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Devolution Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri has assured the Presbyterian University of East Africa (PUEA) chancellor, governing council parents and students that the government will soon award the institution a charter.
Speaking during the institution’s eighth graduation ceremony last week, Kiunjuri said there was no way the government could send students to the university without the intention of chartering it. The university has Over 850 government sponsored students admitted through the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS).
Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu also promised to work with the institution to ensure it is awarded a charter by the Commission for University Education (Cue).
Waititu said President Uhuru Kenyatta would be visiting the area soon to award the Christian university a charter. Waititu asked the university to set aside land for the Kiambu county government to build a vocational training centre. He said such centre is important for training of youth who do not qualify for degree or diploma courses.
“This way, we can create a pool of qualified mechanics , plumbers, waiters, electricians and masons, among others,” he said. The governor challenged the graduates to compete for the county job opportunities.
One of the graduands, Joel Oyuchi, who works for a leading IT firm in America, encouraged his colleagues never to give up as they look for global opportunities.
The institution’s acting Vice chancellor, Prof John Mungania challenged the graduands to be creative entrepreneurs as opposed to just being managers. “Our contemporary society requires results-oriented leaders and thinkers committed to innovative and transformational leadership,” said Prof Mungania.
PUEA Chancellor, Rev Julius Mwamba, who is also the PCEA Moderator, conferred degrees, diplomas and certificates on the graduands. He urged them to uphold the values acquired at the university as these would help them be responsible and innovative citizens.
The university’s governing council chairman, Prof Francis Gichaga — a former vice-chancellor of the University of Nairobi— urged the students: “Up your gear and continue questioning and providing solutions …since we live in an information driven society”.
Board of trustees chairman Rev Dr Jesse Kamau asked all the outgoing graduates to support the institution by joining its alumni association. More than 700 students graduated during the ceremony.