Message from CoD, Kiswahili and Other African Languages News

Kiswahili language is playing an ever increasing role not only in the Great Lakes region, but in other parts of the world as well. Its role in the information and communication industry, as well as other domains of the economy is steadily on the rise. In Kenya, The Constitution of Kenya (Article 6 (1), (2) and (3); Article 68 (1) and (2) formally designates Kiswahili as both a national and official language and spells out the critical role played by this and other African languages as vehicles of transmitting education and culture.

The constitution further proclaims that State shall promote and protect the diversity of language of the people of Kenya. To this end, Kibabii University College has established the Department of Kiswahili and Other African Languages so that it can be an active player in fostering the study of Kiswahili and other African languages, linguistics, literatures, pedagogy and cultures in an environment which integrates research and teaching; and foster an integrated literary, linguistic and pedagogic study of Kiswahili and Other African Languages.

The department currently services the faculty of education by providing courses to undergraduate students aspiring to become teachers of Kiswahili. Likewise, the department offers a Master of Education (Kiswahili Education) to post graduate students. The department is in the mean time preparing a Master of Arts (MA) in Kiswahili programme, which is awaiting approval of the Academic Board. In the near future, new programmes will be launched. These include; PhD (Kiswahili Linguistics) and PhD (Fasihi).

These programmes are aimed at producing highly trained and skilled manpower who will not only engage in research and dissemination of results, but who will also play an active role in the training of other scholars in areas of their specialization. In addition, the department is developing a Bachelor of Arts, BA in Kiswahili programme, which will provide an opportunity to undergraduate students who wish to study Kiswahili in greater depth. Moreover, the department is currently re-organizing its courses in order to introduce market driven courses such as editorial methods, translation, theatre and drama among others.

The location of Kibabii University is very strategic. In this regard, we envisage collaborative research and linkages with our neighboring countries.


I welcome you all to the Department of Kiswahili and other African Languages of Kibabii University College. In this department, we offer courses to both undergraduate and graduate students. Our programs and courses offer multiple opportunities for undergraduate studies in Kiswahili linguistics, Kiswahili literature and graduate studies in Kiswahili language education. We strive to train our students to think independently and critically in order to function effectively in a contemporary and global environment. Currently, the department services the Faculty of Education by offering Kiswahili courses to Bachelor of Education (Arts) undergraduate students. Moreover, the department offers Master of Education (Kiswahili Language Education). Soon to be offered are BA (Kiswahili) and MA (Kiswahili). Karibuni sana.

  • Foster the study of Kiswahili and other African languages, linguistics, literatures, pedagogy and cultures in an environment which integrates research and teaching.
  • Develop knowledge and application of Kiswahili and other African languages.
  • Develop understanding of the traditional African cultures in light of contemporary global values.
  • Nurture an understanding and appreciation of Kiswahili and other African languages in light of contemporary global linguistics.
  • Conduct research and share knowledge by publishing at least two journal articles per year.
  • Produce specialists and future instructors of Kiswahili and other African languages, literature, and language education.
  • Demonstrate the role of Kiswahili and other African languages in the development of science and technology by linking theory, policy and practice.
  • Freedom of speech and expression
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Accountability
  • Teamwork and corporate spirit
  • Quality in service delivery
  • Professionalism
  • Productivity

This service charter is aimed at spelling out what our mandate is and how we are to deliver it to our clients. It shows the kind of engagement and interaction we shall have with the public of Kenya and others who will seek our services.

We shall make sure this charter conforms to the general guidelines of Kibabii University College.
  • Provision of quality teaching
  • Conduct research in Kiswahili linguistics and literature and culture
  • Implementing research findings through teaching
  • Mentoring young scholars
  • Establishing links with other research institutions in Kenya and other parts of the world.
  • Publishing of teaching materials
  • Offering translation services editorial services
  • Students
  • Parents
  • Researchers
  • Visiting scholars
  • All Kenyan citizens and other persons resident in Kenya
  • Public and Private agencies in Kenya
  • Other learning and teaching institutions
  • Provide service on time
  • To provide room for suggestions and criticism
  • Work within University policy guidelines
  • Utilize resources effectively
  • To offer quality services
  • Embrace integrity and professionalism
  • Provide a conducive environment for teaching and research
  • Teaching, research and consultancy
  • Mentoring young scholars
  • Marking and evaluations
  • Editing
  • Publishing
  • Advisory services on language matters

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