By Grace Maina/Release
Daystar University on Monday announced a strategic partnership with OneUni to launch Africa’s first smartphone-based degree programmes, the first of which is a Bachelor’s of Education for existing and aspiring teachers.
This announcement was made at the Kenya Primary Schools Head Teachers Association Conference in Mombasa county.
Daystar Mobile will enable students to earn Daystar University delivered degrees and diplomas primarily using their smartphones. Courses offered via Daystar Mobile will be accessible to students globally. The initial offering will focus on degree programmes for teachers starting with a Bachelor’s of Education and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education.
In developing Daystar Mobile, the university has partnered with OneUni, an education technology company and social venture with offices in Silicon Valley and Nairobi.
The app will contain all class materials including videos, readings, and interactive exercises. Students can also interact through the app with Daystar faculty who oversee their work. In addition, students will have on-going mentorship and support.
After successfully completing their classwork, in order to demonstrate that they have met the rigorous learning standards of Daystar University, students will be required to complete invigilated final examinations at secure testing centers.
“With the introduction of Daystar Mobile, we will significantly improve access to quality higher education in Kenya and throughout Africa. We see every day, qualified and deserving students who are not able to access higher education and Daystar Mobile will help us address this issue,” says Dr. Timothy Wachira, Daystar University Vice Chancellor.
On his part, OneUni, Chief Executive Officer, Gene Wade noted:,“We look to the partnership with Daystar University to facilitate access to higher education for the next generation of teachers and leaders through this transformative offering. Kenya has been a world leader in mobile phone adoption, and we are confident that, through Daystar Mobile, the country will become the leader in mobile higher education. We are committed to facilitating Daystar University to realize this vision.”
More information about the Daystar Mobile programme, including details regarding degree programs, fee structures, and start date of classes will be announced in the upcoming months. Interested parties can be the first to learn of news by signing up at mobi.daystar.ac.ke.