Egerton University

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Egerton University (EU)
Type Public University
Established 1939
Vice-Chancellor Prof Rose Awuor Mwonya
Location Njoro, Nakuru, Kenya
0°22'11.0"S, 35°55'58.0"E
Campus Rural
Website Homepage

Egerton University is a public university in Kenya. Its website states that it is the oldest institution of higher education in Kenya.[1]


The main campus of the University is located in Njoro, a small community approximately 25 kilometres (16 mi), southwest of the town of Nakuru.[2] This is located approximately 182 kilometres (113 mi), by road, northwest of Nairobi, the capital and largest city in Kenya.[3] The coordinates of the university main campus are:0°22'11.0"S, 35°55'58.0"E (Latitude:-0.369734; Longitude:35.932779).[4]


The school was founded in 1939, and was originally named Egerton Farm School.[5] It was established by a large land grant of 740 acres (3 km²) by Maurice Egerton, 4th Baron Egerton of Tatton. The school's original purpose was to prepare white European youth for careers in agriculture.[6] 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 afterwards, the college opened its doors to people of all races from Kenya and other African countries.[6]

In 1979, with support from the Government of Kenya and USAID, the college expanded yet again, becoming part of the University of Nairobi system. In 1987, the college was recognized as a chartered public university.[7]

Multiple campuses[edit]

Egerton University has four campuses, one of them being a constituent college.[1]

  1. The main Campus is based at Njoro and houses the faculties of Agriculture, Arts & Social Sciences, Education & Community Studies, Engineering & Technology, Environment & Resources Development, Science & Veterinary Medicine.
  2. The Nairobi City Campus, hosts the faculties of Arts & Social Sciences, Education & Community Studies and Commerce. It also hosts the African Centre for Distance Education (ACDE).
  3. The third campus, also called the Kenyatta Campus, is located 5 kilometres (3 mi) from Njoro Campus and houses the Open and Distance Learning (CODL) programmes.
  4. The fourth campus is known as the Egerton University Nakuru Town Campus College, hosts the faculties of Commerce and Health Sciences.[1]

Faculties of Egerton University[edit]

The University has nine faculties, subdived into fifty one academic departments offering programmes at diploma, undergraduate, and postgraduate levels:[1]

  1. Faculty of Agriculture
  2. Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  3. Faculty of Commerce
  4. Faculty of Education and Community Studies
  5. Faculty of Engineering and Technology
  6. Faculty of Environment and Resource Development
  7. Faculty of Health Sciences
  8. Faculty of Law
  9. Faculty of Science
  10. Faculty of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery.[1]

Courses offered[edit]

Today, the University offers many academic programs. Students can receive a three-year diploma, a bachelor's degree, master's degree, or a doctorate (PhD).[1] In 2004, 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.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Egerton University (30 October 2016). "Egerton University: Our Profile". Njoro, Kenya: Egerton University. Retrieved 30 October 2016. 
  2. ^ (30 October 2016). "Distance between Nakuru, Kenya and Njoro, Nakuru, Kenya". Retrieved 30 October 2016. 
  3. ^ (30 October 2016). "Distance between Nairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya and Njoro, Nakuru County, Kenya". Retrieved 30 October 2016. 
  4. ^ Google (15 January 2016). "Location of the main campus of Egerton University" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  5. ^ James Wilson (9 July 2013). "Foundation calls for backing of link with Kenyan sister school". Knutsford Guardian. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Kiereini, Douglas (24 September 2015). "Castle that was built for a hard-to-please lover". Business Daily Africa. Nairobi. Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  7. ^ SKC (30 October 2016). "Best Universities in Kenya: Number 7, Egerton University". Nairobi: (SKC). Retrieved 30 October 2016. 
  8. ^ WMU (30 October 2016). "Western Michigan University: International Partnerships". Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA: Western Michigan University (WMU). Retrieved 30 October 2016. 

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Coordinates: 00°22′11″S 35°55′58″E / 0.36972°S 35.93278°E / -0.36972; 35.93278