Kenyan University selected as Regional VMware IT Academy for East Africa

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VMware, Inc. an innovator in enterprise software, and Kenyan @iLabAfrica-Strathmore Universitys’ Research and Innovation Centre, today announced they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish the University as the first Regional VMware IT Academy for East Africa.

The program will assist in mobilising IT learners across East Africa helping them enter the digital workforce. In this role, @iLabAfrica-Strathmore University, plans to continue to offer VMware IT Academy training as part of its own curriculum, but will also be responsible for implementing the VMware IT Academy program across other higher educational institutions in East Africa.

This will help bolster digital skills across the continent and encourage economic prosperity linked to digital skills transfer.

Research has shown that the African continent continues to face a technical skills shortage, further highlighted by the sweeping impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on business’ ability to embrace remote working policies.

Digitalisation is expected to play a vital role in supporting the region’s post-pandemic recovery efforts, and investment in digital skills is an important element of this.

As a Regional VMware IT Academy, @iLabafrica-Strathmore University will help accelerate the delivery of VMware IT Academy training, technical skills and certifications to learners as well as learning institutions across East Africa.

“We are delighted to be selected as the first Regional VMware IT Academy in East Africa. Over the last ten months we have worked tirelessly to ensure that the members of our Faculty of IT have the right skills to support the curriculum, and are in a position to assist in empowering our youth to better embrace and accelerate their knowledge of the digital skills required to support and building modern, technology-centric businesses across the continent,” said Dr. Joseph Sevilla- Director, @iLabAfrica – Strathmore University.

“In order to facilitate our customers and partners in Africa to better gear their businesses towards being digital and cloud-first businesses, we need to equip people with the digital skills required to support this shift.


Source: Kenyan University selected as Regional VMware IT Academy for East Africa

10 Reasons Why University of Nairobi Ranks High

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Studying at the University of Nairobi has more than 10 advantages over other Kenyan universities. Here we give reasons why you should consider the university as your number one choice, especially if you are studying for an undergraduate or masters program.

University of Nairobi has been ranked the best several times among the top 10 universities in Africa since 2014 by the African Exponent.

The African exponent has ranked universities in Africa based on licenses, accreditation by the relevant bodies in each country, mode of delivery of the courses; teaching and learning, four year undergraduate degree and post graduate programs offered.

In the year 2020, University of Pretoria, University of Capetown and University of Witwatersrand took position 1, 2 and 3 respectively. University of Lagos, University of Nairobi (Position 7) and Cairo University were the only other universities from other regions in Africa in the top 10 apart from the South African region.

University of Nairobi is the only University from East Africa and Kenya that has been ranked.

According to the Africa exponent website the aim of the ranking is to provide a non-academic table of the top Universities in Africa based on valid, unbiased and non-influenceable web metrics provided by independent web intelligence sources rather than data submitted by the Universities themselves.

This ranking is based on academic prestige, scholarly excellence and intellectual horsepower. Read more

10 Reasons why UoN ranks high

1.Number one university in Kenya

As mentioned above, the University of Nairobi has always been ranked number one in Kenya and among top universities globally. In 2017 the University of Nairobi was ranked 1 in Kenya and 775 globally, explaining why students should be encouraged to undertake their studies here.

2.Quality education

At the University of Nairobi, you will get professors who taught other professors.The university has cut a niche for itself for providing the best education in the whole region. With a degree programme from UoN,no employer would doubt your papers. It lives to its mission to provide quality university education and training and to embody the aspirations of the Kenyan people and the global community through creation, preservation, integration, transmission and utilization of knowledge.You can also read determinants of education quality.

3.Employers prefer graduates from this university

Several Kenyan bosses reportedly prefer the University of Nairobi (UoN) graduates, according to recent research. The research found out that those who passed through UoN had a 38% chance of landing jobs.When something is good, there is no need of trying hard to sell it.The reputation the University of Nairobi has created for itself prompt employers to prefer its graduate. More often, when job seekers apply for employment, UoN graduates are given first priority.

4.Variety of courses

There are more than 200 undergraduate courses and more than 100 masters courses. This gives students several options to choose from. The institution offers certificate, diploma, PGD,Degree,masters and PhD programs as listed here

5.Best Courses – Industry Compliant

University of Nairobi has some of the best degree programmes in the world.Some of the highly rated programmes include, Bachelor of Medicine &Surgery,Bachelor of Actuarial Science, Bachelor of Architecture, Bachelor of Law, Bachelor of Real Estate Management and Bachelor of Civil Engineering.

6.They only admit the best students

When KCSE exams are out,only the best students dream of joining the University of Nairobi. I remember doing a pretest and going through a rigorous interview before I was allowed to join the school of computing masters programme. It is for this reason that employers believe graduates from this university are top cream.


The University of Nairobi is located at the heart of Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. This means that students are exposed to city life, making it easier for them to adapt to the life after graduation. Most of its branches are situated in urban areas where students can conveniently access the lecturers and take their lessons. Furthermore, students can work parttime and attend classes due to proximity of the university. Students from universities located outside Nairobi get hard time adapting to city life.

8. Highly trained staff

The University of Nairobi, a world class University committed to scholarly excellence engages highly qualified and motivated teaching staff to realize its mission and vision. The University Faculty comprises of Professors, Associate Professors, Senior Lecturers, Lectures, Tutorial Fellows and Graduate Assistants. All the staff undergo thorough and rigorous recruitment process based on Commission for University Education Universities Standards and Guidelines, 2014.  

9. Collaborators and partners

Industry partnerships give students and faculty additional funding. By striking up corporate partnerships, university of Nairobi have more resources to undertake research, and they’re able to diversify their research areas.Another slice of the pie chart is that the students get jobs. Good jobs, often with the universities’ partner companies. Companies who don’t have the time themselves to incubate ideas are vying for graduates who have the pulse on emerging markets. And, they’ve mentored students, who are acquiring expertise long before they’re employees. The mentoring is critical for student training, for skills development, and also for job placement.

10.Scholarships & Awards

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Several scholarships and grants are available for both undergraduate and graduate students who are seeking for financial assistance. Some of the scholarships offered by the University of Nairobi include:

Rattansi Education Fund
Offered By: Rattansi Education
This is a scholarship for the undergraduate students
Offered By: Gandhi Smarak Nidhi Fund Board of Trustees
This is a scholarship for the postgraduate students
The Rockefeller Foundation Scholarships
Offered By: The Rockefeller Foundation
This is a scholarship for the undergraduate and postgraduate students
Aga Khan Foundation Scholarships
Offered By: Aga Khan Foundation
This is a scholarship for the undergraduate and postgraduate students
Prof. Muriuki Scholarship
Offered by: University of Nairobi
This is a scholarship for needy module one undergraduate students admitted to the University of Nairobi
Mitsubishi Scholarship
Offered by: Mitsubishi Corporation
This is a scholarship for needy undergraduate students who have recorded excellent academic performance in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies and the School of Biological Sciences (BSc degree in Environmental Conservation and Natural Resources Management).
Chinese Ambassador Scholarship Programme
Offered by: The Chinese Embassy in Kenya
This is a scholarship for bright but needy University of Nairobi undergraduate students.