Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology

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Coordinates: 1°05′43″S 37°00′53″E / 1.095148°S 37.014631°E / -1.095148; 37.014631

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
Motto "To set trends in Higher Education, Research and Innovation."
Established 1994
Type Public
Chancellor Prof. Francis Gichaga
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga
Location , Kiambu County, Kenya
Campus Main Campus (Juja)
Town Campus (Nairobi CBD)
Taita Taveta Campus (Voi)
Karen Campus(Nairobi, Karen, Kenya)
Former names Jomo Kenyatta University College of Agriculture and Technology.
Colours      Blue and      Green
Jomo Kenyatta University Logo.jpg

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) is a public university near Nairobi, Kenya. It is situated in Juja, 36 kilometres northeast of Nairobi, along the Nairobi-Thika SuperHighway. It offers courses in Technology, Engineering, Science, Architecture and Building sciences. The university has a strong research interest in the areas of biotechnology and engineering.


The university was started in 1981 as Jomo Kenyatta College of Agriculture and Technology (JKCAT), a middle-level college by the government of Kenya with the assistance from the Japanese government. Plans for the establishment of JKCAT started in 1977. In early 1978, the Kenyan president, Jomo Kenyatta, donated 200 hectares of farmland for the establishment of the college. The first group of students were admitted on 4 May 1981. The new president Daniel Arap Moi formally opened JKUAT on 17 March 1982.

The first graduation ceremony was held in April 1984 with diploma certificates presented to graduates in agricultural engineering, food technology and horticulture. On 1 September 1988, Moi, declared JKUAT a constituent College of Kenyatta University through a legal notice, under the Kenyatta University Act (CAP 210C). The name of JKUAT officially changed to Jomo Kenyatta University College of Agriculture and Technology (JKUCAT). It was finally established as a university through the JKUAT Act, 1994 and inaugurated on 7 December 1994.

Boards, colleges, faculties, institutes, schools and campuses[edit]

The campus of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, with the Africa Institute for Capacity Development building in the foreground.

Jomo Kenyatta has the following campuses, schools, faculties, institutes and colleges:

  • Board of Postgraduate Studies
  • College of Engineering
  • Faculty Agriculture
  • Faculty of Science
  • Institute for Biotechnology Research
  • School of Computing and Information Technology
  • Institute of Energy & Environment Technology
  • Institute of Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases
  • School of Architecture & Building Sciences
  • School of Human Resource Development
  • School of Civil, Environmental and Geospatial Engineering
  • School of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering
  • School of Law (based at the Karen Campus)
  • School of Mechanical, Manufacturing and Materials Engineering
  • Main Campus — Juja
  • Karen Campus
  • Taita Taveta Campus
  • Nairobi Campus
  • Nairobi CBD
  • Mombasa CBD
  • Nakuru CBD
  • Kisii CBD
  • Kitale CBD
  • Kisumu CBD
  • Arusha Centre

Accommodation and catering[edit]

The university offers accommodation to students at subsidized rates. There are six students' hostels inside the school compound of which three are solely occupied by males while two of them are occupied by females only. One of the hostels is coed where the males occupy the ground floor of the building while the females occupy the first and second floors.

There are three student dining cafeterias: the candle in the wind, main mess and the Hall six dining mess.

Lecture Theater JKUAT


The Jomo Kenya University library.

The university has a library that has a seating capacity of 600 students and it is stocked with 80,000 volumes. The library also offers other essential services like online services, reference, inter library loan, user-education, orientation, online information services, photocopying, binding and repair.

Regional institutions[edit]

In February 2010, JKUAT was selected as the host for the East and Central Africa regional institute of the Pan African University. The post-graduate Institute on Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation would be hosted at the Main Campus in Juja, with the first students admitted in September 2011.[1] The decision that Kenya would host the regional institute was made in July 2010 after a protracted dispute.[2] JKUAT hosts the African Institute for Capacity Development (AICAD).

Hosts Pan African University[edit]

The Chinese government agreed to support the development of infrastructure, classrooms, hostels and laboratories at JKUAT based Pan African University, Institute of Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation (PAUIST), an initiative by the African Union. The agreement was signed on 25 April 2012 between Kenya's Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology, represented by Bernard Malenga and JKUAT's vice-chancellor Mabel Imbuga, and an eight-person Chinese delegation led by Yin Youhua.[3]


  1. ^ "JKUAT Selected To Host Pan African University's Science And Technology Theme". JKUAT. 22 February 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-01. 
  2. ^ Gilbert Nganga (13 November 2011). "KENYA: New audit of private universities announced". University World News. Retrieved 2011-12-01. 
  3. ^ "China to fund Pan African University Institute of Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation". Jomo Kenyatta University. 26 April 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 

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