing model, which will see students pursuing science, medicine, engineering and related programmes in public universities paying more for their education. Read more

USIU VC, Manu Chandaria Lead Students in Demo against Land Grabbing

The USIU-A community held demonstrations on Wednesday against a private developer’s attempt to grab the university’s land. Read more

 

30 June 2016

Biometric Registration Will Streamline Higher Education

Cabinet Secretary for Education copied the media a rather innocent letter sent to the Commission for University Education (CUE), which will radically change the education system. Read more

Moi University’s Jairo Moses’ Supporters Prove the Strength of Comrades Power

It was business unusual for Moi university administration officials after a memo calling for the suspension of the academics director, under unclear circumstances. Read more

Students Shun Garissa University in September Intake

Students set to join universities in September have shunned Garissa University College, dealing a blow to government efforts to revive the institution a year after a deadly terrorist attack there. Read more

Universities Mull over Sh3b French Facility

Local public and private universities have received with mixed reactions a $30 million (Sh3.03 billion) low-interest credit facility that the French government has availed for lending to higher institutions of learning to develop and expand infrastructure. Read more

Uon to Build a Sh2bn State-Of-The-Art Confucius Institute, After Signing Deal

The University of Nairobi has signed an agreement with the Executive Bureau of International Economic Cooperation, Ministry of Commerce, Beijing, China, on the construction of a Sh2 billion state-of-the-art Confucius Institute Building at the institution. Read more

 

15 June 2016

Board to Eliminate Internship Loans for Students

Internship loans to undergraduate students will be phased out in the next two years. Read more

Confusion at Moi University as Retired Vice Chancellor ‘Returns’

The row between staff and management at Moi University on Monday took a dramatic twist when outgoing Vice-Chancellor made an about-turn and took back his position. Read more

Diploma ‘Disease’ Is Stunting Development

Nothing demonstrates the depth and breadth of colonialism in modern Africa than formal academic education and the privileges that accrue to the few who pursue it to the highest level. Read more

HF Foundation Developing Occupational Standards for Technicians

Housing finance has steered the building and construction industry in developing a new set of building and construction occupational standards. Read more

Kaimosi College Declines to Relocate to New Land

The fate of the 114-year-old Kaimosi Teachers Training College hangs in the balance due to its tussle over land with a university. Read more

Kenya’s R&D Seeks Higher Education Laurels

Expanding sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiatives and promoting research and development (R&D) collaboration between the academic and business communities, in particular, could narrow the skills gap and improve student outcomes. Read more

Like All Public Entities, Varsities Must Have Financial Transparency

For a long time, university finances have been treated with needless opacity, like military budgets. Read more

Poor Course Choices to Blame for University Dropouts

Kisii professor has outlined poor course choices as the main reason to increased rate of university dropouts. Read more

Varsity Seeks Support towards Nairobi Innovation Week

In preparation for the Nairobi Innovation Week 2016, the University of Nairobi is seeking support from various stakeholders. Read more

Who Knows These Kenyan Universities?

Kenya has 22 public universities, 14 chartered private universities and 12 universities with Letter of Interim Authority (LIA). Read more

Zetech Varsity Vice Chancellor Urges State to Set Up Talent Academies in Counties

Zetech University vice chancellor is rooting for the establishment of talent academies in all counties. Read more

 

15 May 2016

Commission Has Set the Bar Too High For Master’s Degree Students

The requirement that master’s students should publish a paper in a refereed journal before they can graduate is setting the standard for a master’s degree far too high. Read more

It Is Time to Rescue the Academe from These Careerist ‘Professors’

There is a justifiable concern that unless our universities get serious, the title “professor” will lose the aura and nobility it ought to have. Read more

Kenyan and Chinese Universities Confirm Deal to Train Oil Experts

China University of Petroleum has entered into a partnership with Mount Kenya University (MKU) on training of experts in the oil industry. Read more

Science Degree Students to Pay Higher Fees in New Varsity Plan

University students will soon be charged fees according to the nature of the degrees they pursue. Read more

Spike in University Enrolment Brings New Challenges

Kenya’s total university student enrolment rose 22.8% last year, marked by increased female enrolment and driven by massive infrastructure development, the introduction of new courses and the opening of more satellite campuses. Read more

TUM VC Josphat Mwatelah Sacked Over Abuse of Office Questions

Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has finally sacked embattled Technical University of Mombasa (TUM) Vice-Chancellor Josphat Mwatelah. Read more

Why Graduate Students Must Publish Their Work in Journals

It is in the interest of our universities to be involved in all these efforts to make higher education worthy. Read more

 

30 April 2016

CBK Launches Six-Month Training for University Students

The Central Bank of Kenya on Tuesday April 19, launched a six-month Internship Program dubbed (CBKIP) that seeks to develop youth between 21 to 29 years. Read more

Find Out How University Students Are Blowing Away HELB Fund

There is a concern over the rise in misuse of HELB loans among students across Kenyan universities. Read more

Focus on Job Market Oriented Courses, Varsities Told

Universities and middle level colleges have been challenged to put more emphasis on courses that are in line with the current job market demand. Read more

Gov’t Sets Up Professional Programmes Accreditation Committee

The government has set up a standing committee to harmonise the accreditation of professional and technical programmes in institutions of higher learning. Read more

It’s Careless to Blame Student Leaders for Rot in University

The only university whose chancellor is President Uhuru Kenyatta was closed due to student unrest. Read more

Kenyatta University Has Built for the Future

The university has gone from an artsy, social-cultural specialising institution, and is now bulking up on science and business, which is the direction in which the world is moving. Read more

Kisii University, an Island of Tranquility

Misunderstandings between university administrations and students, according to students, has been sighted as the major cause of the conflicts. Read more

Ministry of Education Will Not Intervene In University Strikes

The education cabinet secretary, has stated that public universities have competent councils and senates that can handle the disagreements in their institutions. Read more

Moi University to Sue Council over Course Rule

Moi University has threatened to sue the Council of Legal Education after being directed not to offer law courses, sparking a fresh row. Read more

MPs Want Task Force Formed to Probe Universities’ Unrest

A section no Members of Parliament now want the government to form a task force to investigate the rising cases of unrest in public universities. Read more

Multi-Million-Dollar Hostel Project for Five Universities

Kenya has kicked off a multi-million-dollar push to develop student hostels in five public universities by tapping into private funds, with the ultimate goal being to drive up enrolments. Read more

Our Operations in Rwanda Are Legal

Recently, the Kenyan parliament launched investigations into operations of two Kenyan public universities holding campuses in Rwanda and Tanzania. Read more

Quality of Education in Varsities and Colleges Needs Urgent Review

In the wake of the ongoing debate on the reform of Kenya’s school curriculum, this may be the appropriate time to address the factors contributing to the declining quality of education in institutions of higher learning. Read more

Team Found to End Rows over University Course

A committee was set up to harmonise the accreditation of professional and technical programmes in institutions of higher learning. Read more

Uninformed Selection, Parental Pressure Leads to Poor Career Choice

His father is a magistrate and his sister an advocate, so Brian Chweya was naturally motivated to study law. Read more

University Expansion Plans Put on Hold

The Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board (MPDB) and the Commission for University Education (CUE) have denied Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (Mmust) a licence to start a medical school this year. Read more

UON Defies Student Calls to Re-Open

The University of Nairobi vice-chancellor, has issued a directive confirming that the institution remains closed following students’ unrest. Read more

UoN to Re-Open After Unrest Forced Closure

The University of Nairobi is set to re-open after it was closed following students unrest in the wake of contested SONU elections. Read more

Varsity Staff Go on Strike to Demand Hardship Allowances

Staff at Laikipia University in Nyahururu have gone on strike to protest the failure by the management to pay them hardship allowances. Read more

 

15 April 2016

Engineering Students ‘in Limbo’ With No Board

The government’s failure to appoint new members to the Engineers Board of Kenya seven months after its term expired has hurt universities and colleges offering engineering courses. Read more

Exam Board Dissolved and Senior Officers Arrested

The Kenya National Examinations Council’s board was dissolved on 24 March over the irregularities that marred national examinations in 2015. Read more

Kenya Marks Garissa university Massacre Anniversary

Kenyans on Saturday commemorated the first anniversary of a terrorist attack that killed 148 people, mostly students, at a university in Garissa. Read more

MKU Introduces New Graduate Courses Relevant for the Labour Market

Mount Kenya University has introduced new graduate courses in line with the university’s five year strategic plan.Read more

KCB Partners with University to Assist in Admission of Students

University of Nairobi (UoN) has entered into partnership with a bank to ease the admission of self-sponsored students. Read more

Private Universities Might Enroll State-Funded Students

The Government is exploring ways in which private universities can enrol State-funded students. Read more

Technical Grads Get Jobs ‘Faster’ Than Degree Holders

Graduates from technical and vocational institutions have higher chances of getting employed than university graduates. Read more

University Bosses Agree on New Tuition Fee Model

Kenya’s public universities have agreed on a new tuition fee model that will see students pay fees based on the courses they undertake. Read more

University of Nairobi Suspends 139 More Students Over Chaos

The University of Nairobi (UoN) has suspended 139 more students just a day after the varsity suspended 62 others over the recent chaos in the institution following a disputed student union’s election. Read more

UoN Students Blame Administration for Woes

Suspended University of Nairobi (UoN) students claim impending examinations and failure by Vice-Chancellor to rein in the notorious gangs that have gained a foothold in the students halls of residence are the main reasons that triggered the two–day strike. Read more

Varsity Chaos in Second Day as Students Defy Vacate Order

The university, located in Nyahururu, was closed down indefinitely after students went on the rampage to protest what they claimed was a move by the institution to offer courses not recognised by the Commission for University Education (CUE). Read more

 

1 April 2016

Dons Laud State Directive on Opening Campuses

University lecturers have welcomed the government’s recent move stopping the opening of additional university campuses and satellite colleges. Read more

Ex-Kenyatta University VC Olive Mugenda Turns Down Ksh 100M Retirement Package

Former Kenyatta University Vice Chancellor Prof. Olive Mugenda has declined a Ksh 100 million send off package awarded to her by the institution as appreciation for her exemplary performance as she retires. Read more

JKUAT Nakuru Campus Students Go on A Rampage

Learning was Tuesday paralysed at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology (JKUAT) Nakuru CBD campus after students went on a rampage. Read more

Kenya Has Miles to Travel Before Becoming Global Innovation Force

Kenya has established itself as an important regional player on the continent. The turn of the century marked an economic revival that has been accompanied by a rise in citizens’ expectations. Read more

Kenyatta University Win inaugural Nyeri Sevens

Kenyatta University won the inaugural Nyeri Sevens rugby tournament after beating their arch-rivals Kenya Methodist University (Kemu) in a thrilling game at Kabiruini showground. Read more

Kenyatta University Vice Chancellor Prof. Olive Mugenda ‘Retires’ From Service

Kenyatta University Vice Chancellor Prof. Olive Mugenda retires from office today (Friday, March 18th, 2016) after serving for 10 years, but a fresh row has erupted between her and the University Academic Staff Union over the send off gift that the university’s Senate Council is intending to award her. Read more

MPs Probe Kenyan Varsities’ Campuses In Rwanda, Tanzania

A parliamentary watchdog has launched investigations into how two Kenyan public universities invested millions of shillings to set up campuses in Rwanda and Tanzania. Read more

Our Varsities Call for a Total Overhaul

Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i’s in-tray has been piling by the day with rot and institutional failure at the key education agencies. Read more

Student Loans Agency in Urgent Funding, Recovery Drive

Kenya’s Higher Education Loans Board, the agency that disburses student loans on behalf of the government – has launched a fresh drive to attract millions of dollars in long-term funds and recover more than US$120 million in loans. Read more

Universities Grow but Skills Pool Shrinks

Despite the rapid expansion of Kenyan higher education in the last two decades, universities have failed to produce employable graduates and there is a shrinking supply of skilled labour. Read more

Varsity Students Stage Play, Wash Rooms to Raise Money for Orphans

Maseno University Christian Union students staged a play and went around cleaning fellow students’ rooms the whole weekend in order to raise money for orphans. Read more

We Should Give Higher Education Priority and Give it More Funding

The main problem isn’t that the number of public universities has gone up or that the number of students joining public universities has increased. Read more

 

15 March 2016

7 Funny Time Wasters You Will Find In Campus

Findings from a recent study revealed that university students do not sleep and your guess is right; it is not for all the good reasons. Read more

African Virtual University to Launch New Portal for Mass Learning

The continent’s pioneer E-learning institution of higher education, African Virtual University (AVU) will launch a new online portal to deliver Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) targeted at increasing training opportunities in various fields. Read more

Agency Seeks Universities to Set Up Konza Campuses

Kenya’s KES595.8 billion (US$5.8 billion) Silicon Valley, Konza, is seeking local and international universities to set up campuses on its vast land. Read more

Better School Results Pile Pressure on University Places

Kenyan universities face a heavy burden this year as they prepare to enroll the highest ever number of students to qualify for university, following improved performance in the 2015 school-leaving examinations. Read more

Degree is Good but Technical Skills are Needed

The mismatch between skills needed in the job market and what some of our universities and colleges are offering is of great concern. Read more

Government Bans Opening of More Satellite Campuses

Many satellite campuses in Kenya are said to have watered down the quality of higher education in the country. Read more

JKUAT Admin Warns Rioting Students Who Stole Poisonous Lab Rabbits

JKUAT students went on strike following the death of a comrade allegedly in the care of the university hospital. In the midst of the chaos – where students engaged police in running battles – some bright guys though the best place to loot was the lab. Read more

Kebs Pushes for University Standards to be Mandatory

Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) has raised alarm over the slow uptake of the ISO 9001:2015 series of standards by universities despite heavy sensitisation. Read more

Kenyan Varsity Lines Up Events to Mark 1st Anniversary Since Terror Attack

Garissa University College in northeast Kenya said Monday it has organized a series of events to mark the first anniversary since the Al-Shaabab militia attack on April 2, 2015 that resulted in the killing of 148 students. Read more

Matiang’i Asks Universities to Take Role in School Curriculum Review

Universities have been urged to play a leading role in the ongoing review of the school curriculum. Read more

Matiangi Enlists Students in War on Corruption

After ordering that no more satellite higher learning campuses will not be registered, Education CS Fred Matiangi has now devised a way on how his Ministry will be monitoring funds allocated to public schools. Read more

MKU Opens Virtual Varsity Call Centre

Mount Kenya University’s Virtual Varsity has unveiled a new, ultra-modern call centre to improve services to students, guardians and parent. Read more

Moi University Students Protest Absence of Lecturers

Students of Moi University, Eldoret, rioted on against the two-month absence of lecturers over a salary dispute. Read more

Non-Payment of Lecturers Shows Depth of Rot in Universities

If there is a problem that epitomises just how low the university system in Kenya has sunk, it undoubtedly must be the non-payment of salaries of part-time lecturers. Read more

We Will Re-Align University Courses To Kenya’s Needs

Education Cabinet Secretary launched the first baseline survey of engineering departments. Read more

 

29 February 2016

Machakos Varsity Closed After Students Burn Offices

Machakos University College was closed indefinitely after arsonists burnt offices and vital procurement documents to protest against botched polls. Read more

Matiang’i Upgrades Eight Technical Institutes to National Polytechnics

The Ministry of Education on Thursday upgraded eight technical training institutes to national polytechnics, bringing the number to 10 in the country. Read more

Student Loans Agency Targets Driving Licences To Recover Cash

Kenyans who have defaulted on their loans from the Higher Education Loans Board will not be allowed to renew their driving licences this year. Read more

Universities Cautioned Over Setting Up Campuses Outside Kenya

The Commission for University Education (CUE) has cautioned public universities over setting up campuses in foreign countries, saying they will have to justify their reasons. Read more

Universities Must Tighten Belts After 3.5% Subsidy Rise

Kenya’s public universities are set for another rough year after a government decision to raise subsidies by a measly 3.5% for the coming year. Read more

University Regulations Curtailing Education Growth

University education stakeholders want the Commission for University Education (CUE) to involve them actively in the amendment of University Regulations 2014. Read more

Varsity Seeks Partnership With Prisons to Offer Degree Courses to Inmates

Prisoners in Kenya could soon graduate with degrees as the Presbyterian Church of East Africa seeks to partner with the prisons department to introduce higher education in all the prisons. Read more

Varsity Sets Up Mentorship Project

A second year construction management student at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (Jkuat) says, through the Brighter Future Programme, made choices for her future that she would not have made if she was not part of the club. Read more

 

15 February 2016

Chuka University Closed Indefinitely Over Student Unrest

Chuka University in Tharaka-Nithi County has been closed indefinitely after students staged a protest over the disputed students’ elections. Read more

HELB Disburses Funds to 47,000 Students

The Higher Education Loans Board (Helb) has finally released money for 47,000 first year university students. Read more

Kenya Green Universities Network Launched to Promote Sustainability Practices in Higher Education Institutions

With 70 public and private universities in Kenya, there is great potential to promote sustainability both through education and practice. Read more

Limited Resources Should Not Compromise Academic Excellence

First Lady has asked stakeholders in education to ensure challenges of limited resources do not compromise academic excellence. Read more

Pursue Medical and Education Courses, Urges Matiang’i

Education Cabinet Secretary has decried the small number of people pursuing education and medical degrees, saying the country needs more. Read more

Student Survivor of Garissa College Massacre Speaks Out

The Garissa assault was one of the most serious worldwide on universities and the deadliest in Kenya since the 1998 bombings of United States’ embassies. Read more

Universities Can Do Better

Every institution worth its salt strives to excel in its core business and any external recognition is the icing on the cake. Read more

Universities Launch Movement to Mitigate Climate Change

Kenyan universities have launched an environmental movement that will focus on climate change mitigation in a bid to achieve global development targets set last year. Read more

Universities Can Do Better

Every institution worth its salt strives to excel in its core business and any external recognition is the icing on the cake. Read more

Uon Website among the Most Searched

An international website that ranks and reviews organisation has listed the University of Nairobi website among the most searched and visited in Kenya. Read more

 

January 2016

Court reinstates Prof. Olive Mugenda as Kenyatta University VC

The Labour Relations Court has reversed earlier orders sending Kenyatta University Vice Chancellor Prof. Olive Mugenda on terminal leave pending hearing of a case challenging her ouster filed by activist Okiya Omtatah. Read more

Commission for University Education Is To Blame

Between January and December 2015, the Commission for University Education (CUE) in its first satellite campus accreditation exercise, inspected a total of 56 campuses in Nairobi, Lodwar, Western, Nyanza and Rift Valley. Read more

Crackdown on Campuses a Positive Step

The Commission for University Education (CUE) ordered the closure of university campuses that did not meet the operational standards set out for institutions of higher learning. Read more

Disband Universities’ Regulatory Agency (CUE)

University in Kenya since 2012 has deteriorated completely to the extent that having a degree in Kenya has become like taking a soda in a road side kiosk. Read more

Education Team Must Do More Than Just Close Universities

Between January and December 2015, the Commission for University Education (CUE) in its first satellite campus accreditation exercise inspected a total of 56 campuses in Nairobi, Lodwar, Western, Nyanza and Rift Valley. Read more

Garissa College, Site of 2015 Terror Massacre, Reopens

Garissa University College in northeast Kenya has reopened, nine months after 147 students were killed in a brutal assault by Somalia-based al-Qaeda linked al-Shabaab Islamist militants. Read more

HELB Should Stop Deceiving Students

The Higher Education Loans Board has tremendously contributed towards assisting students from families engulfed in destitution to acquire higher education. Read more

Kenyatta University Students, Staff Asked To Remain Calm

Kenyatta University Chancellor has called for patience among staff and students during the ongoing leadership transition at the institution. Read more

Making Higher Education Affordable to the Majority Is Key to Kenya’s Growth

Any country that aspires to transform the living standards of its people must emphasise a sound educational system. Read more

Medical Schools to Be Accredited Afresh – Board

This is a joint venture with the medical and dentists councils from Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi. We have already finalised schedule and programme. Read more

Private Universities Seek State-Funded Students Share

Private universities in Kenya are pushing to be allowed to admit state-funded students, in a bid to help ease an admissions crisis in public institutions. Read more

Professionals Raise Concern over Mushrooming Campuses in Counties

A body with representatives from all public universities in Kenya has expressed concern over mushrooming universities and middle level colleges in the country, at the expense of quality education. Read more

Quality of Higher Learning Going Down

Something is terribly going wrong with our education system as nothing Kenyans say is being taken seriously. Read more

Twelve Campuses Set For Closure Given One Year to Clean Up Act

Students at 12 university campuses that were facing closure for failing to adhere to regulations and standards got a reprieve Wednesday after the regulator and Education ministry agreed to give their institutions 12 months to comply. Read more

University Councils Are ‘Illegal’ and Will Be Disbanded

Kenya’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology is disbanding the councils of all public universities and their constituent colleges after a court ruled that the councils, as currently constituted, are in breach of the Universities Act and the country’s constitution. Read more

University Education Must Be Reformed

The tug of war between some universities and the Commission for University Education (CUE) serves as a pointer to the probability that our higher education needs urgent reforms and streamlining. Read more

UoN emerges 6th in Africa

The University of Nairobi has been ranked 6th in Africa and number 697 in the world in the just released Webometrics Ranking. Read more

Varsity Faults Council’s Power on Accreditation

The Council of Legal Education (CLE) has no powers to conduct inspections in Universities, Moi University has claimed. Read more

WB To Give Moi University Sh600 Million

The World Bank will give Moi University Eldoret a Sh600 million grant to develop a centre of excellence for textiles and renewable energy. The money will mostly be used for research and implementation of programmes. Read more

 

December 2015

Bridging Skills Gap in Kenya’s Education Sector

This month has seen many universities in Kenya churn out graduates into the job market. After four years of undergraduate training, these students are highly expectant to join the market and reward themselves for a four-year job well done. Read more

Dons’ Shortage, Tribalism Blotting Varsity Education

Public institutions of higher learning in Kenya are inundated with challenges that incapacitate them from realising core mandate of delivering quality education and research. Read more

Education CS Matiang’i Set To Meet University Heads

Education Cabinet Secretary will meet management of public universities, the first in a series of meetings with education stakeholders. Read more

Find Creative Ways to Raise Cash for Varsities’ Expansion: Kibaki

Public universities should find innovative ways of raising funds for expansion, former President said. Read more

Relief As New Pact Saves Students in Region from Extra University Charges

Students in public universities that are members of the Northern Corridor will not be subjected to extra charges in any of the countries starting January. Read more

Universities Defy Order to Stop Diploma Courses

The directive against universities teaching diploma and certificate courses was first issued by Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in 2014. Read more

University Students to Pay Quality Control Fee

The Commission for University Education has introduced a quality control charge for every student, a move that will see an increase in fees. Read more

We Must Save the Quality of Our University Education, and the Time to Do That Is Now

Urgent measures are needed to enhance support to our institutions of higher learning and forestall a further slide into tribalism, nepotism, greed, and poor quality of learning and research. Read more

Why religious organisations must be active in school system

Institutions of learning such as universities and even schools have great significance in any society. It is here that the society of the future is formed. Read more

Yes, It Is Time to Audit University Education

The country needs to take an audit of the growth of universities and address the critical issues of quality and relevance. Read more

Yikes! This Tragicomedy In Kenyan Universities Is Horrible!

It took just one week for Kenyan universities to fall from their high horse of sham higher education to where they rightfully should be; the gutter. Read more

 

November 2015

Alarm Raised Over Shortage of Lecturers in Varsities The Ministry of Education has raised the alarm over the shortage of university lecturers in the country. Read more

Conflict and Crash Crunch Hit the University of Nairobi Controversy stalked the appointment of vice-chancellor of the University of Nairobi, and has followed him ever since. Read more

Creating Tertiary Education Opportunities for Refugees in Dadaab and Kakuma Strathmore University, through @iLabAfrica Research Centre, signed a memorandum of understanding with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Read more

Does An MBA Make A Person A Better Worker Or Is It Just Hype? There was a time when the Master of Business Administration was held in high esteem, with its holders (referred to as MBAs) having an edge when it came to career advancement. Read more

Dons Taking Sides in Vice-Chancellor’s Row University of Nairobi lecturers have waded in to a row pitting Vice-Chancellor and his deputy. Read more

Government to Reform Education System to Meet Market Needs President has announced plans to reform the Kenya’s education system to make it relevant to market needs. Read more

It Will Be Difficult For University Education to Recover From Wave of Commercialisation As government support to higher education declined and perceptions of the university degree as the surest ticket to social and economic privilege gained merit, universities in Kenya made money. Read more

It’s Time Africa Addressed Her Education Woes The Fees Must Fall student protests in South Africa have highlighted the many challenges facing university education in Africa. Read more

Moi University, Toyota  Signs MOU on Fertilizer Moi University and Toyota Tsusho Fertiliser Africa Limited (TTFA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to partner in a joint trial of locally manufactured fertilizer in the University farm. Read more

Mugenda Named Best CEO For ‘Transforming KU Image’ The Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya (ICPSK) has named Kenyatta University Vice Chancellor the CEO of the Year following her “exemplary leadership.” Read more

Pope Francis to Celebrate Holy Mass At Uon His Holiness Pope Francis will celebrate Holy Mass at the University of Nairobi (UoN) grounds. Read more

Rising Cases of Sexual Abuse Frustrate Education In Mombasa The red light has been raised over the increase of sexual abuse and violence among school-going children in Mombasa. Read more

Strathmore University Celebrates the Year of the Family The family unit is central to society and the church; the challenges facing the family unit worldwide are dire. Read more

Thousands of Students Fall Victim to Accreditation Spat Some six weeks after being sent home by universities, more than 4,000 students remain excluded from their studies amid a bitter war over course accreditation between the Engineers Board of Kenya and the Commission for University Education. Read more

Varsity Launches REHAU Home gas Project The fight against global warming has received a boost following the launch of REHAU Home gas project at JKUAT. Read more

 

October 2015

Crises Over Degree Recognition, Fee Hike, Student Loans Nothing seems to be working. It’s tragedy after tragedy for me,” said Ngila, the son of a peasant farmer from eastern Kenya who relies on the stipend from the Higher Education Loans Board. Read more

CUE, Professional Bodies to Meet Over Varsity Education Crisis The Ministry of Education has stepped in to address the higher education sector crisis by inviting professional bodies and the Commission for University Education (CUE) for a meeting. Read more

Cutthroat Competition Not Helping Universities The higher education sector has been quite vibrant with the number of universities increasing tremendously. Read more

High Student Enrolment has Led to Shortage of Facilities and Services Squalid living quarters, crowding in lecture halls and a shortage of extra-curricular facilities make it difficult for many  university students to be the best they can be. Read more

Is this PhD a Curse or a Blessing? In the four years I have been studying for my PhD, I have been amazed at the expressions of respect and vigorous handshakes I receive from numerous men. One notable aspect about the men is that they are 55 and above. Read more

Kenya’s University System Needs Radical Surgery to Deliver Quality Education Barely had the country dealt with the news of the crisis over engineering courses in universities than it was confronted with another crisis. Read more

Outdated University Technology is Harming Learning and Research As the government focuses all its attention on providing laptops to primary schools, similar attention and effort should be spared to address ICT gaps in our public universities. Read more

President Rejects Students Loan Bill President Kenyatta has rejected a law by the National Assembly that would have compelled the Higher Education Loans Board to fund all government-sponsored undergraduate students. Read more

Proposed Law Relaxes Foreign Varsity Rules Foreign universities will be able to roll out their programmes without having to partner with local institutions, if a new Bill is passed. Read more

Reforms to Vocational Education to be Completed Soon Reforms aimed at streamlining Kenya’s technical and vocational education and training, or TVET, could be fully implemented by the end of this year with the creation of a funding board. Read more

Remove Sub-Standard Courses at Universities The massive expansion of universities has created opportunities for many people to pursue higher education and improve their lot. Read more

Suspension of Courses Puts Varsity Regulator on the Spot The Commission for University Education (CUE) is on the spot over the recent suspension of degree courses by professional bodies. Read more

The Trouble with Our Varsities and How to Sort Them Among Kenya’s development challenges, none are more pressing than its social and economic travails. Read more

Urgent Reforms Needed to Save Kenya’s University Education It is disheartening to read about and even witness the deteriorating standards of Kenyan university education. Read more

We Can no Longer Ignore Paucity of Quality in Education Our Varsities Offer Recent events in our public and private universities have demonstrated the institutions can no longer ignore the growing crisis of professional standards and worrying decline in the quality of academic programmes they offer. Read more

Why it is Important to Define the Roles of Professional Bodies and Universities The closure of several law schools by the Council of Legal Education comes at a time when important questions are being asked on the quality of our university education. Read more

Why Our Education System Won’t Deliver Vision 2030 Agenda The World Bank released a damning report about the quality of graduates being churned out by local universities and colleges, which is not a surprise to those who have been following the emerging trends of higher education in the last few years. Read more

World Bank Raises Concern on Quality of Kenya’s Graduates The World Bank has raised concerns on the quality of graduates being produced by universities and colleges in Kenya. Read more

 

September 2015

Agony of Students Stranded in Russia More than 40 Kenyan students on government scholarships at various universities in Russia are stranded after the Ministry of Education withheld financial aid. Read more

A Tricky Balancing Act for Varsity as Cash Crisis Bites With the university having a monthly wage bill of Sh750 million and receiving only Sh438 million from the Treasury, the 59-year-old institution is left to raise the balance of Sh312 million from other sources. Read more

Days When Education Was a Status Symbol Long Gone At the university in the 1980s, our lecturer in research methods gave the class literature on development and people’s incomes. Read more

IBM’s Sh6bn Plan to Train Tech Students Takes Off Through a partnership with Kenya Education Network (KENET), the technology firm will beam out courses from a vetted curriculum on a universal cloud system in more than 50 universities in the country. Read more

Police Arrest 10 University of Nairobi Students Protesting Over Helb Loans At least 10 University of Nairobi students have been arrested after hundreds of them went on the rampage. Read more

Turkana Opens First University This is Kenya’s first university to be established in the vast, resource-rich area of north Kenya. The university established the campus in 2011, as a teaching centre for teachers. Read more

Turning Universities Into Glorified High Schools The profession of engineering in Kenya needs urgent action by policy makers to ensure fairness to all stakeholders. Read more

Universities Versus Engineering Board Row Escalates A standoff between the Engineers Board of Kenya and universities has escalated after the board refused to accredit a new list of 35 engineering courses submitted by universities for approval. Read more

 

August 2015

Campuses Promised Police Officers to Boost Anti-terror Security Police officers will be deployed on request to Kenyan universities to boost security and guard against possible future attacks by religious extremists. Read more

Do you Have Money? Then Buy a Degree Could the escalating and incessant demand for degrees as a prerequisite for jobs and elected office without foolproof regulatory framework be unwittingly providing platform for entrepreneurship in fake academic papers? Read more

First-Year University Students Asked to Apply for Helb Students who are set to join universities and colleges in September can now apply for government study loans. Read more

Garissa Residents, Activists Protest Over Poor Standards of Education Hundreds of Garissa residents and civil society activists on Thursday took to the street to protest over an education crisis in the county. Read more

Hostel Shortage Worsens in Kitui County A serious shortage of hostels has hit college students in Kitui County, prompting them to seek accommodation in small rental rooms behind far-flung shopping centres. Read more

Ingenuity, Creativity a Must to Tackle Unemployment We have become a society of copy pasting and nothing demonstrates this better than the products from our higher learning institutions. We are churning out a crop of graduates who have perfected the art of copy pasting. Read more

It is Time to End This Farce of Vetting Courses in Universities and Colleges For a while now, it has been reported that the fate of thousands of students pursuing engineering courses is uncertain because the Engineers Board of Kenya (ERB), which is charged with offering practising certificates, has disowned degrees from some universities. Read more

Nasty Battle for Control of UoN Billions Goes to Varsity Council The bare-knuckled battle for the control of the University of Nairobi’s billions and personnel management has been escalated to the university’s council. Read more

President Tips Universities President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday asked private universities to remain dedicated to increasing access to affordable higher education. Read more

They Were Given Wings and Are Now Flying High in Top American Multinationals Tears of joy flowed freely when villagers from Bartolimo in Kabartonjo, Baringo County, gathered to bid farewell to one of their sons who was headed to the United States for higher education. Read more

Three Universities to Build Laptops in Innovation Drive Three of Kenya’s public universities have ventured into manufacturing laptops, perhaps highlighting the growing level of innovation in East Africa’s biggest economy. Read more

Varsities Become Hackers’ New Happy Hunting Grounds Kenyan universities have become prime targets for hackers who sell off financial records and other important data to rival institutions of higher learning. Read more

Varsities Warned Over ‘Needless’ Expansion Education Cabinet Secretary has warned universities against hurried and unnecessary expansion. Read more

 

July 2015

Call to Train Youth on Entrepreneurial Skills The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) wants the government to partner with institutions of higher learning in management of Youth and Women Enterprise funds. Read more

Choose Courses That Can Give You Prospects of a Job on Graduation Information technology, oil and gas, mining, structural engineering and manufacturing are some of the emerging sectors that those wishing to pursue higher education should consider if they want to be guaranteed employment once they graduate. Read more

Garissa Varsity Students Free To Join Other Moi Campuses The over 600 former Garissa University College students who were absorbed at the Moi University main campus in Eldoret will be allowed to choose any of the university’s campuses in various parts of the country to continue with their learning programmes after they complete this academic year. Read more

Give Us Guns to Protect Universities, Lecturers Say In a proposal with potentially far-reaching consequences to the security and education sectors in the country, lecturers have demanded to be permitted by the law to carry firearms within university precincts. Read more

Investing in Education is Investing in People For the founder and chairman of Mount Kenya University – East and Central Africa’s largest private institution of higher learning – quality education is the engine that will propel Africa’s economic growth. Read more

It’s Time We Recognised Nursing and Midwifery Nursing and midwifery are honourable professions that are yearning for better recognition locally and regionally. Nurses and midwives make up the largest workforce in the healthcare system. Read more

Loan to Improve Technical and Vocational Training Kenya plans to revitalise post-secondary technical and vocational institutions aimed at imparting engineering, science and technical skills to thousands more young people. Read more

Recruit Staff Fairly, Ruto Tells Varsities Deputy President William Ruto has urged institutions of higher learning to develop policies that will ensure that their workforce reflects the face of the country. Read more

Technical Education Drive Hits Snag Expansion of technical and vocational education has suffered a setback after more than 30,000 candidates turned down opportunities to join institutions offering the courses. Read more

US$1 Billion Universities Research Kitty Coming Soon Kenya plans to set up a US$1 billion National Research Fund to strengthen research in universities, with an eye to boosting innovation to push the country to become a middle-income economy by 2030. Read more

Want to be a Recognised Engineer? Be Careful Which Varsity You Join The fate of thousands of students pursuing engineering courses or who have graduated hangs in the balance after the professional body charged with offering practicing certificates made a fresh push to disown degrees from some universities. Read more

 

June 2015

German Scholarships for 300 Garissa Massacre Survivors Just months after a terror attack killed 148 people at Garissa University College in northeast Kenya, 300 of its surviving students have been awarded scholarships to complete their studies by the German Academic Exchange Service, DAAD. Read more

US Firm to Build Student Hostels in US$11 Million Project Kenyatta University – Kenya’s largest institution by student numbers – has teamed up with New York-based private equity firm Integras to build hostels with a total of 10,000 beds. The US$11 million project is to be executed under a public-private partnership. Read more

The Crisis in Our Universities Starts from Sub-standard Teaching in Lecture Rooms The recent notice of closure of university satellite campuses in the centre of Nairobi is a pointer that the Commission for University Education (CUE) is waking to the reality that higher education in Kenya is going rogue. Read more

Varsity Set to Sign Sh5bn Contract Under Public Private Partnership The first major infrastructural project under the Public Private Partnership since the framework was entrenched into law two years ago will be signed Friday. Read more

20,000 Told to Apply Afresh for University More than 20,000 students who qualified for university education last year have been told to submit new applications for their preferred courses. Read more

College Fights Law Barring Varsity Ties A middle-level college fears it may have to close down over a regulation that bars it from collaborating with a public university on academic programmes. Read more

Long Walk to Decolonising the Mind Literature is like an elephant and we, as interpreters, can only touch the various parts. We can only keep discovering it. Read more

Good Action on ‘Varsity’ The speed with which the Commission for University Education has moved to shut down a new institution that was found not to have followed the laid-down registration procedure is commendable. Read more

 

MAY 2015

Kenyan Confucius Institute Held Up as Model for Africa The Confucius Institute at the University of Nairobi has been chosen as a model for the non-profit organization in Africa after being recognized for its consistently high standard of education over the past 11 years. Read more

Kenya Must Take New Look at Education Paradigm shift is a must if country is to realize its industrial dream. In the mid-1980s, Kenya realized there was not enough employment for the growing number of young people. This was particularly disconcerting when graduates filled the streets looking for elusive white-collar jobs. Read more

Minding the Skills Gap Chinese firm wants to leave training legacy in Kenya. A senior executive from China Road and Bridge Corporation, which is building a key railway project in Kenya, has promised to strengthen skill training among the company’s Kenyan employees and leave the country with a group of highly qualified and skilled workers once the project is completed. Read more

New Rules on Masters, Moonlighting and Lecturer PhDs Masters students in Kenya face difficult times under new regulations by the Commission for University Education that require them to complete their courses in two years. And those who choose to become lecturers will only be able to do so after obtaining a doctorate. Read more

Row over Ownership, Status Hits Top Private University Controversy has hit one of Kenya’s oldest and leading private institutions, the United States International University – Africa, over who exactly owns the university and whether it is a non-profit or business entity. Read more

Kenya Embraces Research Chairs Programme to Drive R&D Kenya has embraced the University Research Chairs – or URC – programme, a model that has already been adopted by countries such as Canada and South Africa. Read more

Universities Ordered to Stop Non-Degree Courses Kenya’s Commission for University Education, or CUE, has directed universities to cease teaching diploma and certificate courses by July, and also to end collaboration with middle-level colleges in delivering non-degree courses. As a result, universities stand to lose large amounts of fee income. Read more

Viewed Without Bias, Public University Graduates are Highly Employable Two big myths inform public discourse on university education policy in Kenya today. The first is that the proliferation of students entering universities has reduced the quality of the average student admitted. Read more

Nairobi-Based College Moves to Court to Challenge New Varsity Rules A Nairobi-based college has moved to court to challenge the new regulations barring tertiary institutions from offering programmes in collaboration with universities. Read more

Colleges, Varsities to Break Degrees Links Colleges will no longer offer degrees in collaboration with universities, a regulator has said. The Commission for University Education said the two institutions have until next month to end the partnership. Read more

 

April 2015

Nadhif Jama: ‘College Closure Unfortunate’ The Governor of Garissa County has described as “unfortunate” the closure of Garissa University College. Read more

Survey to Boost Varsities After a gloomy period following the slaughter of more than 140 students of Garissa University College by terrorists, there is some exciting news for the education sector — the results of a survey carried out on which universities’ graduates are most favoured by employers. Read more

Universities Should Enhance Their Security Colleges and universities are unique environments that require security solutions based on complex and often changing factors. Read more

Rules Make it Illegal to Alter Fees It is now illegal for public schools to ask parents to pay higher fees than that approved by the Cabinet Secretary for Education. Read more

Rethink the Purpose of Higher Education Education in Kenya seems more interested in churning out graduates without caring whether there are jobs for them. Read more

Terror Scare Kills 1 in Nairobi University‏ Stampede One student died and more than a hundred others were injured on Sunday in a Nairobi University stampede triggered by a terror scare. It is unfortunate that one of the students had succumbed to injuries received after jumping out of their hostels. Read more

Churches Accuse Muslim Scholars of Inaction Over Attack In the wake of the attack on Garissa University College by Islamist al-Shabaab militants on 2 April, in which 148 people were massacred, churches in Kenya have accused Muslim scholars and clergy of not doing enough to condemn the insurgency or counter radicalisation. Read more

AfDB Scholarship Scheme to Train Lecturers in Sciences A new scholarship scheme funded by the African Development Bank is under way, aimed at training more lecturers and boosting teaching in the fields of science, engineering and technology in Kenya’s new universities. Read more

 

March 2015

Technology Sweeping Universities Opens Opportunities A technology wave is sweeping Kenyan higher education, changing the ways universities are run. Read more

Number of Available Varsity Courses to Be Out Candidates who sat the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams last year will from this week know the number of courses available for selection. Read more

Standoff Looms Over Degree Courses Deals A crisis is looming in institutions of higher learning as colleges collaborating with universities in offering degree courses continue to admit students in spite of the June deadline issued by the government for them to stop. Read more

University of Eldoret VC: Altered Exam Results Cancelled The University of Eldoret cancelled the results of some 163 students after their marks were irregularly altered before last year’s graduation. Read more

1,000 ‘Overqualified’ Applicants to Miss Elgeyo-Marakwet County Jobs More than 1,000 university graduates have applied for jobs reserved for Form Four leavers in the Elgeyo-Marakwet County government. Read more

Deadline for Varsities to Submit Admission Capacity Ends Universities and colleges that have not informed the national placement agency of their student capacity have only Friday to do so. The Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Services needs the figures for the admission of students in the 2015/2016 academic year. Read more

Don’t Interfere With University Recruitment Processes The manner in which some of the unions representing staff of the University of Nairobi have dealt with the recruitment of senior officials is a matter of concern. Read more

Study Reveals Causes of Unrest in Varsities Power blackouts in universities have been cited as one of the leading causes of strikes and unrest in the institutions of higher learning. Read more

 

FEBRUARY 2015

Loans Agency Tightens Noose on Graduates Seeking Jobs University graduates in Kenya may be required to seek clearance from the government’s student loan agency before they can secure a job. Read more

Minister Cautions Varsities on Degrees Education Cabinet Secretary has urged universities to tighten their ethical standards following revelations that people are buying certificates. Read more

Universities Key to Transformation of the Kenyan Society A new ranking of world universities is out, thanks to a Spanish firm Webometrics. Those who have attained top positions are basking in the glory while those at the bottom of the table are plotting how they will better their performances. Read more

Academics Will Have to Take the Lead in The Revitalisation of Our Education Academics in Kenya don’t enjoy sufficient credibility among citizens for a number of reasons. Read more

How Universities and Colleges Sell Diplomas and Clean Up Degrees The rot in higher learning institutions that engage in academic malpractices can now be revealed. From selling certificates to “cleaning” of degrees, the institutions are riddled with corruption and greed. Read more

Crack Down on Rogue Colleges Fleecing Public Access to higher education remains a challenge to many school leavers. Not all those who qualify for university admission get places, forcing them to seek alternatives. But the government-sponsored middle-level colleges that used to offer alternative pathways, have progressively been converted into universities and the few remaining are overwhelmed by demand. Read more

 

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