The University of Nairobi is the most preferred source of new staff by Kenyan employers, a new study says.
Graduates from the institution have an employability rate of 38 per cent.
Kenyatta University follows at 30 per cent, Moi (25), Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture Technology (JKUAT) 19, Egerton (18), Maseno (18) and Technical University at 10 per cent.
The study by CPS International, a marketing and social research firm, surveyed 67 universities and 50 organisations between November and January.
“The State of Graduate Employability in Kenya” report will be released in Nairobi today.
The top five private universities in terms of graduate employability are Mt Kenya at 18 per cent, United States International University-Africa (six), KCA (six), Strathmore (5.8) and Aga Khan at 4.8 per cent.
“For every 10 jobs available, eight are likely to be taken up by public university graduates, especially those from the University of Nairobi, while the other two will likely go to private institutions like Mt Kenya,” the report says.
According to the study, some 81 per cent of employed graduates are from local universities while 17 are from institutions abroad.
Firms that took part in the survey say they prefer business and economics studies, engineering, ICT, social and behavioural sciences, humanities and medical science graduates.
The most valued skills among employers are basic numeracy and literacy, ICT, ability to work in a team, positive attitude, strong communication abilities, decision-making and organisation.