President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to on Thursday, October 19 sign a charter granting Garissa University College status as a fully-fledged University.

“I ought to have signed the charter by now. The only reason I have not done that is because of the prolonged political period but on Thursday I will sign it and the University will get its chancellor,” said President Kenyatta at a Jubilee Rally in Garissa.

According to the Commission for University Education (CUE) website, only 38 universities have been chartered.

A report submitted to Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i on Monday said the award of Charter to the institution is an indication of government’s commitment to promote the growth and university education in Kenya.

“Garissa University has conformed to the standards stipulated in the universities Standards and Guidelines, 2014 and Universities Regulations, 2014,” he said.

Matiang’i in a congratulatory note sent to Garissa University College Principal, Ahmed Osman Warfa, said that despite the numerous challenges faced by the institution, it had endeavored to safeguard quality as it executes its mandate.

“This is a great achievement, not only to the university, but also to all those who worked tirelessly with the institution to ensure it receives this new status,” he said.

GUC has been operating as a constituent college of Moi University since 2011.