Kenyatta University Logo
Motto in English
|Knowledge Is a Source of Strength|
|Chairman||Prof. Shem Migot-Adholla|
|Chancellor||Benson Wairegi, BCom, MBA, CPA|
|Vice-Chancellor||Prof. Paul Wainaina|
|Athletics||Field activities, Short and long races|
|Sports||football, rugby, swimming, hockey, volleyball, indoors, etc.|
|Mascot||Lion & Elephant|
Kenyatta University (KU) is a public research university in Nairobi County, Kenya. It acquired the status of university in 1985, being the third university after University of Nairobi (1970) and Moi University (1984). As of October 2014, it was one of 23 public universities in the country.
- 1 Location
- 2 History
- 3 Academics
- 4 Student life
- 5 Alumni
- 6 Notable staff and professors
- 7 Management
- 8 Businesses and investments
- 9 Views 2016
- 10 References
- 11 External links
The main campus of Kenyatta University is at Kahawa, Nairobi County in Kasarani Constituency, approximately 18 kilometres (11 mi), by road, northeast of the central business district of Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya, off of the Nairobi-Thika Road. The coordinates of Kenyatta University main campus are 1°10'50.0"S, 36°55'41.0"E (Latitude:-1.180568; Longitude:36.928042).
The list of KU campuses includes the following locations:
- Main Campus - Kahawa, Nairobi
- Ruiru Campus - Ruiru
- Parkland Campus - Parklands
- Kitui Campus - Kwa Vonza
- Mombasa Campus - Mombasa
- City Centre Campus - Nairobi Central Business District
- Nyeri Campus - Nyeri
- Nakuru Campus - Nakuru
- Kericho Campus - Kericho
- Dadaab Campus -Dadaab
- Embu Campus - Embu
- Arusha Campus - Arusha, Tanzania - Closed
- Kigali Campus - Kigali, Rwanda - Closed
In 1965, the British government handed over the Templar Barracks in Kahawa, to the newly formed government of Kenya. The barracks were then converted into a college called Kenyatta College. In 1970, Kenyatta College became a constituent college of the University of Nairobi, and its name changed to Kenyatta University College, following an Act of Parliament.
U.S. President Barack Obama, whose late father, Barack Obama, Sr. (an economist) and paternal relatives are from Kenya, visited Kenya in 2015; while there, he visited one of the university's campuses.
The university offers bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and doctoral degrees through 12 campuses, as of March 2016. The degrees awarded include those in medicine and law. The university has open-learning, e-learning, school-based, part-time and full-time teaching. Kenyatta University is accredited by the Kenya Commission of University Education, the Inter-University Council for East Africa, the Africa Association of Universities, the International Association of Universities and the Commonwealth Universities.
Schools and institutes
|School of Humanities and Social Sciences (2002)||School of Public Health (2004)|
|School of Visual And Performing Arts (2008)||School of Business|
|School of Education (1970)||School of Economics (1998)|
|School of Pure And Applied Sciences||School of Agriculture and Enterprise Development|
|School of Engineering And Technology (1985)||School of Law - Parklands|
|School of Environmental Studies (2003)||School of Medicine (2011)|
|School of Hospitality & Tourism||School of Virtual & Open Learning|
|School of Architecture and the Built Environment (2016) - Ruiru Campus||School of Creative, Film and Media Studies (2015) - Ruiru Campus|
|School of Nursing Sciences (2017)|
Institutes and centers
The university hosts institutes and centers such as;
- Confucius Institute at Kenyatta University,
- Africa Centre for Transformative and Inclusive Leadership (ACTIL)
- Chandaria Business Innovations and Incubation Centre (CBIIC)
- Center for Refugee Studies and Empowerment
- Cisco Networking Academy
Degrees and courses
Doctorates and PhD - 14
Masters Degree - 94
Bachelors Degree - 117
Postgraduates Diploma - 12
The Centre for International Programmes and Collaboration is a unit under the office of the Vice Chancellor, responsible for coordinating international activities, collaborations and linkages.
Kenyatta University partnered with IAAF as an athletics-village in the 2017 world under 18 championship Nairobi. The athletes were hosted in the Nyayo hostels and used the campus facilities for training.
Kenyatta University offers the following disciplines:
Football, rugby, hockey, volleyball, netball, handball, basketball, tennis, table tennis, squash, badminton, chess, scrabble, darts, boxing, bodybuilding, taekwondo, swimming, athletics(track and field), scrabble, karate, Roll Ball, woodball, judo, wrestling, Goalball, baseball, softball.
Football, rugby, hockey, volleyball, netball, handball, basketball, tennis, table tennis, squash, badminton, chess, scrabble, darts, boxing, fitness modelling, Taekwondo, swimming, athletics (track and field), Scrabble, Karate, Roll Ball, woodball, Judo, goalball, baseball, softball Seminars Short – term Courses in coaching, Sports management, training and Sports leadership are offered.
- Two swimming pools
- One gymnasium
- Five soccer fields
- Eight tennis courts
- Four volleyball courts
- One rugby field
- Two badminton courts
- One squash court
- Three netball fields
- Two athletics & track fields(IAAF Track)
- Three handball courts
- Two hockey fields
- Four basketball courts
- Two common rooms for indoor sports & board games.
- 2012 - National Champions, Kenya University Women’s Games
- 2011 - National Champions, Kenya University Games
- 2010 - 3rd Best University, East Africa University Games
- 2009 - National Champions, Kenya University Games
- 2006 - 6th Best University, East Africa University Games
- 2004 - 2nd Best University, East Africa University Games
The following individuals are some of the "prominent alumni" at the Kenyatta University website:
- Mwai Kibaki - former President of Kenya, 2002 to 2013
- Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka - former Vice President of Kenya
- Jakaya Kikwete - President of the United Republic of Tanzania, 2005 to 2015
- Daniel arap Moi - former President of Kenya, 1978 to 2002
- Benjamin Mkapa - former President of Tanzania, 1995 to 2005
- Dr. Harris Mule - former Chancellor of Kenyatta University
- Dr. Mostafa Tolba - former Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme
- Dr. Geoffrey William Griffin (RIP) - founder and late Director of Starehe Boys' Centre and School
- Dr. James Mwangi - Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Equity Bank Group
- Dr. Eddah Gachukia - Academic Director, Riara Group of Schools
- Professor Michael Bernard Kwesi - Professor, Department of Geography, Kenyatta University
- Professor John Mutio - former Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Kenyatta University
- Lawrence M. Mungai - former Registrar of Kenyatta University College
- Professor James M. Waithaka - Professor and Deputy Principal, Kenyatta University College
- Professor J. M. Mungai - late former Vice-Chancellor, University of Nairobi.
- Phillip Ndegwa - late founding Chairman, Kenyatta University Council, 1985 to 1994.
- Onesmo K. ole-MoiYoi - former Chairman, Kenyatta University Council, 1994 to 2010.
- Daudi Kabaka - late musician and Band Leader of Kenyatta University Band.
Notable staff and professors
- Prof Ahmed Hasanali - Professor (Chemical Ecology & Bioprospecting), ICIPE
- Prof Mike Boit - Sports Science,Former athlete. Received an honorary Doctorate of Science (DSc) from the University of Glasgow in recognition of his contributions to the academic research of sports and its development in Kenya 2014
- Prof. Edward Waswa Kisiang'ani - Historian, Political analyst/scientist and strategist.
The chancellor is Benson Wairegi. The Vice Chancellor is Professor Paul Wainaina. He replaced Professor Olive Mugenda, the first female Vice Chancellor of a public university in Kenya, who retired after the end of her tenure in January 2016. There are four Deputy Vice Chancellors and four Registrars, to assist the Vice Chancellor carry out his mandate.
The Deputy Vice Chancellors are:
- DVC Academic Affairs: Professor John Okumu
- DVC Administration: TBD
- DVC Finance and Development: Professor Godfrey Mse
- DVC Research, Innovation & Outreach: Professor F.K Gravenir
Businesses and investments
The university owns and operates the following income-generating businesses and investments:
- Kenyatta University Funeral Home
- North Coast Beach Hotel - Mombasa
- Uni-City Shopping Mall & Office Complex - Nairobi
- Kenyatta University Conference Center - Nairobi (100 rooms)
- Kenyatta University Bookstore - Nairobi
- Television station KUTV
- Kenyatta University Children's Hospital - Nairobi (Under construction)
- Kenyatta University Dairy Farm - (In development)
- Kenyatta University Hospital (KUH)
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