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Message from the Vice Chancellor

Message from The Vice Chancellor

Welcome to the Open University of Kenya!

I am honored to address you as the Vice-Chancellor of this prestigious institution, where we are committed to fostering a culture of excellence in higher education. At the Open University of Kenya, we believe in the transformative power of knowledge and the limitless possibilities it brings to individuals and society..

Our university stands as a beacon of accessible education, offering a diverse range of programs and courses that cater to the needs and aspirations of a wide range of learners. Whether you are a working professional seeking to enhance your skills, a recent high school graduate eager to embark on a rewarding academic journey, or someone with a lifelong thirst for knowledge, we have something for everyone.

At Open University of Kenya, we embrace innovation and leverage the latest advancements in technology to ensure that our students receive a high-quality education that is flexible, engaging, and relevant. Through our state-of-the-art online learning platforms, we bring the classroom to you, breaking down geographical barriers and providing you with the opportunity to learn at your own pace, from anywhere in the world.

Our dedicated faculty members are experts in their respective fields, and they are committed to your success. They will guide and inspire you throughout your academic journey, fostering a dynamic and interactive learning environment that encourages critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem-solving. 

We also provide robust student support services, ensuring that you have the resources and assistance you need to excel in your studies.

Furthermore, we recognize the importance of research and innovation in driving societal progress. Our university actively promotes a research culture, providing avenues for our students and faculty to explore new frontiers of knowledge, address pressing challenges, and contribute to the development of our nation and beyond.

At Open University of Kenya, we embrace diversity and inclusivity, fostering an environment that values and respects individuals from all backgrounds. We believe that diversity enriches the learning experience and prepares our students to thrive in a globalized world.

As you embark on your educational journey with us, I encourage you to seize every opportunity, embrace curiosity, and strive for excellence. Your time at Open University of Kenya will not only equip you with valuable skills and knowledge but will also nurture your personal growth and empower you to make a positive impact on the world.

I extend my warmest welcome to you, and I invite you to explore the vast possibilities that await you at the Open University of Kenya. Together, let us unlock your potential and shape a brighter future.

Yours sincerely,

Professor Elijah I. Omwenga

The Vice Chancellor


The Open University of Kenya (OUK) is a virtual learning institution deeply committed to advancing education and driving socio-economic growth within Kenya and beyond. Access to higher education has remained a major challenge in Kenya and this has disadvantaged citizens who seek to improve their knowledge, upscale skills and for posterity. Experts have noted that increasing the number of educational institutions so as to match the rate of population growth is an extremely difficult if not impossible solution especially when financial and other resource constraints are considered. Open and Distance Learning approaches, coupled with innovative ICT solutions, have proofed viable alternatives to providing excellent education to millions of people located wherever and whenever by different life circumstances.