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University of Nairobi is the oldest and largest University in Kenya. From its humble beginning in 1956 with 215 students, today it has an enrollment of over 36,000. The University offers a diverse range of academic programs and is organized into 6 colleges, 5 Faculties, 6 Institutes, 17 Schools and 67 teaching Departments. It has the highest concentration of scholars in the country.
The School of Computing and Informatics is part of the College of Biological and Physical Sciences. The School was formally established by statute in 1977 as the Institute of Computer Science. Prior to that, the Institute had started out in 1969 as the Computing Centre of the University, a department based in the Faculty of Engineering. In 1976, the Computing Centre moved to the Chiromo Campus where it occupied the purpose built premises used by the School today.
The School of Computing and Informatics takes its name from the core competencies that it seeks to nurture: Computing, to cover the theory and science of computation and Informatics to exemplify the practical outworking of this theory in technology and application.
The Vision of the School is:

To be a leading centre of excellence in research, research and development and advanced education in computing and informatics; addressing national and regional needs for information and communications technology policy and product development.

The above vision is to be achieved through the following Mission intents:

  • Research. To institute a dynamic programme of aggressive research in our core areas of competence: information systems, distributed systems and artificial intelligence, in line with national and regional priorities.
  • Teaching and Learning. To produce high quality, well-rounded, sophisticated graduates who are productive, innovative, work effectively with academic and industrial partners and capable of lifelong learning. Our courses will be developed and delivered to a high standard of educational and technological competence.
  • Consultancy. To engage productively with the public and private sector to solve problems of national or organisational economic importance in order to foster progress in our environment.
  • Research and Development and Extension Services. Based on sound research, relevant teaching, and problem solving experience gained through consultancy opportunities, to develop training programs, policies, methodologies and information technology software and hardware products for the local, regional and international market and increase awareness of the same in the community at large.

Summary of the relevant aspects of the School:
Key academic programs are:

  • B.Sc. (Computer Science) programme
  • 3 M.Sc. programs (Information systems, Computer science, Applied computer science) /
  • Ph.D. programme

The research mandate of the School consists of three research groups in the following areas:

  • Information systems, including applications of ICT in different sectors, ICT policy and strategy
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Distributed systems

Listing of the areas of on-going research projects:

  • ICT policy and regulation
  • E-health
  • Grid computing
  • ICT and higher education
  • Localization of Kenyan languages
  • Bridging the digital divide
  • ICT and rural agriculture
  • Mobile telephony applications
  • Performance appraisal
  • E-governance
  • Machine language translation
  • Sensor networks
  • ICT and poverty
  • Automatic speech recognition

Human resource expertise in the School:

  • 7 Ph.Ds (3 at Prof. level)
  • 9 registered for Ph.D
  • 12 M.Sc.

SCI is the only academic school/faculty in Kenya with doctoral programme in computer science / information systems. 
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