The University Of Nairobi’s Department of Architecture have been successfully reviewed by the Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA). This was revealed by the Validation Board when they visited the Vice-Chancellor, today, August, 24, 2015.
CAA is a membership organisation for professional bodies representing architects in Commonwealth countries. The Association is best known for its procedures for the validation of courses in architecture which convene international visiting boards to schools to assess courses against set criteria.
Chair of the CAA, Mrs. Cecilia Chinga in her remarks noted the University has performed well in having gender balance both in staff and student body, the Department of Architecture as well have a high calibre of staff. The student performance over the last few years has been very impressive and this was pointed out as one of the strengths of the department.
The validation exercise is a peer reviewed based on evidence and is benchmarked against international best practises. The exercise involved interactions with the staff and students, visit to the lecture theatres and studios. The team was impressed by the high calibre of University staff and the students.
Among the recommendations suggested by the team include: reducing the high staff to student ratio, improving the welfare of the academic staff to reduce the high staff turn-over, improvement of facilities and security within its environs, improvement of staff working conditions.
On his part the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi noted that the University is adaptive to changing environment and was open to the remarks from industry experts. He pointed out the University programs are competitive and regularly invite industry professionals to teach.