New Programs Bolster Enrollment

Africa University is preparing to launch eight new degree programs over the next 18 months to tap skills deficits in Africa’s labor market and attract working professionals. The new programs offer undergraduate and graduate qualifications in areas such as Mathematics, Public Health, Counselling, Educational Technology, and Gender and Cultural Studies.Lecture underway in the college of health, agriculture and natural sciences.

The university’s first group of doctoral students started lectures in October. Nineteen students are pursuing the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Peace, Leadership, and Governance. At the undergraduate level, there are students pursuing newly-launched degree programs in International Relations and Social Work.

This year’s admission statistics show that graduate study is growing rapidly and helping to sustain enrollment at Africa University. The Master of Intellectual Property degree program attracted more than 100 qualified applicants, vying for 40 spots. The university is currently admitting students to the PhD program in Public Health, with a plan to start by March 2018.

There are 256 graduate students enrolled this year, compared to 112 in 2016. As of mid-September, the total enrollment across all colleges and program delivery options stood at 1498 students.  Women represent 51.7 percent of the total enrollment. Among the 25 African nationalities in the student body, Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique and Zimbabwe are the countries from which students enroll most often.