PROF. NJENGA MUNENE J, PHD.,VICE CHANCELLOR,ZETECH UNIVERSITY;
1. Zetech University over the years has built a reputation as a trusted partner in higher education.Why is Zetech trusted by students?
Zetech University is the leading private universities in Kenya offering MBA, Degree, Diploma and
certificate programs in areas of ICT, Business, Engineering, Media, Education, Social Sciences and
Hospitality. Its conception dates back to 1999 when it was a Centre for ICT training.
We are accredited by the Commission for University Education (CUE) and all our programs go through
a rigorous development and approval process that involves industry and academia before submission to the commission for approval. We are also ISO 9001:2015 certified to augment our internal quality
procedures. We have a main campus and are also able to reach out to learners through our Zetech Digital School for our online and blended classes. With over 67,000 Alumni serving the market in various capacities, we are committed to providing holistic education and purposes to do this enthusiastically and professionally through providing first-class learning facilities and massive innovation potential.
2. What is the process of getting admission to Zetech University?
Applicants can access our online applications form on our website via onapp.zetech.ac.ke or by visiting
any of our 2 other learning centers at Pioneer House and Stanbank House both on Moi Avenue in
Nairobi Central Business District (CBD). Our main campus is located in Ruiru off the Thika Super
Highway Exit 12 from Thika. You can also get career advice from our dedicated call center on
3. How has the University dealt with disruptions occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic?
The institution has heavily invested in technology and ICT, which saw it become one of the few
universities that transitioned to and sustained Open Distance E-learning throughout the COVID-19
pandemic. The University has been a pace-setter in online learning and online exams administration.
Besides maintaining uninterrupted studying in unprecedented times, the open and distance learning
approach has offered students flexibility in terms of what, when, at what pace, where, and how they
prefer to study. We have an elaborate training program for our faculty and students on how to access and use the online resources.
4. What are some of the outstanding academic programs on offer at Zetech University?
Zetech University offers courses that are highly practical and impactful in the job sector. These courses
Master of Business Administration
Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Business Administration& Management
Bachelor of Purchasing & Supply Chain Management
Bachelor of Accounting& Finance
Bachelor of Science- Health Systems Management
Bachelor of Economic& Statistics
Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management
Bachelor of Arts in International Relations & Diplomacy
Bachelor of Education Arts
Bachelor of Business Information Technology
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology.
Diploma in Business Management and Administration
Diploma in Purchasing and Supply Chain Management
Diploma in Human Resource Management
Diploma in Accounting and Finance
Diploma in Banking and Finance
Diploma in Community Development
Diploma in Counselling Psychology
Diploma in Community Health
Diploma in Project Management
Diploma in Criminology and Security Studies
Diploma in International Relations and Diplomacy
Diploma in Communication and Media Studies
Diploma in Film& Tv Production
Diploma in Information Technology
Diploma in Software Engineering
Diploma in Business Information Technology
Diploma in Computer Science
Diploma in Hospitality Management
Diploma in Tourism Management
Diploma in Sports Management
Certificate in Business Management
Certificate in Information Technology
Certificate in Hospitality and Tourism Management
Certificate in Purchasing and Supply Chain Management
Certificate in Journalism and Media Studies Certificate in Development Studies
Certificate in Community Development
Certificate in Sports Management.
Our institution also offers a wide range of tailor-made professional short courses.
One of our key areas of sophistication is the Information Technology (ICT) sector. We are dedicated
towards equipping our students with both academic and technological skills and mentor them to be
innovative and well versed with up-to-date technology. This gives them a competitive edge in the
job market. Our Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism and Hospitality Management is one of our best-selling courses with key industry players in hospitality giving us overwhelming feedback on the quality of work by our students. Most of our students get hired after they complete their attachments and
5. Quality of graduates. How does Zetech ensure that graduates meet and surpass international standards of qualification for areas in which they are trained?
As an accredited University, we are guided by the CUE standards and have a fully established Academic
Quality Assurance Office to spearhead the provision of quality education. We are also members of
various academic quality bodies including the Kenya Universities Quality Assurance Network
(KuQAn). The overall University ecosystem for both teaching and administrative function is also guidedby the University ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems.
6. What notable challenges exist in running a private institution of higher learning such as Zetech?
Institutions of higher learning serve heterogeneous students who have differing needs and interests to be addressed. These needs and interests require a wide range of resources and capacities for them to be
effectively fulfilled.Drastic advancements in technology pose challenges to institutions in that they have to rapidly switch to the new techniques facilitated by these technologies.
Rising costs. The cost of efficiently running a private institution is continually rising. This poses a
challenge in ensuring that post-secondary education remains affordable, does not accrue massive student debts and does not exempt students from less privileged backgrounds from accessing education.
7. What strategies do you continue to employ to address every one of these challenges?
As a university, we are cognizant of the importance of a qualified, talented and diverse staff.
We offer our students a variety of faculties that have the right disciplines and expertise, to incorporate a wide range of talents and capabilities that our students can tap into.
At Zetech University, we have learned to be flexible and try as much as possible to foresee such drastic
advancements with the help of key players in technology. We also involve our students and faculty
members in the shifting processes to ensure uniformity and inclusivity. Where necessary, we train our
faculty members on the reforms made.
We have recently acquired land near Mang’u High School along the Thika Superhighway, where we
intend to develop a state-of-the-art main campus that shall provide top-notch facilities to our students.
Construction of the new campus is set to begin later this year. Our University Management Board is constantly sourcing for channels and strategies to ensure that our students compete on a levelled financial ground. Some of these strategies include offering scholarships to students who excel in extra-curricular activities and sourcing for scholarship opportunities and bursaries
from our stakeholders.
Both Government and privately sponsored students who get admitted to our institution have access to
Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) loans.
Additionally, we have a flexible mode of fee payment to ensure that parents and students do not get
8. What is the place of research and higher education in the conversation around national economic
Our mission is to provide holistic higher education by promoting excellence in research, integrating
innovation and technology in learning with the aim of developing well-rounded citizens to impact the
social, political and economic world.
University education should always be aligned with the contribution to sustainable development in
society. Universities have the mandate to build an intellectually, culturally, and economically
empowered nation and the globe at large. To attain this objective, universities should align their
curriculum with the National Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These SDGs are anchored upon
the economic, environmental, and social well-being of our nation.
9. What role does Zetech University play going forward, with respect to the attainment of our
economic goals as a country?
According to Kenya Vision 2030, our country should have achieved an average Gross Domestic Product
(GDP) growth rate of 10% per annum by the beginning of 2012.
Zetech University contributes towards the attainment of Kenya’s economic goals through the creation ofa labor market that is equipped with skills and competencies that align with the market needs.
Our institution is very keen on exposing students to massive capacity building, innovation, community
empowerment and mentorship programs. We also offer compulsory entrepreneurship and employability training to all our students.
10. What motivates you as an in individual?
I am motivated by seeing students transform from childhood to adults who can take responsibilities of
serving other human beings in different spheres of life.
11. As a Vice Chancellor with outstanding management career, tell us what you think makes a good
manager in your opinion.
A good manager is the one who knows he is on the steering wheel and safely navigates the organization.
One appreciating the complexity of the organization and the need for all staff. One who respects all staff regardless of what they do in the organization. One who ensures oneness of purpose for all staff.
12. What do you intend to accomplish at Zetech University as a personal legacy?
A positive culture change that will make Zetech the most saught after university due to quality of
services in all areas of operation and thus grow student numbers to over 10000. Actualize the shifting of the seat of the University from Ruiru to Mang’u. We have acquired land near Mang’u High School
along the Thika Superhighway, where we plan to develop a state-of-the-art main campus that shall
provide top-notch facilities to our students. Construction of the new campus is set to begin later this
year. Make Zetech Centre for innovation. Being a University that believes in inventing our students’
future, I intend to make Zetech an institution that molds its students into men and women who are be
creative, uphold life values and make an impact on the society.
13. As a busy executive, how do you achieve work life balance?
One never gets full balance as a CEO. I deliberately create time for work, family, church and community
service. I also create time to exercise and rest.
14. Parting shot? Zetech University is creating other new market driven programs. The September intake is ongoing and we encourage students, parents and guardians to consider joining Zetech University to get the Zetech experience of harmony and open-door policy, committed teaching, timely release of examinations,return of examination scripts, mandatory training in ICT and entrepreneurship and a great learning environment. Karibu Zetech!