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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5th Annual Student-led conference

5th Annual Student-led conference

The Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR) of Hekima University College, Nairobi, Kenya is organizing and hosting the 7th Annual Student led conference which is a one-day conference on the 18th October 2019 on the theme - The...

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A visit to the Hekima university college chapel during the TRRR conference

A visit to the Hekima university college chapel during the TRRR conference

I can do yoga in this chapel, Dr. Waltrina Middleton, delegate at the TRRR conference expressing her love for the Hekima University College chapel. The 8th Transatlantic Round table Conference on Religion and Race (TRRR) was convened in Nairobi, Kenya, at...

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Kwale Field Visit Report

Kwale Field Visit Report

The second lot of the Ongoing Chartered mediators Course training had its planned field visit of Kwale County on 2nd September 2019. The visit targeted mining areas in the County with an intention of getting firsthand information from the miners...

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Mban Leadership Training

Mban Leadership Training

Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR) conducted a 3 day workshop on Christian Leadership and Peacebuilding in Mban Parish Migori with the target audience being 29 church leaders from the parish. The feedback from the participants and...

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Trans-Atlantic conference on Religion and Race (TRRR)Conference

Trans-Atlantic conference on Religion and Race (TRRR)Conference

The Trans-Atlantic conference on Religion and Race was held from 1st -5th July 2019 at Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR). The conference was attended by over 60 participants different cultural diversities and religions across the globe....

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Conflict Resolution and Peace Building Course

Conflict Resolution and Peace Building Course

Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR) held a 5 day training on conflict resolution and peace building from 22nd to 26th July 2019. The training was attended by 21 participants from different institutions and organizations working for...

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Early Career Researcher (ECR) Workshop

Early Career Researcher (ECR) Workshop

Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR) hosted a two day Early Career Researcher (ECR) workshop on 16th and 17th July 2019. The workshop brought together over 35 participants from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan and Ethiopia with...

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The rise of Omar Al-Bashir and the Dynamics That Led to His Ouster

The rise of Omar Al-Bashir and the Dynamics That Led to His Ouster

Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir with Sudan amry forces in Khartoum, Sudan on 9 April 2017 [Ebrahim Hamid/Anadolu Agency] Since the wave of independence hit Africa in the 60s, the continent has had its share of problems with leadership, but few problems...

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Chartered Mediators In Ukunda and Kwale County

Chartered Mediators In Ukunda and Kwale County

The second batch of chartered mediators had a second training on July 2019 from 22nd to 25th July 2019 in Ukunda, Kwale County. This particular training had 12 participants with a gender representation of 5 women to 7 men who...

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THE TRANSATLANTIC ROUNDTABLE ON RELIGION AND RACE

THE TRANSATLANTIC ROUNDTABLE ON RELIGION AND RACE

The conference was held from 1st -5th July at Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR). It was divided into 2 sections; Pre-conference and the main conference. It was attended by people from different cultural diversities and religions...

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Promoting Inter-Faith Dialogue in Kenya

Promoting Inter-Faith Dialogue in Kenya

The students from Hekima University College attended an open day at Jamia Mosque in Nairobi-Kenya, on Saturday, 27/10/2018. According to the Jamia Mosque Committee, the event served: firstly, to enhance a better understanding of Islam; secondly, to promote harmony between...

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The South Sudan Crisis: What is the way forward for peace?

The South Sudan Crisis: What is the way forward for peace?

The South Sudan Crisis: What is the way forward for peace? Lucy Poni Modi Lucy Pony Modi is currently pursuing her MA degree in Peace Studies and International Relations at HIPSIR, Hekima University College. The signing of a new peace deal between President...

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