Prof. Jacqueline Mcglane

Director

The Directorate of  Maasai Mara University Green Growth Development Research and Training Centre is Responsible for:

  • Fundraise for the establishment of the Centre within the approved timelines.
  • Establish world-class postgraduate research programs.
  • Strengthen research programs to international level

 

 

International Research Meeting at the Tony Lapham Predator Research Hub

A successful launch of European Space Agency’s AEOLUS Satellite at the Kourou Space Centre

Mr. John Maera

Ag. Director, Examinations & Timetabling

The Directorate is responsible for the smooth running of the University by ensuring that the Teaching Timetable is prepared before the commencement of Lectures and the Examination timetable is released at least one month to the start of examinations. 

The Directorate is also facilitating the preparation of University Examinations by organizing external examination of draft question papers and results as scheduled by Senate.  The processing, packaging, safe-keeping and distribution of the end of semester examinations is the responsibility of the Directorate.  At the end of every year, the Directorate coordinates the printing and issuance of academic certificates to all graduates of Masai Mara University.  Additionally, the allocation of lecture rooms for academic and non-academic University activities is regulated by this Directorate.  

In summary, good timetabling, confidential and timely production of University examinations and delivery of quality academic certificates to our graduates is our concern as a Directorate.

I congratulate all the students who are graduating today and wish them all the best in their future endeavors.

Director QA and PC

Quality Management initiatives globally and regionally have become the norm to organizations. The concept of quality in products and services has been embraced in the Kenyan policy framework. In the context of higher education in particular, the concern is not just graduating students, it is the quality of graduates that matters. Maasai Mara University (MMARAU) in its vision seeks to be a World Class University Committed to Academic Excellence for Development.

This vision is further translated in MMARAU mission statement; To Provide quality University education through innovative teaching, research and consultancy services for development. As embedded in the mission statement quality is core to educational services offered in MMARAU.

The MMU quality management framework is two tire; Quality Assurance and Quality Management Systems. To mainstream the quality agenda in service delivery, the University initially established the Performance Contracting and Quality Management Systems unit. In 2014 the Unit was upgraded to Directorate of Quality Assurance and Performance Contracting and the Quality Assurance function was added.

The Directorate of Quality Assurance and Performance Contracting of Maasai Mara University has three main portfolios: Quality Assurance, Quality Management Systems and Performance Contracting. The description of services in the sections of the directorate is as follows:

Quality Assurance:

The major role of the section is to coordinate and monitor implementation of the University Quality Policy and Compliance of the University to Commission of University Education (CUE) standards. The quality initiatives include:

  • Monitoring of Program development and review to ensure compliance to CUE standards.
  • Monitoring of quality teaching by ensuring regular feedback from students using standard tools
  • Monitor examination processes to ensure examinations quality standards are met.
  • Ensure departments monitor class attendance and Lecturer attendance
  • Create and update tools for collection of quality assurance data.
  • Conduct internal quality assurance audits
  • Develop and benchmark from best practice and communicate quality initiatives as guided by the University Quality Assurance Committee.
  • Develop, maintain and communicate the quality handbook
  • Develop and maintain a quality manual.

Quality Management Systems:

This section of the Directorate mainly deals with maintaining quality management systems that the University gets certified to.

The Universities quality management system is based on the ISO 9000 family of standards. In November 2014 the University was satisfied to ISO 9001:2008 standard. The University continued to maintain certification and as of February 2017, the process of transitioning the University to ISO 9001:2015 commenced. The University expects to be satisfied with the new standard ISO 9001:2015 before August 2017.

The main activities in the section include:

  • Coordinating internal quality audits
  • Preparing the University for external surveillance and certification audits.
  • Maintaining and a pool of trained quality management systems auditors
  • Communicate and be a link between the certification body and the University
  • Conduct analysis of corrective actions identified during audits and ensure follow up
  • Provide secretariat services to Quality Management System activities
  • Coordinate Management Review meetings.
  • Spearhead Identification and implementation of preventive and corrective actions.
  • Custodian of Quality Management Systems records.

Performance Contracting:

This section deals with Monitoring and Reporting of the University Performance Contract. The activities include:

  • Using Financial Year Guidelines, develop a University draft performance contract for negotiation with the Ministry of Education
  • Coordinate Performance Contract steering committee meetings
  • Prepare the University for negotiation and vetting of the performance contract
  • Prepare cascaded performance contracts for University officers
  • Develop quarterly performance contract reports and submit to relevant government agencies
  • Compile performance contract targets evidence
  • Prepare annual PC report
  • Prepare the University for PC evaluation.

Staff in the Directorate

1. Moses Okombo – Admin. Assistant (QA)

2. Jennifer Koikai – Admin. Assistant (PC)

3. Emily Karach – Admin. Assistant (QMS)

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Dr. Benard Kodak

Director - Postgraduate Studies

The Directorate was formally established in September 2014. The Directorate performs its strategic functions through the Board of Postgraduate Studies (BPS) in collaboration with the schools offering graduate programmes.

The Board performs the following responsibilities: development, support and review of postgraduate programmes in order to meet the needs of the nation and the world; oversight of graduate students’ admissions in collaboration with the relevant schools; and finally, monitor standards and requirements and maintain accurate students’ records.

The Board, therefore, is expected to provide the requisite environment for graduate studies and also function as an administrative and support unit for all graduate students.

The Directorate is fast-growing, dynamic and committed to training, monitoring and molding graduate students to become astute academicians and researchers capable of working under challenging conditions to provide sustainable solutions to problems.  The board is expected to facilitate dissemination of research findings through conferences and publications. The board ensures that before graduation, students publish at least two papers from their thesis.

Since its inception, the Board of Postgraduate Studies has enrolled over 500 students into various programmes. The Board is committed to ensuring that our students graduate within the stipulated time.

The Board takes this opportunity to congratulate the graduands of 2015 and wish them well. As you step out, endeavor to join the list of individuals who are shaping the destiny of this Nation and making contributions to the developing story of Africa on the rise. We also welcome prospective postgraduate students to Maasai Mara University.

 

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Dr. Zeddy Lemein

Director 

The Directorate has continued to create Gender and Equity awareness among staff and students through workshops, seminars and international symposiums. The issues discussed during these engagements have always emphasized the critical mass of knowledge that can be gained through transformational leadership styles by all genders. The emphasis has also been on nurturing the virtue of inclusivity as a necessary input for the creation of a fair and just society. All these are in line with what has been captured in the strategic direction and implementation matrix of our universities strategic plan and the Directorate’s objectives.

At the moment, the Directorate’s committee is planning to host a symposium on Gender, Peace and Security in an effort to engage all and particularly the youth in activities that will eventually contribute immensely to their own development and that of their respective nations.

Maasai Mara University currently enjoys cooperation with Aarhus University-Denmark and Justus-Liebeg- Universitat Giesen in Germany, the University of Nairobi, Karen Blixen Camp and Mararianda Community. This was initiated by the Directorate. The focus is on the challenges of the Maasai Mara Game Reserve ecosystem.

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