Kenya’s Kenyatta University (KU) has beaten the United Kingdom’s Oxford University in the semi-finals of a competition for aspiring lawyers.
Oxford University, one of the most prestigious universities in the world were the defending champions in the Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition.
It sees students being given a hypothetical human rights case to argue, with teams from around the world participating in the annual event. It was held virtually this year.
KU was represented by third-year and second-year students Sidney Tambasi Netya and Martin Kioko Munyoto respectively, who are both studying law.
“We went into this competition with the determination to elevate the voice against violation of human rights, and to that extent, we are proud of achieving this level of success,” Mr Netya said.
At the same time, Kenya’s Strathmore University beat Bolivia’s Universidad Catolica, setting the scene for an all-Kenyan final.
For the first time since 2009, an African team – two from Kenya in this case – has made it to the finals of the competition.
The four students who will take part in the finals are all below the age of 23.
Oxford University is ranked best in the world followed by Stamford University and Harvard University in 2nd and 3rd positions respectively.
Kenya’s University of Nairobi is at position 962nd in the world and it is the best in the country. KU is second best in the country and at position 1687 and is closely followed by Moi University at position 2125 and JKUAT at 2457 according to the latest ranking published by Webometrics.
Universities in the country have been struggling to match those in the Ivy League. A number have been able to establish collaborations with top universities in the world to improve on their level of research and innovation. Among those highly touted to rise to the top are Strathmore University, Daystar University and the University of Nairobi.