The Star (Nairobi)

6 February 2013

Kenya: Kisii University to Receive a Charter

President Kibaki will today present a charter to Kisii University College. The institution's principal John Akama yesterday said preparations are in top gear.

"President Kibaki will present the charter during a ceremony held on the university's play field," said Akama.

"We have finalised the preparations to receive the President. We expect all leaders from the region to be present and witness the occasion."

The university college was started in 1965 as a primary teachers' training college on land that was donated by the Gusii County Council. The TTC was elevated to a secondary teacher's college in 1983 offering diploma courses.

In 1994, Egerton University took over the college and begun offering post graduate diplomas in education up until 2001. In 1999, the college started its first degree programme, Business and Management in the Faculty of Commerce.

On August 23, 2007, the university college was made a constituent college of Egerton University.

President Kibaki has given charters to Kenya and Mombasa Polytechnics, which have since changed their names to Technical University of Kenya and Technical University of Mombasa.

Akama said since it became a constituent college of Egerton, the university college has expanded its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. It is also offering other professional certificate courses.

The principal said the college had helped local students who are now pursuing their studies there. The college has opened various campuses, one of them being the town campus in Kisii town, which was established in 2002.

It offers self-sponsored programmes in Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Business and Management, Masters in Business Administration and professional diploma courses.

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