Karatina University Holds DIES National Multiplication Training (NMT 2017)
Karatina University was privileged to host the DIES (Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies) National Multiplication Training (NMT 2017/2018) Training Workshop for Deans and Directors of selected universities in Kenya from 19th to 21st December 2017 at the Main Campus, Kagochi under the theme: Training Deans and Directors On Quality Leadership and Management: A Driver for Change in Higher Education.
This is a multi agency training programme sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service( DAAD) and German Rectors‘ Conference (HRK). The partnering universities are Karatina University, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Kenyatta University and Maseno University. The goal of the training is to enhance quality in higher education by transforming management roles of middle level managers in higher education through sharing knowledge gained during the DIES-DAAD training courses. The project is being co-ordinated by Prof. P-Aloo - Obudho, DIES- NMT Project Team Leader/Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic, Research and Students Affairs at Karatina University. She is implementing the project with Prof. Elizabeth Abenga from Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Prof. Florence Indede from Maseno University, and Prof. Fuchaka Waswa from Kenyatta University.
The workshop was officially opened by Prof. Colleta Suda, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Education, State Department of Higher Education through her representative Dr. Christopher Yegoh. In her remarks, the Principal Secretary said that the dynamics in higher education today requires a re-evaluation of the role of higher education managers to provide leadership that will transform these institution to achieve quality in higher education.She commended the project team for an innovative idea and asked them to look for more funding to expand the training to cover all Deans and Directors in Kenya. She also appreciated DAAD for continued support to quality higher education .The PS thanked the Kenya DAAD Scholars for promoting quality in higher education through organization of conferences.
In welcoming the guests, the Vice Chancellor Karatina University, Prof. Mucai Muchiri underscored the fact that the University is on a spirited agenda to enhance quality higher education and therefore the training workshop will inculcate valuable leadership skills to the middle level managers who are the ultimate drivers of change in university management.
The notable guests included Prof. Mwenda Ntaragwi, the CEO Commission for University Education represented by Prof Anne Nagulu, Deputy Secretary Commission for University Education in charge of Quality Assurance, Prof. R. Munavu, Chancellor Laikipia University, Prof, Frank Ziegele, Director, Commission for Higher Education in Germany and Prof Dominic Makawiti, Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Nairobi.
During the training, 23 newly appointed Deans and Directors from 12 Universities across Kenya were trained with balanced gender representations. The Deans and Directors were trained on increased understanding of their roles in respect to university management and enhanced leadership and management skills.