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 Professor Olive Mugenda
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
Campus multiple
Website [1]

Kenyatta University (KU), is a multi-campus public university with its main campus in Kiambu County's Ruiru Constituency, Thika, Kenya. As of October 2014, it was one of twenty three public universities in the country with a student population of over 70000.[2]


The university main campus is located at Kahawa, Kiambu County in Thika approximately 20 kilometres (12 mi), by road, northeast of the central business district of Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. The campus lies along the road between Nairobi and the central Kenyan town of Thika.[3] The coordinates of Kenyatta University main campus are:1°10'59.0"S; 36°55'34.0"E (Latitude:-1.183056; Longitude:36.926111).[4] The university maintains other campuses at the following locations:[5]


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.[6]

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.[7]


The university offers bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and doctoral degrees through eleven campuses. 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, theInter-University Council for East Africa, the Africa Association of Universities, the International Association of Universities and the Commonwealth Universities.[8]


As of December 2014, the university has the following schools:[9]

  • 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 Health Sciences (2004)
  • School of Business
  • School of Economics (1998)
  • School of Agriculture And Enterprise Development
  • School of Law
  • School of Hospitality & Tourism
  • School of Public Health (2011)
  • Graduate School
  • Digital School of Virtual & Open Learning

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, 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 listed under "Prominent Alumni" at the Kenyatta University website:[10]


The Chancellor is Benson Wairegi. The Vice Chancellor is Professor Olive Mugenda, the first female Vice Chancellor of a public university in Kenya.[11] There are four Deputy Vice Chancellors and four Registrars, to assist the Vice Chancellor carry out her mandate.

The Deputy Vice Chancellors are
  • DVC Academic Affairs: Professor John Okumu
  • DVC Administration: Professor P.K. Wainaina
  • 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.


  1. ^ Manyuira, Wilson (11 September 2013). "Kenyatta University Commissions First Uni City Development". 98.4 Capital FM (Nairobi). Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Nganga, Gilbert (2 October 2011). "Kenya: Double Student Intake Kicks Off At Kenyatta". University World News (UWN). Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Road Distance Between Nairobi And Kahawa With Interactive Map". Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  4. ^ Google, . "Location of Kenyatta University Main Campus At Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  5. ^ KU, . "The Campuses of Kenyatta University". Kenyatta University (KU). Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  6. ^ KU, . (21 March 2013). "Short History of Kenyatta University". Kenyatta University (KU). Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
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  8. ^ KU, . (7 June 2013). "Accreditation of Kenyatta University". Kenyatta University (KU). Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  9. ^ KU, . (22 August 2013). "The Schools of Kenyatta University". Kenyatta University (KU). Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  10. ^ KU, . "Kenyatta University Prominent Alumni". Kenyatta University (KU). Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  11. ^ ISUALUM, . (2008). "Iowa State University Alumni Association: Distinguished Alumni Award - Olive Mwihaki Mugenda, 2008". Iowa State University Alumni Association (ISUALUM). Retrieved 1 December 2014. 

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