The University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter M. F. Mbithi received a team from Open Universities Council in the Vice-Chancellor Committee Room today, February, 20, 2015.
President of the Open Universities Council, Prof. Primrose Kurasha congratulated Prof. Mbithi on his recent appointment as the 7th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nairobi and they discussed secondment of University of Nairobi staff to the Council office headquarters, based in Nairobi to help them reduce the financial constraint associated with air travels and to enable the office to “grow in leaps and bounds without financial constraints”.
On her part, Prof. Primrose Karusha, noted that they have a quality assurance agency that works at ensuring that the quality of education given through the e-learning mode is up to standard. Other projects run by the Open University include scholarships, ICT project based in Sudan and the African Journal.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Affairs) Prof. Isaac Mbeche noted that the Open University gives many people an access to the university education. Both the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic Affairs) and Prof. Isaac Jumba, Principal College of Education and External Studies were in agreement, that Kikuyu Campus indeed share a lot with the Open University of Zimbabwe as University of Nairobi has conducted training and the two have been engaged in staff exchange programs and training of manpower.
Prof. Harriet Kidombo, Dean, Faculty of Education noted that 95% of University of Nairobi programs have a component on the e-learning mode. This was music to the ears of the guests running the Open University. The concept of e-learning has indeed offered many people the opportunity to get university education.
Others present during the courtesy call were: Prof. Rotini Ogidani, Ms. Grace Muriuki, Ms. Ndai Nyamakura