Great Lakes University Charter Award
The Great Lakes University of Kisumu was on Friday, 13th November 2012 awarded a university charter making it the first fully accredited private university based in Nyanza Province.
The institution, which begun as a community-based organisation training healthcare workers in 1979, has grown to reach a student population of slightly over 1,700 spread across three campuses. According to the university’s Vice Chancellor Dan Kaseje, the award of the charter will enable the university to expand its course structure and faculty and accommodate more students. “We have had suggestions to introduce more undergraduate and postgraduate programs but because of regulatory concerns we could not go beyond our mandate until we got the charter.”
Great Lakes University of Kisumu (GLUK), became the third university in Western Kenya after Maseno University and Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, both public universities. The demand for university education in the region has been increasing with several public and private universities setting up campuses and constituent colleges in urban centres of Kisumu, Kakamega and Kisii. However, lack of adequate finances has hampered the growth of universities like GLUK, making expansion slow and forcing students from the region to relocate in search of institutions of higher learning. With the Charter, the Great Lakes University best known for its community health and social education programmes was able to include new courses like Nursing.
The Commission for Higher Education has inspected our programmes in detail and also evaluated our teaching faculty and curriculum and is convinced that we have the capacity to grow and introduce new programmes to provide a local alternative for students not only from Western Kenya but in the great lakes region.”
Notable personalities to have received honorary degrees from the university include Southern Sudan President Salva Kiir; Mrs Rebecca Garang, widow of deceased; South Sudanese freedom leader Dr John Garang and Mama Sarah Obama.
Article by: Business Daily Africa