Foundation Institute of Africa (fia)

Machakos Town - Constituency, Machakos - County


Foundation Institute of Africa (FIA) was founded in 2007 as a non-profit making tertiary training institution that seeks to assist needy and deserving youth with limited financial resources acquire quality subsidized higher education. The institution takes pride in having helped over 5000 youths from across the country nature their futures through our sponsorship programs. Foundation Institute of Africa thus aims at bridging the gap in education, by ensuring poverty does not come in the way of any Kenyan youth acquiring quality education.

The institution further acknowledges the high number of youths shun off by the limited intakes in universities, which often leaves approximately 80% of youths who sit for KCSE struggling to nature their futures. FIA thus encourages youths with limited financial resources who seek to further their studies to apply for our quality yet highly subsidized diploma and certificate courses that allow them to enroll for degree courses upon successful completion.

Besides offering scholarships to youths, the institution seeks to make significant contributions in community development through offering special courses aimed at solving various challenges in learning environments including drug and substance abuse, Safety and security, HIV Awareness et al.

FIA in collaboration with the Ministry of Education also takes pride in having offered Early Childhood Development Education scholarships worth at least 59 million shillings to over 6,000 teachers from across the country. This is in efforts aimed at complimenting the government’s efforts and commitment towards mainstreaming, improving and sustaining basic quality education.


Foundation Institute of Africa is registered by the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology as a certified institute of higher education, and further registered as a certified teachers training College by the Ministry of Education under Certificate of Registration Number 416.

The institute is an approved examination centre for Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) and Kenya Accountants and Secretaries National Examinations Board (KASNEB) examining bodies as well as ICM.

The institute is currently pursuing to have Law courses validated by the Council for Legal Education (CLE).


The institute is located in a serene environment in Athi River, Machakos County on the outskirts of the bubbly capital Nairobi. This location provides the perfect blend of a conducive learning space and a cosmopolitan area, making every student feel at home away from home.

Why Choose Foundation Institute of Africa


Developing the African youth into highly skilled, disciplined, inspired, versatile and pragmatically transformational leaders by adequately preparing and equipping them holistically for challenging and dynamic societal roles.


“Bridging the poverty gap in education to enable deserving African Youth access high, quality, relevant and appropriate tertiary education through the intervention of the Kenya Youth Education Scholarship Fund.

Core Values and Principles

In an endeavor to offer and maintain high quality and efficient customer services as well as management system, Foundation Institute of Africa (FIA) shall be guided by the following set of values and principles:

  • Academic Excellence: We must keep our promise – “Bridging the gap”
  • Team Work: We can only succeed if we work together in harmony with all stakeholders.
  • Customer Orientation: Our goal is to meet and exceed our customers’ and stakeholders’ needs and expectations.
  • Hard Work: There is no short cut to success.
  • Personal and Corporate Growth and Development: We ought to guarantee organizational continuity and sustainability and realize the efforts of those sharing our ambitions.

At the Foundation Institute of Africa, we recognize that every youth in Kenya is entitled to quality higher education, regardless of their financial backgrounds. We therefore offer scholarships to deserving youths from poor backgrounds across the country. 800 scholarships are currently open for application.

Besides the scholarships, we pride in offering highly subsidized tuition fees for our diploma and certificate courses. While fees range between Ksh. 90,000 – Ksh. 165,000 in various public and private colleges, at FIA we charge an average of Ksh. 14,600 to enroll for a two year diploma course. Accommodation, tuition, meals, and learning materials are also offered at subsidized cost.

We also offer higher education loans to eligible students studying at our institution to ensure lack of financial resources never come in the way of completing their studies. The loan is payable upon successful completion of the course and acquiring a job.

The institution also prides in offering technical and vocational courses in line with the government’s efforts of reforming the Kenyan education sector to include more technical courses as stipulated in the vision 2030 plan. TVET courses constitute a major share of the courses we offer at FIA.

The institute is located in a serene environment in Athi River, Machakos County on the outskirts of the bubbly capital Nairobi. This location provides the perfect blend of a conducive learning space and a cosmopolitan area, making each and every student feel at home away from home.

FIA has invested in modern learning facilities;- a world-class modern library, well-equipped laboratories and modern classrooms to ensure students access the required resources for success. We also have a fully fledged sports complex to provide a social platform for our students who hail from diverse backgrounds.

We are committed to ensuring our graduates stand out in the market. We therefore focus on giving our graduates hands-on knowledge in their particular professionalism to ensure they suit the needs of potential employers. To adequately prepare students for the dynamic labor market, the institute has established meaningful links with leading organizations and industrial partners who guide the institution on practical and professional requirements which need to be built into programs.

Our diploma courses offer you a bridge to pursue degree courses in any Kenyan university upon successful completion of the course.

Courses offered at Foundation Institute of Africa



Nutrition And Dietics

2 years

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

6 months per Section

Computer Studies

2 years

Business Management

1 year

Primary Teacher Education

2 years

Accounting Technician

1 year



Business Management

1 1/2 years

Sales And Marketing

1 1/2 years

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