Strathmore University to Offer Smartphone-Based Degrees

Partnership with One University Network seeks to bridge Kenya's education gap.
Strathmore University to Offer Smartphone-Based Degrees
MOBILE TECHNOLOGY IS INCREASINGLY becoming the means through which many people in emerging markets access education. As part of that trend, Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya, has announced its partnership with One University Network (OUN), based in Silicon Valley, to develop degree and certificate programs that students will access with their smartphones via OUN’s mobile adaptive learning app.

The program, called Strathmore Mobile, will launch later this year to allow students to earn credentials from the university with the guidance of Strathmore faculty. Students will access all course materials—including video, text, and interactive exercises—via the OUN mobile app. Courses “will be priced competitively and will be accessible to students throughout Africa,” according to a university statement.

Students also will be matched with learning coaches who will guide them through their programs. After completing their coursework, students must take and pass a supervised final exam, in person, at a secure testing center before earning their final credentials.

Strathmore Mobile will help the university “bridge Kenya’s higher education gap and deliver on our mission of providing high-quality, outcome-driven scholarship while embracing entrepreneurial innovation as a global leader in higher education,” says John Odhiambo, Strathmore’s vice chancellor. The university will post details about the program as they are available at