Recognition and Equation of Foreign Qualifications (KNQA)

Dr. Juma Mukhwana – Director General and CEO of the Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA)

The university admission for International Students requires that their foreign certificates are equated to match the Kenyan grading system. The process of equation and recognition for foreign certificates had been initially done through the Commission for University Education (CUE) and Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) for the Pre-university foreign degrees and Diploma certificates.
However, through a circular to all the Universities Vice Chancellors, by the Director General/CEO Dr. Juma Mukhwana, he highlighted the mandate of the Kenya National Qualifications Authority that it was set up to promote a better coordination of awarding, recognition and equation of qualifications in Kenya. It read that Section 8(k) of the KNQF Act no. 22 of 2014, they are required to recognize all local and foreign qualifications in the country.

The Memo to the University read in part:

In the recent past we have had a large number of students (and workers) wishing to pursue education (and work) in the country applying for recognition and equation of qualifications from us. The law requires that all qualifications obtained from outside the country are recognized and equated before they are used for admission (into our
colleges and universities) for studies, and also used to seek for employment.

The purpose of this letter is. to bring to your attention that, foreign students (or Kenyan’s who have taken foreign qualifications) need to apply to KNQA for recognition and equation of their qualifications before admission into your programs; and that recognition and equation certificates issued by the KNQA are legally binding. In the interest of promoting internationalization of education in Kenya, we wish to request that if you have any foreign students that wish to pursue studies (at all levels) in your universities, do not hesitate to send them to us for recognition and equation of their qualifications.

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By this Memo, the university will like to notify all the International Students to have their Certificates Equated by the KNQA before admission to the University.

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