In a bid to promote cohesion in Kenya, Egerton University has introduced a new academic course that is set to be offered to first-year students starting January 2018.
This effectively puts the Njoro-based institution of higher learning ahead of its peers in officially launch the cause.
The course is in line with the national performance contract that the university signed with the ministries of Education and Interior.
According to the University’s National Cohesion and National Values committee coordinator Dr. Dorothy Nyakwaka, the course that is set to be rolled out starting January 2018 will be a common core course for all first-year students enrolled at the institution.
Dr. Nyakwaka pointed out that the course will help the students understand and value the national values and coexist peacefully with their colleagues during their stay at the institution.
Some of the values the students will be taught include equality, integrity, devotion to duty, transparency and accountability.
Egerton University has three campuses including Nakuru Town Campus, Baringo Campus, and the Nairobi Campus after Chuka, Kisii, and Laikipia were awarded charters and became independent.
There are over 20,000 students enrolled at Egerton University of which about 3,621 are first-year government-sponsored students who were admitted through the KUCCPS this year.
Dr. Nyakwaka said the institute has been training staff at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences ahead of the unveiling.
“We have enough staff in the Department of Philosophy, History, and Religion who will be handling the course and everything is now systems go ahead of the launch.”