The University of Nairobi’s Centre for African Studies

The University of Nairobi’s Centre for African Studies

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“The Queen gave a special audience at the University of Nairobi’s new Centre for African Studies on November 18, 2018, and the first meeting was with the African Studies Association’s executive committee. This is an exciting development that heralds a new era for African studies in Kenya.

I am delighted to be able to support this initiative and to be working with the Association to facilitate this vital opportunity.

The Centre will be located in Nairobi’s historic Victoria University, and will be situated within the historic Victoria University building. It will serve as a focal point for African studies, and serve as a vibrant hub of African societies and communities, and provide a unique opportunity to establish the association beyond its formal activities.

We are very pleased to be working with the University and the Association to offer this unique and exciting opportunity to enable undergraduate and graduate students from Nairobi to conduct coursework in African Studies at the University. The Centre will be able to offer master’s degree programmes in African history, linguistics, African studies and the history of education in Africa.

The Centre will have the capacity to house around 60 undergraduate and graduate students from Kenya and the rest of Africa.

The Centre will provide:

1. African studies and international relations education for the students;

2. The opportunity to gain practical knowledge and acquire skills through an integrated program of study in African studies, and

3. The opportunity to develop the skills of students who enroll in African studies programmes at the University of Nairobi.

The Centre will also provide a unique space in which the Association and the University of Nairobi will co-organize several series of conferences and workshops on African Studies topics in Africa. The Centre will play a significant role in bridging these important areas of study between Kenya and the Association.”

* I received the above quote from the University of Nairobi’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof.

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