FROM THE PRINCIPAL'S DESK: Becoming Carlile University

We thank God that we have made significant strides forward in the pursuit of our 2011-2015 corporate plan to grow the College into a university which, in view of God's kingdom, educates for the transformation of African society. Indeed we have made significant improvements by developing degree programmes in mission, by equipping our library, by registering and growing our business school, and by expanding our physical facilities.

We finished developing our mission curricula across 4 mission programmes in Nov 2012 and are now preparing to offer these degrees through a collaboration with Africa International University (formerly Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology—NEGST). We are hopeful that we shall begin running the degree programmes next year.

In 2010 the College library had a staff of only one and was made up of two rooms, equipped with ordinary tables and chairs, with no computers, with a seating capacity of 35, and with a manual catalogue. Currently we have a library hall equipped with special library tables and chairs with a seating capacity of 88. The library is now fully computerized with an online catalogue system, e-resources and 25 computers for student use. We have also bought at least 681 books to date since January 2011. And we now have three full time library staff under our College librarian.

In 2010, we were operating the School of Business Studies with a limited course offering and without accreditation, relying, therefore, on other institutions to register our students for exams. In 2011, we expanded the scope of the school by making it fully a professional and vocation school and renamed it appropriately as the School of IT, Business and Social Studies (SITBSS). We got fully accredited with the Kenyan government in November 2012 as a Technical and Vocational Education and Training institution (TVET). The numbers enrolled in the school shot up from 448 students in 2010 to 906 in 2013. Not only do these numbers point to people on whom the College can have a transformative impact but they will increase the College's financial base and enable it to fully pursue its university dream.

In 2010 we had 18 offices and 10 classrooms including an IT lab. We have increased the number of classrooms to 18 and that of offices to 29 and put up more than 9 additional workstations in existing offices to increase our student and staff capacity. We now also have two fully equipped IT labs, a fully equipped electrical engineering lab, and over 90 fully functioning computers. I am also careful to mention that since 2011 the College surrounding are now well groomed, clean and neat, which make for a conducive environment for teaching and learning. Our improvements notwithstanding, the journey to implementing our strategic plan to becoming a university and economically sustainable has had one significant challenge, which is that of infrastructure.

One of the two computer labs at Carlile College. A classroom in session.

In 2010 we had a master plan for a university on our Jogoo road campus but this cannot be implemented without revision in view of the university standards guide issued by the Kenya's Commission for University Education (CUE) last year.

This also means that we must in earnest think of developing our Kambiti land as an integral part of the university but in relationship to our Jogoo road campus.

We also need a central university block (the seat of the campus housing offices of all senior staff and accommodating up to 50% of the College programmes) which according to CUE, must be on land that is at least 19 acres in size.

We also need a student centre with sports facilities, canteen, dispensary, and a chapel amongst other facilities. We also need an IT lab exclusively for students (and not for IT classes), an auditorium with a minimum seating capacity of 100, a library with a seating capacity of over 300 and with a book volume of more than 45,000 to support degree programmes etc. The amount of money needed for this infrastructure is considerable and can certainly not be raised in one go. Moreover, the details of the infrastructure must be carefully thought through. Pray with us then that God would grant us wisdom on how to go about fund-raising, patience to wait for the dream when our time-lines are not met without losing the plot, and guidance on the details of the actual lay out of the infrastructure.

Dr. Peter Nyende