Uhuru grants Charter to Presbyterian university
President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday formally granted a charter to the Presbyterian University of East Africa transiting the academic institution into a fully-fledged university.
Speaking during the charter award ceremony at State House, Nairobi, the President challenged the new university to offer courses that give solutions to current challenges facing humanity.
“I wish to state that this university has all it takes to be a continental and global leader in tertiary education, research and development, innovation and provision of solutions to the pressing problems of the day,” the President said.
He said the government is proud to count on the church as a steadfast partner in national development especially in sharing the vision of a better and prosperous Kenya for all.
“Since the dawn of our republic, the Church in Kenya has played a pivotal role in our national life.
Beyond nourishing the soul and the spirit through spreading the gospel, the Church has followed in the footsteps of Christ by establishing schools, hospitals, feeding centres, and community-support programmes,” Uhuru said.
On the ongoing roll-out of the Competency Based Curriculum , the President said the Ministry of Education, will continue working closely with all universities to ensure that they produce competent educators to drive the reform process.
The Head of State commended the university for its reputation of offering holistic training that produces not only competent graduands, but, more importantly, virtuous men and women.
“Today, I want to challenge you to keep this tradition, and to create even more opportunities for your students, to engage in programmes that will address issues in the communities surrounding the institution; even as you train them to be leaders in their various fields of study,” the President said.
Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha who also spoke at the award ceremony applauded the Presbyterian Church of East Africa(PCEA) for being at the forefront in championing quality education since its entry into the country.
Prof Magoha particularly thanked the Church for donating the parcel of land where the University of Nairobi built its faculty of education.