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Welcome to the School of Economics

Brief History of the School

The School was established in 2008 from the then Department of Economics that was housed in the School of Humanity and Social Sciences. Formation of a School of Economics was to give the economics discipline at Kenyatta University a chance to evolve and increase its research activities in order for the School to contribute its fair share to knowledge augmentation in Economics. The School has the autonomy to develop specialized Degree Programmes that are market driven so as to attract more students who currently go abroad in search of specialized economics courses such as Bachelor of Economics and Statistics; Bachelor of Economics and Finance; Master of Economics in such specialized areas as Health Economics, Financial Economics, Environmental Economics, just to mention but a few. Moreover, the for a very long time, the students of economics have been clamouring for an award of the “Degree of Economics” as distinct from the general Bachelor of Arts degree. Furthermore, there exists great demand by both the public and private sectors for graduates with degrees in specialized fields of Economics. This is evidenced by the large number of students with degrees in Economics, who have in the recent past been employed by financial institutions and the Public Service Commission. We are therefore responding to a market need.

The Kenyan Government has set 2030 as the year Kenya should have achieved the Newly Industrialized Country’s status. This implies that the School of Economics needed to redefine its academic and research agendas so as to remain relevant in an evolving economy and immensely contribute towards the much needed human capital and policy oriented research designed for the achievement of greater socio-economic aspirations of the country. The main objectives of the School are therefore to: provide training focusing on economic theory, econometrics and applied economics; undertake both academic and policy driven research; provide consultancy services in such core areas as Project Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Econometrics and Applied Economics; promote Community Service Programmes in Applied Economics and related programmes and promote co-operation and linkages between its core Departments on the one hand and the local, regional and international organizations and institutions on the other. The School has shown tremendous growth in terms of student population in all the programmes.


PROGRAMME

CUMULATIVE PER ACADEMIC YEAR

 

2008/2009

2009/2010

2010/2011

2011/2012

Bachelor of Economics

67

166

300

626

Bachelor of Economics and Finance

386

764

1221

2015

Bachelor of Economics and Statistics

140

344

577

947

Total undergraduate

593

1274

2098

3588

Masters of Economics

18

29

51

79

PHD in Economics

5

20

44

66

The school has a total of 27 academic staff members. At the inception, there were only 4 holders of doctorate degree ineconomics and this number now stands at 17 Ph.D holders. The non-Ph.D holders are 10 and all of them have enrolled into the doctoral degree programme.

Vision and Mission of the School
The vision of the school is to be an exquisite centre of academic excellence in the promotion, capacity building, research and consultancy in economics for both local and international arena. The mission of the School is to undertake and provide teaching, research, economic policy analysis and consultancy services that are responsive not only to the professional needs of local, regional and international institutions, but also to those of the local community.

Career Prospects and Students Destinations
The graduates of the degree programmes in the School find work in the financial institutions, government ministries, corporate world, international organisations, the Non-Governmental Organisations just but to name a few. Indeed an economist is needed in all undertakings.

 Graduation Supplement

Since the formation of the School of Economics in January 2008, notable progress has been made in the introduction of highly competitive degree programmes.  During the current graduation six hundred and sixteen (615) students will be awarded bachelor’s degrees, seven (7) students will be awarded Master of Economics degrees  and two (2) will be awarded Ph.D.   

The PhD in Economics is by coursework, examination and thesis. It was launched in 2007 as the first of its kind in the country. Since its launch, there have been seven (7) admissions as follows: five (5) students in 2007, thirteen (13) students in 2008, eleven (11) students in 2009, seventeen (17) students in 2010, twelve (12) students in 2011, nine (9) students in 2012 and eighteen (18) students in 2013. Eleven (11) students have successfully graduated. 

Capacity Building

Another milestone for the School is capacity building of its academic members of staff.  The School has two (2) Associate Professors and a total of eighteen (18) Ph.D holders. 

SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS COLLABORATIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS

1. COMESA

School of Economics in collaboration with COMESA developed a Master’sProgramme on Regional Integration to be run jointly with COMESA.

The partnership involves provision of Scholarships and Internships for Kenyatta University Students by COMESA.

2. PRIME BANK

The Bank in collaboration with the School of Economics offers Scholarships to Students taking Master of Economic (Finance) at Kenyatta University.

3. MASTER OF ECONOMICS (COOPERATION AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT)

This is a collaborative Programme with the University of PAVIA, CISP (Italy) and UNDP.

It involves lecturers coming from University of PAVIA to teach in the programme .Some funding and Scholarships are received from UNDP-Kenya. Certification is done by Kenyatta University.

4. FINANCIAL SECTOR DEEPENING (FSD)

This involves facilitation of public lectures for students in Finance Sector and Financial Information Exchange to the Students and the Lecturers.

5. AFRICAN ECONOMIC RESEARCH CONSORTIUM

The School receives Scholarships for masters and Ph.D Students who takes their studies in abroad.

This has helped in terms of Staff Development.

6. WORLD BANK

The World Bank in collaboration with the School of Economics supports various activities:
o Public Lectures
o General launching of their documents such as Kenya Economic Updates.

7. COMPETITION AUTHORITY OF KENYA

Competition Authority of Kenya collaborates with the School in various activities:
o Annual Essay Writing Competition.
o Public Lectures

8. UNDP

The School collaborates with UNDP- Kenya in organizing Public Lectures on Human Development and provision of equipment for Master of Economics (Cooperation and Human Development) programme.

9. CENTRAL BANK OF KENYA

The Bank provides internship slots every year to the Undergraduate Students.

 

 

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