WHY STUDY AT PU
Pwani University (PU) is a comprehensive university offering a wide range of programs and fields of study. At PU students are given the opportunity to explore academic desires guided by experienced academicians. The guidance by these experts helps you to maximize your potential in the career path you choose to pursue. The Chairs of various academic departments act as mentors to students registered in their departments. They will help you to navigate your academic almanac in all the time of your study period. As you share your interests they will assist you make sense of those interests and show you how they fit in to your path to success. The University sits in spacious serene compound giving you the necessary urge to study hard but under a cool and enticing environment. When on session PU provides a series of programs that introduce new and continuing students to everything from academics to campus life. This wide variety of activities will leave you with a chance to try something new, meet some friends and build lasting memories for years to come.
It is the tradition of PU to continuously recruit and retain top-notch professors in various field of study. Majority of our Academic staff come from and maintain links with industry, ensuring you benefit from their knowledge and insight. We have chosen to design our schools and courses in a unique way capturing the needs of the market the millennium Sustainable Development Goals SDG and the Global Action Plans. Our staff are involved in various research programs some of which have delivered ‘outstanding’ impact in Kenya Africa and the World. If you join us, you increase your employability
PU is committed to empowerment for sustainable development. In this commitment, we endeavor to develop graduates with the skills and experience employers need. Immediately our students graduate, over 60% of them are absorbed into the job market or become self-employed. This applies to all subject areas that you choose to study at PU. Across all our courses, we focus on giving you up-to-date knowledge and real-world experience, so you will be ready to launch into your chosen career.
PU is proud of that all its programs have received the required accreditation by professional bodies. This is on top of the many industry partnerships that the University has initiated. Professional bodies accrediting our courses include the Nursing Council of Kenya, the Medical Practitioners and Dentists, the Pharmacy and Poisons Board, among many.
Mentoring teams students
The dean of students and the academic departments oversees a mentorship and career advisory service for students during the time of study. At the end of the course, students are assisted to develop "employer attracting" resumes and coached for interviews. Mentoring teams sometimes consisting of alumni provide industry/ market insight, employability skills. These teams can assist you with contacts of potential employers.
PU lets you develop wholesome as an individual. It gives you the time and space to develop new interests, learn new skills and meet new people. Located at the hub of tourism in Kenya there are a host of opportunities in and around you when you join us. If it‘s your first time to be on this part of the world be assured you will like to be with us. Do not worry for being away from home; you will become more independent and self-reliant. You will also have space to form an idea of the path you want to take after graduation
- A guide to PU
If you’re new to university, getting used to your studies and to university life can take a bit of adjustment. During your degree, diploma or certificate, your timetable will be made up of a combination of lectures, seminars, labs and practical work, as well as independent study.
You will notice that the pace and intensity of university learning is different from school: no bells will ring anymore; we shall encourage, support and guide throughout your studies. Familiarize yourself with the Semester dates and visit our notice boards at least once or twice each day for updates
These could be good questions you want to ask:
- How many hours do I study in a week?
The number of hours of work vary from programme to programme, and there will be days where your timetable is completely full as well as days when you have very few, or no classes at all. You should use much of the time when you have no classes for independent study.
- What are lectures like?
Lectures provide a face-to-face contact with your lecturer. Its important you attend all your classes. Sometimes you may be few in class but at times for University common Unites a class may have up to 200 students at one moment. You are usually expected just to listen and take notes whilst the lecturer speaks, sometimes you can ask questions or have a discussion. Lectures usually last about two-three hours.
What happens in Tutorials
These are sessions designed to expand on the content of the lecture topics. Design of tutorials vary from subject to subject, there are always a relatively small number of students. Here you are free to ask questions and discuss issues covered by the lecture.
- What do we do in labs?
Those in fields that require laboratory exposure eg Sciences and Agriculture or Health, you will have session in our laboratories. In laboratories, you will use equipment and perform experiments necessary to learn the subject. This is usually done in a small groups, to give a chance to each individual to do the practical using lab apparatus under the supervision of lab technician and your professor.
How about Examinations?
Your academic performance is assessed using a combination of coursework and examinations. During each semester, your coursework – in the form of written assignments or practical lab work - lets you demonstrate your prowess the subject throughout the course. Coursework marks count towards your final overall score in a subject (eg Continuous Assessment Tests account for 30% and End of semester examination worth 70% of the final grade).
- How do I prepare for exams?
Full time attendance to your lectures is a vital form preparation. Also good exam techniques adds ingredient to success in your studies. You can use past exam papers to assess your strengths and weaknesses in preparation for exams. Revise regularly as the semester advances to avoid last minute cracking of the mind.
What are semesters?
The semester system splits the academic year into two parts. Both First Semester and Second Semester each last approximately 15 weeks. Thirteen of those are spent being taught in lectures, labs and seminars, and the final two weeks are used for exams. Normally First Semester begins in August-September and Second Semester in January.