NAIROBI, April 26, 2013 (CISA) -The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) on April 23 opened its City Campus in Nairobi down town as part of efforts to widen its educational services.
The official opening of the new Campus and its subsequent blessing was conducted by the General Secretary of Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA), Rev Fr Ferdinand Lugonzo.
The mass to mark the occasion was concelebrated by Rev Fr Dr Pius Rutechura, the Vice Chancellor of CUEA and Rev Fr Vincent Wambugu, the General Secretary of the Kenya Catholic Secretariat.
The Guest of honor at the ceremony, attended by lecturers from the CUEA’s campuses of Langata, Kisumu and Eldoret, students and friends of the University, was the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communication, Dr Bitange Ndemo.
In his homily, Rev Fr Lugonzo commended the University for instituting its City Campus.
“This is yet another milestone of our University and we appreciate the move. The Catholic Church has always taken education as part of its social teaching within its pastoral mission,” he said.
Dr Ndemo commended the Catholic Church for its commitment to education.
“It’s appreciating to note that most of us have had our education genesis in Catholic Schools,” he pointed out.
He said education institutions should always strive to instill a critical mind upon the students.
“The culture of reading among the students at various levels is fast “dying” and it was up to the educational institutions, Universities included, to make efforts to instill it in the minds of our students” added Ndemo.
In his remarks, the director of the new City campus, Rev Fr Peter Mbaro, said the Campus has a capacity of accommodating 500 students.
He said currently, they have already admitted 118 students in the January/February intake in the faculties of Commerce, Law, Arts and Social Sciences and Science.
The CUEA City Campus is located at the I&M Bank Plaza building along the busy Kenyatta Avenue.