The desire to join one of the top universities in Kenya has been a dream for Mary Awino, who sat her Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education, an exit exam, two years ago and scored grade B. education
Awino always had a burning desire to study law while in high school. The degree course was only found at a university in Nairobi in the capital.
However, she did not want to stay far from her aging parents, whom she had always taken care of at their home in Kisumu County, western Kenya.
By the time she was completing her secondary education, the University of Nairobi had started setting up a law school in its campus in Kisumu. Awino joined the law school last September.
“I am happy that finally I was able to join the university of my choice and I am pursuing my dream course,” she said.
Kisumu has turned out a home of several higher learning institutions targeting prospective students in upcountry Kenya.
What started as the setting up of one or two university campuses some years back has seen the institutions scramble for space in the town and other neighbouring it.
With more than five public universities and several private ones establishing a firm presence in Kisumu, Homa Bay, Busia, Kakamega and Kisii counties to offer both undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs, many upcoming scholars are now spoilt for choice.
Elizabeth Wangari Odhiambo, director of School of Law at University of Nairobi’s Kisumu campus, said the decision to start the college in Kisumu was as a result of growing demand and competition, and more than 350 students and working professionals have registered for a degree in law in the University.
Among the universities that have established campuses in the region are University of Nairobi, Moi, Maseno, KCA University, Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Kisii, Jaramogi University of Science and Technology and Mt Kenya University.
Moses Nyandika, who is pursuing a master degree in Public Health at Maseno University campus in Homa Bay, said the was able to juggle between work and study.
“I work with a non-governmental organization in Homa Bay and in the evening I’m able to go for lectures. My office is just a stone throw away from the university,” Nyandika said in an interview, adding that the transformation the universities have brought in the towns is amazing.
Unlike before, where some courses such as medicine, law and engineering would be offered in Nairobi, now the courses are offered in the branches across the country.
Maseno University recently gained entry into Homa Bay County, having established the appropriate institution to take over.
The campus coordinator John Kobiero said they are opening of campuses in rural areas to drive learning and deliver services as close as possible to the people.
“Our main purpose as a higher learning institution is to spearhead research, educate and transform livelihoods,” Kobiero said. Enditem



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