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Strathmore was started in 1961 as an A-Level College by a group of professionals, who were inspired and encouraged by Saint José Maria Escrivá, founder of Opus Dei. In 1966 the School of Accountancy opened to train accountants for Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania and in 1991 the university introduced Information Technology Courses. Over the years Strathmore University with a student population of over 5000, has become one of the most respected private universities in the region.
Strathmore Business School captures these themes in one business concept: Developing Great Business Leaders. This is in perfect harmony with the founding principle of Strathmore University: that of leading society to greater development through service to all people without discrimination.

Safaricom provides a comprehensive range of services under one roof. This includes mobile and fixed voice and data services on a variety of platforms. With annual revenues in excess of Kshs 140 billion, it is Kenya's widest 3G network with a growing fibre optic cable footprint and its most expansive WIMAX presence.
Safaricom pioneered commercial mobile money transfer globally through M-PESA, the most successful such service anywhere in the world.  Launched in March 2007 as a money transfer service, it now has over 19 million customers and over 80,000 Agent outlets countrywide.

Message from the Dean

Dr. George Njenga

When the clock strikes midnight at the end of 2014, scientists at the UN Population Division expects that the population of eastern Africa will hit 395 million, and a decade later, it will hit 511 million people.

At least that is what they estimated in their 2013 Revision. Eastern Africa is taken to represent the Comesa region starting far north in Eritrea and Ethiopia (excluding Egypt), westward towards Malawi, Rwanda and Burundi, but excluding the Congos and as far south as Mozambique and Reunion.

What does all these data tell us? That at 395 million people, Kenya is sitting at the epicenter of the world’s third largest consumer market, behind China and India, and far ahead of Indonesia, Brazil, Pakistan, and Nigeria. Even if we were to stick to the population of the East African community, we would rank as the ninth largest consumer market in the world.

Behind all the data, is a great story of the transformation of a region in Africa that has not only lived through some of the bloodiest civil conflicts, the worst of famines and tropical diseases to ever afflict mankind, but also one sitting on the cusp on an economic takeoff.
It is a complex story that involves many moving parts ranging from the shifting contours of the regional political and economic geography, Great Powers politics, to East Africa becoming the latest play in the global natural resources and commodities markets, to the emergence of a Silicon Savanna and a clash of civilizations.

The aim of the Safaricom Business Journalism Fellowship Program is help you connect all the dots and put you on a path that will allow you to do in-depth, ambitious coverage of critical issues related to the global economy and business.

As Eastern Africa starts to take its place in the world, we at Strathmore Business School realize that the need for quality journalism is more valuable than ever. That is why we have partnered with Safaricom to create a mid—career program that will allow both the entry level business journalist and the experienced generalist to explore a broad business subjects over a period of one year and put you on a path to prosperity.

This fellowship program, unlike many mid-career training programs is unique in several ways. First, its reputations stems from its regard for excellence in journalism, and that is why the most promising candidates with a proven track record will be picked for scholarships. Second, it combines the best and latest in academic research and faculty at Strathmore Business Schools and partner schools. Third, it incorporates writing workshops spread over the year and taught by leading practicing business journalists, and finally, it will feature a guest speaker program that will allow the students to interact with leading newsmakers on the important topics of the day. Finally, this is an academically rigorous program that will expect candidates to complete a minimum of 30 credit hours to earn a “Certificate in Business Journalism”.
Most important, the graduates of the Safaricom Business Journalism Fellowship Program will be part of the Strathmore’s growing alumnus that will allow you to forge lifelong professional relationships and friendships with your classmates.

Dr. George Njenga

Dean and Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research

Strathmore Business School,

Strathmore University

Message from Safaricom CEO

Bob collymore

Safaricom is proud to be closely associated with Kenya’s first business journalism fellowship program at Strathmore Business School.
As Kenya, and East Africa’s most successful company by many measures (turnover, profit, customer base, market capitalization), Safaricom is also arguably the most closely scrutinized company.  
Its business and social performance is of great interest to its large local customer and shareholder base, the government, and international portfolio investors, while the phenomenal success of M-PESA in Kenya attracts the interest of the technology and development community worldwide.  Safaricom, therefore has a major interest in the quality of journalism in Kenya, and financial reporting in particular.  
In an age when many news organizations no longer have the resources to tackle complex, time-consuming stories, the Safaricom Business Journalism Fellowship Program will enable journalists to develop the analytical skills needed not only to connect the dots across a wide range of complicated topics, but also to produce impactful journalism that will set them apart.

Safaricom decided to partner with the Strathmore Business School for this important project due to the fact that it has become a significant guiding force in our business community.

Through this program we hope to prepare journalists to perform a vital and challenging function in free societies: finding out the truth out of complicated situations, usually under a time constraint, and communicating it in a clear engaging fashion to the public.

Bob Collymore
CEO, Safaricom Limited