East Africa Gets Its First University for Women

East Africa Gets Its First University for Women

 

By WACHIRA KIGOTHO

The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 16, 2002

 

(Nairobi )- A private university for women -- a first for East Africa -- has been established in Kenya and will soon start admitting students for undergraduate and graduate programs.

 

Kiriri Women's University of Science and Technology was issued an interim letter of authority by Kenya's government this month. The university is located in Nairobi on a temporary site while plans are under way to build a permanent campus.

 

The new university will offer degrees in sciences, mathematics, computer studies, languages, business administration, and gender studies. Later, the university plans to add programs in computer science, electrical engineering, agriculture, and nursing.

 

A consortium of Kenyan business executives created the university and appointed Rosalind Mutua, former deputy vice chancellor for research at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, as chief executive.

 

Organizers said the new institution was needed because the public higher-education system was not doing enough to educate women. Women make up only about 25 percent of the students in Kenya's public universities and smaller percentages in science programs.

 

The Chronicle of Higher Education