Varsities Defend Their Kigali, Arusha Investments


Commission for University Education (CUE) CEO David Some last month did not approve the setting up of campuses outside Kenya.Saying that there is no policy to guide public universities in establishing branches outside the country.

Prof. Some also went ahead and said that they will have to justify their reasons. He also said that some University are coming up with their branches out of the country because they are not going to be Accredited.

“The commission does not recognize the campuses outside the country, which according to the regulator, have failed to observe the criteria on establishing campuses.

Among the Universities mentioned by Prof.Some, JKUAT and Kenyatta university were included in the list. The two universities have come out to defend their investments which are both in Tanzania and Rwanda.

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According to Business Daily in two separate reports submitted to National Assembly’s Public Investment Committee (PIC) chaired Eldas MP Adan Keynan, Kenyatta University and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) disclosed that they had spent Sh450 million to set up campuses in the two countries. The parliamentary watchdog has launched investigations into how the two Kenyan public universities invested millions of shillings in setting up campuses in Rwanda and Tanzania.

JKUAT and KU insists that their investment was state approved since the two representatives are from the government, where one was from the Ministry of Education and the other one was from the National Treasury.

JKUAT vice-chancellor Mabel Imbuga said the institution used Sh10 million as seed capital for Arusha centre and Sh21 million for Kigali campus.

Kenyatta University says it spent Sh370 million on setting up a campus in Rwanda and Sh53 million on establishing another one in Arusha. However, the Rwanda campus is yet to start admitting students. Prof Imbuga said the Arusha centre has 328 students and expected revenue of Sh40 million as at 2015 while Kigali campus has 1,822 students and earned the institution Sh190 million last year.

She said Arusha campus was established in November 2010 while Kigali campus was established in 2012.



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