The National Defence University-Kenya held its 3rd Regular council meeting in Lanet, Nakuru. During the meeting, the CDF noted the milestones that have been accomplished including the promulgation and implementation of statutes, policies and other vital instruments, the hiring of critical staff and the roll-out of programmes alongside student admissions.
He further said that the high point of these activities was the attainment of full operational capability leading to the successful inauguration of the University by the Chancellor on 3rd August 2022.
The council meeting recognized the dynamic character of higher education on security environments to inform the context of the strategic direction that will project the university in the desired trajectory.
Lieutenant General Jonah Mwangi, the Vice-chancellor of National Defence University-Kenya noted that the piloting of statutes, regulations and guidelines has been underway in the last year thus enabling National Defence University-Kenya a pioneering institution to gain a better understanding, of itself and the operating environment.
With the goodwill of the council and the Ministry of Defence, the university between September 2022 and 2023 conducted benchmarking with similar defence institutions in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the United Kingdom of Malaysia. These study visits brought out important lessons and best practices that will improve capacity building towards mission accomplishment as well as conforming to the world of academia.
Gen Robert Kibochi noted with gratification that the university management board and senate are fully engaged in the execution of council decisions. He urged the vice chancellor and his team to remain focused to ensure the University delivers its mandate in accordance with the charter and strives to embed best practices in its processes.
Also present during the council meeting were Permanent Secretary Ministry of Defence Peter Mariru, Kenya Army Commander Lieutenant Gen. Peter Njiru, Kenya Air Force Commander Major General John M Omenda, Commandant Kenya Military Academy Major General Fatuma Ahmed and other senior officers.