Universities offer anti-terror studies after attacks

Universities in Kenya have launched anti-terrorism courses for students joining them from September in efforts to curb terror attacks targeting learning institutions. The courses, according to officials in charge of academic affairs, will be compulsory and examined alongside other common units, reports Xinhua.

The launch of the anti-terror courses comes barely a month after Garissa University College was attacked by al-Shabaab terrorists killing 142 students and six security officers. There have been reports of terror threats in colleges and other institutions of higher learning.

According to the institutions, the courses will help students prepare adequately for disaster and terror attacks as terrorists have shifted their targets to learning institutions. Professor Maurice Amutabi, the deputy vice-chancellor in charge of academic affairs at Kisii University, said last week that their course is all about security preparedness, with specific focus on terror threats, physical and cyber threats, crime detection, crime monitoring, early warning and security information sharing and networking.
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