When you decide to pursue business courses in Kenya you have to do thorough background research to determine the best. In most cases the most popular course may not be the best and the best is not necessarily one with many graduates.
What determines the popularity of a course? According to Dr Griffin students are influenced to pursue a particular course based on the following factors:
- Salary expectation
- Job market
- Influence from their parents and relatives
- Influence from peers
- Their capability
In Kenya almost all universities offer business courses. For a student who is keen to succeed in life, here is where you should pursue your education.
- Bachelor of Business Information Technology-Strathmore University
Bachelor of Business Information Technology integrates IT aspects into business to make a student more prepared for the job market. Strathmore University is ranked as the best business university in Kenya and globally it was in 2018 recognized among elite business schools.
By pursuing your business course at Strathmore, you’re also exposed to several professional courses like CPA,CFA and ACCA which you can enroll for and complete within a short period of time.
- Bachelor of Commerce –Strathmore and University of Nairobi
Bachelor of Commerce will never cease to be popular even though there are more graduates than job opportunities. There are only two universities that produce the best graduates:UoN and Strathmore.
The good thing about BCom is that you can specialize in more than 5 areas: Insurance, Finance,Accounting,HR,Procurement & Purchasing and Marketing.
But you are warned that if you ignore professional courses, your BCom degree may not help you much. To supplement your academic degree, here are professional courses to pursue:
- Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)
- Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
- Bachelor of Economics & Statistics—University of Nairobi
Bachelor of Economics & Statistics graduates give BCom graduates a run for their money. The course integrates statistics aspects into business which is essential in analyzing long term trends and complex data.
If you are determined to work in the stock market, insurance companies and financial institutions as an analyst, Bachelor of Economics & Statistics is the best course to do in Kenya and the best university to pursue it from is UoN.
Applicants for the Bachelor of Economics and Statistics degree must, in the first instance, satisfy the general University of Nairobi’s admission requirements.
In addition, they should have obtained a minimum of grade c+ in Mathematics offered in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations, or their equivalents.
Where the equivalents are difficult to establish, a candidate may be required to pass an entrance examination before being admitted into the programme. The pass mark for the entry examination shall be 50%.
- Bachelor of Business Administration-Maseno University
Bachelor of Business Administration is similar to BCom and is offered at Maseno University. With a BBA degree and a professional course, chances of being jobless are extremely low.
- Financial Engineering—JKUAT
Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology is the only university in Kenya that offers BSc. Financial Engineering. The course is ideal for people who are good in analytic skills.
If you passed mathematics and you wish to pursue a business course, join JKUAT for BSc. Financial Engineering. But you have to be careful not to be jobless upon graduating. Once you’re through with your college studies, enroll for CFA.