Kenyatta University

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Kenyatta University
Kenyatta University Logo.png
Kenyatta University Logo
Motto in English
Knowledge Is A Source of Strength
Type Public
Established 1985
Chancellor Benson Wairegi, BCom, MBA, CPA[1]
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Paul Wainaina
Academic staff
1,500+ (2016)[2]
Administrative staff
3,500+ (2015)[3]
Students 71,000+ (2016)[2]
Location Kahawa, Kiambu County, Kenya
1°10′59″S 36°55′34″E / 1.183056°S 36.926111°E / -1.183056; 36.926111Coordinates: 1°10′59″S 36°55′34″E / 1.183056°S 36.926111°E / -1.183056; 36.926111
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Kenyatta University (KU), is a multi-campus public university in Kenya. As of October 2014, it was one of twenty three public universities in the country.[4]


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.[5] The coordinates of Kenyatta University main campus are:1°10'50.0"S, 36°55'41.0"E (Latitude:-1.180568; Longitude:36.928042).[6]

The list of KU campuses includes the following locations:[7]

  1. Main Campus - Kahawa, Nairobi
  2. Ruiru Campus - Ruiru
  3. Parkland Campus - Parklands
  4. Kitui Campus - Kitui
  5. Mombasa Campus - Mombasa
  6. City Centre Campus - Nairobi Central Business District
  7. Nyeri Campus - Nyeri
  8. Nakuru Campus - Nakuru
  9. Kericho Campus - Kericho
  10. Dadaab Campus -Dadaab
  11. Embu Campus - Embu
  12. Arusha Campus - Arusha, Tanzania
  13. Kigali Campus - Kigali, Rwanda[8]


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.[9] 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.[10]


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.[11]


As of March 2016, the university maintains the following schools:[12]

  1. School of Humanities and Social Sciences (2002)
  2. School of Visual And Performing Arts (2008)
  3. School of Education (1970)
  4. School of Pure And Applied Sciences
  5. School of Engineering And Technology (1985)
  6. School of Environmental Studies (2003)
  7. School of Applied Human Sciences (2008)
  8. School of Public Health (2004)
  9. School of Business
  10. School of Economics (1998)
  11. School of Agriculture and Enterprise Development
  12. School of Law
  13. School of Hospitality & Tourism
  14. School of Medicine (2011)
  15. School of Graduate Studies
  16. School of Virtual & Open Learning
  17. School of Architecture and the Built Environment (2016)
  18. School of Creative, Film and Media Studies (2015)

Student life[edit]

International students[edit]

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:[13]


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.[14] 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[edit]

The university owns and operates the following income-generating businesses and investments:[15]

  1. Thika Road Funeral Home - Nairobi
  2. North Coast Beach Hotel - Mombasa
  3. Uni-City Shopping Mall & Office Complex - Nairobi
  4. Kenyatta University Conference Center - Nairobi (100 rooms)
  5. Kenyatta University Bookstore - Nairobi
  6. A television station
  7. Kenyatta University Children's Hospital - Nairobi (Under construction)
  8. Kenyatta University Dairy Farm - (In development)


  1. ^ Manyuira, Wilson (11 September 2013). "Kenyatta University Commissions First Uni City Development". 98.4 Capital FM (Nairobi). Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Njoroge, Kiarie (22 May 2016). "KU offers Mugenda job as chief of healthcare". Business Daily Africa. Nairobi. Retrieved 22 May 2016. 
  3. ^ Wanzala, Ouma (3 December 2015). "KU seeks applications for vice-chancellor to replace Olive Mugenda". Business Daily Africa. Nairobi. Retrieved 25 March 2016. 
  4. ^ Nganga, Gilbert (2 October 2011). "Kenya: Double Student Intake Kicks Off At Kenyatta". University World News (UWN). Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  5. ^ GFC (25 March 2016). "Distance between Nairobi Central, Nairobi, Kenya and AIESEC Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya". (GFC). Retrieved 25 March 2016. 
  6. ^ Google (25 March 2016). "Location of Kenyatta University Main Campus" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 25 March 2016. 
  7. ^ KU (25 March 2016). "The Campuses of Kenyatta University". Nairobi: Kenyatta University (KU). Retrieved 25 March 2016. 
  8. ^ Mutegi, Mugambi. "Kenyatta University to open Rwanda campus next year". Business Daily Africa. Nairobi. 
  9. ^ KU (25 March 2016). "Short History of Kenyatta University". Nairobi: Kenyatta University (KU). Retrieved 25 March 2016. 
  10. ^ Baker, Peter (26 July 2015). "Obama Delivers Tough-Love Message to End Kenya Trip". The New York Times. New York City. Retrieved 25 March 2016. 
  11. ^ KU (7 June 2013). "Accreditation of Kenyatta University". Nairobi: Kenyatta University (KU). Retrieved 25 March 2016. 
  12. ^ KU (22 August 2013). "The Schools of Kenyatta University". Nairobi: Kenyatta University (KU). Retrieved 25 March 2016. 
  13. ^ KU (25 March 2016). "Kenyatta University: Alumni Board Members". Nairobi: Kenyatta University (KU). Retrieved 25 March 2016. 
  14. ^ Mugambi Mutegi, and Kiarie Njoroge (24 March 2016). "My track record speaks for itself, says Prof Mugenda". Business Daily Africa. Nairobi. Retrieved 25 March 2016. 
  15. ^ Mutegi, Mugambi (23 March 2016). "KU plans diversifying into commercial dairy farming". Business Daily Africa. Nairobi. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 

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