USIU was officially opening it’s new Science department yesterday. President Uhuru Kenyatta was to officiate it but his Deputy President stood in for him as the chief guest.The 7,500 square feet building whose construction commenced in September 2013 and has cost the institution over KShs. 600 Million will house 11 modern classrooms fitted with high speed Wi-Fi and internet, 3 lecture theaters and 46 faculty and administrative offices.
The Bachelor of Pharmacy that is scheduled to commence in May 2015 will be hosted in the building under the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
The Deputy President emphasized the commitment of the government in partnering with the private education sector and industry leaders in developing a workforce that will further drive the nation’s economy. He encouraged students to work with government to develop the community in certain projects. William Ruto added;
“The USIU-Africa Pharmacy program links to the country’s vision 2030 in delivering the human capital required to realize this vision,”
He also stressed the importance of STEM programs as Science and Technology is vital in the progress of the nation if we are to bridge the gap between developing and developed countries.
Also present at the event was Cabinet Secretary for Education, Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi who encouraged the promotion of research from local scholars whilst engaging and learning from global best practices.
Dr. Manu Chandaria, the USIU-Africa Chancellor, in his remarks urged the government to cease interfering with the management of private institutions of higher learning but rather focus on developing meaningful engagement with the youth to drive lasting economic growth.
The occassion was a huge success and we hope that other private universtities will grow and offer all the courses also offered in public universties. This is because the capacity in public universities can’t accommodate every qualified secondary graduate.