CUEA Signs deal to Offer Standardization Courses

On Wednesday April 8, 2015 the University signed an MoU with African Organisation for Standardisation (ARSO), Kenya Bureau of Standard (KEBS), and APEX Management Systems Consultants Limited (APEX).  

The MoU presents a framework for collaboration between the four partners in providing education on standards at certificate, diploma, degree and post graduate levels

This is the first such programme in Anglophone Africa. It will start with a Diploma in Strategic Quality and Management Systems that was approved by the CUEA Senate in November 2014.

The partnership will also popularise and increase the visibility of the African Standards Day, Continental Essay Competition and Certified firm’s exhibitions. The organizations will also support each other to realise stated objectives and generally entrenching a culture of quality and standards in African youth.

Present at the MoU signing ceremony were representatives from the four partners. Various functional heads drawn from academic Faculties and Directorates, and administrative units represented CUEA at the function.

Speaking at the MoU Signing Ceremony, each of the leaders of the four partners voiced their commitment towards the partnership. The Director of Academic Linkages, Rev. Prof. Gichure pointed out that CUEA was committed towards quality education and this was being confirmed through the employability of its graduates.

Recent market research had ranked CUEA third among the private universities preferred by employers. The DVC Academics Prof. Justus Mbae pointed out that the CUEA was committed to quality of its academic programmes and operations and worked with many organisations in the region towards its continual improvement.

In his remarks, Dr. Reuben Gisore, the Technical Director of ARSO, representing the ARSO Secretary General emphasized the importance of standards in our daily lives, and was hopeful that the partnership would enable CUEA reach out to many people seeking standardisation education.

KEBS Managing Director, Mr. Charles Ongwae expressed the commitment of KEBS towards the initiative, and promised KEBS support especially in the area of facilitation of sessions by KEBS staff to share their knowledge and expertise with the students enrolled for the Diploma programme. He indicated that he looks forward to the development of a Bachelor’s degree programme that would be offered under the partnership.

Mr. Ongwae urged CUEA to tap the potential of the regional market especially in Anglophone Africa as this was the first course of this kind, with the others being in Francophone Africa.

The APEX CEO Mrs. Hellen Bosibori expressed her hope that the partnership would grow to having a Bachelor’s degree programme and reiterated the commitment of APEX towards the success of the partnership.

Msgr. Dr. Pius Rutechura, CUEA’s Vice-Chancellor pointed out that this particular partnership was a landmark due to its practicability and relevance in contemporary society given the paradigm shift towards competence. He noted that the partnership offers a marketing opportunity for CUEA.

The Institute for Regional Integration for Development (IRID) will house the ARSO, KEBS, APEX, CUEA partnership. 

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