More than 900 students graduated from the Catholic university of Eastern Africa CUEA) in a colourful ceremony recently. The 942 candidates were widely spread out within the University's 41 academic programs. They included five pioneers Doctors in the doctoral program of the faculty of Education; 56 Masters of degrees; 23 Postgraduate Diplomas; 842 Bachelors degrees and 16 Diplomas. Addressing the huge congregation, the university Vice-Chancellor, Rev Prof John Maviiri said academic excellence pursued in CUEA was not an end in itself, but a preparation for services in different roles which the Church and the wider community expect of CUEA graduates. "You should make a difference by adding quality to your being and the communities where you will have the opportunity to serve. You should make remember that God is in control, but you are instruments of His love to bring about the desired change for a new humanism of peace and wholesome development in Africa and the world at large", stressed Prof Maviiri. He recalled that at the moment the university had five fully fledged faculties, namely: Theology, Arts and Social Sciences, Commerce, Science and Education. "We also have a vibrant Centre for Social Justice and Ethics. All these have made CUEA a source of dynamic, globally competent and morally upright agents of transformation and holistic development', adding that early next year-2007, the University will launch the Bachelor of Church Management and Leadership and the bachelor of Justice and Peace and that more programs will be launched as the years unfold. In his address, Pro Chancellor of the University, Archbishop Ndingi Mwana 'aNzeki said CUEA has witnessed a great increase in student enrolling, from 1770 in 2002 to 4,800 (in the current academic year. The Kenya primate, who is the head of the metropolitan archdiocese of Nairobi appealed to the Kenyan Government to give incentives to us in the private sector by exempting private universities from paying VAT on all construction and scholastic educational materials. This will reduce costs and increase access to higher education for many Kenyans and others from our region of the AMECEA(-Association Member Episcopal Conferences of Eastern Africa) countries and Africa as a whole, added His Grace Ndingi. AMECEA is a regional Catholic body for Bishops within the eight African countries of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Sudan, Eritrea, Malawi and Zambia. With its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, AMECEA was founded in 1963 by the National Episcopal Conferences within the Eastern African Region.
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