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.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 December 2013 14:07
The School, in Partnership with the University of Pavia, Cooperation and Development Network, UNDP, Tangaza College and CISP, has developed a Master of Economics (Cooperation & Human Development) which took off in September, 2013 with an initial enrolment of seventeen (17) students. Five (5) of the students are foreigners. Three (3) students from Malawi are on scholarships awarded by the project Onlus Malawi. Eight (8) students from Kenya were awarded scholarships by the Foundation Assistance International. UNDP has also extended financial support to the programme.
The Dean of the School, Prof. Nelson Wawire has been recognized and presented with a certificate and a trophy as the Best Professor in Economics by the Africa Education Leadership Awards, in a ceremony held on 27th November, 2013 hosted by Asian Confederation of Business at Labourdonnals Waterfront Hotel, Mauritius. The award is endorsed by several international organizations including World Education Congress, Thought Leaders Awards, World Private Universities, Stars of the Industries Group among others.
On 7th November, 2013 the Dean, School of Economics, Prof. Nelson Wawire organized an Academic visit to Kitui Campus to meet the students taking Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of (Arts) Economics at all levels so as to encourage them. <<Read More>>
The school of economics has highly qualified lecturers who work tirelessly to help the student achieve their goals. The likes of Dr. Gachanja, DR. Onono, DR. Gitahi and many others are very industrious. They take the interest of students at heart. Apart from availing themselves in classes on time, they also create extra time for consultation and academic guidance and counseling where necessary. It is my prayer that God continues to bless them so that they continue with their hard work. Thank you.