Hekima College first opened its doors as a Jesuit School of Theology to a handful of students, mainly belonging to the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), in 1984. From its inception, Hekima College has had as its leitmotif the quest for "truth versus any form of ideology, the struggle for freedom versus any type of oppression, and the promotion of justice and peace versus any form of social disorder."
The theology programme of the College now boasts both male and female students from about fourteen local and international religious congregations as well as the diocese of Mamfe in the Cameroon. Our Peace and International Relations programmes appeal to students from all walks of life. Besides Kenyans, we have students from other countries of Africa and beyond.
Responding to the African Continent's dire need for peace and international co-operation, Hekima College established its Institute of Peace and International Relations in 2004. The institute began offering a Master's degree in peace studies and international relations and was accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education in the academic year 2007/2008.
The theology programme not only seeks to offer students a contextualized theology, i.e. one that takes into account the needs of their contexts, it also seeks to form them as women and men equipped to transform the said contexts. Just as the theology programme seeks to form transformers of the world, so also the peace and international relations programmes seeks to educate and form women and men who are equipped with appropriate skills for conflict transformation and peace building.
Hekima College is the publisher of Hekima Review, a journal of Theology, Peace & International Relations.
Each academic year, the college convenes a Theological Week and a Peace Forum. In addition, the college convenes a Forum for Exploring Faith in Public Life, a diversified symposium that seeks to contextualize our students' studies and point them towards societal transformation.