The Open University of Kenya (OUK), the country’s first fully virtual university, has announced five pioneer degree programs.
This is after President William Ruto awarded the government-funded varsity, which will be based in the Konza metropolis, Machakos County, a charter earlier this month.
Through the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS), the university said admission applications kicked off Monday for the degree programmes and two postgraduate diploma courses.
The college will offer a Bachelor of Data Science; a Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security and Digital Forensics; a Bachelor of Technology Education; a Bachelor of Business and Entrepreneurship; and a Bachelor of Economics and Statistics.
The postgraduate programmes meanwhile include a Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership and Accountability and a Postgraduate Diploma in Learning Design and Technology.
“The degree and postgraduate diploma programmes have between 12 and 14 course units per academic year. Learning will take one year for postgraduate programmes while the bachelor’s degree programmes will take four years to complete,” the college placement body said in a statement.
“However, for open and self-paced learning, a student may decide to take a course unit at a time on the alternative flexible mode and may plan to take longer periods.”
To pursue an undergraduate degree at OUK will cost a learner Ksh.105,000 a year, except for the Bachelor of Technology Education degree which will cost KSh.115,000 per year for full-time study.
“The cost of pursuing a postgraduate diploma programme is Ksh.110,000 for the one academic year. The annual cost of studying a degree programme has taken into account a 15% discount that the government negotiated with universities under the new higher education funding model,” added KUCCPS.
Bachelor’s degree and postgraduate diploma learners will also have the flexibility to pay and pursue individual course units at a cost of Ksh. 10,000 per unit while students outside East Africa will pay 10 per cent more for all the programmes or course units.
KUCCPS Chief Executive Officer Dr Agnes Mercy Wahome said the applications admissible at the KUCCPS portal will be free of charge and without any deadline.
“This is due to the uniqueness of the Open University’s mode of learning and flexible modular programme design that will allow students to study at their own pace and convenience,” Dr Wahome said.
The minimum admission requirements for the undergraduate courses include evidence of a KCSE certificate or equivalent and a portfolio for recognition of prior learning.
For Bachelor’s degree programmes, on the other hand, the requirements are:
A mean grade of C+ and above at KCSE where applicable or its equivalent using criteria that the university senate may determine OR
Diplomas or professional qualifications from recognized institutions OR
KCSE certificate or equivalent and a certificate of foundation or bridging courses from recognized institutions OR
Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education with a minimum of 1 principal and subsidiary passes OR
A bachelor’s degree from an institution recognized by Senate, OR
Evidence of KCSE certificate or equivalent and a portfolio for the purpose of recognition of prior learning determination with respect to: a) Workplace training of 2 years OR b) Work experience in a relevant field of 2 years OR c) Two short courses lasting at least 3 months each in relevant fields OR