By SAM OTIENO
Graduates with business, economics, medical, engineering and information technology degrees are in heavy demand, a new study reveals.
Least preferred degrees by employers include those related to professions in the hospitality industry as well as creative and performance arts, such as music, theatre, and arts.
The study by a leading scholar, Andrew Rasugu, found that the demand of some courses exceed training opportunities.
Data from the Joint Admission Board indicate that there is excess demand in some universities and excess capacity for all academic programmes in others.
The study, Demand for Regular Academic Programmes Offered in Public Universities and Their Relevance to the Labour Market, was conducted in seven public universities. "Despite their relevance to emerging social issues, it is interesting that degrees in disaster management, criminology, and architectural and surveying are in less demand in the labour market," says Rasugu.
The research shows that although courses such as agriculture, criminology, disaster management, literature, poetry, and ethical education, and natural sciences are relevant to sustainable development, they are unattractive to students.
It recommends that the courses be promoted to ensure holistic training at universities.
According to the research, courses such as architecture and survey are offered at the University of Nairobi, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (Jkuat), Maseno and Moi universities.
Whereas there is excess demand for the courses at the UoN and Jkuat, there is excess capacity at Maseno and Moi universities.
Like agricultural courses, interest in architectural and surveying programmes is low. The study found that these programmes are offered in all public universities except Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST).