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The school was founded in 1939, and was originally named Egerton Farm School. It was established by a large land grant of 740 acres (3 km²) by Lord Maurice Egerton of Tatton. The school's original purpose was to prepare white European youth for careers in agriculture.
By 1955, the name had changed to Egerton Agricultural College. A one-year certificate course and a two-year diploma course in agriculture were offered. In 1958, Lord Egerton donated another 1,100 acres (4.5 km²) of land.
Soon afterward, the college opened its doors to people of all races from Kenya and other African countries. The first African principal, Dr. Kelvin Wilson Murundu, was appointed in 1966.
In 1987, the college was recognized as a chartered public university.
The affairs of the students are handled by the office of the Dean of Students. The office is headed by a dean currently Dr. Kibet. The office mainly deals with student organizations and clubs and also oversees student activities, including the publication of magazines.
Faculties of Egerton University
The university has the following faculties:
- Faculty of Health Sciences
- Faculty of Agriculture
- Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
- Faculty of Education & Community Studies
- Faculty of Science
- Faculty of Engineering & Technology
- Faculty of Commerce
- Faculty of Environment & Resources Development
- Faculty of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery
In 2005, the university established a partnership with Western Michigan University that allows students to complete half of their degree at Egerton and finish their studies at WMU in a choice of computer science, engineering and business administration.
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