Kabarak University has been praised for its achievement in designing competitive academic programmes.
Speaking at Kabarak University in Nakuru, Standard Group Managing Director, Print, Francis Munywoki, hailed the introduction of a school of health sciences by the university, saying the medical courses offered were in high demand across the region.
He said Kabarak began the programmes recently but through hard work and determination, was competing with older and more established universities across the globe.
The first group of health students were enrolled last year for various programmes, including Master of Medicine in Family Medicine, Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Diploma in Clinical Medicine and Surgery.
"Kabarak and the Standard Group have a long-standing partnership. Personally, I am proud of the work being done at Kabarak to make a difference across the world," said Mr Munywoki.
Speaking when he visited Kabarak University Deputy Vice Chancellor in Charge of Administration and Finance, Henry Kiplagat, Munywoki said he was impressed by the rate at which the university was expanding.
"Next time we would like to come back to Kabarak University City," said Munywoki, who was accompanied by Charles Kimathi, head of corporate affairs for The Standard Group, and Deputy News Editor Alex Kiprotich.
Dr Kiplagat gave assurance of the university's dedication in offering more relevant and market-oriented academic programmes.
He said the university was open to partnering with other institutions and organisations to advance education not only for Kenyans but for citizens of the world.
"Kabarak University is founded on values that we strive to live up to. It is about excellence and producing an all-rounded student who can fit well in society," said Kiplagat.
Giving an example of the sterling performance recorded by Kabarak University law students in South Africa, Kiplagat said despite its humble beginning, the university had managed to stamp its authority on the regional map.
"Our law students took position nine recently in South Africa, where 65 universities from across the continent were competing. And on different occasions, our business students have been crowned national champions representing the country in continental competitions in the Enactus Kenya National Business and Entrepreneurship competitions," he said.
Health institutions that have partnered with Kabarak University include Tenwek Hospital, AIC Kijabe Hospital, PCEA Chogoria Hospital and Rift Valley Provincial General Hospital.
The university was founded by former President Daniel arap Moi and opened in September 2002.