TU-K VC to serve on ACU governing council

Prof Francis Aduol, the Vice-Chancellor of the Technical University of Kenya (TU-K), has been elected to join the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) as a Council member.

The Council has 23 members who are vice-chancellors of ACU member universities from across the Commonwealth. They are usually elected by their peers within the ACU membership network.

Others from Africa are: Prof Gabriel Ayum Teye of the University for Development Studies, Ghana; Prof Barnabas Nawangwe of Makerere University, Uganda; Prof Dhanjay Jhurry of University of Mauritius; Prof Wim de Villiers of Stellenbosch University, South Africa; Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng of the University of Cape Town, South Africa; and Prof. Tawana Kupe of University of Pretoria, South Africa.

The current Patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities is the Duches of Sussex, Meghan Markle, while the Council is headed by Prof Edward Byrne of King’s College, London. Dr Joanna Newman is the Chief Executive Officer and Secretary General.

The Council is ACU's governing body and is responsible for overseeing its activities and determining its future strategic direction, core policies, and procedures relating to governance. It is a UK-registered charity incorporated by the Royal Charter and the Council members are also the Trustees.

Having been established in 1913, ACU is the world’s oldest international network of universities and its mission is to promote and support excellence in higher education for the benefit of individuals and societies throughout the Commonwealth and beyond. Currently it has over 500 member institutions in more than 50 countries across the Commonwealth.

Prof Aduol was also recently appointed to sit on ACU’s Regional Committee for East, Central, and Southern Africa. His presence in ACU will be of significance to the East African higher education landscape, and especially to Kenya’s higher education as he will be in a pole position to influence policy issues that will favour the country and the region in general.

One of the ways in which ACU promotes higher education is through grant of scholarships and fellowships. Currently TU-K is a host to ACU’s Queen Elizabeth Scholarship through which it has attracted graduate students from West and Eastern Africa.

Prof Aduol is the immediate former Chairman of the Vice-Chancellor’s Committee of Public Universities in Kenya, where he served an unprecedented record three consecutive years.

Prof Aduol has extensive experience in academia and university administration. He is a Professor of Geospatial Science and Engineering at the University of Nairobi. Previously he served in various capacities at the University of Nairobi including Chair of the Department of Surveying, Dean of Faculty of Engineering, Principal of College of Architecture and Engineering. He became the founding Principal of the Kenya Polytechnic University College in 2008 and later the founding Vice-Chancellor of the Technical University of Kenya in 2013.

Prof Aduol has served on numerous committees and taskforces in academia. In 2011-2012, he was a member of the National Task Force that prepared the Universities Act, 2012; TVET Act, 2013; and Science, Technology and Innovation Act, 2013. Prof. Aduol currently serves in the Boards of Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Services and Higher Education Loans Board.