New students enrolling into The University of Nairobi (UoN) will have to dig deeper into their pockets after the institution doubled fees to cushion it from a cash crunch brought about by a dip in student enrolment.
The move by the university will affect postgraduate courses and parallel degrees.
According to the University Council, students joining the university from August 2021 will now pay more for programs distributed in 14 cluster courses.
The review of the tuition fees comes shortly after undergraduate students sponsored by the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Services (KUCCPS) opposed proposals by vice-chancellors to have tuition charges tripled to Ksh 48,000 annually.
A two-year masters course in liberal arts courses such as Communication will now cost upwards of Ksh 600,000 from about Ksh 275 000 reflecting an increase of 118 per cent.
Students pursuing medicine at UoN will part with Ksh 3.8 million for the five-year course, up from Ksh 2.35 million.
Law is charging Ksh 1, 020, 000 up from Ksh 715, 500 while engineering courses will average Ksh 2.1 million from about Ksh 1 million.
The cost of studying Engineering on the other hand has been raised by about a million.
The Student Organization of Nairobi University (SONU) has however issued a 48-hour ultimatum for the fee to be reviewed claiming they were not consulted on the matter.
On Friday, the University of Nairobi announced a restructuring plan in which all colleges and some offices were abolished while some functions were merged around faculties.
In a briefing to the media and UoN community, the Chairperson of Council, Prof. Julia Ojiambo announced that various offices have been abolished; functions merged and that new functional positions aligned to the core mandate of the university have been created.
“Some of the abolished positions are five Offices of the Deputy Vice-chancellors replaced by two positions of Associate Vice-chancellors,” revealed Prof. Ojiambo. “We have abolished all colleges and reorganized all functions around faculties which have been reduced to eleven to avoid duplication and functional overreach.”
Prof. Ojiambo announced that all positions of Principals and Deputy Principals have been abolished and their roles reorganized under new positions of Executive and Associate Deans to align resources to the faculties where teaching and learning take place.
“14 research institutes including KAVI, Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies (WMI), Institute of Development Studies (IDS) have been retained to continue generating knowledge for transformation of communities,” she added.
The new structure according to Prof Ojiambo is informed by the centrality of teaching, research and innovations function at the core of the UoN mandate.
“To keep the boat afloat, the administrative support services will be consolidated under various functions and respective professional heads all reporting to a Chief Operating Officer (COO) who directly answers to the Vice-chancellor,” announced Prof. Ojiambo.