Commission for University Education

Commission of University Education
Commission of University Education
Commission of University Education
Commission of University Education
Commission of University Education
Commission of University Education


How is the Commission managed on a day-to-day basis?

The Commission has a full-time Secretariat headed by the Commission Secretary who is also the Chief Executive of the Commission. He is assisted by four (4) Deputy Commission Secretaries. Each of the Deputies heads a division having departments/sections. The four divisions are:

  • Accreditation
  • Quality Standards and Audit
  • Finance and Administration; and
  • Planning, Research and Development.

The Secretariat consists of high caliber, professionally trained staff with experience in higher education and universities.  The staff are recruited on a competitive basis.

What is the Commission for University Education (CUE)?

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. The mandate of the Commission is to ensure the maintenance of standards, quality and relevance in all aspects of university education, training and research. The Commission is a specialized government agency whose parent Ministry is the Ministry of Higher Education, Science & Technology.

It has perpetual succession and the capacity to sue and be sued and to acquire and dispose of property.

Who are the members of the Commission?

The members of the Commission for University Education are appointed as provided for under Section 6 of the Universities Act No. 42 of 2012 and consist of 9 members. Their term of office is a maximum of five (5) years and they are eligible for re-appointment. The Commission’s  Chief Executive Officer is the Secretary to the Commission and is an ex official member.

What are the functions of the Commission?

The functions of the Commission for University Education (CUE) are:

  1. Promote the objectives of university education;
  2. Advise the Cabinet Secretary on policy relating to university education;
  3. Promote, set standards and assure relevance in the quality of university education;
  4. Monitor and evaluate the state of university education systems in relation to the national development goals;
  5. License any student recruitment agencies operating in Kenya and any activities by foreign institutions; 
  6. Develop policy for criteria and requirements for admission to universities;
  7. 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;
  8. Undertake or cause to be undertaken, regular inspections, monitoring and evaluation of universities to ensure compliance with set standards and guidelines;
  9. Collect, disseminate and maintain data on university education;
  10. Accredit universities in Kenya;
  11. Regulate university education in Kenya;
  12. Accredit and inspect university programme in Kenya;
  13. Promote quality research and innovation,  and;
  14. Perform such other functions and exercise such other powers as the Commission may deem necessary for the proper discharge of its mandate under this Act.


Can one make payments through the bank?

Yes Bank Payments For The Services rendered by Commission for University Education can be made through the following bank details:

Commission for University Education
Kenya Commercial Bank Ltd.
Moi Avenue Branch
P.O Box 30081

Account Number: 1108031625


How does the Commission carry out its work?

The Commission executes its operations through specialist committees and the Secretariat. The Committees examine and determine specific issues and advise the Commission on the course of action to be taken. The Committees and the Secretariat engage the services of resource persons to perform specialized tasks where necessary. There are 13 committees, based on the broad activities of the Commission.

What is Accreditation?

Accreditation may be generally defined as a process of quality control and assurance whereby, as a result of inspection or assessment, an institution or its programmes are recognised as meeting minimum acceptable standards.

Forms of accreditation

Subject Accreditation where the focus is on specific subject matter, whatever the programme is;
Programme Accreditation focuses on study programmes; and
Institutional Accreditation which focuses on the overall quality of an institution.

The concept of practices in Accreditation and Quality Assurance are based on two (2) main approaches namely:

  • the “Standard-based” approach where quality is measured against pre-defined standards. It focuses on standards and the extent to which they are being met.
  • the “Fitness for Purpose” approach which assumes that quality is equal to objectives and goals as established by the institution.

Commission’s Principles of Accreditation

The Commission applies and uses the above concepts and forms of accreditation and quality assurance based on the following principles:

  • the Commission recognises that quality and quality control are primarily the responsibility of higher education institutions themselves but they partner with the Commission for better results;
  • the Commission respects the autonomy, identity and integrity of the institutions;
  • the Commission applies standards which are in line with international developments and best practices and international benchmarking;
  •  the Commission aims at contributing towards quality enhancement and accountability;
  • the Commission uses peer review and attempts to involve international experts in the external assessment processes.

Key features of accreditation

It is a continuous process;

    • Periodic review is the life-line of accredited institutions and programmes;
    • Institutions seeking accreditation must undergo a number of stages as outlined in the Universities Rules, 1989;
    • It is compulsory in Kenya;
    • Use of peer review/ consultative process in subject/discipline/profession;
    • Self-assessment/evaluation by institutions based on an institution’s vision, mission, philosophy and objectives;
    • Site visits/ inspections to verify academic resources;
    • Action/judgment by the Commission which adapts a developmental and advisory approach to ascertain that the institution achieves the desired standard after which a new institution is granted a Letter of Interim Authority, an existing institution is awarded a Charter and an accredited institution receives a Re-inspection Certificate.


Which institutions are authorized to operate in Kenya

The Commission maintains an up to-date list of all institutions that are authorized to offer university level education in Kenya.  See: Universities accredited to operate in Kenya.

Why can’t the Commission close down illegal institutions of higher education to protect Kenyans from exploitation?

The Commission for University Education is committed to eradicating sub-standard education providers from the system. To enable it to take action, it relies on public goodwill to relay information on an institution that appears suspect in its operations. Several institutions have been taken to court and their programmes stopped. Help us to help others- relay information about such institutions to us.

Does the Commission offer loans or scholarships to students pursuing higher education?

The Commission is not mandated to provide loans to persons in higher education institutions, the body charged with this responsibility is Higher Education Loans Board (HELB). They can be reached at the following address: P.O. Box 69480-00200 Nairobi or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


How can the Commission be reached?

The Commission is located in Rosslyn on Redhill road off Limuru Road, 12kms from the Nairobi city centre. The Commission has this website from which members of the public are free to download information on its activities.

The Commission also organizes annual exhibitions by Kenyan Universities held in/or around March of every year. It participates in the annual Kenya Public Service Week celebrations and National Trade Fairs, in order to reach out to the public and showcase their products and services available to their target audiences.


Upcoming Events

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