Five years after it opened its gates to students, The East African University (TEAU), a sister to Kampala University held its second graduation ceremony last week in western Kenya.
A beaming TEAU chairman, Prof Badru Kateregga, called this a remarkable achievement, after they first tried and failed to join the Kenyan education sector in 2005, as Kampala University.
His call came as he presided at the graduation ceremony where 500 graduands gathered to formally receive their degrees and diplomas. Prof Kateregga assured the congregation that the institution would continue to grow, over the next few years.
“The university is putting up the TEAU main library with a reading capacity of 2,000 students here at the main campus to ensure enhanced library services to all students and faculty members,” he said, to wild cheers.
TEAU acquired the facility from Seleka Academy in 2005, and admitted its first batch of 54 students in 2011. Today, the institution’s enrolment has reached over 800, leading to calls for expansion.
In his remarks, the chancellor, Ali Hassan Mwinyi, urged the graduands to become assets to their communities following the completion of their studies at TEAU.
“When individuals in a community are exposed to opportunities for educational development, the skills and knowledge they acquire benefit the community,” said the former Tanzanian president.
The institution’s vice chancellor, Prof Everrest Stranda noted that they would soon launch a centre for short courses to enhance service delivery in the Kajiado county community, and is looking for more international collaborations.
“We recently signed an MOU ... with International Youth Fellowship (IYF). Through this collaboration, we will receive international speakers, our students will have an opportunity to learn Chinese, participate in attachments and receive student and staff exchange of scholarships,” he said.