Who we are

Overview

HIPSIR is part of Hekima College (founded 1984), which is a constituent college of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). HIPSIR is run by Jesuits (a.k.a. Society of Jesus, an international Catholic religious order), and is therefore founded on centuries of Jesuit educational tradition which puts emphasis on academic excellence and full human formation with a view to changing our society into better place. Jesuits run 220 universities and institutions of higher learning all over the world. The first Jesuit University, The Gregorian University, was founded in 1651.

Since its founding in 2004, the MA program at HIPSIR has received and graduated one hundred and four (104) students from diverse religious and political affiliations coming from different parts of Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Our students have come from Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Cameroun, North and South Sudan, Zambia, Eritrea, Burkina Faso, Central Africa Republic, Ghana, Poland, Ireland, India, Costa Rica, Korea, Indonesia and Venezuela. We have registered a completion rate of more than 90% of the students who enroll.

The alumni of the HIPSIR program are working in different sectors undertaking diverse activities, such as: consultancy in peacebuilding and conflict resolution interventions; government and academic institutions; research and social action institutions; NGOs and civil society, etc.

HIPSIR has a large continental and international network through Jesuit and non-Jesuit educational and social justice institutions - this enriches the experiences of different participants to the program. In Africa for example, HIPSIR is part of Jesuit network of social justice centres in Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Ivory Coast, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Uganda etc.


 

History

Hekima College was founded in 1984 as a school of theology by the Major Superiors of the Society of Jesus in Africa and Madagascar. Its central aim and purpose was to provide a first theological formation at University level for Jesuit students preparing for priesthood. Hekima College has been recognised as a Constituent College of The Catholic University of Eastern Africa in the University Charter.

Later on, the college extended its services beyond the Jesuits to include all other religious groups and students preparing for priesthood and pastoral ministries. Today, it is open not only to religious groups but also to laity who would like to study theology at BA, Diploma, or Certificate levels. Relations between the College and the University are established by the terms of the Constituent Colleges Convention, dated 10th June 1993.

Besides the central aim and purpose of providing courses in theology for the members of the Society of Jesus, the College was to "offer formation for men and women seeking to take their place in the evangelizing mission of the Church, be they religious or lay people." It is in line with this second aim and to respond to new challenges that in 2004 Hekima College celebrated its 20th anniversary by opening another school – The Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR).

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Hekima Monthly Public Forum

Hekima Monthly Public Forum

Elections Preparedness: A Reality Check, My Responsibility 7 July 2017 With the upcoming general elections scheduled for August 2017, HIPSIR recognizes that initiating a multifaceted peace building effort and preventing pre and post elections violence and creating sustainable peace beyond the elections...

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HIPSIR Baseline Survey on Capacity and Knowledge Gaps in Extractive Industries in Kenya

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Women's participation in politics and electoral processes

Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR) and in collaboration with International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), Community Advocacy and Awareness Trust (CRAWN-Trust), Centre for Rights, Education and Awareness (CREAW), and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC),...

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Countering Religious Extremism and Violence: Dialo-Praxis on Interreligious Dialogue, Holy Scripture (mis)Interpretations and Political Implications

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Interreligious Dialogue and Scholarly Dialo-Praxis on Countering Violent Religious Extremism

Interreligious Dialogue and Scholarly Dialo-Praxis on Countering Violent Religious Extremism

Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR) successfully held a roundtable and a public forum on 4th April 2017 on countering violent religious extremism in Kenya. The theme of the round-table was "Interreligious Dialogue and Scholarly Dialo-Praxis on...

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Physical Address: Riara Road, off Ngong Road
Tel: +254 20 386 0109 | +254 20 3860102
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Email: secretary.hipsir@hekima.ac.ke