Catholic Higher Institute of Eastern Africa Courses Offered

Catholic Higher Institute of Eastern Africa Courses Offered

There are several Courses offered at Catholic Higher Institute of Eastern Africa. The list of courses are below.

Faculty of Theology

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

School of Business

Faculty of Education

Faculty of Science

Faculty of Law


The Institute of Canon Law

The Institute for Regional Integration and Development


The School of Continuing Professional Development

The School of Graduate Studies

Gaba Campus Programmes

1. Master of Business Administration (Weekend programme)

2. Bachelor of Commerce (Weekend programme)




Human Resources Management,

Banking and Financial Services,


3. Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences (Day and Evening) with specialization in Social Work.

4. Bachelor of Education, Arts (School-Focused) with the following combinations:

Business Studies/Geography, 

Business Studies/History, 

History/Christian Religious Education,

Geography/Christian Religious Education, 

English/Literature in English, 




Kiswahili/Christian Religious Education, 

Geography/Social Education & Ethics (non-Kenyans), 

History/Social Education & Ethics (non-Kenyans), 

English/ Christian Religious Education (non-Kenyans), 

Social Education and Ethics (non-Kenyans)

5. Bachelor of Education, Science (School-Focused) with the following combinations:


Mathematics/Business Studies, 

Computer Science/Mathematics, 

Double Mathematics (non Kenyans)

6. Advanced/Ordinary Diploma in Business Management

7. Advanced Diploma in Pastoral Studies

8. University Access Programmes 
(i) Pre-University
(ii) Bridging Course in English/Mathematics


In 1984 the regional ecclesiastical authority known as the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) founded the Catholic Higher Institute of Eastern Africa (CHIEA) to provide education in Sacred Theology to the AMECEA region which today comprises the following countries: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

The Institute was authorized by the Congregation for Catholic Education to offer two year Licentiate programmes in Theology on 2nd May 1984 and officially inaugurated on 3rd September 1984 by Rt. Rev. Bishop Medardo Mazombwe, the then Chairman of AMECEA. One year later it was formally opened by His Holiness Pope John Paul II on 18th August 1985.

With its formal erection on 6th March 2000, the Catholic Higher Institute of Eastern Africa became the Faculty of Theology of The Catholic University of Eastern Africa. The Faculty of Theology of the CUEA is under the direction of the Holy See, governed by the Apostolic Constitution Sapientia christiana and grants ecclesiastical degrees.

Key achievements

The Faculty has continued close collaboration with the Congregation for Catholic Education – Rome.

The Faculty produces competent, productive and innovative graduates for the Church and Society. Some are employed in Church institutions, seminaries and houses of formation.

The Faculty attracts students from AMECEA region and beyond.

The Faculty has continued its tradition of quality research and publishing through the Faculty Journal, African Christian Studies. The journal attracts researchers from within and outside the Faculty and CUEA.

Students have researched, in their projects/theses/dissertations, on topical issues challenging AMECEA and beyond.

Faculty members actively participate in conferences, seminars, public lectures and workshops in and outside CUEA.

Faculty members are involved in community service in and outside CUEA. They facilitate pastoral, academic and spiritual activities.

The Faculty has continued to publish quality books under the series, Studies in African Christian Theology through Rev. Prof. Emeritus Charles Nyamiti.

Faculty Interdisciplinary Session is held every year and proceedings are published.

Faculty Scholarship Fund: Established to assist needy students within the Faculty.

Key Facilities

The Faculty enjoys the services of a modern Learning Resource Centre of The Catholic University of Eastern Africa which offers modern facilities in Research Teaching and Community Service.

Uniqueness of the programme

The Faculty of Theology of The Catholic University of Eastern Africa is aware of its aim of profoundly studying and systematically explaining, according to the scientific method proper to it, Catholic doctrine, derived with the greatest care from divine revelation; and of carefully seeking solution to human problems in the light of that same revelation (Cf. Sap Chr Art.66.)

It recognizes its duty to assist the local Churches in the challenging dialogue between faith and culture, between the Church and human society, between the Kingdom of God and the temporal realities through which the human family moves towards its final destiny. It has a role to play in implementing for Eastern Africa the dynamism of the Second Vatican Council. It has taken note of new developments since the approval of the Statutes of the Faculty of Theology by the Congregation for Catholic Education (Cf. Prot.N.279/81/E/107.)

About the Faculty of Science

About the Faculty of Science

The role of science and technology in the development of any country cannot be emphasized enough. The Faculty of Science was established in the 2003/2004 Academic Year with the aim of meeting the ever-growing challenges of development in African Countries, which have yearned for different cadres of Scientists who can contribute to the development of their continent.

Key Achievements

Community Health and Development

The department has continued to promote her agenda of training health professional who need to be concerned beyond technology but with the communities’ increasing poverty situation, escalating health care costs, diminishing access of care, increasing gender workload imbalances. inadequate food availability, increasing violence and insecurity. The impact of these trends hit the poorest and marginalized disproportionately, in a context which is increasingly globalizing as their situations go through the experience of massive traumatic transition. These has been achieved through practical training of our graduate in community service practice and field attachment component in various institutions.

Uniqueness of the Community Health and Development Programme

New and robust models are needed to change the trends of development. For the needed paradigm shift a new cadre of personnel are required, trained in the practice of public health not only by academicians but also by professional practitioners as well as stakeholders. The new approach heavily relies on skills and cannot be adequately developed among learners in the classroom. A practical hands-on approach is vital, which makes our programme unique. Needless to stress that health improvement demands the inputs of variety disciplines.

As such we have established MOUs with such institutions as well as public sector i.e. Kajiado County – Ministry of Health, Langata Sub-County, Kuwinda Village, Good Samaritan Rehabilitation Centre.

The Bachelors Programme has been reviewed by the CUE and comments given, the document has been updated so far, only site inspection for approval of the same


 Community Health and Development

The following are some of our collaborators:

Other departments with the faculty of Science

Ministry of Health – Kajiado County, Langata Sub-County

University of Nairobi – Ethical clearance for our students’ research work

Mission for Essential Drugs and Supply (MEDS)

Good Samaritan Rehabilitation Centre

Kuwinda Village

Community Service:

 Community Health and Development

The department has been visible at the centre of community service through representing the faculty of science in the 2018 community service week, which has been our continual engagement. These enabled the department to create a sygenetic partnership with the community- Kuwinda Village and we are on the process of formalizing our partnership as a learning site. See:

The department is also actively involved in community service with the Good Samaritan Rehabilitation Centre (GSRC), Mathare, and has a signed MOU for student attachment as well Community Service Practice (CSP).

  • Nursing

Regina Pacis came to existence after several years of planning and preparation. After approval by the Nursing council of Kenya and accreditation by the commission of education, learning commenced in May 2010 with the first intake of 12 students taking Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) a 4 years course.

The school started with the title of Regina Pacis University College (RPUC) a constituent college of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) situated in St. Mary’s Mission Hospital. In the year 2016 following the regulations of Commission of University Education, the college had not reached the rank of a fully-fledged university. Therefore in September 2016 the college was absolved by the mother University,Catholic University of Eastern Africa(CUEA).

CUEA is an instrument of liberation and transformation of people in their social, political, economic and religious dimensions.

The BScN curriculum is designed and aimed at preparing a nurse from an institution of higher learning who is self-directed with appropriate knowledge, skills and values to provide leadership in clinical Nursing practice, Education, Research, and community. Hence producing   holistic graduates who are competent leaders for the church and society.

In May 2011, the Nursing council approved the college to start the upgrading of the Diploma in Nursing to BScN a 3year course for part time and 2 1/2years for full timers, and the first three students were received. The school has ever since continued with the two programmes.

Regina Pacis students get clinical experiences in many health institutions of which we collaborate with for different experiences.

The students are well exposed to extra curriculum activities. They participate in community service, associations like the YCCS, Catholic Nurses Association, taking posts in the students’ leadership body and others.

The graduation of the first students was held in May 2014 followed by many other groups in the consecutive years. On completion of their studies the students are posted to the county hospitals one year internship by the Ministry of health.

After passing the Nursing Council of Kenya Licensing exam, they secure jobs in different institutions. For example, working with the county health institutions, Mission Hospitals and teaching in diploma nursing schools.

Key Achievements

Nursing Department has attracted many students both Government and private sponsored. This is supported by excellence reports we get from the institutions. In 2015-2016 three Nursing students were recognized for excellent work at the KNH Maternity department, just to mention a few.


The Department collaborates with the following institutions under Ministry of Health/counties.

Kenyatta National Hospital.

Mbangathi county hospital.

Mathare hospital

Karen medical training center

Presbyterian University of Eastern Africa School of Nursing.

Women Hospital medical training school.

County of Nairobi and Kajiado Health centers for community Health experience

Mission for essential drugs and supply(MEDS).

University of Nairobi and Kenyatta Hospital Ethical clearance-for Research.

Langata children’s home for community service and joins other students as they go for other activities eg Medical camps.

MOUs with the following Institutions not finalized and in the pipeline include:

  1. Coptic Hospital
  2. Pumwani Hospital and School of Nursing.

Participation in Workshops/Conferences/Seminars:

Faculty members have continued to participate in local and international Workshops/Conferences/Seminars.

▪ Four staff members from the Mathematics Department were sponsored by the Faculty for the 5-day Strathmore annual Mathematics Research Workshop in 2012 and 2013.

▪ Ian Kaniu of Physics department attended the Fourth African Regional Radiation Protection Association Congress (AFRIRP A04) International workshop held in Rabat, Morocco from 13th-17th September 2014.

▪ Carolyne Songa of Physics department attended a workshop in the African School on Space Science: Related Applications and Awareness for Sustainable Development of the region that was held at CST-UR, Kigali- Rwanda from 30th June to 11th July 2014

▪ Mutambi Songa presented two papers; Modeling and Predicting of Solar Forcing of Total Column Ozone over Kenya Using Regression and Artificial Neural Networks and Statistical Study of Solar Forcing of Total Column Ozone Variation Over Three Cities in Kenya at the 2017 Joint IAPSO-IAMAS-IAGA Assembly (Session JA4 – Solar Related Variability of the Atmosphere domain) which at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) in Cape Town, South Africa.

▪ Dr. Rossa Nyoike attended a Regional Workshop on Widening Informed Stakeholder Engagement for REDD+ (WISE REDD+) that was held in Mombasa, Kenya between 11th and 13th August 2014.

Interdisciplinary Session:

  • Organized a successful 6th Interdisciplinary Session, which ran from 16th – 17th October 2014 where diverse themes of relevance to contemporary society issues were presented. The conference was opened by Dr Uyi Stewart, Chief Scientist, IBM Research Lab, Africa

IBM/CUEA Certificate in Applied Computer Science Course

The IBM Research Lab has set up their only lab in Africa at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Langata Campus. The focus of their research is application of Big Data to Africa’s grand challenges in the areas of Energy, Health, Water, Education and Genomics.

In order to effectively engage in collaborative research in these areas with Universities in Kenya, IBM Research Africa in partnership with the Faculty of Science offers a one-semester course in Applied Computer Science to staff and students from universities and research institutions in Kenya. Each of the course units is taught by domain experts drawn from their pool of world-class Researchers

The pioneer class was held between February and April 2014. The next class followed up in 2015.

Successful completion of the course leads to an award of a Certificate of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa.