For Online Degrees at Open University of Kenya,Students Must Pay Starting at Ksh.105,000
For Online Degrees at Open University of Kenya,Students Must Pay Starting at Ksh.105,000. The Open University of Kenya (OUK), the country’s first virtual university, has announced five pioneering degree programmes.
This is after President William Ruto handed over a government-funded version earlier this month in the Konza metropolis of Machakos district.
The university, through the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS), announced admissions for entry programs and two postgraduate degrees to begin on Monday.
The college will offer a Bachelor of Data Science; Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security and Digital Forensics; Bachelor of Technology; Bachelor of Business and Entrepreneurship; and Bachelor of Science in Economics and Statistics.
Graduate programs also include a Graduate Diploma in Leadership and Responsibility and a Graduate Diploma in Instructional Design and Technology.
“Diploma and postgraduate programs have between 12 and 14 per academic year. It takes one year to study for a postgraduate degree and four years for a bachelor’s degree,” he said.
“However, in order to be open and independent, students can decide to take courses simultaneously in an alternative flexible mode and plan to take more time.”
A bachelor’s degree at NUK will cost Ksh.105,000 per year per student, except for the Bachelor of Technology degree, which will cost Ksh.115,000 per year for full-time study.
$110,000 per academic year to pursue a bachelor’s degree program. “The annual cost of degree studies has taken into account the 15% reduction the government has negotiated with universities in the new higher education funding model,” he said.
Those pursuing undergraduate degrees and postgraduate diplomas will also have the flexibility to pay and pursue individual courses at a cost of Ksh. 10,000 per unit, while students from outside East Africa pay 10 percent more for all programs or courses.
The Chief Executive Officer of KUCCPS, Dr. Agnes Mercy Wahome, said that applications that can be received on the KUCCPS portal will be free and without time limit.
“This is due to the uniqueness of the Open University teaching method and flexible modular program design,” said Dr. Wahome.
Minimum requirements for entry to undergraduate courses include proof of a KCSE certificate or equivalent and a package to recognize previous learning.
On the other hand, the requirements for a bachelor’s degree are:
1. An average of C+ and above in KCSE using such criteria as may be used or determined by the University Senate OR
2. Degree or professional qualification from a recognized institution
3. KCSE certificate or equivalent with a foundation certificate or bridge course from a recognized institution
4. Kenya Certificate of Further Education with at least 1 primary and secondary passport
5. Bachelor’s degree from an institution recognized by the Senate, OR
6. KCSE certificate or equivalent and portfolio evidence for recognition of prior learning meaning: a) 2 years of on-the-job training or b) 2 years of work experience in the relevant field O or c) Two short courses followed by relevant at least 3 months OR in the field
7. Such professions as may be determined by the recognition of initial training leading to qualifications and skills that are equivalent to the students and the criteria established by the Senate.
‘100 MILLION FACTORY’
Ruto had earlier described the virtual university as a game changer that would see people who normally do not have access to university education from remote parts of the country.
“The total capacity of our university in 41 public and 37 private universities accommodates 650,638 students and cannot meet the ever-increasing demand. Therefore, every year many eligible and interested young people cannot enroll in university courses.” The president was speaking after handing over the college’s charter on August 3.
According to President Ruto, the establishment of the National Open University is a measure to increase access while reducing the cost of university education to implement 100 percent government access to higher education plans.
He said over Ksh 100 billion was spent to build the facility.
“The power plant alone is about Ksh 1.9 billion and other infrastructure pieces are going here,” he said.
James Mwangi, CEO of Equity Group, Rector of UK, Prof. Elijah Omwenga is the Vice Chancellor
For Online Degrees at Open University of Kenya,Students Must Pay Starting at Ksh105000