Catholic University of Eastern Africa

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Catholic University of Eastern Africa
Motto "Consecrate them in the truth"
Type Private
Established 1984
Chancellor Prof. Justus G. Mbae
Vice-Chancellor Fr. Pius Male Ssentumbwe
Location Nairobi, Kenya
Coordinates: 01°21′05″S 36°45′25″E / 1.35139°S 36.75694°E / -1.35139; 36.75694
Website Homepage

Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) is a multi-campus university in Kenya.


The main campus of the university is located in Langata, a southwestern neighborhood of the city of Nairobi, the capital of Kenya and the largest city in that country. The coordinates of the university main campus are:1°21'05.0"S, 36°45'25.0"E (Latitude:-1.351389; Longitude:36.756944).[1]

The University campus is also the host of IBM Research Africa offices.


CUEA was founded on 3 September 1984 in Nairobi Kenya as a Graduate School of Theology, under the name the Catholic Higher Institute of Eastern Africa (CHIEA). The Institute was founded by the regional ecclesiastical authority known as Association of Member Episcopal Conferences of Eastern Africa (AMECEA). The member countries of AMECEA are: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.Initially, CHIEA offered two-year Licentiate/MA programmes in Theology, as authorized by the Congregation for Catholic Education, Vatican City (cf. Prot. N. 821/80/34), effective 2 May 1984. On 3 September of the same year, it was officially inaugurated by the Right Reverend Bishop Medardo Mazombwe, the then Chairman of AMECEA. On 18 August 1985, it was formally opened by Pope John Paul II. In 1986, the Graduate School of Theology started negotiations with the Commission for Higher Education in Kenya to establish the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA).

In 1989, the Institute obtained the "Letter of Interim Authority" as the first step towards its establishment as a private university. After three years of intensive negotiations between the Authority of the Graduate School of Theology (CHIEA) and the Commission for Higher Education, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences was established. The climax of the negotiations was a granting of the Civil Charter to CHIEA on 3 November 1992. This marked the birth of the university as a private institution. The Institute rebranded as the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, in 1992.

In 2002, the Faculties of Science and Commerce were established. Then in 2003, the Center for Social Justice & ethics was established. The Faculty of Law was established in 2004, and the School of continuing professional development in 2009. In 2009, satellite campuses were established in Eldoret and Kisumu.[2] In April 2013, the university opened a new campus in the I&M Tower, along Kenyatta Avenue, in the Nairobi's central business district. The campus can accommodate up to 500 students.[3]

Faculties of the University[edit]

The university maintains the following faculties:[4]

  • Faculty of Theology
  • Faculty of Commerce
  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Law
  • Center for Social Justice and Ethics
  • School of Continuing Professional Development

Constituent colleges[edit]

Affiliated colleges[edit]

  • Don Bosco College – Moshi, Tanzania
  • Christ the King Major Seminary
  • The Spiritan Seminary
  • AMECEA Pastoral Institute
  • Chemichemi ya Uzima Center

Associate institution[edit]

  • Ukweli Video Production

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable alumni include:

  • Emmanuel Mosoti Machani, Lead. The Health Sector Development Partner Forum
  • Eve D'souza - Media personality
  • Hon George Khaniri, Senator,Vihiga County
  • Vanessa Mdee ,singer

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Google, . "Location of the Main Campus of Catholic University of Eastern Africa At Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
  2. ^ CUEA, . "The Campuses of Catholic University of Eastern Africa". Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
  3. ^ CISA, . (26 April 2013). "Kenya: Catholic University Opens City Campus". Catholic Information Service for Africa (CISA). Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
  4. ^ CUEA, . "The Faculties of Catholic University of Eastern Africa". Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
  5. ^ Gachenge, Beatrice (24 April 2012). "Kenya's Markets Regulator CEO To Step Down In June". Reuters. Retrieved 3 February 2015. 

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