The First Stakeholders Meeting towards the establishment of the College of Health Sciences was held between March 13th & 15th, 2018. The forum brought together a diverse range of professionals in the health and education fields. Representatives were drawn from the Ministries of Health and Education, the Counties of Uasin Gishu, Nandi, Elgeyo Marakwet and Trans Nzoia, the regulatory bodies – Commission for University Education, Medical, Nursing and Nutrition Boards together with colleagues from the University of Eldoret.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof Teresa Akenga, in her speech read on her behalf by the Ag. Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic & Students’ Affairs) Prof. Linnet Gohole, emphasized that the College of Health Sciences is not being established to compete with but rather to complement the other institutions in the North Rift region with a focus on Pediatric and Trauma health care. The long term objective being to develop a teaching and referral hospital which will also play a major role in the Sports Industry as the University starts a Department of Sports Science.
The keynote presentation made by Prof. Barasa Otsyula.
The journey to the establishment of the College of Health Sciences started off after the plans to develop the college were included in the UoE 5 year Strategic Plan (2014-2019). The University has received support in this journey from the County Government of Uasin Gishu and the American Institutions – University of Arizona (School of Medicine), Grand Canyon University (School of Nursing), the Scottsdale Children Hospital, Scottsdale Sister Cities Programme and the University of Missouri (School of Public Health).