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The Commission for University Education (CUE) has suspended 118 PHDs awarded by Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology between 2014 – 2019 over anomalies in adhering to guidelines on admission requirements for PhD.

According to CUE, the institution violated the universities’ standards and guidelines, which were enforced in 2014.

“There was non-adherence to the Universities Standards and Guidelines 2014 with respect to supervision load and duration of the research component of PhD programme,” CUE said in a report.

JKUAT is also accused of having allegedly graduated 23 PhD students in the past three years in it’s Mombasa campus, yet the institution does not have a single professor.

CUE has given the university’s senate three months to review the controversial PHDs awarded during the 33rd graduation ceremony on June 21.

The commission further cites other anomalies such as; poor monitoring of students’ progress during training and non-adherence to the university statutes in allocating supervisors, formation of board of examiners, conduct of student seminar presentations and evidence of supervision.

“The university should align its processes on PhD training to the University Statutes. The university should adhere to the standards and guidelines on duration of PhD and the research component,”


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