Karatina University

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Karatina University
Former names
Karatina University College (2010-2013)
Moi University Central Kenya Campus (2007-2010)
Motto Inspiring Innovation and Leadership
Type Public
Established 2013 - Karatina University (gained university status)
2010 - Karatina University College
Chancellor Prof Japheth Kiptoon[1]
Vice-Chancellor Prof Mucai Muchiri
Students 7,000[2]
Location Karatina, Kenya
Website http://www.karu.ac.ke

Karatina University is a public university in the town of Karatina, in central Kenya.


KarU logo

Karatina University was founded in 2007 as a Moi University campus for central Kenya, called the Moi University Central Kenya Campus. Located about 15 km north of the town of Karatina, it had an original intake of 100 students. Three years later, in 2010, it was upgraded to a constituent college of Moi University, and renamed Karatina University College. In 2013, the institution was declared a university in its own right, and was renamed Karatina University.[2][3]


Karatina University administration block

Karatina University is spread over five campuses. The main campus is in Kagochi, the site of the former Karatina University College, with two campuses in Karatina. Further sites are located in the town of Nanyuki and in the settlement of Itiati, the latter being home to the university's School of Education and Social Sciences.[2]

Structure and organisation[edit]

Karatina University comprises five academic schools, which are each divided into different departments:[4][5][6][7][8]

Academic profile[edit]


Karatina University is currently ranked number 19 in Kenya on Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, which measures an institution's web presence.[9]


  1. ^ "The Chancellor". Karatina University. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Kinyua, Josphat (20 December 2013). "Karatina University's student population now hits 7,000". The People. Nairobi. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "President awards varsity charters, underscores importance of education". www.statehousekenya.go.ke. 1 March 2013. Archived from the original on September 28, 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "School of Agriculture and Biotechnology". Karatina University. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "School of Business Studies". Karatina University. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "School of Education & Social Sciences". Karatina University. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "School of Natural Resources and Environmental Studies". Karatina University. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "School of Pure and Applied Sciences". Karatina University. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "Karatina University College". Ranking Web of Universities. Cybernetics Lab. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 

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