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.