If your rural village or location or ward has similar characteristics to co-authors of this book, then it is not very different from the way it was (in terms of development) when Kenya’s first President was in office. Names and some roads and bridges may have changed somewhat. Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu and some other urban areas may have changed in one way or another. But most villages in our rural areas have seen little or no change at all. Because of this lack of actual rural development, we have decided to suggest a different model for both education (curricular content) and its delivery system to our rural communities, villages, wards and counties in Kenya. We wholly agree with one Professor John Keller’s admonition that “No society or societal sector in the global world can afford to concentrate its educational and development resources solely in metropolitan areas”. We have therefore decided to make a case for not only reviewing or rethinking the role of our current universities in the context of rural development of our country but also to make a case for establishing new rural-based and rural focused universities. The purpose of this book is, therefore, to lay the ground work for developing our rural areas.
Prof. Muruku Waiguchu has been active in academia for over 50 years both in the United States and Kenya. He has taught, researched and supervised numerous dissertations in institutions such as Teachers’ College, Columbia University, St. John’s University (NY), Richmond College of the City University of NY, Rutgers University (Newark, NJ), University of Maryland, College Park, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ, and KeMU and DeKUT in Kenya. Currently, he is Doctoral Association of Eastern Africa (DAEA) Chairman Emeritus. Prof. Waiguchu received his BA from Central College, Pella, Iowa, MA from Queens College, CUNY, NYC, and his PhD from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.
Prof. Dominic Mwenja is a former President/Vice Chancellor and CEO of California Miramar University, USA. He is currently the Executive Director of California Miramar University-Kenya and the Founder of Miramar Center for Strategic Leadership and Entrepreneurship. Further, Prof. Mwenja is currently DAEA Chairman and the Chief Executive Officer of The Mater Hospital. He has been active in academia, consulting and entrepreneurship over the last 25 years. His areas of specialization are strategic management, entrepreneurship, and leadership. Prof. Mwenja received his BSBA and MBA from Murray State University in Kentucky, USA and his Doctorate in Strategic Management from Alliant International University in San Diego, California, USA.
Prof. Beatrice Warue is a full-time lecturer with Africa International University (AIU) and currently Dean School of Business & Economics of AIU. She has lectured in different universities in areas relating to Business and Management including Accounting, Finance, Microfinance and Research methods. She is a teacher by profession and a Trainer of Trainers (TOT). Prof. Warue is a peer reviewer of many accredited journals and she is also widely published in refereed journals and written textbooks. Further, she is one of the founders of Doctoral Association of Eastern Africa (DAEA). Prof. Warue is a PhD holder in Business Administration and Management (Banking & Finance), Masters of Business Administration (MBA) banking and finance option, Masters in Banking and Finance with focus in Microfinance (MBF), Bachelors in Business Administration (BBA) and Diploma in Business Education.