Uhuru Set To Inaugurate National Defence University

The National Defence College was granted full university status after the Head of State granted it a University Charter in May of last year.

President Uhuru Kenyatta will launch the National Defence University-Kenya (NDU-K) on Wednesday at the Kenya Military Academy in Lanet, Nakuru County.

The National Defence College was granted full university status after the Head of State granted it a University Charter in May of last year.

During the institution’s 24th Graduation ceremony, Chief of Defence Forces General Robert Kibochi stated that the move will strengthen the forces’ human resource.

He also stated that it will benefit regional integration by serving as a training facility.

The National Defence University-Kenya (NDU-K), which brings together premier colleges linked to National Security Organs (currently the KDF and the National Intelligence Service), was chartered on May 27, 2021, and a core military staff was deployed to Lanet on August 5, 2021.

The team succeeded a transition committee formed by Defence Headquarters to oversee the charter award process.

NDU-K admitted its first undergraduate students at the Kenya Military Academy (KMA) and Master of Arts students at the National Intelligence and Research University College (NIRUC) in March 2022. 

In the following months, the National Defence College (NDC), Joint Command and Staff College (JCSC), International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC), Defence Forces Technical College (DEFTEC), and Defence College of Health Sciences (DCHS) all began their programs.

The President granted charters to eight institutions of higher learning on Tuesday, transforming them into full-fledged universities.

The eight institutions located in eight counties were Kaimosi Friends University (Vihiga), Alupe University (Busia), Tom Mboya University (Homa Bay), Tharaka University (Tharaka Nithi), Lukenya University (Makueni), Zetech University (Kiambu), Kiriri Women’s University of Science and Technology (Nairobi) and East African University (Kajiado).

President Kenyatta urged universities of higher learning to streamline activities to prevent corruption in the issuance of degree certificates at the event in Kakamega State Lodge.