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Commission Secretary and CEO Prof. Mwenda Ntarangwi joins participants from different organizations and entities in a 10km race during the 2020 Beyond Zero Half Marathon held at Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi on March 08, 2020.

Eleven Commission staff took part in Beyond Zero Half Marathon held at the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi County on Sunday March 8th 2020. The event spearheaded by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta attracted hundreds of other participants, with Prof. Mwenda Ntarangwi the Commission Secretary/CEO leading the Commission’s team.
From CUE team, Reynold Njue of Planning Department emerged the winner in the 10km event, with the race starting from Uhuru Highway through Haile Selassie Avenue, Bunyala Road, Dunga Road, Lusaka Road, Mombasa Road, Langata Road to Aerodrome Road before participants went back to the Stadium.

10km route map guiding the participants in the 10km race

 Naftali Okodo of Supply Chain Management department came in second followed closely by Andrian Mugambi of Administration and Human Resource Department. Not left behind was CUE’s CEO who maintained a steady pace to finish fourth and at position five were Monica Gachunga and Anne Lucy Githinji of Institutional Accreditation Department. Hezron Njoroge, Senior Assistant Commission Secretary and Hudson Nandokha of Standards Recognition and Equation of Qualifications Department tied at position seven while Anne Koki of Corporate Affairs came in eighth.  Dishon Bwayo of Accreditation was position nine.

From left: Reynold Njue (Planning department), Dishon Bwayo (Accreditation), Monica Gachunga (Programme Accreditation), Naftali Okodo (Supply Chain Management), Anne Lucy Githinji (Programme Accreditation), Anne Koki (Corporate Affairs),  Prof. Mwenda Ntarangwi (Commission Secretary and CEO), Hezron Njoroge (Senior Assistant Commission Secretary and HoD Internal Audit), Andrian Mugambi (Administration and Human Resource) and  Hudson Nandokha (Standards, Recognition and Equation of Qualifications) warming up for the Beyond Zero half Marathon held at Nyayo Stadium on 8th March 2020. 

Nationally, Vincent Kipchumba won the 21km men's race pocketing Ksh.250,000 while Lydia Njeri won the women’s 21km taking home the same amount.

The 21km and 10km races involved marathoners and participants from corporate entities respectively, while the 5km race for family members. The 2km race was reserved for expectant mothers. CUE was among the over 200 corporates that sponsored the Beyond Zero Half Marathon.

Commission Secretary and CEO Prof. Mwenda Ntarangwi joins participants from different organizations and entities in a 10km race during the 2020 Beyond Zero Half Marathon event held at Nyayo national stadium in Nairobi on March 08, 2020.

Others were Kenya Revenue Authority, KenGen, Kenya power, Kenya Pipeline Corporation, Ministry of Public Service and Gender, Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, Kenyatta International Convention Centre, Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government, KASNEB, Water Resources Authority, Kenya Vision 2030, Huduma Kenya and KICD.

The event was graced by President Uhuru Kenyatta who participated in a 2km race alongside Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed, and governors Mike Sonko of Nairobi and Alfred Mutua of Machakos. The marathon was officially flagged off by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta who said proceeds from the event will be used in acquiring resources to bring to focus the challenges facing Kenyans and build strategic partnerships.

Monica Gachunga and Anne Lucy Githinji of Accreditation division join participants from different organizations and entities in a 10km race during the 2020 Beyond Zero Half Marathon event held at Nyayo national stadium in Nairobi on March 08, 2020.

Hudson Nandokha and Hezron Njoroge during the 10km Beyond Zero Half Marathon race held at Nyayo Stadium.

This year's edition of the event called for participants to select their causes to run.

The causes include:
1. I will run for Zero child deaths
2. I will run for Zero maternal deaths
3. I will run for Zero Female Genital Mutilation
4. I will run for early screening of cancer
5. I will run for inclusion of persons who are differently abled.
6. I will run for better nutrition
7. I will run for Zero child marriages
8. I will run Zero HIV infections

Andrian Mugambi of Administration and Human resource almost cruising the finishing line towards Nyayo Stadium finish line.

CUE team chose to run for early screening of cancer. Cancer is estimated to be the third leading cause of deaths in Kenya after infectious and cardiovascular diseases. Globocan report 2018 estimates show there are 47,887 new cases in Kenya daily and 32,987 deaths due to cancer annually.

This year's marathon attracted 15,000 participants, who were awarded medals. The race aimed at raising Sh250 million towards zero new HIV infections and zero child marriages among other causes mentioned above.

From Left: Anne Koki (Corporate Affairs), Anne Lucy Githinji (Programme Accreditation), Evelyn Okewo (Corporate Affairs) and Monica Gachunga (Institution Accreditation) display their medals after winning the 10KM Beyond Zero Half Marathon held at Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi on 8th March 2020.

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From Left: Commission Secretary and CEO Prof. Mwenda Ntarangwi, CUE Chairman Prof. Chacha Nyaigotti-Chacha and Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha during the launch of 2019-2023 CUE  Strategic Plan.

On 21st February 2020 education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha officially launched the CUE Strategic plan for the period 2019-2023 and called upon universities to work together with the Commission to achieve quality university education.
Prof. Magoha spoke during the final validation workshop on universities Regulations at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD). The one day event brought together Vice-Chancellors and Deputy Vice-Chancellors of universities, principals of constituent university colleges, professional bodies’ representatives, Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU), private sector and student recruitment agencies representatives along with Commission board members and management.
“You should not always perceive CUE as an adversary but rather as an organization for the betterment of our universities,” Prof. Magoha told Varsity stakeholders.
The Education CS challenged the Commission to develop a midterm review plan of the Strategic Plan for easier implementation of its objectives.

Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha displays a copy to CUE strategic Plan to University stakeholders gathering at KICD.  Looking on are CUE Board Chairman Prof. Chacha Nyaigotti-Chacha (standing) and Commission Secretary and CEO Prof. Mwenda Ntarangwi.

In welcoming the CS to launch the Plan, the Commission Board Chairman Prof. Chacha Nyaigotti-Chacha said the strategic plan outlines the strategic direction for the Commission in the next five years. He added that the Plan provides policy guidelines on issues of quality, access, relevance and equity.

“Through the achievement of its vision, the Commission will employ a collaborative approach to ensure that outcomes are informed by the views of stakeholders. The Plan therefore is an operational paradigm shift towards tackling critical issues and challenges in university education as well as playing the critical role in achieving national development goals,” Prof. Chacha noted.
While providing a summary of the Strategic Plan, the Commission Secretary and CEO Prof. Mwenda Ntarangwi said that the Strategic Plan is centered on students who are CUE’s key stakeholders. 
Prof. Ntarangwi assured the stakeholders that the Strategic Plan will ensure a well-regulated sub-sector focused on student success and attainment of set goals in priority areas such as relevance, capacity building and equity which will help make Kenyan university education globally competitive.

CUE Board members from Left: Commissioners Dr. Elizabeth Muli, Senior Counsel Lucy Kambuni, Prof. Anne Muigai and Eng. David Onyango at a stakeholder’s workshop in KICD.

Prof. Mwenda also assured the stakeholders that the Commission will deploy its resources to ensure that the performance targets set out will be met through realigning the organizational structure, ensuring effective communication between CUE and stakeholders as well as by continuously improving CUE’s monitoring and evaluation mechanisms to support successful execution of the plan.

The Strategic Plan consists of five chapters that articulate the Commission’s role in the national and international development agenda and the strategies it will put in place to ensure that its goals are achieved. Chapter one of the plan gives the background of the Commission, its mandate and role in the achievement of national and international development agenda. It also outlines the challenges facing the University sub-sector in Kenya and the rationale for the development of the strategic plan 2019-2023.
The second chapter gives a synopsis of the Commissions achievements in implementing the previous strategic plan, an analysis of the Commission’s internal and external environment using the SWOT, PESTEL analysis and stakeholder mapping to identify stakeholder expectations. These first two chapters give an insight into the environment in which the Commission is operating and its mandate so as to come up with suitable strategies for the actualization of its goals. Chapter three outlines the strategy model of the Commission by defining the vision, mission core values, key result areas and strategic objectives.
In order to achieve its vision and mission during the plan period, the Commission strategic focus will be driven by four key result areas namely: quality assurance; strategy, policy and research; corporate positioning; and institutional capacity. These key result areas will be achieved through the following eight (8) strategic objectives: re-engineering quality assurance processes; enhancing quality monitoring of universities; providing evidence based policy advisories; promoting corporate image and branding; institutionalizing the use of ICT; enhancing human resource management; enhancing resource mobilization and financial management; and enhancing the institutional planning.
Chapter four illustrates how the Commission will coordinate the implementation of the plan. The Chapter illustrates how the Commission will position itself using its optimal human resource needs and financial resources required to implement the plan. In addition, risks affecting the process have been identified, categorized and their mitigating measures put in place. Finally, chapter five outlines the monitoring, evaluation and reporting framework that will be used to track progress, assess outcomes and the impact of implementing this plan
All participants at the meeting received a copy of the Strategic Plan.

 

The government is set to gazette the proposed amendments to University Regulations 2014 following validation by stakeholders. In a meeting held at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) on 21st February 2020, the university stakeholders gave CUE a green light to proceed with the final phase of operationalizing the Regulations.

The meeting comprising vice-chancellors and deputy vice-chancellors, principals of constituent university colleges, professional bodies’ representatives, Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU), private sector and student recruitment agencies representatives along with Commission board members and management was taken through the corrections made to the Regulations following comments by stakeholders at a similar meeting held in November 2019 at the same venue.

The delegates gave their final input to which the Commission is expected to incorporate before forwarding the document to the Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha for gazettement. Prof. Magoha opened the session with a call to every stakeholder to own the document noting, “If we are looking towards finding solutions to the challenges facing our institutions, then all of us must take part in this process. I know what you are going through as managers of universities. I have been there and one thing I want to tell you today is that the solution to all these challenges you are experiencing lies with you”.
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Left: Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha addresses university stakeholders during the validation workshop on Phase II Amendments to University regulations 2014 at KICD. Right: University Stakeholders follow proceedings during the validation workshop on Phase II Amendments to University regulations 2014 at KICD.

Prof. Magoha decried the deteriorating state of research in universities saying it has negatively impacted on their visibility in the global research map. While he attributed this to low research funding, he challenged universities to diversify means of generating funding for research to make sure research n the university does not deteriorate further.  “Let us face the fact that our research output is gradually falling. It is upon you to find out what your faculties are engaging in”, Prof. Magoha told the varsity bosses.

On the subject of right sizing, the Cabinet Secretary lauded some universities that had made tremendous progress in rationalizing some of the operations. “I’m happy that some of you have made diagnosis of the problem and even found cure. You know yourselves. I can’t keep mentioning your names all the time. Keep up the good job,” he said.
Prof. Magoha pointed out that students remain key stakeholders in the university sub sector. The CS noted that university managers should regularly engage student leaders in dialogue to get their views on how to address students’ welfare including the subject of adjusting fees.
Before welcoming the Cabinet Secretary to speak, Commission Board Chairman, Prof. Chacha Nyaigoti Chacha noted that the just ended review of University Regulations 2014 was radar that allows all stakeholders to interact with each other. The Commission Secretary and CEO Prof. Mwenda Ntarangwi walked the stakeholders through the changes and amendments instituted in the document and expressed his gratitude to all stakeholders for taking ownership of the Regulations. 

 

The government has challenged university chancellors, vice-chancellors and principals to devise ways that can make the institutions sustainable.

Speaking during a stakeholder’s workshop on 28th November 2019 at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum and Development (KICD) to review and validate Universities Regulations 2014 (revised 2019), Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha told the vice-chancellors to face issues soberly by looking at sustainability of universities and programmes, and purposes to which they were established.

Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha addresses universities’ chancellors, vice-chancellors, principals and other stakeholders during the validation workshop on Amendments to Universities Regulations 2014(Revised 2019) at KICD. Looking on is the Commission Secretary and CEO Prof. Mwenda Ntarangwi (second right).

“Each and every university present here today should think of establishing the quality of degree programmes they offer rather than the number of degrees they have. It is also not about the number of graduates you are producing but the quality,” Prof. Magoha told over 70 universities’ representatives and other stakeholders gathering at KICD on 28th November 2019.

The CS also told the Commission for University Education (CUE) to exercise its authority without fear by setting standards and monitoring compliance not only for sustainable quality university education but for global competitiveness.

“As CUE, you have powers and I have also empowered you to do what appertains to your mandate. I expect all to cooperate,” Prof. Magoha said.
 

The new University Regulations Amendments 2019 being revised with stakeholders to streamline and eliminate the gaps and ambiguities in the Universities Act 2012.

While making her remarks, the Chief Administrative Secretary and Principal SecretaryState Department for University Education and Research, Prof. Collete Suda also underscored the significance of the validation workshop.

Prof. Suda said the Universities Act, 2012 had undergone several revisions and the workshop would serve to align the Regulations, 2014 to the Act 2012(2019) and other policy documents.

The CAS/PS also called upon universities to cease teaching certificate and diploma courses and concentrate on their core business of teaching degree courses.

“Much as I understand why you are doing this, it really creates articifical competition with tertiary colleges and this does not profit the country in any way,” Prof. Suda said amidst laughter from the stakeholders.

The Commission for University Education Chairman Prof. Chacha Nyaigotti- Chacha emphasized that the regulations were created within the law and consequently provides a roadmap to operationalize the Universities Act.

The Chairman further noted that the amendments had gone through an inclusive process where CUE interacted with stakehodlers who consume the products of university education.

Upon validation, the regulations would be gazetted by the Education Cabinet Secretary after which, Universities Standards and Guidelines, 2014 would be revised and aligned to the Universities Regulations. Both instruments will be used to maintain quality in Universities.

The Commission Secretary and CEO Prof. Mwenda Ntarangwi gave highlights on Amendments made to the University Regulations 2014(Revised 2019 noting that the new regulations seek to address the gaps after the amendments to the Universities Act, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018. Once finalised, the policy document will be recommended to the Education CS for gazettement.

The Summary of the Revised Universities Regulations, 2014 are as follows:

12A:    Governance and Management of a University

13A:    Winding up of a University

14A:    Mergers and Acquisitions

15A:    Withdrawal of a Sponsor

17:    Institutionalization of Quality Assurance

18A:    Promotion of quality teaching research, innovation and community outreach

51:    Accreditation/Approval of Certificate and Diploma Programmes

60:    Approval of Collaboration
 

82A:    University Information System

During the discussions on the amendments to the Universities Regulations (2019), stakeholders freely deliberated on the amendments seeking clarification of the impact towards academic freedom of universities. Among the thorny issues that delayed the finalisation of the document were:



1.    Restructuring of universities

While challenging the newly established universities, specifically those with satellite campuses all over the country to justify their existence, Prof. Magoha maintained that each university must demonstrate that it is sustainable as part of safeguarding the quality of learning as well as impacting on the economic development of the country which is in line with the Big Four initiative.

“If your institution must exist, then justify the unique academic programmes you are offering and provide evidence of current staffing levels to support the same,” Prof. Magoha advised university vice-chancellors and principals.

Stakeholders during the validation workshop on Amendments to Universities regulations, 2014(Revised 2019) at KICD on 28th November 2019.

2.    Fees

Universities were also urged to work with professional bodies and look into ways in which tuition fees charged can be increased to cater for the current economic times and inflation rates..

3.    Niche
 

The Education CS also advised universities to build niches and strive towards becoming a centres of excellence in specific areas and start implementating the same in their respective institutions.

He added that the academic programmes should be geared towards promoting the Big Four Agenda.

The meeting was closed by Chief Administrative Secretary and Principal Secretary State Department for University Education and Research Prof. Prof. Collette A. Suda.

From left, Commission chairman Prof. Chacha Nyaigotti Chacha, Education CS Prof. George Magoha and Education CAS/PS Prof. Collete Suda listen to proceedings during the stakeholders’ validation workshop on amendments to Universities Regulations 2014(Revised 2019).

The Commission will meet the stakeholders in January 2020 to finalize the policy document before recommending it to the Education Cabinet Secretary for Gazettement.

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Prof. Collete Suda, CAS/PS University Education and Research responds to stakeholders questions during the validation workshop on University Regulations (2019) at KICD, Nairobi.

A team from the Engineering Board of Kenya (EBK) led by its Chairman Eng. Mwongera and CEO Eng. Musuni, paid a courtesy call to the Commission for University Education on Wednesday January 22, 2020. Termed as “historic” by some of the members present, the meeting allowed for both regulators to share their plans for working together in order to provide Kenyan students and their institutions the best regulation for quality learning and training. In his remarks to welcome the team from EBK Commission Secretary and CEO, Prof. Mwenda Ntarangwi underscored the need for regulators “to not only work together but also focus on students’ experience in the education system.” “It is not enough to have the best facilities and curriculum. Students interactions with their teachers, opportunities for experiential learning related to their fields of training as well and interactions with their peers, among other factors, are critical for students to be successful after they graduate, he added. Eng. Mwongera echoed Prof. Ntarangwi’s sentiments, adding that EBK was ready to work closely with the Commission to realize their shared goal of producing quality graduates who can effectively serve in their fields of training anywhere in the world. Eng. Mwongera also noted that EBK fully recognizes the mandate of CUE and considers itself a major enabler of the work carried out by CUE in providing quality university education in the country. He added that, “We are here to see how EBK can support CUE to fulfill its role.”

The meeting was by other members of EBK council including Prof. Eng. Silvester Abuodho, Eng. J.M. Matu, Charles Obiero and Eng. Jane Simiyu. They were accompanied by members of staff including Eng. Nicholas Musuni (CEO/Regstrar), Eng. Grace Onyango, Catherine Mungania, and Duncan Mbiu. The meeting was also attended by CUE’s Prof. Jackson Too, the Head of Research Department, Dr. Dorcas Omukhulu, Assistant Commission Secretary, Programme Accreditation, Leah Kaburu, Assistant Commission Secretary, Programme Accreditation, Reynold Njue, planning officer and Evelyn Okewo, Corporate Affairs Officer.

Speaking about the meeting Eng. Musuni noted that it was not the first meeting between CUE and EBK but that this was a high level meeting with important policy consequences. On relating to CUE Eng. Musuni said, “EBK has convergence rather than conflict of interest in serving student needs,” adding that “If EBK is going to examine graduates later for membership into the profession it is important that EBK participates in the preparation of those graduates.” Eng. Musuni raised concerns over what he termed as “reputation risk” whereby most Kenyan professional engineers are not recognised in different parts of the world due to negative perceptions linked to accreditation of the programmes. He noted that was a big challenge the board is trying to address and EBK is working towards ensuring Kenyan engineers do benchmark with best global practices.

The Commission Secretary/CEO (6th left) with Engineering Board of Kenya officials and CUE team after a meeting held in the Commission boardroom on Wednesday 22nd January 2020.

Currently, there are 22 professional bodies collaborating with CUE to approve academic programmes before they are taught by universities. The Universities Act has given the Commission and professional bodies’ mandate to accredit academic programmes.

Prof. Ntarangwi said even as the two entities work together, there is need to infuse the Competence Based Curriculum (CBC) in engineering programmes.

Agreeing with Prof. Ntarangwi’s observations on CBC Eng. Mwongera decried inadequate funding that has hampered teaching of some engineering programmes in universities. “As you are all aware, engineering programmes require lot of capital investment. Consequently, we need proper funding for the programmes and it is time for us to come together as CUE and EBK to lobby for more money to facilitate the training,” Eng. Mwongera said. That way the government can effectively prepare institutions for CBC in engineering prgrammes.

 

Commission Secretary/CEO Prof. Mwenda Ntarangwi shares his views with the EBK officials during a meeting held in the Commission boardroom on Wednesday 22nd January 2020.

The two bodies agreed that it was important that they work closely in dispensing their respective mandates. This meant that CUE would continue to strictly require that engineering programmes submitted for accreditation were first reviewed and supported by the EBK. “Let me assure you, we will not touch any academic programmes that have not been reviewed by respective professional bodies,” Prof. Ntarangwi told the EBK team. This renewed partnership will streamline the dual accreditation system that in the past resulted in conflict between the two legal entities. The worst hit were engineering programmes offered in various universities which were suspended because they did not meet EBK standards.

From far Left: Prof. Jackson Too, Head of Research, CUE, Dr. Dorcas Omukhulu, Assistant Commission Secretary, Programme Accreditation and Leah Kaburu, Assistant Commission Secretary, Programme Accreditation listen to proceedings during a meeting held in the Commission boardroom between CUE AND EBK.

During the discussions at the meeting Prof. Too said the ongoing revision of university regulations recommends aligning of adequate resources to STEM based courses. He also raised concerns regarding the disconnect that attends between what happens in the classroom and the attachments and internships programmes undertaken by engineering students. Prof. Too said it is up to the universities to track the skills gained at industrial attachments and internships and see whether they match the skills learnt in class.

EBK and CUE team during a meeting between the two entities. The meeting was chaired by Commission Secretary/CEO Prof. Mwenda Ntarangwi.

Many universities are finding it harder torecruit and retain staff with doctoratequalification.In view of that, Universities are have been challenged to embrace the use of technology to deliver academic programmes. This would ensure that universities utilize the scarce academic resources that include staff, andensure that access to university education is guaranteed. It is in this context that  the  British  Government  the  through  DFID  initiated  the  Strategic  Partnerships  for  Higher Education  Innovation  and  Reform  (SPHEIR)  to  address  some  of  these  challenges  in  Higher Education (HE) sector.

Consequently,theCommission  for  University  Education  (CUE),  whose  mandate  includes expanding  access  and  equity  in  university  education,  has  continually  forged  strategic  public-private partnerships to create sustainable academic learning atmosphere.

The Commission has been working with global partners, taking into cognizance the importance of linkages and collaborations in the achievement of the set strategic objectives.

In a meeting held on 28thNovember between CUE and British Council team at the commission’s main offices, the Councilgave updates on the projects currently being implemented in the higher education sector with support from United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID).

The Commission and British Council teams when the Council paid a courtesy call to the Commission offices on 28th November 2019.

DFID is a United Kingdom government department responsible for administering overseas aid.The goal of the department is to promote sustainable development and eliminate world poverty.

CUE being a key partner in one of its projects called Partnership for Enhanced and Blended Learning (PEBL), the British Council team was interested in hearing about the progress and whether there were any systemic challenges in its implementation.

PEBL is helping universities across East Africa share valuable teaching resources through the development of quality assured, credit-bearing courses delivered through blended learning.

The team, which comprised Susanna Carmordy, Senior Programme Manager, Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education Innovation and Reform (SPHEIR) and Pauline Gangla, Partnership manager SPHEIR were also keen to get feedback from some of the partners who interact with the Commission from time to time on the said project.

Susanna Carmordy (Left), Senior Programme Manager, Spheir and Pauline Gangla (Spheir Programme Manager) when they paid a courtesy call to the Commission on 28th November 2019.

According to Prof. Jackson Too, the Head of Research Department, CUE, PEBL project continues to play crucial role in enhancing teaching quality and student outcomes, and helps to address the growing shortage of academic staff faced by universities.

Prof. Too spoke on behalf of Commission Secretary/CEO Prof. Mwenda Ntarangwi.

In attendance were also Mr Joseph Musyoki, Senior Assistant Commission Secretary/Head of Institutional Accreditation Department and Reynold Njue, planning officer.

Mr. Musyoki underscored the importance of reviewing the delivery mode of teaching in online and distance learning.

“Even as CUE is going on with revision and validation of the Universities and Standards Regulations (2019), it is also important to look at these areas of e-learning. Students, parents and sponsors should get value for their money,” Mr. Musyoki said.
 

Universities  will  soon  be  required  to  submit  their  academic  journals  to  the  Commission  for University Education(CUE) before they are published in the respective journal sites.CUE  said  it  is  currently  working  on  a  standardised  policy  on  journal  accreditation,  which  all universities will use for their publications.Speaking during a CUE staff sensitisation workshop on scholarly publishing and dissemination of scientific  information,  Prof.  Jackson  Too,  the  Head  of  Research  Department  at  CUE,said  the commission has already met representatives from 42 universities to discuss how to standardise the policy on journal accreditation.Prof. Too addedthat the Commission has developed criteriathat will be used to evaluate journals received from universities to ensurethattheyare credible.

“Majority of the academic journals published in Kenya are not subjected to rigor that a refereed journal should go through. Journals must have arobustpeer review process that guarantees quality.Wewant to do this with a lot of caution. Our work as the regulator is to ensure that universities have  adhered  to  laid  down  procedures,  without  interfering  with  their  independence,” Prof  Too said.

He added that CUE has benchmarked with South Africa and is ready for the task.

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Prof. Grace Njoroge, Deputy Commission Secretary (Accreditation)addresses CUE staff during the sensitisation workshop. The training was organised by CUE’s Head of Library and Information Sciences, DrBeatrice Odera-Kwach and facilitated by Dr. Paul Gichohi from Kenya Methodist University

In her opening remarks, theDeputy Commission Secretary (Accreditation),Prof. Grace Njoroge,saidCUE has reviewed standards in research for universities asstipulated in the Universities Act to guide in the use of copyright laws and plagiarism.“We as CUE should set standards for research. Research is not complete until you tell the world what you have found out”, said Prof. Njoroge who spoke on behalf of the Commission Secretary/ CEO Prof. Mwenda Ntarangwi.

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Prof. Jackson Tooaddresses staff during a CUE sensitisationworkshop on scholarly publishing and dissemination of Scientificinformation held at the Commission offices inGigiri from 4th to 5th November 2019.

Prof. Njoroge also asked the staff to adhere to ethical rules when it comes to publishing, which includeobserving copyright  laws  and  how  to  utilise  e-contents  without  infringing  on  the authors/publishers’rights.

The two-daysensitisation trainingfor  CUE  staffwas organised  by CUE’s Head  of Library  and Information Services,Dr. Beatrice Odera-Kwach.

With regardto accrediting universityjournals, Dr. Odera-Kwach saidthat the Commission will determine, in consultation with the universities, which lists of accredited journals and indices are approved in terms of the policy being developed by CUE.

The  training  was  facilitated  by  Dr.  Paul  Gichohi,  a  University  Librarian  at  Kenya  Methodist University. He presented the following areasto the staff:Integrityissues in scholarly publishing; Riseof predatory publishing and its implications,Characteristics of predatory publishers; Criteria for  determining  predatory  publishers;  Overcoming  predatory  publishers;  Overcoming  predatory publishers; Principles of transparency and best practices in scholarly publishing;Code of conduct for journal publishers;Poor journal standards and practices;Plagiarism and plagiarism software;Upholding  ethics  and  honesty  in  research  and  publishing;Intellectual  property  rights;Access, selection, retrieval, use and dissemination of Information; andWriting for publication including publication structure and process.

He noted with concernthe rise inacademic dishonesty in higherlearning institutions.For instance, some academics falsify  research  data  in  their  publications to get  promotionsor  in  the  research findings to receive funding. The trend, he said,was worrying at the Masters and doctorallevels.

Dr. Gichohi called on CUE and other related agenciesto be at the forefront in stoppingpredatory journals whose main purpose is financial gain rather than the quality of research

“We need to have a structured guide on scientific publishing practices. We also need to establish our own local journals that are governed by an accrediting body. This could be CUE,” he said.

All Public Entities arenowrequired  to  publish  their  tenderawardson  the onlineGovernment portal at the end ofevery Quarter foreasy access bythe public.

Mr Thomas  Otieno, the  managerofCapacity  Buildingat  the  PublicProcurement  RegulatoryAuthority  (PPRA), said this  is  a directivethat government  agenciesshould followto enable eligible biddersto prepare accordingly.

“We urge  you  to  make  it  routine to  publishall planned tenders  on yourdigital  platforms,including websites.This will cushionyou from legal battles and prevent any eligiblebidder from being locked out of the tendering process because they have failed to submit a singledocument,”said Mr Otieno,  who  was  speaking  during  a  recent procurement  sensitization  workshop  for  the Commission’s top management at Lake Naivasha-Panorama ParkinNakuru County.

He added that there isalso need for government entities to embrace green procurement practicesas enshrined in new procurement law.

This  refers  to  the  purchase of  products andservices that  have no  negative effect on  the environment.With climate change and global warming taking a toll on the environment, there is need  for public organizationsto  adopt  green  procurement  practices  to  help  conserve  the environment, he said.

"You mustalsodemonstrate  as  Commission  for  University  Education  that  you  are  promoting local  contentby  purchasing locally  manufactured  goods  and  services.This  meansthat 40per cent of your tenders must be awarded to local manufacturers,”added Mr Otieno

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Commission  Secretary/CEO  Prof.  Mwenda Ntarangwi  (second  left)  and  members  of  CUE Top Management,  Heads  of departmentsduring a training held at the Lake Naivasha Panorama Park from22ndOctober 2019 to23rdOctober 2019.

The training focusedon the following areas:

1.The role of procurement in prudent management of public resources;
2.The public procurement legal provisions with an emphasis on the PPADA, 2015;
3.The Supply Chain Management Process and the role of each player (accounting officer, user department,   procurement   function,   evaluation   committees,   inspection   and   acceptance committees, contract implementation committees anddisposal committees among others);
4.The integration of procurement planning in the budgeting process;and
5.Work plansand the link with procurement planning.

The training was also facilitated by Mr Joseph Malonza fromthe National Treasury. Mr Malonza exposed  the CUE managementon  the  planning  cycle  in  public  institutions, implementation strategies, performance managementandthe
organizational budgeting process.

He  urged the  Commission  to  sensitize  its  bidderson  the  procurement  processand  make  the whole process transparent and satisfactory.

He also highlighted the overview of Kenya’s Vision 2030 and CUE’s rolein  achievement  of these  planned national  objectives.  TheCommission  Secretary/CEO  ProfMwenda  Ntarangwi, who   officially   opened   the event,thanked   the   two   facilitators for   thezeal   and   passion demonstrated in the training.

“We are looking forward to come out as better informed people. Wewill not hesitate to askfor your expertise in training our other colleagues,”ProfNtarangwi said.

The  two-day  training organized  by  theHead  of  Supply  Chain  Management  Phyllis  Karimi was held from 22ndand 23rdOctober 2019.

The Medical Laboratory Technicians and Technologists Board (KMLTTB) visited the Commission for University Education on Wednesday, 1st October 2019 to seek a partnership that will allow both regulatory agencies to work closely in streamlining Medical laboratory Science courses offered at varsities across the country. At a meeting chaired by the Secretary/Chief Executive Officer Prof. Mwenda Ntarangwi, the team from KMLTTB shared details of their work and how it intersects with that of the Commission.

Speaking during the meeting, Prof. Ntarangwi, expressed the need to have the two agencies work together to ensure that universities comply with the laid down standards and regulations that guide the training of medical laboratory technicians. The KMLTTB team was led by the Board’s Registrar Abdulalif Ali who shared a report on the current status of Medical Laboratory Science training programs offered at a number of universities in Kenya.

The report was based on inspections of some 13 universities in Kenya that offer training of Medical Laboratory Sciences at degree and diploma levels. The report was prepared after a study to ascertain whether the universities have complied with the set standards and regulations.

Commission Secretary/ Chief Executive Officer Prof. Mwenda Ntarangwi (centre) addresses a team from the Kenya Medical Laboratory Technicians and Technologists Board during a consultative meeting to harmonize accreditation of Medical Laboratory Sciences offered at various universities in Kenya.

 

The Universities inspected were: University of Nairobi, Technical University of Mombasa, Moi University, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Kenyatta University, Kisii University, Kenya Methodist University, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Maseno University, Technical University of Kenya, Mount Kenya University, University of Eastern Africa Baraton and Alupe University College. The team shared its recommendations for each of the universities listed. Some of the recommendations given to specified universities were as follows:

•    Abolish training of Diploma course in Medical Laboratory Science due to inadequate resources;
•    To discontinue Medical Laboratory Science programme and transfer students to approved programmes;
•    To stop further admission of students into Medical Laboratory Science programme until compliance is attained. 

“This is actually a continuation of our meeting to collaborate and partner in work to be able to achieve what is required of the two regulators and to harmonize academic courses” Mr. Ali said.