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Press Statement on the status of The Presbyterian University of East Africa on 11th May 2018

 

Office of the Vice Chancellor

RE: 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. Indeed, the January – April 2018 trimester ended smoothly with successful administration of examinations.

Subsequent to the revocation of PUEA’s Letter of Interim Authority on 26th January 2018, the University immediately appealed the decision to the Cabinet Secretary – Ministry of Education on 29th January 2018 following which the Cabinet Secretary 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….”

The University never went to court contrary to what some malicious individuals in certain media outlets reported but is  currently working in collaboration with the Special Advisory Committee which is expected to give its report to the Cabinet Secretary within three months.

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. It is noteworthy that 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 Health Science diplomas in Nursing and Clinical Medicine and Surgery in addition to various diplomas and certificates in the Humanities and  Social Sciences.

The following academic programmes were recently 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. More market-driven academic programmes are at different stages of development.

Apart from teaching, the University has continued to support faculty and students research initiatives. Two Annual International Research Conferences have been organized and hosted by PUEA at its Kikuyu main campus in October 2015 and November 2016 respectively. Plans are underway to host the third Annual International Research Conference this year. Participants in these conferences come from public and private institutions in Kenya as well as international institutions.

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. In comparison to some institutions, PUEA fees is considerably affordable. Government sponsored students pay only  KShs.40,000/= per academic year as 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 who emphasize on  quality education that embraces knowledge and its practical application, skills and competences. The University’s graduates are highly sought after in the job market and society in general. According to a Daily Nation report of 8th April, 2015  based on a study about graduate employment preference by over 208 employers in Kenya, PUEA was ranked 8th among the private universities cited. In addition, PUEA has produced a significant number of self-employed graduates  who are champions in their own right and  are contributing to  national and global social-economic development.

The University successfully held its 8th Graduation Ceremony on 9th December 2017 whose chief guest was the former Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Devolution and Planning – Honourable Festus Mwangi Kiunjuri who is now the Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Agriculture. The Governor, Kiambu County – His Excellency Hon. Ferdinard Waititu among other guests graced the ceremony. Recently, PUEA hosted the first ever Kenya Universities Performing Arts and Film Festival from 6th to 13th April 2018. This inaugural 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 performances from public and private universities in Kenya. This in itself demonstrates great trust by universities and other stakeholders in the institution.

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

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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