United States International UniversityUnited States International University (USIU) is located in the Kasarani area, off Thika Road in the suburb of Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi. The university is an independent, not-for-profit institution serving approximately 4,800 students, of whom 88% are domestic and 12% are international representing about 54 nationalities.It was founded in 1969 as the Africa campus of United States International University in San Diego, California. The university was first accredited in 1981 by the accrediting commission for senior colleges and universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) as part of USIU-San Diego.However, the university was mandated to become chartered in Kenya with the gazettement of the Universities Act in 1985. Regulations and procedures for the accreditation of private universities were published in 1989, and in 1999 USIU was awarded its charter as an independent institution through the Commission for Higher Education (CHE). In Kenya, this requirement is for private universities only; the public universities do not have any accreditation requirement.In 2001, the system-wide university structure began to change. USIU-San Diego merged with the former California School of Professional Psychology to form Alliant International University; however, control of USIU-Kenya was contingent upon approval from CHE.In 2004, CHE did not approve the change of control because Alliant was under a show cause action by WASC. USIU- Kenya negotiated with Alliant to relinquish control of the university so that it could pursue independent US accreditation form WASC and in January 2005, an agreement was signed with Alliant to separate the Kenyan campus from Alliant International University. Institutional Programs.The United States International University’s program offerings are career oriented with five undergraduate majors in the Chandaria School of Business, three in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and two in the new School of Science and Technology.In addition, the Chandaria School of Business offers three masters level degrees: Master in Business Administration (MBA), Executive Master of Science in Organizational Development (EMOD), and the Global Executive Master of Business Administration (GEMBA).The School of Humanities and Social Sciences offers two Master of Arts degrees in Counseling Psychology and in International Relations.
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