KENYA: Hekima University College Celebrates 40 Years of Formation, Nurturing Global Citizens in Universal Church


By Paschal Norbert

NAIROBI, MAY 19, 2023 (CISA)– Founded in 1984 as a Jesuit School of Theology to a few students of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), Hekima University College (HUC) has advanced its mission as a centre for excellent formation, research and intellectual scholarship committed to offering a high-quality, integral, and contextualized education to include students from about fourteen local and international religious congregations.

“For nearly 40 years, Hekima College has helped and contributed to the local church especially here in Nairobi but also to the continental church and the global church. We have had a few people who have been appointed archbishops and bishops as well as some key individuals serving in key positions at various places who are products of this Hekima. We also have wonderful men and women who are contributing to society across the continent and the globe, for this we are most grateful,” said Rev Dr Marcel Uwineza, SJ, the principal of HUC.

Beginning on August 19, 2023, Hekima University College will celebrate 40 years of existence and nurturing people to become faithful servants and global citizens in the Society of Jesus, religious congregations and the universal Church.

According to Dr Uwineza, the institution located in Nairobi, Kenya, has scheduled various activities and initiatives throughout the year to mark the 40th anniversary with a focus on expanding its academic and institutional growth.

These initiatives include a conference on the History of HUC highlighting the contribution of its pioneers, the Inauguration of the African Theology Chair at HUC, a symposium on Prof. Magesa’s contribution to African Theology; Bringing together African women theologians/peacebuilders and amplifying their voices and a conference with HUC Alumni who work in different fields of the Church and society.

Today, HUC offers a bachelor’s and will be offering master’s degree in theology, a certificate in pastoral leadership and a diploma in religious education. It also offers ecclesiastical degrees awarded by the Faculty of Theology of the Jesuits in Africa and Madagascar (FTJAM) in the name of the Holy See

Reading the signs of times and responding to the African continent’s dire need for peace and international cooperation, in 2004 HUC established the Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR). The institute offers a master’s degree in Peace Studies and International Relations and certificate courses in Conflict Resolution, Peacebuilding and Reconciliation, and Project Management and Leadership.

A constituent college of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), HUC also houses the Jesuit Historical Institute in Africa (JHIA), Centre for Research Training and Publications (CTRP), and the Jesuit Centre for Safeguarding in Africa (JSCA), which trains individuals in awakening, awareness and action toward the safeguarding of minors and vulnerable adults.F

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