Varsity courses to be reassessed, says regulator

All academic programmes offered in universities are being re-evaluated for relevance, the higher education regulator has said.

The Commission for University Education (CUE) chairman Chacha Nyaigotti-Chacha said the re-evaluation aims at determining whether the programmes support national development.

A report by CUE released last year revealed that some universities were offering courses that were not market-driven, especially in business administration, humanities and arts, just to make money.

GUIDELINES
Speaking at the commission’s headquarters in Nairobi when he unveiled the new chief executive, Prof Mwenda Ntaragwi, Prof Chacha announced rules on establishment of universities.

“Those planning to create new universities and colleges will have to provide sufficient evidence that indeed there is a need for such institutions.

“Those running approved universities have to periodically demonstrate that such universities are financially sustainable and that there are good governance and human resource management systems in place,” the chairman said.

QUALITY LEARNING
He added that universities will have to demonstrate global competitiveness and international ranking.

“We encourage universities to collaborate where necessary to maximise on their strengths,” he said.

He reiterated that the commission will continue to undertake its functions fully without fear or favour, adding that its efforts will be geared towards ensuring quality university education to spur prosperity and development.

REFORMS
Prof Ntaragwi takes over from Prof David Some after he was appointed by Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i in July this year.

“The commission is grateful that there has been smooth and seamless transition. We would like to thank Prof Some for the services rendered to the commission,” he said.

The new CEO comes in at a time when the commission is revising various regulations and standards, creating special degree awarding universities of strategic national importance, and collaborating with professional bodies, among other reforms.

AUDIT REPORT
Prof Ntaragwi committed to listen keenly, consult widely and make decisions based on information given.

Prof Some said the commission had achieved a lot, transiting from Higher Education Commission to CUE.

He asked the management to implement the audit report released in February this year.

Prof Ntarangwi comes in with vast experience in both academia and administrative positions.

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