Since we are on the topic of recognition, the Commission on University Education (Kenya) stipulates the following for a doctorate to be recognized as equivalent. The holder of the Award must have obtained: 1. An Accredited and Recognized Bachelor’s degree with Second Class Honours Upper Division and above OR Equivalent from an Accredited and Recognized University or Institution. 2. An Accredited and Recognized Bachelor’s degree with Second Class Honours Lower Division or Equivalent from an Accredited and Recognized University or Institution with a minimum of two years relevant working experience. 3. An Accredited and Recognized relevant Master’s degree from an Accredited and Recognized University or Institution. 4. The Bachelors and Master’s degree Certificates must be supported by academic transcripts. 5. Research must have constituted not less than two thirds of the entire programme structure. 6. The holder of the Award must have studied for a minimum of three (3) Academic Years. 7. The academic calendar for the awarding University/Institution must have been divided into one of the following modes: a. Semesters comprising two (2) equal Divisions/Terms of between fifteen – seventeen (15-17) weeks per Academic Year; b. Trimesters comprising three (3) equal Divisions/Terms of between thirteen-fifteen (13-15) weeks per Academic Year; OR c. Quarters comprising four (4) equal Divisions/Terms of between nine-twelve (9-12) weeks per Academic Year. I was curious about #5. I wonder if this relates specifically to the dissertation research. Looking at some of the different programs, it seems coursework is typically one year, and the thesis/dissertation is two years. It's not uncommon for someone to complete their dissertation in one year in the U.S.