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.
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The School of Economics in conjunction with KUESA (Kenyatta University Economics Association) held orientation for 1st year students on 30th September, 2015 at SOE 1. The students got a chance to interact with members of the faculty as well as Kuesa officials. The Acting Dean, School of Economics- Dr. Paul Gachanja was the Chief Guest at the event. The Dean welcomed the students and explained to them the structure of the School that consists of three departments, Economic Theory- K14 & K14S, Applied Economics- K16 & K16S, Econometrics and Statistics- K24 & K24S. He took time to introduce the Chairmen of departments present as well as other members of staff. >>Read More <<
The School of Economics held a Public lecture on the 25th of March 2015. The topic of the lecture was ‘Understanding Devolution’ and the key note speaker was Mr. Kinuthia Wamwangi, Chairman-Transition Authority. Among the issues the Speaker looked at were, the meaning of devolution, the role of Transition Authority in the devolution process, the objectives of devolution, the principles guiding devolution, the economic impact of devolution on the Kenyan economy, the status of devolution, the challenges facing devolution and the opportunities devolution offers to Universities and Kenyatta University in particular.
Students from Berean High School visited the School of Economics on the 29th of May, 2015. The Dean, School of Economics- Prof. Nelson Wawire took time to meet and mentor them. He explained to them the mandate of the School, its composition, the various departments and courses offered. He also took them through the qualifications they need to acquire in order to be admitted to the School either as government sponsored students or self sponsored students. During the interactive session, the Dean emphasized on the need to be highly focused on their studies and work hard to achieve their goals in life. The teachers and students thanked the Dean for taking time out of his busy schedule to enlighten and encourage them.
Every year, the school of Economics, through its programs transforms thousands of students into great minds with better understanding on how to confront the word economic challenges through analytical thinking. This experience has expanded my thinking about my career, it has made me claim for the excitement of the unknown and dare to be great. This could not be through insipiration,mentorship and support from great lecturers the likes of Dr Gachanja, Dr Onono, Dr Gitahi, Mr Nato and many others”..
The School of Economics at Kenyatta University was privileged to receive two scholars in Economics:- Prof John W Harris; based in Boston University and Prof Germano Mwabu of the University of Nairobi, on 4th February 2015.The duo were on a familiarization tour of KU School of Economics, and were received by the Dean of the School, Prof Nelson Wawire