The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Narok College to Become Maasai Mara University

PRESIDENT Mwai Kibaki will tomorrow award a charter to Narok University College making it a fully fledged institution.Narok University, a constituent college of Moi University, is among the 13 constituent colleges that President Kibaki will award charters to.

Speaking to the press at the weekend, principal Prof David Serem said the institution will change its name from Narok University College to Maasai Mara University.

Serem said preparations are in place and they are ready to receive the charter saying it is a "milestone for the university".Narok University board chairman Prof K ole Karei praised the decision to have the college become a fully fledged university.

He said this makes it the only public university in Maasailand adding that it will give students in the region a chance to compete with the rest of the world.

Former University student leader Kasaine Partoip said once the institution is upgraded, it will help address challenges faced by locals through research.

He said the institution will enable students get quality training and venture into new fields.Kasaine said the campus will provide an excellent serene atmosphere for programmes like tourism, agro-foresty saying these will greatly benefit the growing South Rift Tourist circuit.

Speaking to the Star, Higher Education Minister Prof Margret Kamar said once the institution is fully operational, it will increase its student admission giving more students a chance at University education.

"My ministry appreciates efforts by the university council and management to steer Narok University College from a nascent institution to a competitive college. We intend to reward this hard work by awarding the college a charter," she said.

Recently, Kamar said the government will build a university and technical institution in every county to improve education standards in every region.

She said the new universities will increase student enrollment by more than 40 per cent.

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