University of Nairobi

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University of Nairobi
Nairobi universitet.jpg
Motto Unitate et Labore
In Unity and Work
Established 1956 Royal Technical College
1961 Royal College Nairobi
1964 University College Nairobi
1970 University of Nairobi
Type Public
Chancellor Dr. Vijoo Rattansi
Vice-Chancellor Prof. G.A.O. Magoha
Undergraduates 49,488
Postgraduates 12,424
Location Nairobi, Kenya
Campus Urban
Affiliations ACU
A view from the main entrance
A view from the main quadrangle

The University of Nairobi (UoN),a collegiate research university located in Nairobi,is the largest university in Kenya. Although its history as an educational institution goes back to 1956, it did not become an independent university until 1970 when the University of East Africa was split into three independent universities: Makerere University in Uganda, the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, and the University of Nairobi.

In 2011 the University had some 61,912 students, of whom 49,488 were undergraduates and 12,424 postgraduates.The university has launched several policy frameworks and introduced self-funded enrollment (also called 'module 2') to cope with the demand of higher education in Kenya.[1]

The University of Nairobi was ranked number 1 of all public and private Universities in Kenya and ranked number 1479 worldwide by the webometric ranking in 2012.[2]


The inception of the University of Nairobi is traced back to 1956, with the establishment of the Royal Technical College which admitted its first lot of A-level graduates for technical courses in April the same year. The Royal Technical College was transformed into the second University College in East Africa on 25 June 1961 under the name Royal College Nairobi. The college was entitled to a special relation with the University of London whereupon it started preparing students in the faculties of arts, science, and engineering for degrees awarded by the University of London.

On 20 May 1964, the Royal College Nairobi was renamed University College Nairobi as a constituent college of the inter-territorial Federal University of East Africa, and henceforth the enrolled students were to study for degrees of the University of East Africa rather than the University of London. In 1970, the University College Nairobi transformed into the first national university in Kenya and was renamed the University of Nairobi. Later, the university made ties with the University of Rome La Sapienza[3] and Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium[4] mainly for research funding purposes.


In view of the rapid expansion and complexities in administration, the university underwent a major restructuring in 1983 resulting in decentralisation of the administration through the creation of six campus colleges headed by principals.

  • College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences (Upper Kabete Campus)
  • College of Architecture and Engineering (Main Campus)
  • College of Biological and Physical Sciences (Chiromo Campus)
  • College of Education and External Studies (Kikuyu Campus and Kenya science campus)
  • College of Health Sciences (Kenyatta National Hospital)
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences (Main Campus)
  • School of Business ( Lower kabete campus)[5]


  • Centre For Biotechnology & Bioinformatics[6]
  • Centre For HIV Prevention And Research (Uon-Chivpr)[7]
  • Centre For Open And Distance Learning (Codl)[8]
  • Faculty of Agriculture[9]
  • Faculty of Arts[10]
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine[11]
  • Institute For Development Studies[12]
  • Institute of Anthropology, Gender & African Studies[13]
  • Institute of Diplomacy And International Studies[14]
  • Institute of Nuclear Science & Technology[15]
  • Institute of Tropical & Infectious Diseases (Unitid)[16]
  • Kenya Science Campus[17]
  • Population Studies And Research Institute[18]
  • School of Law[19]
  • School of Medicine[20]
  • School of Biological Sciences[21]
  • School of Business[22]
  • School of Computing And Informatics[23]
  • School of Continuing And Distance Education[24]
  • School of Dental Sciences[25]
  • School of Economics[26]
  • School of Education[27]
  • School of Engineering[28]
  • School of Journalism[29]
  • School of Mathematics[30]
  • School of Nursing Sciences[31]
  • School of Pharmacy[32]
  • School of Physical Sciences[33]
  • School of the Arts And Design[34]
  • School of the Built Environment[35]
  • The Wangari Maathai Institute For Peace And Environmental Studies[36]
  • Board of Post Graduate Studies[37]
  • Center For International Programmes & Links[38]


The University of Nairobi has over the years produced many accomplished alumni including the Deputy President of Republic of Kenya William Ruto and Nobel Peace laureate, Wangari Maathai.


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  4. ^ [2][dead link]
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  6. ^ "University of Nairobi > Centre For Biotechnology & Bioinformatics". Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  7. ^ "University of Nairobi > Centre For Hiv Prevention And Research (uon-chivpr)". Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  8. ^ "University of Nairobi > Centre For Open And Distance Learning (codl)". Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  9. ^ "University of Nairobi > Faculty of Agriculture". Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  10. ^ "University of Nairobi > Faculty of Arts". Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  11. ^ "University of Nairobi > Faculty of Veterinary Medicine". Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  12. ^ "University of Nairobi > Institute For Development Studies". Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  13. ^ "University of Nairobi > Institute of Anthropology, Gender & African Studies". Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  14. ^ "University of Nairobi > Institute of Diplomacy And International Studies". Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  15. ^ "University of Nairobi > Institute of Nuclear Science & Technology". Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  16. ^ "University of Nairobi > Institute of Tropical & Infectious Diseases(unitid)". Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  17. ^ "University of Nairobi > Kenya Science Campus". Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  18. ^ "University of Nairobi > Population Studies And Research Institute". Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  19. ^ "University of Nairobi > School of Law". Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  20. ^ "University of Nairobi > School of Medicine". 3 July 1967. Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  21. ^ "University of Nairobi > School of Biological Sciences". Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  22. ^ "University of Nairobi > School of Business". Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  23. ^ "University of Nairobi > School of Computing And Informatics". Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  24. ^ "University of Nairobi > School of Continuing And Distance Education". Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  25. ^ "University of Nairobi > School of Dental Sciences". Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  26. ^ "University of Nairobi > School of Economics". Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  27. ^ "University of Nairobi > School of Education". Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  28. ^ "University of Nairobi > School of Engineering". Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  29. ^ "University of Nairobi > School of Journalism". Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  30. ^ "University of Nairobi > School of Mathematics". Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  31. ^ "University of Nairobi > School of Nursing Sciences". Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  32. ^ "University of Nairobi > School of Pharmacy". Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  33. ^ "University of Nairobi > School of Physical Sciences". Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  34. ^ "University of Nairobi > School of the Arts And Design". Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  35. ^ "University of Nairobi > School of the Built Environment". Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  36. ^ [3][dead link]
  37. ^ "University of Nairobi > Board of Post Graduate Studies". Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  38. ^ "University of Nairobi > Center For International Programmes & Links". Retrieved 2010-08-07. 

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