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Motto in English
|Knowledge Is A Source of Strength|
|Chancellor||Benson Wairegi, BCom, MBA, CPA|
|Vice-Chancellor||Prof. Paul Wainaina|
|Location||Kahawa, Kiambu County, Kenya
The main campus of Kenyatta University is located at Kahawa, Kiambu County in Ruiru 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
- Kigali Campus - Kigali, Rwanda
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. In 1985, it was granted full university status, and was renamed Kenyatta University. 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 twelve 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.
- School of Humanities and Social Sciences (2002)
- School of Visual And Performing Arts (2008)
- School of Education (1970)
- School of Pure And Applied Sciences
- School of Engineering And Technology (1985)
- School of Environmental Studies (2003)
- School of Applied Human Sciences (2008)
- School of Public Health (2004)
- School of Business
- School of Economics (1998)
- School of Agriculture and Enterprise Development
- School of Law
- School of Hospitality & Tourism
- School of Medicine (2011)
- School of Graduate Studies
- School of Virtual & Open Learning
- School of Architecture and the Built Environment (2016)
- School of Creative, Film and Media Studies (2015)
The Centre for International Programmes and Collaboration at Kenyatta University, is a unit under the office of the Vice Chancellor, responsible for coordinating international activities, collaborations and linkages.
Kenyatta University offers the following disciplines:
- Sports (men)
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, rollball, woodball, judo, wrestling, Goalball, baseball, softball.
- Sports (women)
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, rollball, 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
- Three handball courts
- Two hockey fields
- Four basketball courts
- Two common rooms for indoor sports & board games.
- KU sports achievements
- 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, 2008 to 2013
- 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.
- Professor Onesmo ole-MoiYoi - former Chairman, Kenyatta University Council, 1994 to 2010.
- Daudi Kabaka - late musician and Band Leader of Kenyatta University Band.
The Chancellor is Benson Wairegi. The Acting 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
- The registrars are
- Registrar Academic: Dr. Stephen N. Nyaga
- Registrar Administration: Dr. Daniel M. Muindi
- Registrar Finance and Development: Dr. Nelson Karagu
- Registrar Research Innovation & Outreach: Dr. Vincent Onywera
The Director of Student Affairs is Dr. Edwin Gimonde, and the Director of Open Distance & e-Learning is Dr. Nzuki Mwinzi.
Businesses and investments
The university owns and operates the following income-generating businesses and investments:
- Thika Road Funeral Home - Nairobi
- North Coast Beach Hotel - Mombasa
- Uni-City Shopping Mall & Office Complex - Nairobi
- Kenyatta University Conference Center - Nairobi (100 rooms)
- Kenyatta University Bookstore - Nairobi
- A television station
- Kenyatta University Children's Hospital - Nairobi (Under construction)
- Kenyatta University Dairy Farm - (In development)
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