Introduction

The Commission for University Education was established by an Act of Parliament, Universities Act, No. 42 of 2012 as the successor to the Commission for Higher Education which was established under Universities Act Cap 210B of 1985. This was to address the need to regulate, coordinate and assure quality in university education as a result of growth and expansion of the university sub sector in Kenya. The Commission was established as a body corporate to make better provisions for the advancement of quality university education in the country.

Vision

Accessible, relevant and sustainable quality university education

Mission

To regulate and assure quality university education by setting standards and monitoring compliance to achieve global competitiveness

Mandate

To promote the objectives of university education, by regulating and accrediting universities and programmes, among other functions

Corporate Values and Principles

  1. Professionalism;
  2. Integrity;
  3. Teamwork;
  4. Accountability; and
  5. Responsiveness

Quality Policy Statement

The Commission is committed to ensuring increased access to sustainable quality university education and training through planning, coordination, resource mobilization, quality assurance enhancement and information service.

In pursuit of this commitment the Commission shall:

  1. Endeavour to understand customer requirements and their challenges;
  2. Meet and strive to exceed customer expectations;
  3. Ensure that the quality objectives are implemented, monitored and reviewed regularly;
  4. Align its quality management system with statutory, regulatory and ISO 9001:2008 requirements;
  5. Communicate the policy within the organization and ensure it is reviewed for continued suitability

Functions

The Universities Act No. 42 of 2012 Revised Edition 2016 [2015] stipulates the specific functions of the Commission as follows:

   1 a. promote the objectives of university education;

      b. advise the Cabinet Secretary on policy relating to university education;

      c. promote, advance, publicise and set standards relevant in the quality of university education, including the promotion and support of internationally recognised standards;

      d. monitor and evaluate the state of university education systems in relation to the national development goals;

      e. licence any student recruitment agencies operating in Kenya and any activities by foreign institutions;

      f. develop policy for criteria and requirements for admission to universities;

      g. recognize and equate degrees, diplomas and certificates conferred or awarded by foreign universities and institutions in accordance with the standards and guidelines set by the Commission from time to time;

      h. undertake or cause to be undertaken, regular inspections, monitoring and evaluation of universities to ensure compliance with the provisions of this Act or any regulations made under section 70;

      i. on regular basis, inspect universities in Kenya;

      j. approve universities in Kenya;

      k. regulate university education in Kenya;

      l. approve and inspect university programme in Kenya;

      m. promote quality research and innovation; and

      n. deleted by Act No. 18 of 2014, Sch.

(2) The Commission may where it deems appropriate, delegate any of its functions in this section to any suitably qualified person or body.

(2A) The Commission shall have all the powers as may be necessary for the proper discharge of its functions under this Act.

(2B) (1) The Commission shall, in approving and inspecting university academic programmes —

(a) analyse and consider the following factors—

    1. learning content of a programme;
    2. purpose and objectives of a programme;
    3. structure of a programme;
    4. delivery mode of a programme;
    5. availability of academic resources to implement a programme;
    6. mode of assessment of the programme;
    7. learning environment of a university;
    8. learning facilities of a university; and
    9. extra-curricular activities offered by a university;

(b) ensure openness, maintain objectivity and consistency in arriving at its decision.

(2) Despite subsection (1), the Commission may consider any other factor as it may deem fit and may rank each factor assessed to indicate the level of compliance.

(3) For the avoidance of doubt, the Commission shall be the only body with the power to perform the functions set out in this section.

Authority of the Commission

The Commission shall be a body corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal and capable, in its corporate name, of:

  1. suing and being sued;
  2. taking, purchasing, or otherwise acquiring, holding, charging and disposing of movable and immovable property, and
  3. doing or performing all such other things or acts necessary for the proper performance of its functions under this Act as may lawfully be done or performed by a body corporate.