Press Statement On The Status Of The Presbyterian University Of East Africa (PUEA)

The Presbyterian University of East Africa Board of Trustees, Governing Council, Management and the Senate wish to correct the erroneous impression created by recent press reports to the effect that the University was closed.

The University is operating within the Rules, Regulations and Guidelines of the Commission for University Education and the Laws of Kenya. In this regard, the institution wants to assure all students, staff, alumni, parents, sponsors and the general public that PUEA was never closed and that it is functioning normally in all activities including teaching and learning. The end of January – April 2018 Trimester Examinations have been successfully administered.

Subsequent to the revocation of PUEA’s Letter of Interim Authority on 26th January 2018, the University successfully appealed to the Cabinet Secretary – Ministry of Education against that decision on 29th January 2018 and the Cabinet Secretary – Ministry of Education appointed an independent three-member Special Advisory Committee on 15th February 2018. The Terms of Reference of the Committee are to inter alia, “Consistent with Regulation 85 of the Universities Regulations, 2014, to carry out an independent assessment of The Presbyterian University of East Africa with a view of advising the Cabinet Secretary on its possible reinstatement and conditions and timelines thereof….”

It is also important to clarify that the University never went to court contrary to what some malicious individuals in some media outlets reported. Curently, the University is working in collaboration with the three-member Special Advisory Committee appointed by the Cabinet Secretary – Ministry of Education since then.

PUEA has in the past worked and continues to engage closely with the government regulatory bodies to ensure that it complies with the set standards and procedures for offering high quality university education. The Commission for University Education confirmed in a Public Notice dated 2nd February 2018 that PUEA academic certificates are VALID and are therefore acceptable in the market.

The University continues to offer its six accredited academic programmes namely: Master of Business Administration, Master of Education in Educational Management, Bachelors degree in Computer Science, Education (Arts), Education (Science), Business Administration and Theology. The University also offers Diplomas in Nursing and Clinical Medicine and Surgery in addition to diplomas and certificates in various fields.

The following academic programmes were recently developed and approved by the Commission for University Education and are awaiting verification: Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education, Bachelor of Science  in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. When approved, PUEA will be among the few local universities offering Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. The University continues to develop more market-driven academic programmes which are at different stages of development.

PUEA has intakes in January, May and September every year. Currently, the May – August 2018 intake is in progress and the continuing students especially those under the Government Sponsorship Programme are encouraged to enroll and take advantage of the trimester in order to accelerate their studies. PUEA fees is affordable for example, the Government Sponsored Students pay KShs.40,000/= per academic year while the balance is paid by the Government. Self Sponsored Students pay from KShs.54.000/= per semester based on the study programme.

PUEA has qualified academic staff and emphasizes quality education that embraces knowledge and its practical application, skills and competences. As a result, PUEA graduates are highly sought after in the industry and society in general. Some are also self-employed  and have taken up the role of contributing to the national and global, social-economic development. According to a Daily Nation report of 8th April, 2015 in a study on graduate employment preference by over 208 employers in Kenya, PUEA was ranked 8th among the private universities cited.

The Presbyterian University of East Africa recently hosted the first ever Kenya Universities Performing Arts and Film Festival from 6th to 13th April 2018. This inaugural 2018 Universities National Festival was organized by the Kenya Universities Performing Arts and Film Association in conjunction with the Ministries of Education and that of Sports, Culture and Heritage. The national event attracted representations of students’ performances from all the public and private universities in Kenya. This demonstrates great trust by universities and other stakeholders in the institution.

In the recently concluded 22nd General Assembly held at St. PCEA Andrews in April 2018, the Sponsor of the University, The Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA) resolved to continue supporting and strengthening the University.

PUEA continues to conform to the set standards in offering quality education to qualified students from Kenya and the international community to complement the government’s efforts towards attainment of the goals of Vision 2030.

Thank you.

Prof. John K. Mungania, PhD-Ed.; HSC [M. A.; M. Div. B. A. (Hons.); B. Ed.]

Vice Chancellor, PUEA

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