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Type: Private Institution
Affiliated to: AAU; IAPCHE; IUCEA
Established: 1967
No of Students: 5,000
Vice-Chancellor: Prof. Laban Ayiro
Campuses: Nairobi campus; Athi River campus; Mombasa campus
Ranking: Renown for Communications Courses
Website: https://www.daystar.ac.ke/index.htm
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Daystar University is a Christian liberal arts university located in Nairobi, Kenya. The university was originally founded in Zimbabwe in 1967, by an American missionary couple and a political refugee from South Africa. By 1971 Daystar had launched short-term training programs to assist church leaders in developing cross-cultural communication strategies. It relocated to Nairobi in 1974, and it became an accredited university in 1994. The Univ.. more

Daystar University is a Christian liberal arts university located in Nairobi, Kenya. The university was originally founded in Zimbabwe in 1967, by an American missionary couple and a political refugee from South Africa. By 1971 Daystar had launched short-term training programs to assist church leaders in developing cross-cultural communication strategies. It relocated to Nairobi in 1974, and it became an accredited university in 1994. The University has two campuses, the Nairobi Campus and the Athi River Campus.

Daystar is reputed as a top university in East Africa, particularly as one of the best universities in communication. It is ranked 12th in Kenya according to Webometrics. The University has led an aggressive campaign over the years to promote performing arts, in a bid to challenge the idea that the arts are irrelevant to the Kenyan context. Daystar equally maintains collaborative programmes with foreign universities, geared at academic interaction and exchange. It also has two online journals – the African Journal of Clinical Psychology (AJCP), and the Interdisciplinary Journal of the African Child (IJAC). Daystar is home to over 2000 local and international students.

Daystar University boasts among its facilities a modern ICT Centre located on the Athi River Campus. This centre is the hub of the University’s computer services and doubles as the host of the University’s Science and Engineering programme. It comes fully equipped with lecture rooms, a theatre hall, labs for biological and computer sciences respectively, and an Outsource centre. Daystar’s communication department operates a radio station, sound, video and television studios, and a student newspaper, in order to provide hands-on experience. The University has two fully operational libraries on its two campuses, which serve as valuable resource centres. Notable Alumni of Daystar University include Biko Adema (Rugby player), Larry Madowo (Renown Journalist), Eric Omondi (Kenyan Comedian), Anne Kiguta (Journalist and Talkshow host).

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Daystar counts 6 Schools, each with several departments and an Institute that runs short courses. These departments and courses are listed below.

School of Communication

  • Department of Language and Performing Arts
  • Department of Media and Film Studies
  • Department of Strategic and Organisat.. more

Daystar counts 6 Schools, each with several departments and an Institute that runs short courses. These departments and courses are listed below.

School of Communication

  • Department of Language and Performing Arts
  • Department of Media and Film Studies
  • Department of Strategic and Organisational Communication

School of Arts and Humanities

  • Department of Education
  • Department of Theology and Biblical Studies
  • Department of Peace and International Studies

School of Science, Engineering and Health

  • Department of Nursing
  • Department of Computer Science
  • Department of Science

School of Human and Social Sciences

  • Department of Development Studies
  • Department of Psychology and Counselling
  • Institute of Child Development

School of Business and Economics

  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Economics

School of Law

  • Department of Media & Communication Law

Daystar Leadership and Professional Development Institute

  • Diploma in Human Resource Management (DHRM)
  • Diploma in Business Administration and Management (DBAM)
  • Diploma in Information & Communication Technology (DICT)
  • Diploma in Communication
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Admission Requirements
Daystar University offers programmes at Certificate, Diploma, Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels.
Certificate Programmes
The minimum entry requirement into Certificate programmes is a D+ mean grade in KCSE or its equivalent.

Diploma Programmes
The minimum entry requirement into diploma pr.. more

Admission Requirements
Daystar University offers programmes at Certificate, Diploma, Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels.
Certificate Programmes
The minimum entry requirement into Certificate programmes is a D+ mean grade in KCSE or its equivalent.

Diploma Programmes
The minimum entry requirement into diploma programmes include;

  • C- in KCSE, or two Subsidiaries in ‘A’ Level
  • Division IV in KCE Certificate with a credit pass in Mathematics, English and 4 other units, or 3 credits in GCE
  • Other equivalent qualifications approved by the University.

Undergraduate Programmes

The minimum entry requirement into undergraduate programmes include;

  • a C+ and above in KCSE or, 5 Credits in IGCSE
  • 2 Principal passes in ‘A’ level or Division 2 in GCE or 50% from other countries using percentages
  • CPA (K) entry to commerce degree.

Additional requirements can be obtained from the University Catalogue on the University’s Website.

Postgraduate Programmes
The entry requirement is a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4-point scale or a degree awarded with First-Class or Upper Second-Class Honours. Those whose GPA is 2.5, or who have Lower Second-Class Honours and a Higher Diploma with relevant experience, may be considered if the degree or diploma is relevant to the field of study.

 HOW TO APPLY

  • Application Forms can be obtained from the Nairobi and Athi River Campuses, as well as online from the University’s website (https://www.daystar.ac.ke/downloads.html)
  • Once the forms are completed applicants must submit their applications with a non-refundable application fee of Ksh 2000.
  • Applicants should submit along with their forms, official copies of all secondary, post-secondary, College and University certificates.
  • Foreign applicants need to include a financial letter from sponsors guaranteeing payment.
  • 2 recent passport size photographs (4 for foreign students) are required
  • Applicants should equally submit completed student information sheets
  • Foreign applicants are required to submit copies of their passports.

Intake runs throughout the year, and completed application forms should be submitted on or before:

  • 30th November for the January Intake
  • 30th April for the May Intake
  • 31st July for the August Intake
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Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya. It is situated in the south-central part of the country, between the cities of Kampala and Mombasa. Inhabitants of Nairobi are called Nairobians. The city was founded by colonial authorities in 1899 as a railway town along the Mombasa-Uganda railway line, and quickly became a centre for the colony’s coffee and tea industry, growing under the British to re.. more

Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya. It is situated in the south-central part of the country, between the cities of Kampala and Mombasa. Inhabitants of Nairobi are called Nairobians. The city was founded by colonial authorities in 1899 as a railway town along the Mombasa-Uganda railway line, and quickly became a centre for the colony’s coffee and tea industry, growing under the British to replace Mombasa as the capital in 1907. Such growth persisted through the 1960s, angering the Maasai and Kikuyu people who wanted their land returned to them. This was the main bone of contention for the Mau Mau rebellion that lasted from 1952 to 1960. It remained the capital when Kenya gained independence in 1963 and quickly became the principal industrial centre of the country.
The total population of Nairobi is over 4.6 million, making it the largest city in the country. The city experiences a subtropical highland climate with two seasons of moderate rainfall, even as the seasons alternate between wet and dry. Average annual temperatures go from 25.4 degrees Celsius to 13.1 degrees Celsius. It is divided into 17 constituencies that are all represented by members of Parliament in the National Assembly. As far as its economy goes, the city is home to one of the largest stock exchanges in Africa – the Nairobi Securities Exchange – recognised as an overseas stock exchange in 1953 by the London Stock Exchange. It is also the regional headquarters of several international companies and organisations like General Electric, Young and Rubicam, Coca-Cola, and Airtel, all contained within its central business district. The city is a major financial capital of Africa, with the Greater Nairobi Metropolitan region generating about 60% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Nairobi boasts a vibrant urban culture, from music to literature and film, as well as gastronomy. It is home to several theatres, museums, and art centres. The city has been the setting of several novels and foreign films. It is also a popular venue for foreign musicians who tour Africa, having welcomed Bob Marley on his first-ever visit to Africa. Nairobi equally boasts established foreign communities from India and Pakistan as well as Somalia and Sudan.

The city of Nairobi is blessed with several landmarks and impressive infrastructure, recently experiencing a construction boom. Several skyscrapers can be seen towering over the city’s skyline. It has two parks, the Nairobi National Park and Uhuru Park, which provide the city with colourful touristic sites. Several global food chains can be found in the city, like KFC, Subway, Domino’s Plaza, Pizza Hut and Burger King. In a real reflection of its multicultural identity, Nairobi’s gastronomy caters to the various communities. It even hosts an annual restaurant week, offering dining packages at reduced prices.
The Moi International Sports Centre is the prime sports facility in Nairobi, and by extension, Kenya. It was used to host the 1987 All Africa Games, and it comprises a stadium (second largest in the region after Tanzania’s), a gymnasium, and an aquatics sports centre. The city has several times hosted international competitions, ranging from rugby to cricket. Football is the most popular sport in the city, and the local Kenyan Premier League counts three teams from Nairobi.
Nairobi is served by highways that look to ease the daily motor traffic in the metropolitan area. It also has several railway lines, being a former railway town. It is equally home to the largest airport in Kenya, the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The city also serves as an educational hub, with several renowned higher institutions located in or around the town, such as the University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University, Strathmore University, the Multimedia University of Kenya, Daystar University, the Technical University of Kenya, the East African School of Aviation, United States International University – Africa, the Catholic University of Eastern Africa and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

Nairobi is steeped in a rich culture, heritage and history, and this reflected in its people. The city is a mix of culture – religions, traditions, local beliefs. The city is filled with Kenya’s most important museums, home to masterpieces of African Art centuries old. Nairobi’s sustainable development rests on upholding long-term economic and social growth, which has helped raise the standard of living of the people in the city. Known as the Green City in the Sun, it provides all the basics needed for a healthy life such as food, shelter, sanitation, water, good roads and transportation. The cost of living in Nairobi is in the mid-range, with monthly costs for a single person being over 56000 shillings. Nairobi’s multiculturalism and diversity in accommodating its inhabitants should prove favourable to students considering the pursuit of their education in the city, as the city caters to a wide variety of needs.

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Type: Private Institution
Affiliated to: AAU; IAPCHE; IUCEA
Established: 1967
No of Students: 5,000
Vice-Chancellor: Prof. Laban Ayiro
Campuses: Nairobi campus; Athi River campus; Mombasa campus
Ranking: Renown for Communications Courses
Website: https://www.daystar.ac.ke/index.htm
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