The Commission for University Education (CUE) on 4th March, 2019 hosted the incoming Director of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Ms. Beate Schindler-Kovats as part of its initiative in spearheading academic linkages, research and partnerships with global institutions.
The visit was also to give the new Director the opportunity to gain an insight into the functions and operations of the Commission as one of the long lasting strategic partners with DAAD in spearheading quality assurance endeavors.
In a meeting hosted by CUE’s top management led by the Deputy Commission in charge of Administration and Finance (A &F) Prof. Walter Oyawa also representing the Commission Secretary, a number of emerging issues in the higher education sector were discussed.
Among the issues discussed were: the impact of rapid expansion of university education on quality, the relevance of university academic programs on national development, the quality of faculty in terms of the number of doctorate holders and the extent of internalization of universities for both student and faculty fraternities.
The Commission Top Management Team: Prof. Grace Njoroge, Deputy Commission Secretary, Accreditation, (2nd left), Prof. Walter Oyawa, Deputy Commission Secretary in charge of Administration and Finance (3rd right), Prof. Anne Nangulu, the Deputy Commission Secretary, Quality Audit and Standards (2nd right) and Prof. Jackson Too, the Head of Research and Development department (left) with the incoming DAAD Director Ms. Beate Schindler-Kovats and the outgoing DAAD Director Dr. Helmut Blumbach during the courtesy call at the Commission Offices on 4th March 2019.
Also noted was the need to address the universities’ request for capacity building in preparing for the new curriculum- Competence Based Curriculum (CBC). Further, partnership with DAAD in strengthening governance and leadership in Universities through training improving infrastructure in local universities, automation for CUE processes and formation of quality-based associations in universities would be highly appreciated.
The meeting also dwelt on future strategic partnerships in the areas of quality assurance in higher education including review of standards & guidelines, University ranking based on multidimensional ranking system and within global benchmarks, support for research and innovation at the universities, and support for human capital development both at the Commission and the universities.
From left: Prof Jackson Too) , Head of Research and Development department, Prof Anne Nangulu, Deputy Commission Secretary in charge of Quality Audit and Standards shares a moment with the outgoing DAAD Director Dr. Helmut Blumbach after the meeting.
The aspect of Diaspora and adjunct faculty participation in the development of higher education in Kenya was also discussed. The meeting pledged to enhance future partnerships and collaboration in the above listed areas.
The Commission will continue to be the focal point on relevant matters pertaining to the development of university education in Kenya.