List of universities and colleges in Kenya

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This is a list of universities and colleges in Kenya. Kenya has a number of universities and other institutions of higher learning. There are 22 public universities, 14 chartered private universities and 13 universities with Letter of Interim Authority (LIA).

These universities are established through institutional Acts of Parliament under the Universities Act, 2012 which provides for the development of university education, the establishment, accreditation and governance of universities. According to a 2004 report on reforming higher education in Kenya, the rapid expansion of university education in the country was a spontaneous response to the increasing demand for higher education necessitated by the increasing flow of students from schools.

From July 2014, all government and private institutions offering technical and vocational education and training were put under TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training).[1][2] This act normalized this sector as it had become tainted by unaccredited institutions offering substandard education as revealed by The Standard[3] and The Star.[4] As of October 10, 2016 there were 540 institutions accredited by the Authority.

  Efforts to raise awareness of Kenyan universities and Colleges and have been made. This is through created to allow students get informed of them, their courses and fee structure developed by Osborn Wambua.[5]

Public universities[edit]

Sno University name Area Year chartered Original name Year established Campus
1 University of Nairobi Nairobi 1970 Royal Technical College, Royal College Nairobi 1956 Main campus, Kikuyu campus, Chiromo campus, Lower Kabete campus, Upper Kabete campus, Parklands campus, Kenya Science Campus, Embu University college,[6] South Eastern Univ. College Kitui, Kisumu campus, Mombasa campus
2 Moi University Eldoret 1984 Moi University 1984 Constituent colleges: Garissa University College, Rongo University College. Campuses: Odera Akang'o Yala Campus, Mombasa Campus, Kericho Campus, Kitale Campus, Alupe Campus, Nairobi Campus
3 Kenyatta University Kiambu 1985 Kenyatta University College 1965 Main campus, Parklands campus, Ruiru campus, City campus, Kitui campus, Mombasa campus, Nakuru campus, Pwani University College, Machakos University College
4 Egerton University Njoro 1988 Egerton Farm School, Egerton Agricultural College 1939 Kisii University College and Laikipia University College
5 Maseno University Maseno 1991 Maseno Govt. Training Institute, Siriba Teachers College 1955 Oginga Odinga University
6 Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology Kiambu 1994 Jomo Kenyatta College of Agriculture 1981 Multimedia University College of Kenya, Meru University College of Science and Technology, Murang'a University College[7]
7 Technical University of Mombasa Mombasa 2007

Mombasa Institute of Muslim Education (MIOME)

8 Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology Kakamega 2007 Western College of Arts and Applied Sciences 1972
9 Dedan Kimathi University of Technology Nyeri 2012 Kimathi Institute of Technology, Kimathi University College of Technology (2007) as a constituent college of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology 1972 Main Campus, Nyeri
10 Chuka University Chuka 2012 Chuka University College, Chuka University College (2004) as a constituent college of Egerton University 2004 Main Campus, Chuka
11 Laikipia University Laikipia 2013 LSFTC (1965), AHITI (1979), Egerton University Campus (1990), Laikipia University College, as a constituent college of Egerton University Main Campus, Nyahururu town Campus, Naivasha Campus, Nakuru Campus, Maralal Campus
12 South Eastern Kenya University Kitui 2013 Ukamba Agricultural Institute (Ukai), South Eastern University College (Seuco) 2008 SEKU Main Campus, Machakos Town Campus, Kitui Town Campus, Wote Town Campus, Mtito-Andei Campus, Nairobi City Campus
13 Multimedia University of Kenya Nairobi 2013 Central Training School (CTS) to serve East African Posts Training School (1948), (KCCT) Kenya College of Communications Technology (1992), Multimedia University College of Kenya 2008 (MMU) Main Campus
14 University of Kabianga Kericho 2013 The Government School, Kabianga (1925), Kabianga Teachers' Training College (1929), Kabianga Framers Training Cente (1959), Kabianga Campus of Moi University (2007), Kabianga University College 2009 (UoK) Main Campus, Kapkatet Campus, Kericho Satellite Campus, Satellite Campus
15 Karatina University Karatina 2013 Moi University Central Kenya Campus, Karatina University College 2008 Main Campus, Karatina Town Campus, Itiati Campus, Nanyuki Campus, Riverbank Campus
16 Meru University of Science and Technology Meru 2013 (MECOTECH) Meru College of Technology (1979), (MUCST) Meru University College of Science and Technology 2008 MUST Main Campus, Meru Town Campus
17 Kirinyaga University Kerugoya 2016 Kirinyaga Technical Institute, Kirinyaga University College
18 Murang'a University of Technology Murang'a 2016 Murang'a College of Technology, Murang'a University College
19 Machakos University Machakos 2016 (MTTI) Machakos Technical Training Institute (1979), (MUC) Machakos University College 2013 MksU Main Campus

Private universities[edit]

University name University status Original name Year established
United States International University Africa (USIU - Africa) 1970 United States International University, Nairobi Campus 1970
Mount Kenya University(MKU) 2006 Thika Institute of Technology 1996
Uzima University College (constituency college of CUEA) 2004
Catholic Higher Institute of Eastern Africa 1984
University of Eastern Africa, Baraton 1992 Baraton Animal Husbandry Research Station 1980
Daystar University 1992 Daystar University College 1989
Africa Nazarene University 1994 African Nazarene University 1994
Scott Christian University 1997 Scott Theological College 1962
Kabarak University 2001 Kabarak University 2001
K.A.G. East University 2016 East Africa School of Theology 1968
Strathmore University 2002 Strathmore College 1961
Zetech University[8] 2014 Zetech College 1990
Kiriri Women’s University of Science and Technology 2001 Kiriri Women’s University of Science and Technology 2001
Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) 1992
Pan Africa Christian University 2006 Bible College 1978
Kenya Methodist University 2006 Kenya Methodist University 1997
Adventist University of Africa 2006 Adventist University of Africa 2005
Gretsa University 2006 Gretsa University 2006
Great Lakes University of Kisumu 2006 Tropical Institute of Community Health and Development 1998
Presbyterian University of East Africa 2007 Presbyterian College 1994
St. Paul's University 2007 St Paul's Divinity School, St Paul's United Theological College 1903
KCA University 2007 Kenya College of Accountancy 1989
Africa International University 2011 Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology 1983

Riara University

2012 Riara University School of Business, Education and Law 2012
Management University of Africa 2012 Management University of Africa 1993,
Amref International University (AMIU) 2017 Amref International Training Centre (AITC) 2017


University name University status Original name Year established
Nairobi Institute of Software Development Registered private college Nairobi Institute of Software Development 2014
Nairobi International School of Theology Registered private university Nairobi International School of Theology 1981
The East Africa School of Theology Registered private university The East Africa School of Theology 1979
Aga Khan University Teaching Hospital Interim Authority (LIA) Aga Khan Hospital, Nairobi 1958 (Pakistan)
Lukenya University Letter of Interim Authority Lukenya University 2014
The East African University Interim Authority (LIA)
Sacred Training Institute Registered tertiary college Bungoma and Nairobi Campuses 2005
Kenya School of Professional Studies (SPS) 1988 (Nairobi)

Technical and Vocational Education and Training Institutions[edit]

  • Africa Digital Media Institute[9]
  • AirSwiss International College
  • Amboseli Institute of Hospitality and Technology - Thika, Nakuru [10]
  • Nairobi Institute of Software Development
  • Atlas College -Eastleigh Nairobi
  • Kenya Institute of Highways and Building Technology (KIHBT)- Nairobi
  • Adept College of Professional Studies - Nakuru
  • African Institute of Research and Development Studies, Bandari College
  • Baraton Teachers' Training College - Nandi Central Kapsabet
  • Cascade Institute of Hospitality - Thika [11]
  • Eldoret Polytechnic - Eldoret
  • Emma Daniel Arts Training Institute (EDATI)
  • Government Training Institute (GTI)
  • Gusii Institute of Technology
  • Harvard Institute of Development Studies - Thika[12]
  • ICT Fire and Rescue - Thika
  • International Centre of Technology (ICT-Thika) - Thika
  • Intraglobal Training Institute -Nairobi CBD
  • Intraglobal Training Institute -Kisumu
  • Intraglobal Training Institute -Kisii
  • Intraglobal Training Institute -Embu
  • Intraglobal Training Institute -Nakuru
  • Intraglobal Training Institute -Donholm
  • Jaffery Institute of Professional Studies[13] - Mombasa
  • Kabete National Polytechnic
  • Kagumo College
  • Kaiboi Technical Training Institute
  • The Kenya College of Science and Technology
  • Kenya Forestry College - Londiani
  • Kenya Forestry Research Institute
  • Keshnya School of Government (Formerly Kenya Institute of Administration (KIA))
  • Kenya Institute of Biomedical Sciences and Technology - Nakuru
  • Kenya Institute of Management (KIM)
  • Kenya Institute of Mass Communication - South C
  • Kenya Institute of Monitoring and Evaluation Studies (KIMES) - Nakuru
  • Kenya Institute of Software Engineering - Thika
  • Kenya Medical Training Centre (KMTC)
  • Kenya School of Government
  • Kenya School of Medical Science and Technology
  • Kenya School of Monetary Studies - Ruaraka
  • Kenya Science Teachers College, University of Nairobi
  • Kenya Technical Teachers College (KTTC)
  • Kenya Utalii College
  • Kenya Water Institute - South C, Nairobi
  • Kenya Wildlife Service Training Institute - Naivasha
  • Kiambu Institute of Science and Technology
  • Kigari Teachers College - Embu
  • Kilimambogo Teachers College - Kilimambogo
  • Kisumu Polytechnic - Makasembo
  • Kitale Technical Institute - Kitale
  • Machakos Institute of Technology - Machakos
  • Mboya Labour College - Kisumu
  • Michuki Technical Institute - Muranga
  • Nairobi Aviation College - Kisumu Campus
  • Nakuru Counseling & Training Institute - Nakuru


  • PC Kinyanjui Technical Training Institute (PCKTTI),
  • Railway Training Institute - South B, Nairobi
  • Ramogi Institute of Advanced Technology - Kisumu
  • Rift Valley Technical Training Institute - Eldoret [14]
  • Sacred Training Institute - Bungoma and Nairobi Campuses
  • Savannah Institute for Business and Informatics - Nakuru[15]
  • Sensei Institute of Technology for Plant Operator Training
  • Sirisia Youth Polytechnic
  • Teachers College
  • Technical Training Institute (MTTI) - Mombasa
  • Techno Links Ltd
  • United Africa College - Nairobi
  • Valley Institute of Science & Technology - Nakuru
  • Vision Empowerment Training Institute- Nairobi
  • Vision Empowerment Training Institute- Kitengela
  • Vision Stars Training Institute - Nairobi

Proprietary schools[edit]

  • Africa College of Social Work
  • African Institute of Research and Development Studies
  • AirSwiss International College - Nairobi
  • Airways Travel Institute
  • Alphax College - Eldoret
  • Amani College
  • Arkline College - Nairobi
  • Associated Computer Services - Development House, Nairobi
  • AUGAB Computer College - Garissa
  • Augustana College - Kasarani - Nairobi
  • Australian Studies Institute (AUSI) - Westlands, Nairobi
  • Bell Institute of Technology - Nairobi
  • Belmont International College-Ongata Rongai - Kajiado
  • Bible College of East Africa, Kasarani - Nairobi
  • BizSmart Inter Technology
  • Bungoma Technical Training Institute - Bungoma
  • Career Training Centre - Nairobi
  • Cascade Institute of Hospitality - Thika[16]
  • Centre for Distance & Online Learning - Nairobi
  • Century Park College - Machakos
  • Coast Institute of Technology
  • College of Management Sciences - Nairobi CBD
  • Compuera College - Nairobi
  • Compugoal College - Nairobi
  • Computer Learning Centre (CLC) - Nairobi
  • Computer Pride Training Centre - Nairobi
  • Computer Training Centre - Nairobi
  • Intraglobal Training Institute- Nairobi
  • Consolata Institute of Communication and Technology - Nyeri-Mathari
  • Cornerstone Training Institute - Nairobi
  • Digital Resource Center (DRC) - Karama Estate, Nakuru
  • Digiworld Computer School - Meru
  • Don Bosco Boy's Town - Karen
  • Don Bosco Institute of Management Studies, Nairobi
  • Duolotech Computers - Gachie and Thika
  • Eagle Air Aviation College (EAAC) - Ongata Rongai
  • Eagle College of Management Studies
  • East Africa Institute of Certified Studies - Nairobi
  • East Africa School of Journalism (EASJ) - Jamuhuri show ground
  • East Africa School of Management - Nairobi
  • East Africa Vision Institute
  • East African Media Institute (EAMI) - Nairobi
  • East African School of Aviation - Embakasi, Nairobi
  • Eldoret Aviation Training Institute - Eldoret
  • Elite Centre - Embakasi - Nairobi, Mlolongo next to Co-operative Bank, Stepup Training Institute, Nakuru
  • Elite Commercial Institute - Embakasi, Syokimau, satellite branches
  • Elix Centre of Informatics - Lokichar-Turkana
  • Emanex Computer College - Kahawa
  • Esmart College - Kikuyu Town
  • Felma College - Nairobi - Embakasi
  • German Institute of Professional Studies - Nairobi
  • Globoville Shanzu Beach College - Mombasa
  • Graffins College - Westlands, Nairobi
  • Gusii Institute of Technology - Kisii
  • Hansons College of Professional Studies - Gachie Nairobi/Kuimbu
  • Hemland Computer Institute – Thika, Thika Arcade 5th Floor
  • Hi-tec Institute of Professional Studies - Mombasa CBD
  • Higher Institute of Development Studies - CBD, Nairobi
  • Holy Rosary College - Tala
  • ICT Fire and Rescue
  • The iNet College - Bungoma Cooperative Bank Building, 3rd floor, Bungoma County
  • Institute of Advanced Technology - Loita House, Loita Street, Buruburu, Nairobi
  • Institute of Advanced Technology Campus - Westlands
  • Institute of Business and Technology - Nakuru
  • Institute of Information Technology Studies & Research - Nairobi, Ambank Hse, University Way
  • Institute of Zaburi Technologies - Nairobi CBD
  • Inter-Afrika Development Institute - NACICO Plaza 4th Floor, Nairobi
  • International Centre of Technology (ICT-Thika) - Thika[17]
  • International College of Kenya - Nairobi/Machakos
  • International Hotel & Tourism Institute - Nairobi
  • InterWorld College - Nairobi
  • Intraglobal Training Institute - Nairobi, Kisumu, Nakuru, Embu, Kisii
  • Jodan College of Technology - Thika
  • Jogoo Commercial College - Nakuru
  • Karatina Institute of Technology (KIT-Karatina) - Karatina[18]
  • Keiway Mining & Technology College - Equity Bank Bldg, Mtwapa [19]
  • Kenair travel and related studies - Nairobi and Mombasa
  • Kenya Aeronautical College (Aviation, Engineering & Cabin Crew) Wilson Airport - Nairobi
  • Kenya Christian Industrial Training Institute (KCITI) - Eastleigh Campus
  • Kenya College of Communications Technology - Mbagathi, Nairobi
  • Kenya College of Medicine & Related Studies - Nairobi
  • The Kenya College of Science and Technology
  • Kenya College of Skills and Talent Development - Embakasi
  • Kenya Institute of Administration (KIA) - Kabete
  • Kenya Institute of Applied Sciences
  • Kenya Institute of Biomedical Sciences and Technology (KIBSAT) - Nakuru
  • Kenya Institute of Development Studies (KIDS) - Nairobi
  • Kenya Institute of Management (KIM) - Nairobi
  • Kenya Institute of Mass Communication - South C, Nairobi
  • Kenya Institute of Media and Technology (KIMT) - Nairobi
  • Kenya Institute of Professional Studies - Nairobi
  • Kenya Institute of Social Work and Community Development (KISWCD) - CBD, Nairobi
  • Kenya Institute of Special Education (KISE) - Kasarani, Nairobi
  • Kenya School of Accountancy and Finance - Kitale and Kisii
  • Kenya School of Professional Counseling & Behavioural Sciences (KSCBS)
  • Kenya School of Professional Studies (KSPS) - Parklands, Nairobi
  • Kenya School of Technology Studies (KSTS)- Thika
  • Kenya Science Teachers College - Jamhuri, Nairobi
  • Kenya Technical Teachers College – Gigiri, Nairobi
  • Kenya Utalii College - Nairobi
  • Kenya Water Institute - South C, Nairobi
  • Kenya Wildlife Service Training Institute - Naivasha[20]
  • Kericho Teachers College – Kericho
  • Kiambu Institute of Science and Technology – Kiambu
  • Kigari Teachers College – Embu
  • Kilimambogo Teachers College - Kilimambogo
  • Kima International School of Theology (KIST) - Kima, Western Province of Kenya
  • Kimathi Chambers
  • Kinyanjui Technical Training Institute - Riruta, Nairobi
  • Kisumu Polytechnic - Makasembo, Kisumu
  • Lake Region Business training and Consultancy - Naivasha, Kwa Muhia
  • Lakeview Training Institute - Naivasha Kangiri House
  • Mark University of IT - Uganda
  • Mawego Technical Institute - Kendu Bay
  • Maxton College Of Media & Communications - Nairobi Umo
  • Meru Technical Institute - Meru
  • Migori Teachers college, Migori
  • Moi Institute of Technology - Rongo, Migori
  • Mosoriot Teachers College – Eldoret
  • Motion City International - Multimedia School, The Make Up Place
  • Murang'a Institute of Technology – Murang'a
  • Na rap Training Institute - Yaya Centre
  • Nairobi Aviation College - Nairobi
  • Nairobi Film School - Kipande Road, opposite National Museum of Kenya
  • Nairobi Institute of Business studies (NIBS)
  • Nairobi Institute of Software Development - Nairobi
  • Nairobi Institute of Technology - Westlands
  • Naivasha Computer & Business Studies College - Naivasha Kenya
  • Nakuru College of Health Sciences and Management - KFA and Showground campuses, Nakuru
  • Nakuru Counseling & Training Institute, Centre of Hope - Nakuru
  • Nakuru Institute of Information Communication Technology
  • Narok Teachers College – Narok
  • Narok Teachers Training – Narok
  • National Youth Service Engineering Institute - Nairobi
  • Nationwide Hotel and Tourism College (NHTC) - Nakuru
  • Neema Lutheran College - Nyamira
  • Nkabune Technical Institute
  • Oshwal College - Parklands, Nairobi
  • Pan African School of Theology (PAST) - Nyahururu, Kenya
  • PCEA Shalom Training College - Eastleigh, Nairobi
  • Pioneer's Training Institute - Nairobi, Umoja
  • PREMESE Africa Development Institute - Vision Plaza, Msa Road, Nairobi
  • Premier College of Hospitality and Business Studies - Biashara Street
  • Premier College of Professional Studies Ltd - Nairobi
  • Prestige Academy and College - Nakuru
  • The Regional Institute of Business Management - Nairobi CBD
  • Regional Centre For Tourism And Foreign language - Eagle House, opposite Tacos Club
  • Regional Training Institute - CBD, Nairobi
  • Regions Group International College
  • Rift valley institute of business studies Nakuru and kericho
  • Rehoboth College - Nairobi, Ngumo area
  • Riccatti Business College of East Africa
  • Rift Valley Institute Of Science & Technology - Nakuru
  • Rochester Business School - View Park Towers, Nairobi
  • Royal Institute of Applied Sciences - Meru
  • Sacred Lake Institute of Technology[21] - Kiirua, along Meru Nanyuki Road
  • Sagana Institute of Technology
  • School of ICT & Hairdressing and Beauty - Pioneer College
  • School of Professional Studies - Parklands, Nairobi
  • Shalom Information Technology Center - Shalom House, off Ngong Road, Nairobi
  • Shanzu Teachers College - Shanzu, Mombasa
  • Shepherds Foundation Education & Research Centre - Buruburu, Nairobi
  • Skynet Business College - CBD, Nairobi
  • Skypath Aviation College - Wilson Airport AMREF KCO building, Nairobi
  • SMA Swiss Management Academy - New Muthaiga, Nairobi
  • Softpro Computer Institute - Pipeline Tumaini S/mkt blg, 3rd flr, Pipeline (Embakasi)
  • South Rift International College (SORICO) - AM Plaza, Kericho
  • St. Andrew's Pre-Medical College - Mumbasa
  • St. Joseph Vocational Training Centre - Mlolongo
  • St Joseph's Medical training College - Nyabondo
  • St. Mary's School of Clinical Medicine - Mumias
  • Stanbridge College - Voi
  • Star Media Institute - South B Estate, Southgate Ctr 1st Floor, Nairobi
  • Starnet College - Nairobi
  • Stonebic College - Westlands, Nairobi
  • Superior Group of Colleges Intl.
  • Talent institute - Nairobi
  • Tambach Teachers Training College - Kerio Valley, Rift Valley
  • Tangaza College
  • Taznaam Tutorial College - Nairobi
  • Tec Institute of Management - Nairobi and Eldoret
  • Thomas Asingo College of Computer and Business Management
  • Times Training Centre - Mombasa
  • Universal Group of Colleges - Nairobi CBD
  • Vision Institute of Professionals - Nairobi and Mombasa
  • Vision Stars Training Institute
  • Wang Point Technologies College of Information Technology
  • Western College of Hospitality and Professional Studies - Wechaps College, Kisumu
  • Zetech College - Nairobi

See also[edit]