SHSS in Brief

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS), formerly IHEDS, currently boasts of its two masters programs: The Master’s of Arts in Philosophy and Ethics (MAPE) and the Master’s of Science in Educational Management...Read more

Why Humanities?

Albert Einstein: "It is not enough to teach a man [sic] a specialty. Through it he may become a kind of useful machine, but not a harmoniously developed personality. It is essential that the student acquire an understanding of and a lively feeling for values...Read More

Great Books Course

The Greatness of the Great Books Course... Great books are works of literature that have passed the test of time. The richness of their language, content and level of humor stays relevant over years.  Read more



Since 2002/2003 the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS) at Strathmore University has been running a series of short courses for teachers. The goal is to give the Kenyan teacher back his or her sense of identity as a contributor to the moral fibre of the nation. The courses are called Teacher Self Image (TSI) for classroom teachers and the Art of Leadership for principals. The trainings which in most cases are run over the school holidays have continued to attract large numbers of participants over the years.


Harambee Africa International

A large portion of the courses offered so far have been funded by Harambee Africa International. Project Harambee - All together for Africa is an initiative celebrating the canonization of Josemaría Escrivá (, founder of Opus Dei, and is funded by donations from participants at the canonization ceremonies and from many other individuals.

Harambee Association’s goal is to promote initiatives in education and development in Sub-Saharan Africa. Thanks to the funding from Harambee Africa International, Strathmore University has been able to train 593 school heads in just two years

Collaboration with KESI

In order to meet the objective of reaching head teachers from all corners of the republic, Strathmore saw the need to partner with other stake holders in the education sector. An agreement was reached with the Ministry of Education through Kenya Education Staff Institute (KESI) which is the government agency charged with the responsibility of training school heads in Kenya

The first Teachers Enhancement Programme that SU did in conjunction with KESI was in December 2008. Two seminars were run in which 160 head teachers from different parts of the country attended. In April 2009 another group of 78 head teachers also attended. In both cases KESI sourced the school heads and paid for their accommodation and transport to Strathmore each day for facilitation. Using the funding from Harambee International, Strathmore met the cost of facilitation, teaching/learning materials and meals. At the end of the training the participants were presented with a joint certificate of attendance. It was also agreed that KESI and SU would jointly evaluate a work based assignment given to the heads who wish to implement a school improvement project.

More joint seminars will be run in the course of the year.