By Joseph Mukubwa.
University managements have been encouraged to mobilise resources outside the public sector.
Anne Nangulu, Commission for University Education (CUE) Deputy Secretary for Quality Audit and Standards said financing higher education has been a challenge in the country.
She said universities have been relying on the Government to finance university education, adding that the sector has really expanded and therefore needs to look for other sources of finances.
She said there are funders such as the European Union, The Dutch and Nuffic among others and said if the administration comes up with well written quality proposals they can get money from such funding organisations.
“We are, for instance, doing a mobility scheme in the African continent where we came together at continental level and we have five universities in the project,” she said.
“This was a European Union call for mobility scheme whereby you can move Masters and PHD students including staff,” she noted.
She said the project was written in partnership with technical partner, The University of Beirut in Germany, and they were able to get 1.2 million Euros.
Nangulu said the cash is going to assist to have staff mobility and to train masters and PHDs in the five universities in the continent.
She said they are also looking towards African Union to also sponsor them in sustaining the mobility scheme that is going on.
“This is what Kenyans have been calling credit transfer. But now, we really want to have credit transfers with quality that is recognized internationally,” she said.
Speaking at Karatina University during a four-day training workshop for deans and directors of universities on leadership and change, she asked participants to come up with grant research and grant proposal writing so that they have resource mobilisation for the universities.
The participants were drawn from about 10 universities.
Karatina University Vice Chancellor Mucai Muchiri said the training was one of many others held in the university including on grant writing.
He also emphasized on the need to raise resources to support universities.
“We cannot depend on the Government for all our financial requirements,” said Mucai.
He said the university joined three others to provide training for deans in pursuit of quality higher education.
Considering there are more than 70 universities, he said, the quality of education is a challenge and therefore need to train deans to help improve quality.