The Chief of the Defence Forces (CDF) General Robert Kiboch on 3rd November 2021 presided over the ground-breaking ceremony to commence the construction of the National Defence University-Kenya (NDU-K) complex. The event was held at the University site in Lanet, Nakuru County.
NDU-K was awarded a Charter on 27 May 2021 under Section 24 of the University Act 2012 as an institution of Strategic National importance. The university was established to offer strategic training to equip actors in the security sector with professional and academic skills to address emerging geopolitical challenges and security threats to Kenya’s national security. The university will offer courses at Diploma, Bachelors, Masters levels, and later, PhD.
In his message to guests, who included Kenya Military Academy Cadets, the CDF urged the KDF fraternity to always be mission ready to manage contemporary and ever-changing security dynamics. He reminded them that a priority mission of KDF is protecting and safeguarding the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Kenya.
“NDU-K will foster and sharpen your intellectual capability to enable you to think strategically. You should understand the dynamics of security and remain ready, always, for the mission of protecting and safeguarding the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Kenya. NDU-K is therefore a premiere institution that will provide education and research in National security and strategy not only for Kenya, but also regionally” noted Gen Kibochi.
NDU-K is part of the CDF’s initiative to broaden the NDU-K as an institution to advance human intellectual capacity in management of national security through the pursuit of education, research, innovation, and community outreach in order to produce graduates of honour and integrity, capable of securing the country and enhancing national performance.
The university programmes will roll out through its five Colleges, namely, National Defence College (NDC), Defence Staff College (DSC), Kenya Military Academy (KMA), Defence Forces Technical College (DEFTEC) and International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC). Additionally, The National Intelligence Research University College (NIRUC) is a constituent college of NDU-K.
Present during the event were Vice Chancellor NDU-K, Lieutenant General Jonah Mwangi, Commandant, Kenya Military Academy, Major General Fatuma Ahmed, Commandant, National Defence College, Major General Charles Kahariri, Commandant, Defence Staff College Major General Peter Njiru among other invited guests.