Kenya-based Regional Catholic University Hailed for “tremendous contribution to education”

Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Education, Ezekiel Machogu Ombaki. Credit: CUEA

An official of the Kenyan government has, during the 41st graduation ceremony of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), hailed the regional institution of higher learning for contributing to “education growth and social welfare” in the East African country.

In his Friday, October 28 address, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Education described the Catholic University that is owned by the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) as one of “the leading private universities in the region whose focus on value-based education is highly appreciated.”

“This university has made tremendous contributions to education as a private institution, especially in the areas of education growth and social welfare,” Ezekiel Machogu Ombaki said.

Mr. Ombaki said the contribution of CUEA is manifested in “the fact that this university is regional in nature, serving Eastern and Central Africa.”

He called on the Catholic University’s leadership to “continue increasing its global footprint of students and place additional emphasis on community-driven research and training so as to rise up in the global university rankings.”


The Kenyan government official challenged those at the helm of other institutions of higher learning in the East African country to emulate CUEA’s technological advancement and “take up a central role in making Kenya a driving force in technology and industrialization.”

He pledged to work closely with officials of the Catholic institution to “align their research and training with the community around them in order to make their service more relevant and impactful.”

Mr. Ombaki also said that the Kenyan government would partner with the leadership of CUEA in view of establishing programs and courses aligned to the needs and requirements of the industry, ensuring “cutting edge research and innovations that will enhance our social-economic transformation as a country.”

The Kenyan government, he further said, is to establish “linkages, collaborations and partnerships with various stakeholders to boost the institution’s programs and catalyze their research output.”

Turning his attention to the 2,500 graduands, Mr. Ombaki said, “I hope you took advantage of the facilities in CUEA as you pursue your studies. I am confident that you have been informed to become value-based scholars in your areas of specialization.”

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“We in the government are looking forward to working with you directly as employees or indirectly as scholars, professionals and entrepreneurs as you take the next step in your lives and careers,” the Kenyan CS said during the 41st CUEA graduation ceremony that was organized under the theme, “Expanding Opportunities for Growth through Quality Education and Training in the Context of Changing World Dynamics.”

Established in 1984 by AMECEA, CUEA strives to be a world class University producing transformative leaders for Church and Society. 

Silas Mwale Isenjia is a Kenyan journalist with a great zeal and interest for Catholic Church related communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communication from Moi University in Kenya. Silas has vast experience in the Media production industry. He currently works as a Journalist for ACI Africa.