2018 Admissions & Scholarship Day 

Date:  This event was successfully held on  Thursday 11th January 2017 

Target:  Form 4 leavers & others

Time:     8:00am to 5:00pm

Why? : Information on obtaining Admissions & scholarships to top, overseas universities with case studies from successful mentored students.


   Catherine Njeri - ALU 
Josphat Lowoi - 
ALA & Duke Universities
        Michael Mutie - ALU 
                 Amina Mzee 

Photos on our Facebook Page of the event are available by clicking here

2018 Event participants are to provide us with an essay of the event, based on AKAD Essay Writing Guidelines, which are available by clicking here        
2018 Event Timetable 


The above is part of our Gap Year Program, a non-examinable program with a “Certificate of Participation” branded in collaboration with partners and sponsors. This Mentorship training includes;

  1. Formal training by mentors on personal leadership (Goal setting, knowing self, communication skills, critical thinking, time management & career success) over an initial 30 hours contact period, 3 hours per meeting, twice a week. Meetings are thematic based with optional support materials; Books, Audio CD’s and DVD’s as well as online mentorship support
  2. Field based Community Development Activities, based on individual passion and interests
  3. University Admission assistance – based on alumni and other peer support
  4. Job shadowing of professionals on location, based on the revealed student interests and passions – in collaboration with available Corporates; Bidco Africa, Kenya Power, Davis & Shirtliff, ILRI, UNON, University of Nairobi, Oracle, National Bank, Boma Hotels, Public Image Inc, etc.
2018  Essays

2017 Essays

'My Testimony' Semo Maleche - Jan 2017.pdf 'My Testimony' Semo Maleche - Jan 2017.pdf
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Waweru Mathenge - Akad essay - Jan 2017.pdf Waweru Mathenge - Akad essay - Jan 2017.pdf
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Jessy Karanja - AKAD Essay Jan 2017.pdf Jessy Karanja - AKAD Essay Jan 2017.pdf
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Year 2017 Admission & Scholarship event was held on 17th January 2017 following the 12th Mentorship Conversations event of 31st December 2016. 

The Socratic Case Study was of  of Minerva Schools scholarships: an innovative undergraduate program that combines four years of world travel with rigorous, interdisciplinary study at residential study locations that include;
  • San Francisco (USA), 
  • Berlin (Germany), 
  • Buenos Aires (Argentina), 
  • Seoul (South Korea), 
  • Hyderabad (India), 
  • London (UK), 
  • Taipei (Taiwan)
These events created an opportunities for 5 scholarships/Financial aid with Minerva Schools, USA.

Location: MOW Sports Club, South C, Nairobi

For direct registration to the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAT) website, click here


Guest Speakers 

Prof. Mugendi K. M'Rithaa 

Professor Mugendi M'Rithaa is a Professor in the Department of Industrial Design, Faculty of Informatics & Design, Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and holder of a PhD in Universal Design. He is an industrial designer, educator and researcher and a curator for Design Indaba Expo and an AKAD Education Group – Africa mentor.

Prof. Mugendi the President Emeritus / Convenor of the Senate for the World Design Organization, having been President for two years from October 2015. The World Design Organization (formerly known as the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design - Icsid) is an international non-governmental organization (INGO) founded in 1957 that promotes the profession of industrial design. WDO has United Nations Special Consultative Status.

He is a member of the Cape Town 2014 World Design Capital Bid Advisory Committee and serves on the Icsid Executive Board, Network of Africa Designers (NAD), member of the Network on Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability (DESIS - Africa), and the Learning Network on Sustainability(LeNS). He is a Universal Design Consultant at Universal Design Africa

Prof Mugendi M'Rithaa is an active member of the Cape Town Design Network (CTDN), Design Education Forum of Southern Africa (DEFSA), Ergonomics Society of Southern Africa (ESSA), Network on Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability (DESIS) and the Learning Network on Sustainability (LeNS). He holds a Master of Industrial Design from the Indian Institute of Technology-Mumbai and a PhD in Universal Design from Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT).

Kenyan by birth, M’Rithaa has played an influential role in promoting design and design education on the African continent. He studied at Lenana School, Product design at University of Nairobi and Computer Aided Design (CAD) at Technical University of Kenya.

After completing his Masters degree in Industrial Design at the Indian Institute of Technology IDC, IIT Bombay in Mumbai, India, he returned to Kenya, where he taught at and started both the Industrial Design and Interior Design programmes at the University of Nairobi. He then went on to teach at the University of Botswana, where again he helped launch the industrial design programme.

Prof M’Rithaa is passionate about various expressions of socially responsive and responsible design, including design for sustainability, participatory design, and universal design. He has a special interest in the pivotal role of design in advancing the developmental agenda on the African continent.

Prof is associated with a number of international networks focusing on design within industrially developing/majority world contexts, and is currently serving a second term on the executive board of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid).

Professor M’Rithaa has been key in pioneering project between Cape Peninsula University of Technology and Nicky’s Drive. The CPUT Design and Engineering Departments, headed by world-renowned design and universal access consultant, Professor Mugendi M’Rithaa, completed the prototype/simulator vehicle unveiled at the Disability Drive Expo.

The launch included a car museum in which adapted vehicles from drivers with various disabilities were on display. By engineering technology in South Africa, a world of affordable and accessible driving opportunities will open up for disabled persons in South Africa. Spin off opportunities related to the research and development and eventually production and roll out of the technology will create jobs for disabled persons.

You can follow Prof Mugendi on Facebook by clicking here 
Michael Mutie

Michael is a third year Computer Science major at the African Leadership University main campus, located on the tropical Island of Mauritius. ALU was recently featured by CNN on African Voices, as the Harvard of Africa.

Michael has devoted himself to adding value to youth in different parts of Africa and beyond, through various organizations working in diverse bodies of government and industry throughout Kenya, Mauritius, Rwanda, Germany and the USA. He has severally been featured on National and International media , speaking as a leader on youth issues. 

In 2015, Michael was hosted as a young leader at the White House in Washington DC by President Barack Obama , in recognition of his leadership in driving change. Following this, he was celebrated on National TV as a National “Shujaa” (Hero) , during Kenya’s Heroes day celebrations.

With an eye for sustainable development, Michael founded The ClimArT Campaign , an initiative leveraging Arts and Technology, tools most familiar to young people, to raise awareness on Climate change and to take a stand for the environment. The initiative was recently voted as the best youth led initiative in Africa by the African Youth Green Initiatives, and will be receiving funding from the African Initiative on Climate Change, so as to further their campaign efforts across the continent.

ClimArT also featured in the African youth Green Initiatives Book launched during The 22nd session of the Youth Conference on Climate Change - Africa, at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in November 2016, in Marrakech, Morocco.

Michael strongly believes in the power of a good education and mentorship. He’s rooted on the conviction that the consistent, enduring presence of a caring and responsible adult in a young person’s life can make all the difference. His vision is for Africa to become more autonomous in nurturing her own minds and talents, which will in turn hopefully drive the growth and development through Education and Technology.

In addition to being a detail oriented and fast learner, Michael is 
also skilled in building and maintaining professional relationships . He is currently capitalising on internship opportunities made available to him through ALU to expand his networks and to build a strong database of connections that will enable him to achieve his vision for Kenya, and Africa.

Media Links & Documentation


Catherine Njeri 

Catherine is a second year Electrical Engineering student at the African Leadership University in Mauritius on a full corporate scholarship. 

She has worked on numerous projects in the Information Technology sector and is an advocate for more empowerment of the girl child in Science-related fields. She currently chairs the Women in Tech Society on the ALU campus, having successfully held the first ever women’s technology hackathon on the ALU campus.

Catherine has also worked with AKAD numerous times to reach and inspire young students pursuing science-related courses. She has had the opportunity to speak to over 3000 high school students through AKAD as well as be engaged on KBC radio and television over her passion for mentoring future engineers.

Catherine has completed her second internship at Cellulant Ltd. in the Business Development Office, where she was spearheaded the streamlining of the group with a new Business Reporting process that saves the company over 10 hours on analysis every month. She also takes charge of training all country managers on the new reporting process. In addition, she works directly with the Chief Business Officer in articulating the company’s product 'go-to market' playbook.

Catherine’s aim is to play a significant role in using technology to create more efficient ways to produce and utilize energy on our planet.

Watch more about Catherine’s tech inspirations here .

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