8 February 2013

Kenya: Chepkoilel to Receive Charter On Monday

Chepkoilel University College will receive its Charter from President Kibaki on Monday making it a fully fledged public university

Speaking to the press yesterday, the college's principal Prof Elijah Biamah said the college will, after receiving the Charter, become known as the University of Eldoret.

He said the change of name was necessitated by the fact that the institution will now become a national facility; the second public university in Eldoret after Moi University.

"We are preparing for the ceremony and after that, we will roll out all our programmes as a fully fledged university," he said. President Kibaki will award the Charter at the college making it the second public university in Eldoret after Moi University.

Biamah is likely to be the first Vice Chancellor of the university although the position will be advertised for competitive hiring. Facilities at the college are already undergoing expansion to march the new status.

Minister for Higher Education, Margaret Kamar, had indicated that two colleges in Eldoret were earmarked to be upgraded including the Eldoret Polytechnic which is set to become a technical university.

"The ministry recognizes the need for more training facilities in the country in order to help speed up creation of manpower to help the country industrialize faster," she said Kamar.

Kamar said government plans to spend Sh6 billion to upgrade 12 colleges to universities hence increasing to 20 the number of public universities in the country.

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