Governance Structure

(i)    Governance Structure

The TICH Trust is the legal trustees for Great Lakes University of Kisumu. The Board of Trustees is vested with the legal ownership of properties of GLUK. The chief management organ of the University is vested in the Senate, chaired by the Vice Chancellor and has membership of all faculty and departmental heads.

(ii) Legal Status

The university is established in accordance with Rule 9 of the Universities (Establishment of Universities) (Standardization, Accreditation and Supervision) Rules, 1989 under Application Number ACC/CHE3/000119, Published in Gazette Notice Number 4767, dated twenty third day of June, 2006. It is a private university sponsored by its founder members and the Tropical Institute of Community Health and Development Trust with the TICH TRUST as the legal entity. In 1998 TICH was incorporated as a non-profit international community health and development training Trust (REG NO.PS 790/1), Volume D1 Folio 784/909 file DXXVII. CAP164 (1998) and registered a year later (1999) in the Republic of Kenya with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology as a Technical Training Institution (REG. NO MRT/PC/365/99).


The governance of the University consists of the following organs:

  • General Assembly of Members: The General Assembly of Members is the overall decision-making organ of the University. It consists of all members of the University as stipulated in section (3) of the Charter. Among its responsibilities are (i) receive and ratify all policy decisions of the governing council of the university; (ii) elect members of the governing council; (iii) approve and ratify appointment of Chancellor and Vice Chancellor.
  • Board of Trustees: Responsible for holding in trust all fixed assets of the university. It is also the arbitrator should there be conflict between university organs.
  • The Chancellor: Honorary head and Patron of the University. He chairs the General Assembly, confers degrees, diplomas and other university awards.
  • Governing Council: This is the Principal governing and policy making organ of the University;
  • Senate: Chaired by the Vice Chancellor and constituted by top management of the University which includes but not limited to Deputy Vice Chancellors, Directors, Deans and Heads of Department. The senate is responsible for overall management of the University;
  • Student Council: To oversee the plan, in consultation with Senate, student activities that promote the spiritual and social welfare of students;