The New Open University of Kenya Reveals All The Courses It Will Offer
The New Open University of Kenya Reveals All The Courses It Will Offer. The 173,000 candidates who passed the 2022 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examination and were eligible to enter university have a new lifeline as they can now opt for IT-related degree programs at the newly launched Open University of Kenya.
President William Ruto has announced that the cost of six pioneering programs at the new university will cost half the fees charged at other public universities.
The six undergraduate degree programs include the Bachelor of Cyber Security and Digital Forensic Science, the Bachelor of Data Science, the Bachelor of Technology Education, the Bachelor of Science in Business and Entrepreneurship, the Bachelor of Science in Economics and Statistics, and the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture.
The university will also offer two graduate degrees in Leadership and Accountability and Learning Design and Instruction.
The Open University is now the 42nd public university in the country and will admit its first cohort in September.
Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu commended the university noting that it will create opportunities to build human capital.
“This is a new chapter in accessing higher education opportunities through the use of technology. This university will support access to higher education for many men and women who might otherwise drop out.
“They will now have convenient access to higher education at an affordable cost,” Machogu said.
The CS called the institution an important milestone in ensuring that Kenya has opportunities to build human capital.
Dr. Ruto instructed the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) to include the institution as a placement option in the 2023/24 cycle.
This means that more than 140,000 students who have been placed at public and private universities will have the opportunity to change their university and major a
fter admission in September, when the placement authority opens inter-university transfer.
The directive also provides a lifeline for the 23,000 candidates who qualified for university but did not choose to pursue any degree or diploma in this year’s university and college placement cycle.
The institution will give students the opportunity to complete eight courses virtually.