Kindly see some news below from the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) which may be beneficial.
Recent highlights of ACU activities include: signing an important agreement with the Commonwealth Secretariat to boost the impact of international higher education on social and economic development initiatives; winning a contract to run the Partnership for Enhanced and Blended Learning (PEBL), a programme addressing critical academic staff shortages in many east African universities; and awarding 11 ACU Titular Fellowships for staff at member universities to undertake research, develop skills, and share ideas. Read more news here
This week (from Nov 13), 20 member representatives are in South Africa for a high level international seminar on how higher education can meet the changing needs of employment, and next month we will be holding a residential school in Malaysia for students as part of our Respect campaign.
We're particularly pleased to announce the launch of the Commonwealth Rutherford Fellowships, offering opportunities for researchers from across the Commonwealth to undertake post-doctoral study in the UK.
Finally, we will welcome new members of our Council to the UK next week for our annual general meeting – it was great to meet with Professor Chakma, our new Chair, in Canada last month and explore collaboration opportunities there. I am keen to continue meeting as many members as possible to keep learning from and helping our fantastic network.
Due to directives from the Commission for University Education (CUE) to the extent that they do not recognise School Focused (SF) Programmes, our SF programmes will become Part Time Programmes.
More details, pertaining to the operations of the new programme will be communicated to the students once they report to the University on December 4, 2017.
We thank you for making CUEA a University of choice to pursue your respective degrees.
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Dean, Faculty of Education
All students are reminded that as per the memo dated 17th August 2017, the second fee installment is already overdue. By this date a student is expected to have paid 75% of the fees due.
Kindly ensure that your statement of account reflects all payments and if not surrender all proof of payment as outlined.
You are urged to comply with the above to avoid any inconviniences.
October 9, 2017.
Rev. Dr. Pius Male Ssentumbwe,
DVC Administration, Finance & Planning.
The University will close its campuses in Kisumu City and Nairobi City Campus. In a statement on October 17, the VC, Prof. Justus Mbae said that this was part of the turnaround strategy for the institution to better utilize its resources.
The closures will take effect in January 2018. Prof. Mbae indicated that this decision was arrived at in consultations with the University Council, Trustees, stakeholders and Senate.
Prof. Mbae also added that there had been careful considerations of the effect of these closures. “This decision has been arrived at after a careful consideration of the effect it will have on the students, staff and all those concerned,” his statement read.
He further added that necessary arrangements were being made to ensure a smooth transition for the students studying in these campuses. The Commission for University Education had also been notified.
The Vice Chancellor further urged those with any feedback on these closures to channel it through the Directors in the two campuses.
Prof. Mbae indicated that it was really sad to have to close the campuses but assured students that the modalities put in place will ensure that they ‘complete their studies in the most equitable manner without compromising quality.’
With these closures the University will remain with the Gaba (Eldoret) campus and the main campus (Langata) in operation. The University also runs programmes on the Online Distance and e-Learning (ODeL) platform.
Wadhwani Foundation (WF) recently partnered with the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA)to build institutional capacity in entrepreneurship training among faculty across four local universities; in a bid towards establishing a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem within campuses. Other participating institutions included: University of Nairobi, United States International University, Mount Kenya University and Valley Business School.
Faculty from CUEA, MKU, UoN, Valley Business School attending the Wadhwani training with Rev. Dr. Pius Male, DVC Admin, Finance and Planning (2nd left standing)
The six-day Master Trainer Boot Camp program was conducted by Wadhwani Foundation’s National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN) initiative at CUEA Main campus on 2nd October-7thOctober 2017. The program aimed at providing participating members with the support, tools and network to enable them guide students to discover their entrepreneurial DNA and learn key concepts such as Design Thinking, Competition Analysis, Prototyping, Opportunity Discovery, Early Customer Insights, among others. The training empowered faculty members and made them more confident to assist and train students in online and campus activities geared towards building an entrepreneurial mind-set.
The training was convened and hosted by the department of Planning and Advancement, Dr. Sarah Kimani , Dean of School of Business, Dr. Joseph Ntale, in charge of the CUEA Business Incubation Center, Mrs Agnes Muhavani head of Planning & Advancement- CUEA, and Mr. Kakeeto Richard, Coordinator of CUEA Digital media Services, were among the CUEA faculty who participated in the program. The sessions were conducted by Mr. Pratapaditya Chakravarty ‘Paco’, Vice President- Global Training Institute, Wadhwani Foundation and Mr. Manasseh Miruka, Project Manager, NEN-Kenya, Wadhwani Foundation.
The 1st Master Trainer Programme culminated in a one-day intensive workshop training for high-potential students called E- Leaders. E-Leaders are the dynamic leaders of the Wadhwani e-cells. Twenty-five student leaders of the e-cells from various universities such as University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University, Mount Kenya University, Catholic University and Valley Business School attended the event. The students gained relevant skills and insights to help them transform their e-cells, network with other e-leaders, and engaged in experiential exercises intended to inspire teamwork and leadership. The workshop was extremely beneficial and inspired the e-leaders to promote entrepreneurship in their respective campuses.
WF-NEN’s rich, experiential content is designed to train and nurture educators in order to help them foster entrepreneurial thinking among aspiring student entrepreneurs. The immediate goal of National Entrepreneurship Network is to support student entrepreneurs through structured activities, workshops, events and online trainings via entrepreneurship clubs called e-cells. Ultimately, NEN aims to establish an entrepreneurial ecosystem which leverages a wide network of beneficiaries such as universities, educators, entrepreneurs, mentors, investors, among other strategic alliances. The partner ecosystem will help students turn their business ideas into reality and launch successful businesses. NEN has a global impact in helping create thousands of companies, for instance, Practo (www.practo.com) – one of the fastest growing healthcare companies in the world.
The Master Trainer programme was a follow up on a five-day Entrepreneurship Educators Program in which CUEA staff were oriented into the Entrepreneurship Pedagogy and Wadhwani Way of Entrepreneur Development. This took place from 22nd to 26thAugust 2017.
The organizers acknowledge the contribution of The Vice Chancellor, office of the DVC Academics and Research, DVC Finance and Planning, the department of Linkages, and that of Planning and Advancement.
Wadhwani Foundation is a philanthropic organization founded in 2003 by Dr. Romesh Wadhwani with the primary mission of “accelerating economic development in emerging economies.”National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN), an initiative of the Wadhwani Foundation, inspires, educates and supports high-potential entrepreneurs to create high-value jobs. In keeping with its mission, WF hopes to play a key role in contributing to the country’s economic growth and along with its partner institutions, aims to increase entrepreneurs in Kenya.