Photos: Ruto unveils Kenya's first virtual university at Konza

Open University of Kenya in Konza technopolis, Machakos County. [Stephen Nzioka, Standard]

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.

President William Ruto (Second left), Makueni Governor Mutula Kilonzo Junior (left), Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi and Energy CS Davis Chirchir. [Stephen Nzioka,Standard]

"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.