Season’s Greetings from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa!
We thank God for a productive year and we look forward to 2020 with great anticipation and expectation. 2019 was a good year for the University on many folds. Our rallying theme in the year was Working and Winning Together which was driven by six (6) core pillars namely Team-work, Excellence, Productivity, Leadership, and Innovation for growth and Quality service with a sense of urgency. I am happy that as a team we were able to give our customers quality service and an increased relevance in our space. The mileage we have achieved in this endeavor is attributed to each member of the University, from Trustees, Council, management, staff and students supported by parents, guardians, sponsors and business partners. We remain grateful!
Apart from running our academic programmes from Certificates, Diplomas, Undergraduate Degrees, Masters to Doctoral courses smoothly in the three trimesters, we were able to release about 2300 graduates into the market. What makes me happy is the confidence that we as a University have in these graduates not only academically but also the spiritual, emotional, physical and moral molding that has gone into shaping them to become transformational leaders for church, industry and society.
I am also happy to note that our diversity, both in students and faculty remains a treasured asset. Currently, we have over thirty nationalities here in the University with students coming from all over world including Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan, Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi, Zimbabwe, Gambia, Zambia, Malawi, China, Madagascar, Angola, Mozambique, Sierra Leon, Liberia, Philippines, India, Pakistan, Yemen, Cameroon, Argentina, Demographic Republic of Congo, Turkey, Somali, South Africa, Somaliland and Togo. We also celebrate the diversity of our staff who hail from over ten countries. We shall work at increasing this diversity towards building human resource capacity fit the world.
Our research output from our Faculties is notable with various research publications done adding to the collection of new knowledge. We also held numerous local and international conferences on Education, Theology and Ethics with our Faculty members and students presenting their research papers. I am particularly happy that Sr. Dr. Noelina Nakato, one of our Senior Lecturers was recognized as a World Champion and Father of Modern Ecumenism Studies in the year putting the University in the global map. Our faculty members have also represented our University in various global conferences and exchanges, thus carrying our brand high.
Our students participated and did well in various competitions in and out of class both locally and internationally. For example, our students and Faculty members at the CUEA Faculty of Law emerged the best at 7th Edition of the Great Lakes Moot Court Competition on International Humanitarian Law held at the Supreme Court of Rwanda. Our Rugby team, the CUEA Monks, emerged 1st Runners up in the 2019 Kenya University Sports Association league whereas our Netball queens, the CUEA Shooting Stars emerged runners up at the Nairobi South Kenya Universities Sports Association League 2018/19.
We appreciate that the University hosted the Secretary the Congregation for Catholic Education, Archbishop Angelo Vincenzo Zani in a meeting with Chancellors, Vice-Chancellors and Deans of Ecclesiastical institutions and Faculties from Africa and Madagascar during the event of launch of “Veritatis Gaudium,” between November 29 and 30, 2019. Veritatis Gaudium is the Papal guide on matters relating to management and administration of all Ecclesiastical Universities and Faculties that teach Church courses especially in Theology and Canon Law. The document also calls for religious and ethical leadership in the academia.
The University remains closely in touch with the church not only in executing its core mandate of teaching, research and community service but also in seeking promotional support and counsel towards its growth agenda. We thank the AMECEA Bishops for their continued support and prayers. My meeting with His Holiness the Pope Francis at the Vatican was particularly a climax for me as the Vice Chancellor and Rector of the University.
CUEA remains one of the leading Universities in Kenya and Africa (2019 Webometrics) and our Alumni remain a testimony of our commitment to quality education for innovative and marketable graduates. As CUEA family, we can only promise to upscale the academic and ethical as well as spiritual standards.
I wish all our stakeholders a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Very Rev. Prof. Stephen Mbugua Ngari
Rector /Vice Chancellor