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Invest in training that supports CBC, President Kenyatta tells universities

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NAIROBI, 11th June 2021 (PSCU) – President Uhuru Kenyatta has asked universities to invest in research and training that support Kenya’s new Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).

“The Competence-Based Curriculum is a revolutionary step we took as a country to provide our learners with twenty-first-century practical skills relevant to the needs of the present world,” the President said.

President Uhuru Kenyatta signs the Aga Khan University-Kenya Charter during a ceremony to award the institution a charter at the Aga Khan University Centre-Kenya in Parklands, Nairobi County.

President Kenyatta, who spoke on Friday in Nairobi when he awarded a charter to the Aga Khan University-Kenya (AKU), also urged universities to concentrate on producing graduates who can tackle global challenges and make the world a better place.

The Head of State reminded Kenyan universities to ensure that they offer quality education.

President Uhuru Kenyatta signs the Aga Khan University-Kenya Charter during a ceremony to award the institution a charter at the Aga Khan University Centre-Kenya in Parklands, Nairobi County.

“You must strive to remain compliant to both the programmatic and institutional standards set by our professional regulatory bodies such as the Commission for University Education,” President Kenyatta said.

At the same time, the President directed regulatory institutions in the education sector to execute their mandate fully in order to ensure the quality of university education is not compromised.

“Regulatory standards are not mere exercises in box-ticking.  They are the lifeblood of a vital process that ensures that learning delivers tangible results for both the learner as well as the nation,” the President emphasized.

On research, the President challenged universities to be at the forefront in providing solutions to emerging challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

President Uhuru Kenyatta reads the Presidential Citation and awards a Charter to the Aga Khan University-Kenya at the Aga Khan University Centre-Kenya in Parklands, Nairobi County.

During the event, President Kenyatta also inaugurated the Aga Khan University’s new Kshs 5 billion ultra-modern building. The building will be the university’s main campus in Kenya, housing its graduate school of Media and Communications, Medical College, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Institute for Human Development as well as the Brain and Mind Institute among other programmes.

President Uhuru Kenyatta reads the Presidential Citation and awards a Charter to the Aga Khan University-Kenya at the Aga Khan University Centre-Kenya in Parklands, Nairobi County.

His Highness the Aga Khan, who is the Chancellor of the Aga Khan University, addressed the occasion via video link, saying the awarding of charter to AKU is a vote of confidence in the university.

The Aga Khan University-Kenya Charter is displayed during a ceremony to award a Charter to the institution at the Aga Khan University Centre-Kenya in Parklands, Nairobi County.

He thanked President Kenyatta’s leadership for creating an enabling environment that has allowed private universities in Kenya to flourish.

Education CS Prof George Magoha, Commission for University Education (CUE) Chairman Prof Chacha Nyaigoti Chacha, CUE Secretary Prof Mwenda Ntarangwi as well as the Aga Khan University’s Vice Chancellor Dr Firoz Rasul spoke during the occasion.

President Uhuru Kenyatta witnesses the display of the Aga Khan University-Kenya Mace during a ceremony to award a Charter to the institution at the Aga Khan University Centre-Kenya in Parklands, Nairobi County.
 

With the award of the charter, the Aga Khan University becomes Kenya’s 21st private chartered university.

President Uhuru Kenyatta witnesses the display of the Aga Khan University-Kenya Logo during a ceremony to award a Charter to the institution at the Aga Khan University Centre-Kenya in Parklands, Nairobi County.
President Uhuru Kenyatta witnesses the display of the Aga Khan University-Kenya Seal during a ceremony to award a Charter to the institution at the Aga Khan University Centre-Kenya in Parklands, Nairobi County.
 

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