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
NOTICE TO GSS STUDENTS
JANUARY – APRIL 2020 SEMESTER BREAK
This is to kindly inform the following groups of Government Sponsored Students that they will be proceeding for Long Holiday and resume in May 2020:-
Arts and Social Sciences
Arts and Social Sciences
School of Business
Centre for Social Justice Ethics
N/B Any other GSS student who has studied for TWO consecutive semesters should take the break.
All are expected to adhere to this.
On Friday, November 8, the University held the annual Cardinal Otunga Memorial Mass, Public Lecture and Scholarship Fundraising at LRC, Auditorium under the theme,”Positive Change, Human Dignity and Ethical Justice: Lessons from SoG Maurice Cardinal Otunga”.
The Memorial mass was celebrated by Very Rev. Prof. Stephen Mbugua, the Vice Chancellor, on behalf of His Eminence John Cardinal Njue, Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi who could not make it. During his homily, the VC encouraged the congregation to give all that they can to the needy and challenged them to pay it forward by saving at least one soul and they would then be the reflection of Christ and shine His light.
The Mass was followed by a panel discussion on the theme of the day, led by Fr. Simon Ng’ang’a, Procurator of Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi, Fr. Celestino Bundi, KCCB and Hon. George Muhoho, formerly of Kenya Airports Authority (KAA). The presenters outlined the lessons learnt from Cardinal Otunga, which included humility, furtherance of education, love that transforms, greater defender of the institution of the family, among others
The Scholarship Chief Fundraiser, H.E Hon. Francis Kimemia, Governor, County Government of Nyandarua during his speech mentioned tha he vividly remembered Cardinal Otunga when he visited their parish when he was a young man. He said that he commemorates him when he visits the resurrection gardens in Karen where he loves going to pray the rosary. He also advised the Vice Chancellor and all the leaders of the university to have a strategic direction, build the institution and create a new organizational culture and values.
Over 3.4 million shillings was raised with the Governor’s personal Contribution of 300,000 shillings to be followed by an annual contribution of 720,000 shs for three years to cover the fees and accommodation costs for at least four students per semester.
The University launched the Cardinal Otunga Memorial Mass, Lecture and Scholarship Fund Programme on 29th Septermber 2005. This is an initiative to honour and remember the work of one of our founding Father and Trustee, Maurice Cardinal Otunga, who played a key role in the establishment of the University.
Since its established in 2005, the Cardinal Otunga Scholarship Fund has benefited close to 300 Students coming from needy backgrounds and it is the aim of the University to continue with the same and also to grow the fund to support many more students.
On Nov 29-30, the University hosted the Secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education, Archbishop Angelo Vincenzo Zani in a meeting with Chancellors, Vice-Chancellors and Deans of Ecclesiastical institutions and Faculties.
“We have been having a two-day convention here in the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), to reflect a bit after the launch of the Apostolic Constitution of Pope Francis titled “Veritatis Gaudium,” the Chairman CUEA Council, Bishop Maurice Muhatia Makumba told ACI Africa on the sidelines of their meeting that concluded Saturday, November 30.
Monsignor Zani ( 3rd right front row) with Chancellors, VCs and heads of Ecclesiastical Institutions & Faculties from Africa and Madagascar.
The document by Pope Francis, Bishop Muhatia explained, “is meant to guide the Church in the management and administration of all Ecclesiastical Universities and Faculties that teach Church courses especially in theology and canon law.”
Published on January 29, 2018, Pope Francis’ “Veritatis Gaudium” sought to update the 1979 Apostolic Constitution “Sapientia Christiana” of John Paul II, which, according to the Holy Father, needed “to include the norms and dispositions issued since its promulgation, and to take into account developments in the area of academic studies in these past decades.”
The establishment of updated norms for Ecclesiastical Universities and Faculties was also informed, as Pope Francis explained in the foreword of the document, by the “need to acknowledge the changed social-cultural context worldwide and to implement initiatives on the international level to which the Holy See has adhered.”
Among the norms outlined in the 87-page document is the regulation that while all Ecclesial Universities and Faculties are to be under the Vatican-based Congregation for Catholic Education, the conferences of Bishops across the globe have the responsibility of overseeing the life and progress of these entities of higher learning, with the appointed Chancellors liaising between their respective universities and the Holy See.
“The Congregation for Catholic Education has been going around continents to launch this document formally and to talk about this to people who are more concerned with Catholic education at a higher level,” Bishop Muhatia told ACI Africa referencing the initiatives taken to reach out to Church institutions that offer Vatican-recognized degrees as distinguished from regular Catholic Universities.
The Vatican-based Secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education, Archbishop Angelo Vincenzo Zani who participated in the CUEA deliberations about aligning the system of education in Ecclesiastical institutions on the African continent with “Veritatis Gaudium” explained the timing of the new norms in an interview with ACI Africa through a translator.
“There is a big change in the world, especially at the level of universities and other institutions of higher learning,” Archbishop Zani observed during the interview and acknowledged the efforts being undertaken by educational entities globally to adapt themselves to current situations.
He added, “Actually now in the world, the international community, the civil society, and the economic powers are asking if the young people who are coming out from the universities are prepared to face the challenges of the society and are able to contribute to providing solutions to the present-day challenges.”
The orientation of “Veritatis Gaudium,” which the Congregation for Catholic Education is fostering, Archbishop Zani said, is asking the leadership of Ecclesiastical Universities and Faculties to prepare those enrolled in their programs particularly on three points, that they “should be more creative, they should be able to resolve conflicts and not create them, and they should be responsible for the common good.”
“This is how the Church wants to go out and meet the challenges of the society,” the 69-year-old Italian Prelate emphasized and referencing the threefold pillars of creativity, tendency toward solutions, and the sense of the common good added, “This is also a request from Pope Francis who demands that these Ecclesiastical Faculties respond to the challenges of the daily problem.”
Speaking to the central theme of “Veritatis Gaudium” as a global document, the Chancellor of CUEA, Zambian Bishop Charles Kasonde described the initiative to have collective norms as Church institutions offering Vatican-approved degrees as a means of empowerment that opens the horizons of the beneficiaries to having objective perspectives.
“Education is both subjective and objective,” Bishop Kasonde who is the Chairman of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) observed and added, “objective truth is much more universal.”
The Apostolic Constitution “Veritatis Gaudium”, the Zambian Prelate explained, facilitates the appreciation of education as a source of inner treasure, offering students exposure “to the entire world, so that our way of doing things would be much more similar to the way of doing things in Asia, in Australia, in Europe, in America, and also in Africa and we come to the discovery of the same truth of the gospel in oneness.”
Recalling the highlights of the two-day meeting at CUEA’s main campus in Nairobi, the Vice Chancellor (VC) of CUEA, Fr. Prof. Stephen Mbugua identified, in an interview with ACI Africa, “the revitalization of the teachings in the Faculties of Theology” as noteworthy, especially the directive to reform ways of “teaching so that it informs the heart not only the head.”
“Veritatis Gaudium is challenging us and informing us of new frontiers of exchange, of learning, of collaboration, of dialogue and of moving together as a family of humanity,” Fr. Mbugua said in reference to Pope Francis’ new directives for Ecclesiastical Universities and Faculties.
Asked about strategies to implement “Veritatis Gaudium” in CUEA, the Kenyan-born VC said, “We are going to form dialogue teams where the Faculty of Social Sciences meet with the scholars in the Faculty of Theology and they have topical issues; same for the Faculty of Canon Law, same for Education, same for the Faculty of Science and the new Faculty of Health Sciences that we just created about three months ago.”
He added, “We want to do that even for the Directory of Regional Integration. It must be operational with this Constitution.”
With the legal effect of the new Apostolic Constitution governing institutions that offer Vatican-approved degrees into its second academic year for many such academic and formation entities in Africa, heads of these Church institutions of higher learning across the continent including Chancellors, Rectors, Presidents and Deans of faculties met in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi to strategize the aligning of the administration of their respective facilities with the new norms contained in the document of Pope Francis, “Veritatis Gaudium” (the joy of truth).
After the initial sessions, Monsignor Zani also met with the Deans of Theology Faculties under the Catholic University of Eastern Africa for a further briefing on the requirements of the documents. These included Tangaza University, College, Hekima University College and some of the CUEA Faculty of Theology lecturers.
Report includes excerpts from a similar report by ACI Africa.
On Thursday, September 12, we held our Convocation Ceremony preceded by the Holy Mass under the theme, “Professionalism, Ethics and Catholic Values”. The Principal Celebrant of Holy Eucharistic Celebration was Most Rev. Hubertus Matheus Maria Van Megen the Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya and South Sudan.
In his opening speech, our VC, Very Rev. Prof. Stephen Mbugua appreciated the newly appointed Nuncio to Kenya and South Sudan Most Rev. Hubertus Van Megen for his second visit to the University and welcomed the CUEA Family to the mass and promising a New Semester full of God’s blessings.
The Apostolic Nuncio during his homily encouraged the CUEA fraternity to live in love as love is a gift from God and God is love. He urged students to put trust in the Lord for the Lord to build their academic course. “God gives time just as a good teacher gives time to the student to study for exams, so as a student use your time wisely”, he further added.
After the homily, the Nuncio signed attestation for the new lectures in the institute of Canon Law, that is, Fr.Ferdinand Lugonzo Makaka and Sr. Rose Awiti on behalf of the mother church.
During the academic procession led by the University Registrar, Dr. Simon Kang’ethe, the VC urged the CUEA family to be genuine in seeking truth in learning and gaining skills on how to solve issues that arise. He urged students to create positive energy in learning and to satisfy their academic endeavour through adaptive curiosity and contributing to create a greater University.” We offer scholarships to the needy students and we have also created Biometrics for security purposes at the University”, he said as he declared the 2019/2020 academic year officially opened.
Rt. Rev. Paul Kariuki Njiru, the Bishop, Embu Catholic Diocese and Chairman, KCCB Commission for Education and Religious Education urged students to be obedient and passionate in their academic journey as they follow the University’s motto” Consecrate them in the Truth”.
“Embrace and reflect on catholic values, dignity and community service as a Catholic University as the catholic values make you to be different from other learning institutions”, remarked the Apostolic Nuncio.