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Ms. Faith Marete

 

Deputy Director Human Resource & Administration

Faith MareteCHRP Faith Marete is a seasoned professional with distinct experience in Human Resource leadership and talent development which she has acquired through training, practice and networking. Ms Marete has vast experience in implementation of Strategies, Policies and Programs relating to advancement of Human capital. She holds a Master of Business Administration (Strategic Management) from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa and a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Management from the Moi University. 

Ms Marete is a Certified Human Resource Practitioner (CHRP) with over 15 years' experience, gained from various organizations both in the Public and Private Sector. She's also an active member of the Institute of Human Resource Management (IHRM)

Prof. Jackson Too, PhD


Deputy Director Research and Innovation Department

 

Prof TooProf. Jackson Too is a distinguished academic leader currently serving as the Deputy Director for Research and Innovation at the Commission for University Education (CUE). Prof. Too brings a wealth of experience and expertise in the field of Educational Communication and Technology, coupled with a remarkable track record in teaching, research, and administration at Moi University.

As an Associate Professor in Educational Communication and Technology at Moi University, Prof. Jackson Too has carved a niche in curriculum development, instructional media, pedagogy, and technology. His dedication to advancing these fields has not only enriched the academic environment at Moi University but has also positioned him as a thought leader in the broader educational landscape. Prof. Too is an active member of the Commonwealth Association of Educational Administration and Management (CAEAM), contributing to international dialogues and collaborations in educational administration. His role as an Advisory Member of the East and Southern African-German Centre of Excellence for Educational Research Methodologies and Management (CERM-ESA) further underlines his commitment to global educational advancements and cross-cultural collaboration.

At the forefront of innovation, Prof. Jackson Too serves as the Project Leader for the Partnership for Enhanced Blended Learning (PEBL), a groundbreaking initiative under the DFID global Strategic Partnership in Higher Education Innovation & Reforms (SPHEIR). This project underscores his dedication to spearheading transformative approaches to teaching and learning in higher education. Having held key administrative positions, including Head of Research and Development and Deputy Commission Secretary in Administration and Finance at the Commission for University Education (CUE), Prof. Too has played a significant role in shaping policies and strategies in higher education at the national level. His administrative leadership has contributed significantly to the Commission's mission of ensuring quality education in Kenya. He has also been a driving force in supporting initiatives aimed at promoting the publication of scholarly papers among university faculty. His efforts align with the broader objective of disseminating research findings globally, contributing to the advancement of academic knowledge and fostering intellectual exchange.

As a Member of the Task Force on Enhancing Access, Relevance, Transition, Equity, and Quality for Effective Curriculum Reforms, Prof. Jackson Too plays a key role in shaping the future of education in Kenya. His contributions to curriculum development and reform align with national objectives to ensure a robust, inclusive, and high-quality education system. Prof. Too extends his influence beyond national borders, serving as a member of the Independent Advisory Board (IAB) for PEBL in West Africa (WA). Additionally, his membership in the African Higher Education in Emergencies Network (AHEEN) Advisory Board reflects his commitment to addressing educational challenges on a continental scale.

 

Mrs. Lynette G. Kisaka

 

Deputy Director, Quality Audit and Standards Department

 

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Mrs. Lynette Kisaka is an accomplished professional with over 12 years and 8 months of dedicated service at the Commission for University Education, currently serving as the Deputy Director, Quality Assurance. A doctoral student of Education Management at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, Mrs. Kisaka holds a Bachelor of Education (Science) in Botany and Zoology from Kenya University; and M.Phil (Zoology) in Parasitology; and Executive Master of Education in Leadership and Policy; both from Moi University. Mrs. Kisaka has demonstrated exemplary leadership and expertise in the field of Higher Education Quality Assurance and has been instrumental in coordinating Quality Audits, monitoring internal quality assurance mechanisms in universities, facilitating training, seminars, workshops, and conferences on Quality Assurance, formulating regulations, standards, and guidelines for Quality Audit in University Education, and contributing significantly to the enhancement of education quality as a DAAD-trained Regional Coordinator for Quality Assurance in Higher Education in the East Africa Region.

Mrs. Kisaka is a trained Earth Charter Educator on Sustainable Development; trained in Digital Education for Universities and a member of the Community of Practice for digital education; a member of the East Africa Quality Assurance Network (EAQAN), and the Kenya Universities Quality Assurance Network (KuQAN). From April 2009 to May 2010 Mrs. Kisaka was the coordinator of the Working Group on Mathematics and Science Education for the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA), the forum for policy dialogue on education in Africa where she sharpened her strategic thinking and administrative skills through networking, partnerships, advocacy, and collaboration on education matters.

With a career in education that spans over two decades, Mrs. Lynette Kisaka has served as a member of the expert committee on Education Programme at KNATCOM for UNESCO and part of the technical team that developed the guidelines for mainstreaming Education for Sustainable Development, and Global Citizenship Education in Universities; Technical Working Group for Developing a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for the Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA 16-25) and SDG 4 for the Ministry of Education; and the ad hoc Committee on the Kenya Credit Accumulation and Transfer System (KCATS). Her dedication and expertise make her an invaluable asset to the Commission for University Education and the broader education community.

 

Mr. Isaac Wamute Gathirwa

 

 Deputy Director, Legal and Enforcement 

 

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Mr. Isaac Wamute Gathirwa serves as the Deputy Director in the Legal and Enforcement Department at the Commission for University Education. His professional journey is marked by an impressive academic background and extensive qualifications. Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Law (LLD) at the University of Nairobi, Mr. Gathirwa earned a Master of Laws (Law Governance and Democracy) from the same institution between September 2010 and December 2015. Further enriching his profile, he holds a Master’s in Business Administration (Strategic Management option) from Kenyatta University (January 2006 to December 2009) and an LL.B Degree from Moi University (1998 to 2002). Complementing his academic achievements are Mr. Gathirwa's notable professional qualifications. Notably, he signed the role of Commissioner of Oath and Notary Public with the Kenya’s Judiciary in June 2020 and obtained the C.P.S (K) qualification from KASNEB between January 2012 and May 2017. His commitment to alternative dispute resolution is evident through the Special Course in Alternative Dispute Resolution from The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Kenya Branch) in September, 2009.

Furthermore, Mr. Gathirwa has undergone training in Advocacy and Prosecution, receiving a certificate from the International Law Institute-Africa Centre for Legal Excellence in August 2008. Additionally, he completed the Mediation Entry Course with The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Kenya Branch) in October 2007. His legal education journey includes a Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law (2003 to 2004), culminating in his admission to the bar as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya in 20th May, 2004. With a wealth of experience, Mr. Gathirwa has been a vital part of the Commission for University Education since 1st October, 2012, where he joined as the Chief Legal Officer of the Legal and Enforcement Department. Prior to this, he served as a Senior State Counsel at the Advocates Complaints Commission, State Law Office, from 27th April, 2006, to 30th September, 2012. His legal expertise was also employed at Ngigi Mbugua and Company Advocates from March 2005 to March 2006, where he held the position of Associate Counsel.

 

CPA Hezron Njoroge Ndung’u

 

 Deputy Director, Internal Audit

 

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CPA Hezron Njoroge Ndung’u, a highly qualified finance professional, holds a master’s degree in finance and Investment and a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a focus on accounting.

He is a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya (CPA(K) and a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). Mr. Ndung’u possesses extensive experience in Operations/Internal Audit, gained through notable organizations such as the Chuka University, Kenya Methodist University (KeMU), Mastermind Tobacco (K) Ltd and Commission for University Education (CUE). With a comprehensive skill set that includes financial statements audit, internal audit software proficiency, and expertise in accounting packages like Microsoft Nav, SAP, and QuickBooks.

He is well-versed in using Internal Audit Software such as Audit Runner and Arbutus audit systems for Continuous Audit and Continuous Monitoring. Before joining the Commission for University Education, Mr. Ndung’u served as Senior Internal Auditor at Chuka University from September 2016 to October 2018.

Gilbert W. Opanga

Deputy Director - Standards, Recognition and Equation of Qualifications (SREQ)

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Mr. Gilbert W. Opanga is a highly experienced professional in university education administration, quality assurance, and human resource management. As the Deputy Director Overseeing Standards, Recognition, and Equation of Qualifications at the Commission for University Education (CUE), he brings intellectual pragmatism, practical business acumen, a collaborative team spirit, and exceptional leadership and communication skills to effectively address intricate administrative and management challenges in contemporary organizations.

Throughout his distinguished career, Mr. Opanga has achieved notable milestones, including the development and implementation of employee training and development policies. Under his leadership, Egerton University attained the status of the cleanest and best-maintained public university in Kenya. He successfully revitalized and strengthened the Egerton University Alumni Association, played a pivotal role in ISO: 9001 certifications for JKUAT and CUE, and streamlined administrative procedures at CUE to be vibrant and goal-oriented.

In his current role, Mr. Opanga is responsible for coordinating departmental work plans, budgets, and procurement plans. Additionally, he is involved in developing a Standards, Regulations and review of Guidelines related to Standards, Recognition, and Equation of Qualifications, coordinating workshops, seminars, and external excursions, and leading the continual updating of the directory of recognized accrediting bodies and accredited universities. Previously serving as the Assistant Commission Secretary (Quality Audit and Standards) at CUE, Mr. Opanga coordinated workshops, seminars, and external excursions, facilitated the implementation of Internal Quality Assurance mechanisms, and orchestrated institutional audits in universities. His comprehensive skill set, encompassing academic excellence, practical experience, and effective leadership, has significantly contributed to the elevation of Standards, Recognition, and Equation of Qualifications within the University Education sub-sector.

Ruth A. Dero                                                      

Deputy Director, Corporate Communications

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Ruth Dero is a strategic Communications and Public Relations specialist with industry experience spanning over 13 years. She hold a Master of Science degree in Communications studies and a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations and Communications from Moi University (Kenya). Further, Ruth is currently pursuing a Master of Arts Degree in Leadership at the Pan Africa Christian University (PAC).

Ruth has managed communications and public relations for several projects and events both in the private and public sector. Ruth is a member of the Public Relations Society of Kenya (PRSK). She is a seasoned writer, has had her work published both locally and internationally on various topics including Communications and Public Relations, Leadership, Digital media, Customer Relations Management (CRM), Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Investment (CSI). She is currently a Communications PhD. Candidate at Daystar University.

 

 

Dr. David Muthaka

 

Director - Research, Planning and Innovation Division

 

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Dr. Muthaka holds a PhD in economics, Master of Arts (economics), Bachelor of arts (economics) all from the University of Nairobi. He also holds a CPA1 in economics, financial accounting, and law. Prior to joining the Commission, he worked as the Deputy Director (Research, Monitoring and evaluation) at the Salaries and Renumeration Commission (SRC).

Dr. Muthaka has 12 years’ experience in the public service. He has vast knowledge in the spearheading the development, implementation, monitoring and review of strategies. He has an educational background in advanced Macro and micro economics, public finance and Policy Analysis. Dr. Muthaka has also been involved in some technical assignments for the government of Kenya a notable one is coordinating the preparations for a National Conference on Wage Bill Sustainability. He is a member of the African Health Economics and Policy Association (AFHEA)

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

 

Dr. Eunice Marete

 Director - Standards and Quality Assurance Division

 

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Dr. Marete holds a PhD. in Food Science from University College Dublin (Ireland), Master of Science in Chemistry, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, JKUAT. Previously, she was a Senior Lecturer in Chemistry and the Director, Quality Assurance and Career Services at Meru University of Science and Technology (MUST). She was also the Patron of the university. She also served the university as the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration, Finance and Planning) and Registrar (Academic and Students Affairs) at MUST both on acting capacity.Dr. Marete is an advocate of protecting the environment to provide a peaceful coexistence. She is also passionate about research and her research interests are in extraction and characterization of bioactive constituents from medicinal plants and possible incorporation into food products.

 


 

 

Mr. Victor Ogunyo

Director - Corporate Services Division

 

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Mr. Ogunyo has extensive work experience in internal audit, finance, accounting, administration, human resource management and corporate governance gained through training, practice and while working in multicultural organisation in the public and private sector over the last fifteen years. Mr. Ogunyo is highly skilled in developing and implementing organisation specific policies, procedures, guidelines and standards; using result-based performance management skills and tools to support implementation of organisation strategies; and providing high level systems and services for effective institutional financial management. Mr. Ogunyo is adept at organizational development, risk management, talent management, strategic leadership and corporate governance.

 Mr. Ogunyo holds a Master of Business Administration (Strategic Management) from Africa Nazarene University and a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting, Business Administration and Management) from Daystar University. He also holds a Higher Diploma in Business Technical Education Programme (Human Resource Management) from the College of Human Resource Management. Mr. Ogunyo is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK). He is also an active member of the Institute of Human Resource Management (IHRM).

 

 

Prof. Urbanus N. Mutwiwa

Director - Accreditation Division

Prof. MutwiwaProf. Urbanus N. Mutwiwa joined the CUE in August 2023 as the Director - Accreditation. He brings on board wealth of experience in leadership and quality gained both locally and internationally. Before joining CUE, he worked at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) having served as a Chairman and Dean as well as Deputy Management Representative Integrated Quality Management Systems, as well as external examiner to several universities. Previously he worked as a Senior Research Officer in the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology (Kenya), where he gained proficiency in higher education, research and innovation policy matters. Before then he worked as a Research Associate at Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University Hannover (Germany) and Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand). He has served in various boards including the Directorate for Academic Quality Assurance (JKUAT), the Water Resources and Research Centre (JKUAT), Kenya Institute of Supplies Examination Board (KISEB), Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) Education Committee, and the Committee of Non-Related persons in AfriCert Limited. He is a member of several professional bodies among them the National Quality institute, the Environmental Institute of Kenya; Engineers Board of Kenya, Horticultural Association of Kenya, Institute of Engineers of Kenya; German Alumni Water Network, and the German Alumni Food Network. He is a licensed lead expert EIA /EA and a Lead Auditor Quality Management Systems ISO 9001:2015 and Environment Management Systems ISO14001:2015. He has authored various research publications in peer-reviewed journals, contributed to scientific conferences both locally and internationally; as well as supervised both postgraduate and undergraduate students.

 

The Division of Quality Audit and Standards (QAS) delivers on the mandate of the Commission for University Education by spearheading the development, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and review of the Quality Assurance Mechanisms in all universities authorized to operate in Kenya. This entails formulation of regulations, standards and guidelines on internal quality assurance and advising universities on institutionalization of internal quality systems; training directors of quality assurance in universities; and overall coordination of regular institutional and programme quality audits of all universities on compliance with legal requirements and conformance to set standards. QAS also contributes to formulation and implementation of Global and Regional Conventions on Recognition and Equation of Qualifications from Foreign Universities; coordinates the establishment of linkages, partnerships, collaborations and benchmarking between foreign and local universities and local institutions; and links QAS activities with Quality Assurance Agencies nationally, regionally and globally. QAS Division is responsible for overall coordination of recognition and equation of qualifications from foreign universities; and licensing Student Recruitment Agencies for foreign universities.


The Division of Quality Audit and Standards adopts the standards-based peer review mechanisms, involving over 500 peer reviewers drawn from university academic staff; researchers, former university vice chancellors; resource persons, and experts in industry.  The Division Head is the Deputy Commission Secretary (DCS), Quality Audit and Standards who is responsible to the Commission Secretary/CEO for overall coordination, strategic direction and leadership of the Division and coordination of internal quality assurance of CUE.

Departments in Quality Audit and Standards Division

The Division of Quality Audit and Standards (QAS) is made up of two Departments, namely,

Quality Audit department; and

the Department of Standards, Recognition & Equation of Qualifications (SREQ).

Functions of Quality Audit and Standards Division

Based on the functions of the Commission for University Education as spelt out in section 5 of the Universities Act, No. 42 of 2012 (Amendment), QAS

Division delivers on the functions listed below, under the corresponding sub-sections indicated as follows:

1.    Regular Institutional Quality Audit, monitoring and evaluation of universities to ensure compliance with the provisions of the Universities Act, 2012 and prevailing Universities Regulations, Standards and Guidelines (Section 5(1)(h).
2.    On regular basis inspect Universities in Kenya (Section 5(1) (i). 
3.    Quality inspection of academic programmes (Section 5(1) (l).
4.    Recognize and equate degrees, diplomas and certificates conferred or awarded by foreign universities and institutions (Section 5(1) (g).
5.    License any Student Recruitment Agencies operating in Kenya (Section 5(1) (e). 
6.    License any activities by foreign Institutions (Section 5(1) (e).  
7.    Monitoring and evaluation of Internal Quality Assurance (IQA) systems in universities (Section 5(1) (c).
8.    Partnerships/linkages and collaborative arrangements between foreign universities and local institutions (Section 28(2).
9.    Monitor compliance with minimum standards (Section 5(1) (h). 
10.    Periodically review the criteria for recognition of qualifications.

The Division of Administration & Finance undertakes cross-cutting functions that provide/facilitate enabling systems, activities and structures that support the Commission’s core mandate. The Division has the responsibility of overseeing and managing the Financial, ICT, Human Resource and Administrative affairs at the Commission, in addition to supporting the Commission’s oversight role over the universities. Activities of the Division are fully aligned to the Commission’s Strategic Plan under Key Results Area (KRA) No. 4, namely, “Institutional Capacity and Resource Mobilization”. The Strategic Objectives under this KRA are to:

  • Establish proper management and mobilization of financial resources
  • Embrace information Communication Technology in all sectors of the Commission.
  • Attract, develop and retain competent staff.

The Division continues to give its very best to sustain operations of the Commission by providing corporate services in the areas of Finance, ICT, Human Resource Management & Development, Assets Management, Transport Management, Security and Staff Welfare. Further, the Division is well positioned to collaboratively undertake expanded mandate of the Commission pertaining to Student welfare, governance, administrative, leadership, and environmental management issues in the Universities in order to be able to address emerging issues in the higher education sector.

Functions of the Division of Administration and Finance

  1. To develop and oversee the implementation of Administration & Human Resource, Finance and ICT policies, procedures and strategies;
  2. To manage the Commission’s financial process;
  3. To collate financial reporting for all donor segments, and oversee all financial, project/programs and grants accounting;
  4. To ensure compliance with guidelines on labour laws, constitutional requirements and any other statutes issued by Government from time to time;
  5. To oversee ICT infrastructure and automation of systems and processes;
  6. To co-ordinate the provision of security services at the Commission;
  7. To undertake any other duties as may be duly delegated.

Departments

The Division comprises of 3 Departments:

  • The Department of ICT
  • The Department of Finance
  • The Department of Administration & Human Resource

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Departments within the Division of Administration and Finance

As part of Corporate Social Responsibility, the Division of Administration and Finance spearheaded the planting of trees at the Commission

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