President William Ruto has officially unveiled Kenya's first virtual university on Thursday, August 3.
This follows the approval by Parliament in July 2023.
The charter was awarded to the Open University of Kenya in Konza technopolis, Machakos County, meant to traini Kenyans on digital literacy, ICT, and the digital economy.
The first batch of students will be admitted in September this year, even as the government targets enrolling 7,100 students in the first intake.
Konza Development Authority noted the importance of the institution, saying it will help thousands of students to enroll for academic programmes at cheaper costs.
“It has been demonstrated that with an open university, it is possible to increase enrolment and affordability and to enhance quality education without a concomitant increase in cost. This unique attribute will enable the Open University of Kenya to deliver academic programmes at a comparatively lower cost, and to serve many disadvantaged families effectively,” the Authority noted.