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Pwani University receives Charter and attains fully status
Posted on Thursday, January 31, 2013 @ 15:51:21 CST by kwpnews


President Mwai Kibaki unveils a commemorative plaque during the Pwani University Charter award ceremony at the institute in Kilifi County.

KILIFI (KWP) - President Mwai Kibaki today  granted a charter to Pwani University in Kilifi County, effectively giving the Coast region a second fully-fledged university.

The President encouraged institutions of higher learning to not only develop the academic skills of their students but to also nurture them into patriotic and selfless leaders who will transform their communities and the country.

In this regard, President Kibaki assured all institutions of higher learning of the Government’s commitment to support them in realizing their full potential and exploiting the opportunities that exist not only in the country but also in the region and the world at large.

He, however, urged universities in the country to continuously benchmark with the best universities in their areas of specialization not only regionally but also globally.

“This will ensure not only the relevance and global competitiveness of your graduates but also your contribution to national development and global competiveness of our country,” President Kibaki said.

Noting that Pwani University prides itself as a centre of excellence in the fields of agriculture, marine studies, hospitality, tourism, mining, engineering and earth sciences, the President said all these areas of study and research have the potential to significantly support the socio-economic activities of the coastal area.

He added that once Pwani University succeeds in finding solutions to the development challenges that confront the nation, the people of the Coast region will see it as a relevant and useful institution in their midst and accord it the support it requires for its sustainability.

In this regard, the Head of State directed the relevant government agencies and the Pwani university stakeholders to work closely and resolve the land dispute involving the institution without further delay.

President Kibaki said the university require all its land for expansion and access the sea, being the only institute of higher learning that is touching the ocean.

The President, at the same time, called on Kenyans residing in the Coast region to take full advantage of Pwani University and the Technical University of Mombasa to upgrade their tertiary education and acquire skills that will enable them play their rightful role in nation building.

Thanking all those who worked tirelessly to transform the institution into its current status, the President noted that Pwani University started 25 years ago as the Kilifi Institute of Agriculture and was upgraded to Pwani University College as a constituent university college of Kenyatta University.

President Kibaki observed that the granting of charters to the Technical University of Mombasa Pwani University is an important development in the country and to the people of the Coastal region in particular.

“Indeed, this region has not had a university since independence. You now have two fully-fledged public universities,” the President said.

President Kibaki, at the same time, urged universities and other institutes of higher learning to start programmes that promote the use of Kiswahili language.

The Head of State added that Kiswahili is a language that was being adopted by most countries not only in the East African region but the continent.

Speaking during the occasion, Higher education minister Margret Kamar reiterated her earlier advice to students not to squander their opportunities in school but exit with the necessary skills and tools to make a difference in their communities.

Others who spoke during the occasion were Fisheries Minister Amason Kingi, newly installed Chancellor John Simba and the acting Vice Chancellor Prof. Mohammed Rajab.

In attendance were senior government officials led by Head of Public Service and secretary to Cabinet Mr. Francis Kimemia among others.


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