Strathmore University is a Corporate Undertaking of Opus Dei that specializes in teaching Commerce, Information Technology, Humanities, Law, Finance and Applied Sciences. It is a leading not-for profit private university in Kenya. Strathmore holds a peerless reputation for quality in both academic and professional education, and personal formation.
Opus Dei, an institution erected by St. Pope John Paul II as the first Personal Prelature in the Catholic Church provides spiritual and doctrinal orientation for the University. It ensures that ethical teachings on human dignity and social justice are instilled in the students by including courses on ethics in the curricula of all Strathmore training programs. It also provides Strathmore with a chaplain who gives spiritual counseling to anyone who may wish to receive it.
The involvement of Opus Dei in Strathmore, therefore, is strictly in the sphere of ethics and does not take part in temporal matters. It leaves individuals free to express opinions on these matters in a way that concur with their own perception of things.
Strathmore University is as a private institution that is not an ecclesiastical ('church') organization. The Strathmore Educational Trust - Registered Trustees own and formulate the policies of the University. The trustees are in turn assisted by: the University Council, the Management Board and the Academic Council which organizes and controls the day-to-day running of the University.
The University receives its funding from fees paid by the students. The Government of Kenya donated 5 acres of land on which the University is located: the Madaraka Campus. The European Union and the Italian Government funded the initial set-up of the current phase 1 facilities, both buildings and equipment. The European Union also assisted in the second phase of the development of the University and the setting up of a new Bursary Fund.
Strathmore runs a bursary scheme for a number of needy students; among local donations are those of the faithful of the Opus Dei Prelature, co-operators, ex-students and friends.
Blessed Álvaro del Portillo, the former Prelate of Opus Dei, said: "Corporate activities of the Prelature consist in providing spiritual assistance in well-defined cases which are publicly known, assuming the responsibility for the Christian training given in some centres of educational, cultural, social or charitable nature". Strathmore University comes under the latter as an educational and social centre.
Saint Josemaría Escrivá, Opus Dei's founder, in describing the corporate undertakings of Opus Dei, said: "In all countries in which it works, Opus Dei carries out social, educational and welfare projects. Our criterion in this field is that Opus Dei, whose aims are exclusively spiritual, can carry out corporate activities which clearly provide an immediate Christian service, an apostolate. Its corporate works are all direct activities that include: training centres for farm workers, medical dispensaries in developing countries, and schools for girls from underprivileged families. In other words, educational or welfare activities like those carried on throughout the world by organizations of every religious creed.
For more information about the Prelature of Opus Dei, visit the official Website at www.opusdei.or.ke