Daystar University

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Daystar is a Christian liberal arts university in Nairobi, Kenya.

Daystar's original campus is close to Nairobi city centre, but there was no room to expand at that location. Therefore, in the last decade a new campus has been built at Athi River, some 40 km to the south-east of the city, on the Mombasa Road. This development has been largely as a result of work of the vice chancellor of Daystar, Professor S. Talitwala.


In 1967, Dr. Donald K. Smith, an American missionary, and Motsoko Pheko, an African journalist, founded Daystar Communications. Daystar sought to improve techniques used in communicating the message of Christ, to analyze the target audience of these messages, and to design more effective communication strategies for reaching such audiences.

Daystar began short-term training programs in 1971 to assist church leaders in developing cross-cultural communication strategies. It now has an enrollment over more than 4,400 students in 15 undergraduate majors, 7 masters programs, and 2 PhD. programs.

The university continues to produce graduates who are serving in various capacities in Africa.


Daystar University prides itself in training broad-minded critically thinking graduates. It has five schools and thirteen academic departments which include

School of Communication

School of Arts and Humanities

  • Education
  • Theology and Biblical Studies
  • Peace and International Studies

School of Science, Engineering and Health

  • Nursing
  • Computer Science
  • Pre-University

School of Human and Social Sciences

  • Development Studies
  • Psychology and Counseling
  • Institute of Child Development

School of Business and Economics

  • Commerce
  • Economics
  • Institute of Leadership and Professional Development

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