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February 16, 2019

Second US university to start fully-fledged campus in Kenya

California Miramar university president Dr Dominic Mwenja
California Miramar university president Dr Dominic Mwenja

A second American university plans to establish a fully-fledged campus in Kenya.

California Miramar University, which was started in 2005, has been allowed to collaborate with East African University.

The US university is fully accredited and recognised by the Commission for Higher Education and Accreditation and the US department of education.

The only other established American university in Kenya is the United States International University-Africa.

After being granted the authority to collaborate by the Commission for University Education on November 24, California Miramar University is set to launch its partnership with the East Africa University on December 15.

The launch will bring together the USA embassy in Kenya, Ministry of Education and Commission for University Education.

"It has been a long wait since the application for this collaboration. We first sought for it in 2012," Nairobi campus director for California Miramar University, Dr Dominic Mwenja, said.

Mwenja said the campus will offer programmes in masters and doctorate in business administration.

He added that the MBA programme will last two years while the DBA will take between three and half to four years.

“We are about to advertise for our first admission targeting to receive first students in January 2016,” Mwenja said.

The MBA and DBA degree programmes will have an American tinge, and will undertaken both online and directly.

MBA would target managers with first degrees and who have worked for a couple of years while DBA sets its eyes on persons with masters degrees.

Mwenja revealed CMU has plans to establish a fully-fledged campus in Kenya to be located in Gilgil where land has been acquired.

Mwenja said: “This collaboration will assist us grow and absorb the many students who miss places in higher education due to the limited capacity in Kenyan universities.”

On why prospective students should choose to study at CMU's collaborative venture with the East Africa University in Kitengela, Mwenja said one will be able to afford an American degree at a Kenyan cost.

"When one flies to USA and studies for an MBA it costs Sh1.75 million in tuition alone as compared to Sh364,000 it will cost here... A DBA costs Sh3.2 million in tuition in the USA while CMU acquired degree here in Kenya will cost Sh987,000."

Kenyan students and those from the region will also have a chance to interact with American professors who will pay occasional visits.

Apart from increasing the capacity for graduate students admission, CMU's doctorate programme will also help bolster the number of PhD holders in Kenya.

Going by guidelines unveiled by the Commission for University Education in 2014, only PhD holders would be allowed to teach at universities as lecturers in the next five years.

Those with masters degrees will be appointed as junior lecturers and tutorial fellows.

The government has also a wider plan to produce at least 1,000 PhDs every year, in order to produce the next generation of academics.

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