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|Tribes with Most Professors and PhD holders in Kenya by Kenyans247(m): Thu Jul 2019 01:31pm|
Education is the key to success, and every Kenyan wants to achieve the highest level of qualification to command intellectual respect. A professor is the most educated person in Kenya, followed by a PhD holder. There are tribes in the country without a single individual with a PhD, leave alone a professor.
Currently, Kenya has a total of 530 professors, where most of them work in various universities across the country. The number of PhD holders is approximately 10,000.But which tribe has the highest number of PhD holders and professors? Here is the list.
Tribe Number of Professors Number of PhD holders
Kikuyu 130 5,600
Luo 167 4,734
Kalenjin 102 3,708
Luhya 73 2,888
Kisii 49 2,111
Kamba 27 1,973
Meru 16 1,345
Maasai 15 1,123
Looking at the figures above,Kikuyu tribe leads with at least 130 professors and 5,600 PhD holders, followed by the Luo community.
Most of these people work as scholars in local universities. Figures show that The University of Nairobi has the highest number of professors at 110, followed by Moi University (49), Kenyatta (29) and Maseno (17). Jomo Kenyatta, Egerton and Masinde Muliro universities have 11 professors each. All but two private universities have fewer than 10 professors, while the United States International University has 14 and the Kenya College of Accountancy has 15.
Looking at the above figures, it’s evident Kenya has less than 600 professors and not more than 20,000 PhD holders.
Kenya’s Universities Act of 2012 defines an "academic staff'” as a "person appointed to teach, train or to do research at a university and any other employee designated as such by the university council". The definition of professor is left to each individual university. Professors are primarily senior members of university teaching and/or research faculty. Generally, there is no clear distinction between research and academic. However, the University of Nairobi has a tradition of appointing faculty in both the research and academic streams, thus, Junior Research Fellow =Assistant Lecturer, Research Fellow=Lecturer, Associated Professorial Research Fellow=Associate Professor and the Professorial Research Fellow=Professor.
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