Kenyan students wishing to pursue undergraduate academic programs in UK universities have an opportunity to pursue dual degrees.
According to Benjamin Goodwin, a Media Relations Manager at Birmingham City University – one of the universities that took part in the recently concluded UK universities career fair at Sarit Centre – students can also benefit from work placements in leading technology and car manufacturing firms as they undertake course-related projects.
“People don’t want just particularly do one subject, they want more choices from one subject and then combine it with the other,” Goodwin told Capital Campus Monday.One of the most popular dual degrees we do is criminology with psychology and it exposes our students to a do different ways of thinking,” he added.
Students who have successfully completed the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) are required to do a higher diploma or pursue an English language qualification course available both locally and at the universities.”We have 24,000 students and we offer over 500-degree courses ranging from arts, engineering, business, social sciences and health related courses.” Students can also get up to £ 5,000 in scholarships according to Goodwin from the Vice Chancellor’s scholarship fund.
An employment agency christened ‘OpportUNIty’ helps students find part-time jobs while still in campus. This helps the students earn money to help pay their bills while at the same time gaining experience in their fields of study. The university also boasts of an innovation hub by the name STEAMhouse which helps students develop new businesses.
According to a Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey conducted in 2014/15, 94 percent of students were in employment or further studies within six months of graduating. Over 50 universities took part in the career fair held on March 17 and 18 in Nairobi, Nakuru, and Mombasa. They included the University of Birmingham, University of Kent, University of Leeds, Cardiff University, University of Bristol, University Hertfordshire, Middlesex University, University of Northampton and Newcastle University.