Varsity chiefs lay out measures to improve academic standards

A section of Vice Chancellors and Principals of constituent colleges during the workshop in Mombasa. Photo Courtesy.

Vice-Chancellors and Principals of constituent colleges in the country have fronted various measures meant to improve academic standards and research in higher learning institutions during their recently concluded leadership training workshop in Mombasa.

In a communiqué signed by all the participants drawn from 42 public universities, they resolved to work toward inter-nationalization of higher education in their institutions incorporating collaborative research, student and faculty exchange, curricula inter-nationalization, innovation and entrepreneurship.

In the five-day workshop themed, ‘Developing Strategic, Focused and Result-Oriented University Leaders’ which ran from February 12 to 16, 2024, the institution heads also resolved to strengthen the social and human dimensions in the higher education curriculum to foster access, equity, inclusion, diversity, relevance, values and emotion aspects to mold the character of outputs to effectively fit into society and markets.

They further resolved to; enhance the university autonomy to enable higher education institutions to fulfill their public responsibilities and to take their rightful positions in society; prioritize, scale up, and commercialize sustainable relevant technologies and outputs; and identify areas of comparative advantage and prioritize investment in them to develop the niche for which they will be known as centers of excellence.

Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) Ezekiel Machogu told public universities and other institutions of higher learning to come up with innovations that can help them remain afloat due to dwindling funding.

He added that the government will not change its new higher education funding model for universities anytime soon, noting that the new approach had addressed challenges that universities and TVET institutions have been grappling with.

“Some of you are yet to move out of your comfort zones to become part of the solution to the problems that afflict our universities,” said Machogu.

Higher Education and Research Principal Secretary (PS) Dr. Beatrice Inyangala asked the University leaders to adopt a visionary strategic-focused and result-oriented leadership emphasizing enhancing collaboration between higher education and industry to promote innovation and research.

By Education News Reporter

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