Nairobi — Kenyan Commission of Higher Education has granted a letter of interim authority to the East African University that was started by the proprietors of Kampala University.
The letter was handed to East African University chairman Prof Badru Kateregga last week by KCHE boss Prof Ezra Maritim. East African University is located in the Kitengela plains, south of the Kenyan capital, and is the tenth university to be granted a letter of interim authority in Kenya.
This letter is a license that grants a university permission to operate in Kenya. Prof Maritim said they have allowed EAU to start teaching Business Management, as well as Computer Science and Information Technology. "The award of the letter of interim authority to this university is a clear demonstration that Kenya cannot enjoy the benefits of sustainable development, nor attain Vision 2030 without the contributions of sound and effective system of higher education," Maritim said at the commission's headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.
Prof. Kateregga said acquiring a license hasn't been easy. Kampala University attempted to start a branch in Kenya five years ago but the Kenyan education authorities ordered them to pack their bags and close because they lacked necessary requirements. "We are therefore here to celebrate the five or so years that have gone into the preparation of this multi-million dollar project that is being inaugurated as fully fledged Kenyan University," Prof Kateregga said.
The commission however said that granting this license isn't an end in its self because they will continually assess the academic resources based on comprehensive self-evaluation reports and periodic inspections. "Establishing of more programmes will be implemented after they are approved by the commission as per the Universities Rules, 1989 which clearly stipulate that the university can only mount new programmes upon authorisation by the commission," KCHE Chief Executive Officer Prof Everett Standa said.