, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 17 Strathmore University has entered into partnership with Silicon Valley’s One University Network to develop the world’s first Smartphone-based degree and certificate program.
Strathmore Mobile will enable students to earn Strathmore University degrees and credentials primarily using their Smartphones with oversight from Strathmore University faculty and assistance from a network of certified learning coaches. Courses offered via Strathmore Mobile will be priced competitively and will be accessible to students throughout Africa.
“After successfully completing the class work, in order to demonstrate that they have met the rigorous learning standards of Strathmore University, students will be required to complete a supervised final examination at a secure testing centre,” reads a statement from the university.
In a statement, the university says that courses offered on the app will be competitively priced and accessible to students throughout the continent.
“One University has developed a mobile learning and coaching platform that is delivered via an Android Smartphone app,” the statement continues.
Strathmore University Vice Chancellor, Prof. John Odhiambo said that the app would bridge Kenya’s higher education gap. He added that the app would deliver on the school’s mission of providing high quality, outcome-driven scholarship while embracing entrepreneurial innovation as a global leader in higher education.
“Kenya has been a world leader in mobile adoption and we are confident that through Strathmore Mobile the nation will become a leader in mobile higher education. We are committed to realizing this vision together with Strathmore University,” said One University Network CEO Gene Wade.
The initiative by Strathmore University comes at a time when the adoption of technology to enhance higher education in Kenya is on the rise. Institutions such as Mount Kenya University and Kenyatta University have invested in technology to foster higher education.
For instance, in 2014, Kenyatta University launched the KU Digital School of Virtual and Open Learning to allow students learn from anywhere at any time. The following year, Mount Kenya University followed course by launching its Virtual learning platform. Since then, more and more universities in the country have joined the innovative bandwagon to win the growing number of eligible University goers.