Nairobi – The United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) made history in the local higher education space today with the graduation of its first cohort of students who pursued their Masters of Business Administration (MBA) entirely online.
The class of twelve graduates were among more than 1,339 graduates who received their degrees in various undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral disciplines at the first university’s 44th graduation ceremony.
At the colorful ceremony presided over by outgoing Vice-Chancellor Professor Freida Brown and incoming Vice-Chancellor Professor Margee Ensign, the university’s management confirmed its intention to improve its online learning programs to meet growing market demand.
The Principal Secretary for University Education and Research, Mr. Evans Atambo, who graced the launch ceremony, commended USIU-Africa for taking the lead in developing e-learning solutions for complement traditional higher education delivery options.
“The graduation of this first cohort of postgraduate students who undertook their studies online from start to finish is encouraging and provides good evidence that the delivery of quality online learning at the Higher education is possible in Kenya,” Mr. Atambo said. said.
USIU-Africa has received regulatory approval to offer the fully online MBA program from the Commission for University Education (CUE) in 2020. The program is designed for online delivery and virtual examination within five semesters (approximately 18 months) and is powered by a range of learning resources, including e-books, e-journals and other electronic resources from the University’s online library.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, outgoing Vice-Chancellor Professor Freida Brown said this class also includes the first cohort of Bachelor of Arts in Animation and Bachelor of Science in Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
“Congratulations to the Class of 2022. You are the future world leaders not just here in Kenya but across the continent and beyond. We are so proud of you and look forward to hearing the impact you will create in your life course,” said Professor Ensign who brings to his new position a distinguished academic and administrative reputation from the United States and Africa.
In its recently launched 2021-2026 Strategic Plan, the University outlined plans to boost its enrollment rates by more than 32% while diversifying the range of market-oriented courses offered as part of its institutional growth plans. . The strategic plan also highlights a plan to secure and intensify the University’s revenue mobilization efforts to fund its academic service delivery programs while leveraging its robust information technology systems.
The University also aims to transition 85% of its students into the workforce through market-driven programs that meet the needs of 21st century industry. As part of its strategic plan, the institution will triple external research funding and productivity by 2026.