Our Applied Computer Technology program is a technical course that was expertly developed with the aim of providing learners with an opportunity to not only gain technical skills but also to provides a broad, rigorous approach to the fundamental principles of the discipline, combined with their modern day application. Students begin their degree studying a range of subjects, including Software Development, Information Systems and Digital Systems. In their second year, they are involved in several core subjects including Databases, Human Computer Interaction and Software Design. The third year courses include Distributed Systems, Languages and a selection of specialization areas. They also undertake an individual final year project or internship program with one-on-one supervision from one of our internationally recognized academic staff and an industry expert in the case of internship. Students enrolled in the program also get an opportunity to pay visits to IT firms that develop cutting edge solutions to enable them appreciate the application of their technical skills upon successful completion of their course.
Students are involved in information technology club activities which amongst other things provide the student with exposure to an environment that nurtures their technical hands on ability to develop solutions for the hi-tech IT industry. Additionally, the club invites alumni and distinguished guest speakers from industry to share their experience in today’s ever changing technological world. Academic faculty alongside the Centre of Information research and informatics (CIRI) provide students with support and mentorship towards software development both within and outside the university.
The school recognizes the importance of supporting the students towards gaining a competitive edge in fast changing IT job market. It has therefore integrated certifications into the IST curriculum by offering certification courses in Linux, Certified Ethical hacker and Microsoft. Besides, USIU prides in being a Microsoft academy and a Linux partner.
Applied Computer Technology is our flagship applied computing degree program at the at the school of science and Technology that addresses the integration, design, deployment and management of computing and telecommunication resources and services, as well as the development of technology infrastructures in organizations. The field of information technology is interdisciplinary, with applications to all aspects of the economy. Our program prepares students to solve complex hardware and software problems requiring fundamental knowledge and competencies with the processes of needs assessment, technology transfer, and user support.
The School of Science and Technology at USIU offers the Bachelor of Applied Computer Technology program with an array of specializations that prepare students to enter the information industry. Each program specialization requires students to understand hardware and software, but the area emphasis depends upon the student's individual interests. The program requires completion of a common IT core, specialization courses, and a capstone project or internship.
Students choosing to specialization in Networking are typically those who are interested in applying computing and telecommunication tools to a specific domain. Those who choose to specialize in distributed systems and mobile computing are typically students who are keen to join the industry as specialists in the design, development and deployment of mobile or web applications to solve day to day issues in the IT market.
The four years of the program have been carefully structured to meet the following goals: Year 1: breadth and depth of information technology alongside an appreciation of the cross disciplinary nature of the modern day IT solutions; Year 2: tools and applications of information technology; Year 3: software and hardware infrastructure of information technology; and Year 4: management and synthesis of information technology.
Associate professor of Information Science & Technology
Dr. Paul Okanda graduated with a PhD in Computer Science from Lancaster University’s School of Computing and Communications in 2006. He then worked as a Researcher on a number of European Union (EU) funded research projects involving a number of Universities and industrial players all over Europe. He was a member of Lancaster University’s School of Computing and Communications Next Generation Middleware Group for over six years after which he joined InfoLab21’s Knowledge Business Centre (KBC) as Head of the InfoLab21 Student Academy (ISA - http://www.infolab21.org.uk/people/student_academy/). He led ISA’s core activity which involved Technology Transfer and Knowledge Exchange initiatives between Lancaster University’s InfoLab21 and industry.
Paul has done consultancy and supervised the delivery of projects by PhD, MSc and UG students to over 150 businesses over the years. He has also provided academic supervision to a number of PhD students pursuing Lancaster University’s flagship HighWire PhD program (www.highwire.lancs.ac.uk) in the Doctoral Training Centre (DTC).
Paul is a Program Committee member of the African Conference on Software Engineering and Applied Computing. He has published a number of journals and peer reviewed papers presented at International Conferences and is a principal author of the book OpenPING: A Principled Approach to Construction of flexible Distributed Virtual Environments using Structural Reflection. He is currently an Associate Professor of Information Science & Technology and teaches various courses in the BSc. Applied Computer Technology and the Master of Science in Information Systems Technology (MIST) programs. His research interests include Distributed Systems, Middleware, Sensor Networks, Disruptive Technologies and Open source Technologies.
Associate professor of information systems and technology
Dr. Silvester A. Namuye is a Computer Scientist and is currently an Associate Professor of Information Systems at the United States International University – Nairobi Campus (USIU). He has vast experience in computing applications, having worked in private industry and in academic institutions. Dr. Namuye holds a Ph.D. in Distributed Multimedia Computing from Lancaster University (UK) and has more than 20 years in the field of teaching Computer Science and applications at University level having taught at Egerton University, Kenyatta University, Kigali Institute of Education, and now at USIU. He has conducted high profile workshops in computer applications for senior administration and academic staff which included Data Analysis, Microcomputer based systems development, use of computers in Research, Budgeting and Project Planning, Agricultural Project Planning and Appraisal, and Banking Systems. Between 1990 and 1998, Dr. Namuye was heavily involved Kenya University Investment Project of the World Bank whose activities included preparation of the specifications for procurement of Computer Equipment, and preparation of the tender document to acquire the same. During the years 2001-2003, Dr. Namuye was contracted by the Government of Rwanda to establish the Department of Computer Science/Services in Kigali Institute of Education (KIE). He also undertook a project to setup ICT infrastructure country wide in support of Distance Learning Programme for Kigali Institute of Education. He was a member of various ICT committees for Rwanda. He has published various in computer science. His current research interests are in Information Technology especially Distributed Database Management Systems for online and distance learning.
Dr. Namuye was the Coordinator of IT and Mathematics courses at USIU and also sits on the number of University governance committees among them:1) Faculty Council for Academic Affairs and Research; 2) Institutional Program Development; 3) Centre for Innovation, Research and Informatics.
Dr. Namuye is an external examiner for IT/ICT/Computer Science programs for Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Kigali Institute of Science and Technology; University of Nairobi; and Kabark University, Kabianga University, and Moi University. He also reviews Curricula for IT/ICT/Computer Science Program for the Commission for University Education (CUE) before they are formally started in a number of private Universities. He has participated in a number of Inter University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) Work and Workshops among them the Library Committee, the ICT Committee, and the Quality Assurance committee.
Lecturer, Forensic Information Technology
Mrs. Paula Musuva-Kigen is a Phd in Information Systems Security candidate at University of Nairobi. She holds a MSc degree in network systems from the University of Sunderland, UK (Distinction) and a BSc in Computer Science from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, JKUAT (First Class Honors). She also is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Cisco Certified Security Professional (CCSP) and Linux Certified Professional (LPIC-1).
Paula is currently a lecturer in Forensic Information Technology at the United States International University-Africa where she teaches specialized courses in Information Security, Audit and Digital Forensics. She has worked as a Senior Technology Consultant at Deloitte East Africa and as a Team Leader and Network and Security engineer at Seven Seas Technologies.
Paula has over 5 years’ experience in implementing networking and security projects within the region - in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Ethiopia. She also has experience in IT Service Management and has been part of ITIL implementation in the UK and has lead a IT Service Management team in Kenya. Paula also has over 2 years teaching experience while at the United States International University. She is actively driving Cyber-Security research at the Centre for Informatics Research and Innovation (CIRI) where she serves as an Associate Director of Information and Cyber Security. Paula regularly publishes research reports and briefs on the Cyber Usalama website in partnership with Serianu and TESPOK. She is also the chapter leader of The HoneyNet Project in Kenya - which is a global organization of Information Security researchers. Paula is also passionate about mentoring the next generation of IT professionals and challenges them to excellence and integrity.
The University entrance requirements to the undergraduate degree programs are based on the academic performance in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE), Kenya Certificate of Education (KCE) or East African Certificate of Education (EACE). A minimum score of C+ at KCSE, or five credits in any five subjects at KCE or EACE are required for prospective student to be admitted. All undergraduate applicants to USIU must submit their high school result slips or certificates, and school leaving certificates. Mailed or hand delivered sealed records that are addressed to USIU admission office should bear the official seal or certification and appropriate signature from the issuing institution.
To qualify for the program applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English and meet relevant departmental requirements. Preference is given to applicants who have passed the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education with a minimum grade of C+ in Mathematics/ Physical Science/Physics.
- i)Secondary/High School Graduation and Equivalents (US Applicants)
High school graduation is a requirement for applicants who have gone through the American system of education. Each applicant must submit an official transcript of records showing date of graduation. USIU recognizes two equivalent ways of meeting the graduation requirement: General Education Development (GED) certificate where the applicant must have a minimum score of 45 on each of the five sections and an overall score of at least 250); or State High School Proficiency Examination which an applicant must pass.
- ii)Secondary/High School Applicant Test Scores
First time freshmen (not a transfer student) US citizen or permanent residents must submit their SAT or ACT results. The results are evaluated in conjunction with the high school grade point average.
Other International Applicants
International students are considered for admission on the same basis as local applicants but must demonstrate English proficiency. All students for whom English is not a first language are required to show English proficiency before beginning an academic program.
All international students must provide evidence of English language proficiency. Students from countries where English is the official language will be exempt from the USIU English proficiency requirement unless their academic performance at USIU reveals the need for additional English language study. Undergraduate applicants must have a score of 550 or higher (213 computer based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants may also submit results of the Cambridge Test of English Proficiency. A minimum grade of C is required. Academic performance at USIU may reveal the necessity for further English language study by a student. The University reserves the right to make the final determination of a student’s English proficiency level in all cases.
Result slips or transcripts issued in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation together with a copy of the record(s) from which the translation was made. Academic records from non-American system institutions are evaluated according to the guidelines published by National Association of Foreign Student Advisors (NAFSA), American Association of collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) and other recognized organizations where research data is helpful toward objectively reviewing application documents from international applicants.
Documents submitted to the University in support of a student’s application become the property of the University, and they cannot be returned or forwarded. Applicants wishing to transfer to USIU must submit official transcripts from all previously attended institutions. All grades earned at other accredited institutions will be used to compute the grade point average for admission purposes. The computed transfer credit grade point average from the other institutions does not appear on the USIU permanent record.
Procedure of Application for Admission to USIU
Application forms for admission may be obtained from the USIU website or by contacting:
United States International University,
P.O. Box 14634-00800,
The university offers Campus based work opportunities through initiatives like the work study program which will partly finance your program apart from giving students the skills and experience required later in life while in the workplace. For more details, see the Financial aid section.
Upon successful completion of their degree, students who take this program me join careers as described below:-
Networking: - students who take up specializations in networking can expect to perform tasks such as network administration, network design and deployment, web application development, network maintenance, network troubleshooting, network configuration, network security design and network management.
Software engineering: - students who take up specializations in software engineering can expect to perform tasks such as software requirements gathering, estimation and analysis, software testing and quality assurance, software process and project management, software usability design, Human Computer interaction, software design and architecture, systems analysis and design, systems development and deployment, systems maintenance, platforms and architectural design, system security design, mobile application development, web application development, backend systems design and development, systems integration, systems migration and portability
Security:- information systems security, forensic accounting and fraud investigation, systems security analysis and appraisal, IT systems security audit, IT and cybercrime, cryptography and network security, computer forensics and investigation , backend systems security design, ethical hacking.
Students get a chance to be attached to industry through internships where they spend a semester under the mentorship of a supervisor in industry and receive support from a member of faculty.