All Africa report: Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) today held its 25th Graduation ceremony for 2010, where a total of 1,959 from various disciplines were graduated.
The graduands were drawn from 17 countries. They included 18 Phds/Doctorates and 135 Masters/Licentiate degrees.
The graduation ceremony was held at the University's Langata Campus, in the outskirts of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.
Addressing the congregation, the University's Vice- Chancellor, Rev Professor John Maviiri, who equally introduced the Chancellor, Archbishop Tarcisius Zizaye of the metropolitan archdiocese of Blantyre, Malawi.
"The University planned to launch a Doctorate programme in Business Administration probably before the end of this Academic Year 2010/2011," Professor Maviiri said.
He also said that the Faculty of Education had launched a unique Advanced Diploma in Teaching and learning in Higher Education.
"This is the only programme available in the whole region of Eastern Africa to equip university lecturers with teaching skills," he stressed.
In the near future this will be a qualification requirement for candidates wanting to teach at CUEA added Rev. Prof Maviiri.
The same faculty, added Rev. Prof. Maviiri, has launched another new programme of Master of Education in psychology.
Other developments are that the Centre for Social justice and Ethics has introduced and launched two new degree programmes namely Bachelor of Church Management and Leadership, and Bachelor of Justice and peace, added Rev. Prof. Maviiri.
In his address, Chancellor Archbishop Zizaye said the University was in a new phase of recognizable maturity moving towards greater heights in the midst of sizable challenges facing the Church and society.
Higher education must be streamlined to respond effectively to the challenges of poverty, injustices and indifference or relativism to religion and culture, he stressed.
AMECEA expects greater involvement and visibility of CUEA at the forefront of generating new knowledge and solution to Africa's problems, he pointed out.
AMECEA stands for the Association Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa and groups together Catholic Church in eight African countries of Ethiopia, Eritrea, Tanzania, Sudan, Uganda , Kenya, Zambia and Malawi and CUEA is considered as one of its successful project in the region-Eastern Africa http://allafrica.com/stories/201010041122.html