ELECTED BY PEERS

TUK official bags prestigious post to lead Commonwealth varsities

He is the immediate former chairman of the Vice-Chancellor’s Committee of Public Universities in Kenya

In Summary

• ACU promotes and supports excellence in higher education for the benefit of individuals and societies throughout the Commonwealth and beyond.

• The council has 23 vice-chancellors of ACU member universities from across the Commonwealth. 

TUK Vice Chancellor and Association of Commonwealth Universities council member Francis Aduol.
VARSITIES GOVERNING AGENCY: TUK Vice Chancellor and Association of Commonwealth Universities council member Francis Aduol.

The Technical University of Kenya Vice Chancellor Francis Aduol has been elected as council member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

The council has 23 vice-chancellors of ACU member universities from across the Commonwealth.

They are usually elected by their peers within the ACU membership network. 

The council is ACU's governing agency and is responsible for overseeing its activities and determining its future strategic direction, core policies and procedures relating to governance.

It is a UK-registered charity incorporated by the Royal Charter, and its members are also the trustees.

Established in 1913, ACU promotes and supports excellence in higher education for the benefit of individuals and societies throughout the Commonwealth and beyond.

Currently, it has over 500 member institutions in more than 50 countries. 

The role comes months after Aduol was appointed to ACU’s Regional Committee for East, Central and Southern Africa.

His presence in ACU will be of significance to the East African higher education landscape, especially to Kenya’s, as he will be in a pole position to influence policy issues that will favour the country and region.

One of the ways in which ACU promotes higher education is through grant of scholarships and fellowships.  Currently TUK is a host to ACU’s Queen Elizabeth Scholarship through which it has attracted graduate students from West and Eastern Africa. 

Aduol is the immediate former chairman of the VCs' Committee of Public Universities in Kenya. 

He also doubles as a professor of Geospatial Science and Engineering at the University of Nairobi. 

Previously, he served in various capacities at UoN including chairing the Department of Surveying, Dean of Faculty of Engineering, and Principal of College of Architecture and Engineering. 

He became the founding principal of the Kenya Polytechnic University College in 2008 and later the founding VC of the Technical University of Kenya in 2013.

Aduol served in various committees and task forces in academia.

In 2011-2012, he was a member of the national task force that prepared the Universities Act, 2012; TVET Act, 2013; and Science, Technology and Innovation Act, 2013.

Aduol currently serves in the Boards of Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Services and Higher Education Loans Board. 

Edited by R.Wamochie