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Kibaki receives Honorary Doctorate Degree

17 May 2013, 18:25

Former President Mwai Kibaki on Friday received an Honorary Degree of Humane Letters from Dedan Kimathi University of Technology where he was recognized as the first alumni of the institution.

This was his first visit to his Nyeri backyard since retirement from office in April 9.

During the event, Kibaki urged the University lecturers to steer the institution forward and make it a world class University with proactive and competent graduates.


He requested the Chancellor, Professor Jeremiah Keya, to ensure they empower students through provision of quality education.
“Education is one of the fastest ways to eradicate poverty,” said the former head of state.

He said Kenyan Universities should grow to submerge the most recognized and best institutions in the world adding that they should inculcate life skills courses in the curriculum.

 Kibaki said this would mould youths itno honest and responsible members of the society.

 “It is important to give youths skills that can enable them become transformative and also help them promote peace and national integration,” Kibaki said.

Cabinet Secretary for Education Jacob Kaimenyi said there is high demand for higher education hence the government will work towards establishment of more universities through public-private partnership.

Kaimenyi said some higher institutions of learning lack sufficient resources and are therefore not able to offer effective studies.

He also noted that though more universities are needed in the country, they should not compromise teaching and research methods.

The new minister recognized and appreciated Kibaki’s efforts towards education for granting 22 Universities charter.

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