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Title:Graduates' Perception of University Programmes and Their Relevance to Employment: University of Nairobi (1991-1998)
Author:Kimani, Gerald N.
Year:2005
Periodical:Africa Development: A Quarterly Journal of CODESRIA (ISSN 0850-3907)
Volume:30
Issue:1-2
Pages:68-85
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Kenya
East Africa
Subjects:graduates
universities
Urbanization and Migration
Education and Oral Traditions
Labor and Employment
History and Exploration
education
College graduates
University of Nairobi
Instructional systems
research
perception
Abstract:In the last two decades of the twentieth century the Kenyan education system was characterized by a very rapid expansion. The number of public universities increased university from one in 1980 to six in 2002. This paper reports a study which assessed university graduates' perception of the learning conditions and provisions at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. The study identified the jobs held by the graduates and the extent to which they use knowledge, attitudes and skills acquired during their study at the University of Nairobi in their present jobs. The sample consisted of 1640 graduates who had completed their studies between 1991 and 1998. Overall, about 71 percent of the graduates indicated that knowledge and skills acquired at the university were very useful in their current work. However, universities will need to re-orient their academic programmes to the reality that the public sector, which used to employ the majority of public university graduates, now rarely employs them. Also, computer studies for all students need to be introduced, but this will require considerable resources. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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