KENYA: Tangaza University Granted Charter, Chancellor Prof Edward Etengu Pledges Commitment to Excellence

By Wesley Omondi

NAIROBI, MARCH 6, 2024 (CISA) – In a momentous event at State House, Nairobi, Tangaza University received its official charter from President William Ruto marking a significant milestone in the institution’s journey towards academic excellence and societal transformation. The Chancellor, Fr. Prof. Edward Etengu, delivered a stirring message outlining the university’s commitment to its founding principles and its vision for the future.

“Tangaza college was started with a vision of becoming a university distinguished for academic excellence, service orientation, and commitment to social transformation according to the gospel values,” he said.

Established in 1984 with a vision of academic distinction and service rooted in gospel values, Tangaza University has grown exponentially since its inception. What began with a humble enrollment of 20 students has blossomed into a multicultural community of 2000 students from over 40 nationalities. Evolving from its origins as a theological institution, Tangaza now encompasses three schools: The School of Theology, Education, and Arts and Social Sciences.

Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya and South Sudan, Archbishop Bert van Megan blesses the Tangaza University Mace at Statehouse Nairobi on March 2, 2024.

In his address, Prof Etengu reiterated, “as we look to the future, Tangaza University mission is to prepare ethical servants and leaders for the church and society in an environment of freedom, and responsibility.” He pledged Tangaza’s dedication to fostering innovation and community service.

“It is my humble promise on behalf of Tangaza University leadership, that we shall continue to collaborate with relevant state agencies in advancing the cause of quality education, research and innovation,” he said.

This partnership underscores Tangaza’s commitment to not only shaping future generations of leaders but also actively contributing to the advancement of knowledge and societal well-being.

Asked what the charter meant to the institution, Sr Dr Jacinta Ondeng the coordinator of Safeguarding Initiatives at Tangaza University said, “It is a milestone for us now because as an independent university, there is a lot that we can make decisions on without really depending on the Catholic University of Africa (CUEA).”

However, she contended “a lot will also be expected of us, as a university, how are we going to be relevant to the community? We have to help the society in research that will improve the livelihood of the people.”

“Tangaza University is an institute globally known and this charter means that it’s not just a Kenyan institution, but a world class university that gives a holistic approach to life,” said, Peter Masila, a student at the university.

With the conferral of charters upon Tangaza University and Management University of Africa, Kenya’s tally of chartered institutions now stands at an impressive 64, bolstering its regional educational prominence.