About United States International University Africa USIU – Africa

About United States International University Africa (USIU – Africa)

About United States International University Africa – see details below:

VisionTo be a premier institution of academic excellence with a global perspective.


MissionPromote the discovery and application of knowledge, the acquisition of skills and the development of intellect and character in a manner which prepares students to contribute effectively and ethically as citizens of a changing and increasingly technological world.

This mission is achieved through selected high quality undergraduate and graduate academic programs which result in the following outcomes:

Higher order thinking

The ability to collect, analyze and evaluate information and formulate conclusions. Students develop and demonstrate the ability to think critically, analytically and creatively.

Literacy

Competence in oral, written, quantitative, and technological skills. Students develop and demonstrate competency in oral and written communication as well as demonstrate scientific, quantitative and technological literacy.

Global understanding and multicultural perspective

Awareness, knowledge and appreciation of both the diversity and commonality of cultures. Students acquire these perspectives through formal study of languages, history, literature and the arts and through working, studying and living cooperatively in a racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse environment. Further, students acquire an understanding of economic, historical, political, geographic and environmental relationships on a global basis.
Preparedness for career

Mastery of a field of knowledge and its multi-cultural and multinational application. Such mastery is accomplished through both formal study and various experiential forms of learning such as internships and field experiences.

Leadership and ethics

As par t of their growth and development, students formulate and articulate the ethical standards and develop the leadership skills which will guide their professional and personal lives.  This is accomplished through formal courses in discipline areas and active engagement of students in leadership roles both inside and outside the classroom.

Community service and development

A sense of being part of a community and a desire to be of service to it. Students are given opportunities to participate in community service, citizenship, or social action projects or activities.

This mission is carried out in an environment which encourages intellectual and scholarly development; fosters openness to a wide range of ideas, cultures, and people; and enhances personal growth.


Core ValuesLife-long learning

Developing a learning culture that continues throughout a person’s lifetime.

Integrity

Ensuring the pursuit of excellence by upholding professional and ethical standards and being accountable.

Innovativeness

Introducing new methods and strategies that ensure quality, efficiency, effectiveness and productivity.

Social responsibility

Providing leadership in responding to issues of national and global concern through collaborative efforts.

Academic freedom

Upholding the spirit of free and critical thought and enquiry, through open exchange of ideas and knowledge.

USIU-Africa has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) since 1978. It received its Charter through the Commission for University Education (CHE) in Kenya in 1999. Thus USIU-Africa has a dual accreditation.

Accreditation is a formal recognition by an accrediting body that an institution is competent to carry out specific tasks. The purpose of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher learning meets acceptable levels of quality. Accreditation aids institutions in developing and sustaining effective educational programs and assures the educational community, the general public, and other organizations that an accredited institution has met high standards of quality and effectiveness. The advantages of dual accreditation are as follows:

  • It ensures that the best practices (required by the two agencies) which are more stringent and meticulous are applied to determine quality and standard. It is definite that an institution with a dual accreditation will meet higher standards of quality and effectiveness in its programs and hence the quality of its education is superior. The degree obtained is recognized in the regions covered by the accreditation bodies in question, giving it a global perspective.
  • At some point in their education, some students may wish to transfer to a new university. Most often, these students wish to transfer the course credits they have already accumulated to the new university so that they will not have to repeat similar courses. Dual accreditation is an important factor when a university is deciding whether to accept transfer credit from a student’s previous University. Most universities will not accept transferred course credits from an institution that has not earned appropriate accreditation status from accreditation agencies. Dual accreditation makes course credits more credible.

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