Strathmore University has been ranked the top private university in Kenya by the Webometrics 2016 report. The announcement comes ahead of the planned launch of new degree programmes in Social Sciences scheduled for next week.
Strathmore’s Dean at the Faculty of Humanities Prof Christine Gichure said the university had benefited from a strong quality policy at the council level which has had the impact of continuous innovation. “We also continue to deepen linkages with industry,” she said.
The ranking come only six months after Strathmore graduates were rated the most sought after in the Kenya job market, alongside those from the University of Nairobi according to a study on employers’ hiring preferences.
According to this new Webometrics rankings, Strathmore is the top private university in Kenya while the University of Nairobi tops the Public Universities stable. The ranking released in first quarter 2016 rated Strathmore higher than JKUAT and USIU-Africa with Egerton, Moi and Kenyatta universities taking 2nd, 3rd and 4th positions respectively.
The institution council last week approved launch of first ever Arts degree programmes including a Bachelors degree in Communication (BCS), International Studies (BIS) and Development Studies (with Philosophy) which are expected to be introduced next week .
“Learning model for these new programmes has been designed to meet desirable medium term and long term industry training requirements based on industry feedback. We are advancing a programme to also grow our partners interests in emerging workforce skills,” said Prof Gichure.
Strathmore University academic policy stresses on technology, character and ethics training for students.
The University of Nairobi, USIU and Daystar University are the other universities offering competing programmes.