The Commission for University Education (CUE) has granted full accreditation to Nairobi Extension Centre on Ring Road, Nairobi City as a Campus of the University of Eastern Africa, Baraton. In the Standard Newspaper public notice on Thursday the 18th June, 2015, page 37, the Commission for University Education listed twelve (12) Campuses for both public and private universities operating in Nairobi County that had gotten full accreditation. Three Campuses of some universities were granted provisional accreditation by the CUE while eight (8) others were given six months to wind up and re-locate students to main campuses.
The office of the Vice Chancellor Prof. Philip Maiyo at the main campus confirmed receipt of the communication of full accreditation by Prof. David K. Some, the Secretary/Chief Executive of the Commission for University Education, on Friday 12 June, 2015.
This announcement was a result of the Commission’s inspection of Nairobi Extension Centre on 19th January, 2015.
According to UEAB’s Director of Quality Assurance Prof. Yona Balyage, full accreditation of a University or a University campus means that the institution met the minimum requirements to instruct students at University level in at least three academic programs. Prof. Balyage says that accreditation of a University also implies that the institution scored a minimum of 70% on the criterion instrument for accrediting a university in the Republic of Kenya. He says the campus is authorised to run programmes as long it continues meeting standards as prescribed in the Universities Regulations, Guidelines and Standards of 2014. The campus is periodically inspected to ensure that it conforms to the Universities Act 2012.
“Full accreditation also means Nairobi Satellite Campus had such facilities as library, laboratories, internet connections, offices, lecturers, and administrative staff comparable to those at the main campus. The campus must also be located in a place void of noise, bars, hotels and other things that could destruct student learning. The facility has to at least include one hectare for students’ and lecturers’ packing space for vehicles, and facilities for sports” added Prof Balyage.
Prof. Balyage further notes that the campus remains in operation under the supervision of the main campus as long as it meets standards and requirements of the Commission for University Education. It can be upgraded into a University College under the guidance of the main campus for a period of three years before it can apply for autonomy as a full-fledged university. At both stages the Commission for University Education must inspect the suitability of the mobility of the institution. Both the campus and University College get directives from the senate of the main campus.