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26th Graduation Ceremony of Africa International University

(August 2011) On 9 July 2011, Africa International University (AIU) in Nairobi, Kenya, held its 26th graduation ceremony. Degrees were awarded to 84 graduates, including AIU’s first group of PhD students, three of whom serve with SIL partners. Another graduate who serves with SIL was among the 37 who earned Master’s degrees. The international makeup of the school is reflected in the fact that these four SIL-affiliated graduates hail from four different countries across Africa (Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia and Kenya).

“I am pleased to join you for the award of Charter to Africa International University. This University becomes the thirteenth private university in Kenya to have attained full accreditation status.

…I encourage you to place special emphasis on social justice and community development in your curriculum. This will ensure that your graduates are able to meet the holistic needs of our society.”

- His Excellency Mwai Kibaki, President of Kenya

AIU received its charter from the Kenyan government on 4 March 2011, making AIU the thirteenth private university in Kenya to attain full accreditation status. At the charter ceremony, Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki delivered a brief address in which in which he congratulated AIU’s leadership on reaching this milestone. He commended the quality of the university’s programs and exhorted students, faculty and administration to continued excellence.

In addition to current programs offered in partnership with SIL, AIU is developing a Master of Arts in African Linguistics. Graduates of this program will have the skills to become linguistic consultants and work in partnership with universities and government departments involved in language development.

Above: Chancellor Watson Omulokoli and another AIU representative present a diploma to a 2011 graduate

Right: Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki (left) and Sam Muumbi, Chairman of AIU’s Board of Trustees (right) at the charter ceremony.

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