CUE’s Deputy Commission Secretary for Quality, Audit and Standards applauds the CARTA program
Prof. Anne Nangulu, Kenya’s Commission for University Education Deputy Secretary for Quality Audit and Standards has applauded the CART program. Speaking at the official launch of Joint Advanced Seminars 1 and 4 for CARTA fellows at Nairobi’s Safari Park Hotel, Prof. Nangulu said the CARTA program has yielded a lot of fruits.
“All of us have to be committed to telling the CARTA story,” she said. “Whereas many institutions on the continent are still struggling with nurturing south-south partnerships, the CARTA program has excelled in forming and nurturing a south-north partnership.”
The Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) program was conceived 8 years ago to as a 20 year program with an aim of creating a vibrant multi-disciplinary African academy able to lead world class research that makes positive impact on population and public health. Since then, the program has far awarded 140 fellowships to doctoral students across the continent.
“We are here to help you succeed as research leaders and to be able to develop solutions to African problems,” said Dr. Alex Ezeh, the CARTA director. “At inception we had two main missions: Training future research leaders in Africa and creating an enabling environment within the universities in Africa so that the trained researchers can be retained on the continent.”
“As a Commission, CARTA’s aim of creating a critical mass of PhDs is of great value to us,” said Prof. Nangulu. “This goal ensures that our institutions have enough human capacity to be able to deliver the much-needed university education in the country.”
The Kenyan Constitution 2010 has tasked the Commission for University Education to ensure that each of the 47 counties in Kenya must have a university by 2018. The preference is that these should be public universities. This is mainly to ensure rationalization for mobilization and redistribution of resources to the counties.
“The challenge and the question we must ask ourselves is how these universities will be run and who will be the faculty members of these institution,” said Prof. Nangulu.
Currently, there are 70 universities in Kenya and yet 22 counties do not have a university. This means that if the commission fulfills its constitutional mandate then by 2018 Kenya will have well over 90 universities. Moreover, there are not enough faculty members for these 70 universities.
“Who will teach in these universities if we do not build a critical mass of PhDs?” she asked. “We need numerous PhDs, a critical mass, and critical thinkers who will form the faculty at our institutions,” Prof. Nangulu said.
In the training of these doctoral students, there is a need to incorporate aspects of leadership, governance, teaching, pedagogy, strategic management, decision making, research and policy engagement components that are core in the training of CARTA’s doctoral students.
“The outcomes of CARTA are self-explanatory,” she added. “They are measurable, tangible, target oriented and world-class. At Moi University where I teach, CARTA has given us state-of-the-art equipment and software that we are using in training our students.”
Prof. Nangulu is the current chair of the CARTA Board of Management and is a Professor of History in the Department of History, Political Science and Public Administration, School of Arts and Social Sciences, Moi University, Kenya.