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University regulations curtailing education growth

University education stakeholders want the Commission for University Education (CUE) to involve them actively in the amendment of University Regulations 2014.

The articles regulate collaborative partnership between local and foreign universities. Article 63 (i) of University Regulations 2014 limits collaboration between foreign universities and local colleges to offer only two degree programmes and at Bachelor’s level only.

While formulating the University Education Amendment Act 2015, stakeholders should be given an opportunity to share feedback on how to improve the quality and delivery of higher education at institutions of higher learning.

“Colleges will then be enabled play their role towards achieving Kenya’s Vision 2030 strategic goals of achieving a knowledge economy,” says INtel college Principal, Anita Aggarwal.

Anita spoke while addressing a Leadership Symposium run by the University of Sunderland for senior managers and business leaders at INtel College last weekend.

She said the University Regulations 2014 do not cater for collaboration at Masters education level between local tertiary institutions and foreign universities.

“So long as quality is assured as per the Commission guidelines, increased provision at post graduate level with UK partners brings with it opportunities not normally be available on locally run programmes,” she added.

This includes the use of cutting edge UK technology in course delivery and access to the latest online journals and other reading materials, while providing an opportunity to receive a UK qualification while studying in Kenya.

“UK degree programmes running in Kenya must meet the UK Quality Assurance Agency ( QAA) requirements and standards,” she said.

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