University of Nairobi set to establish Artificial Intelligence School

UoN Chancellor Prof Patrick Verkooijen.

The University of Nairobi is set to establish an Artificial Intelligence School as part of the university’s plans to catch up with technology and produce modern experts.

UoN Chancellor Prof Patrick Verkooijen said that the university will soon start enrolling students for the first-ever AI master’s degree.

Chancellor who was speaking in an interview in a local media insisted that the UoN has the best computer science students, business entrepreneurship students and then combined with the innovation part the university has something to build on for the future.

“We will also create a Green Jobs Centre, where the university will teach about climate change which is a global issue,” the VC said. Noting that the future jobs will be centred on climate change and the environment, and the university has to prepare learners for the future.

The chancellor noted that UoN will become the number one university on the continent. “That is why you need a Chancellor who is connected to and from the global north because a lot of funding which is required for that step change has to come from somewhere else. That somewhere else is some of the world which I represent,” he said.


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Artificial intelligence, or AI, is technology that enables computers and machines to simulate human intelligence and problem-solving capabilities.

Kenya is ranked Africa’s fifth most AI-ready nation, as per Oxford Insights’ 2022 report, Kenya is poised to leverage AI in reshaping its public services and beyond.

The University of Nairobi is ranked among the top 10 universities in Africa in March 2024 ranking by Edurank 2024.

It is ranked position one in Kenya, eight in Africa and 824 in the world, the ranking is according to research output, non-academic prominence and alumni influence. Over 24.5 million citations have been analysed made by over 1,104 universities from Africa.

UoN had scored in the top 50 per cent across 124 research topics. Edurank’s index has 17,002 academic publications of the UoN and 254, 746 citations, and analysis of non-academic reputation and the impact of 94 notable alumni.

By Obegi Malack

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