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The new Vice-Chancellor, Prof Benedict Mutua has assumed office today 18th September 2023. Prof Mutua was introduced to the University during a joint meeting between the University Council and the University Management Board (UMB) held in the Conference Room.

The Chairman of the University Council, Dr Idle Farah welcomed Prof Mutua and assured him of the full support by the Council and the university community.

“Be assured that you are joining a great university that has recorded a range of successes.”

He noted that Prof Mutua was joining TU-K at a time, when the country was implementing a range of reforms as provided for in the report Presidential Working Party on Education Reforms that will affect all institutions of learning.

Dr Farah said it’s time for the Management to come up with a new strategic plan to take the institution forward.

The Chairman of Council noted that financial constraints and other governance issues will be the immediate tasks the new Vice-Chancellor will be confronted with.

Dr. Farah challenged the University Management to support Prof. Mutua to ensure that issues of student unrest do not occur and therefore taint the image of the University.

The Chairman handed over the instruments of power to Prof Mutua. The instruments included the original signed copy of the University Charter, seal, a copy of the statutes, crest, a copy of Universities Act, a copy of the Organisational Structure and copies of various accreditation certificates.

Prof Paul Shiundu who has been performing the duties of the Vice-Chancellor in acting capacity said the challenges facing TU-K are surmountable and wished the new VC the best in his new role.

Prof Shiundu, whose second term as DVC in charge of Academic and Student Affairs ended on 21st August, 2023, handed over his exit report as well as that of his time as Acting VC, a role he took up on 16th May 2023.

The immediate former Vice-Chancellor, Prof Francis Aduol handed over his exit report and congratulated Prof Mutua on his appointment.

He noted that he exited the helm of TU-K leadership with his head up because of the great achievements the institution had recorded.

“TU-K has in past five years been ranked between number 6 and 8 nationally. This is no mean achievement considering we are the only institution formed after 2013 that has consistently appeared in the top 10.”

Prof Aduol noted that the University had hired some of the top rated academic staff and that it had developed a strong reputation over the years.  He assured the new VC of his unwavering support to move the institution forward. 

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