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Top Best Universities In Kenya

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Top Best Universities In Kenya | In Kenya there are 22 public universities, 14 chartered private
universities and 13 universities with Letter of Interim Authority. 
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
Top Best Universities In Kenya
Top Best Universities In Kenya
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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. This
ranking is based on the report from 4icu. 

Top Best Universities In Kenya 2017

20. University of Nairobi, Nairobi

The University of Nairobi (UoN) is a collegiate research university based in Nairobi. It is one of the largest universities in Kenya. Although its history as an educational institution dates back to 1956, it did not become an independent university until 1970. In this year, the University of East Africa was split into three independent universities: Makerere University in Uganda, the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, and the University of Nairobi.

During the 2011 academic year, the university had 61,912 students, of whom 49,488 were undergraduates and 12,424 postgraduates. The university launched several policy frameworks and introduced self-funded enrollment (also called ‘module 2’) to cope with the rising demand for higher education in Kenya.

19. Moi University, Eldoret

Moi University is a public university located in Kesses, Uasin Gishu county, in Rift Valley, Kenya. It was established in 1984 by the Moi University Act of the Parliament of Kenya, after recommendations from the McKay Commission.

The current chancellor of the university is Professor Miriam Were while the acting (April 2017) vice-chancellor is Professor Laban Ayiro

In January 1981 a Presidential Working Party chaired by the distinguished Canadian academic, Dr. Colin B. Mackay, was convened to prepare detailed recommendations for a second university in Kenya and their report was presented to the then President, H. E. Hon. Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi in September 1981. The report strongly recommended that the new university should have a distinct bias towards technology.

In October 1983, a report titled “Project for the Second University” was prepared by a joint Kenyan and UNESCO team. As a result, Moi University was established by the Government in mid-1984 and building work on the site near Eldoret, commenced in the following year. The university Administration moved from its temporary offices in Eldoret to present main campus (Kesses), Uasin Gishu County on July 29, 1986.

The University was however officially inaugurated on December 6, 1985 by the then Chancellor, His Excellency the second President of Kenya, Hon. Daniel Toroitich. Arap Moi.

Since then, the University has experienced phenomenal growth from its initial one faculty in 1984, to a total of 15 Schools, nine Directorates and two Institutes presently.The total student population currently is over 52, 000, distributed across Diploma, Undergraduate, Masters, PostGraduate Diploma and Doctorate of Philosophy programmes in diverse fields.

The University currently has four campuses, namely: Main Campus, Town Campus, Eldoret West Campus and Odera Akang’o Campus. The Town campus hosts the College of Health Sciences (Medical Complex), School of Aerospace Sciences (Rivatex) and School of Law (Annex) while the Eldoret West Campus is home to our Privately Sponsored Students Programmes (PSSP). Moi University is proud to have two constituent colleges, namely Garissa and Rongo that also offer unique undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and a total of six Satellite Campuses in Nairobi, Kitale, Alupe, Kericho, Coast (Mombasa) and Nakuru.

18. Egerton University, Njoro

Egerton University is a public university in Kenya. Its website states that it is the oldest institution of higher education in Kenya.

The school was founded in 1939, and was originally named Egerton Farm School. It was established by a large land grant of 740 acres (3 km²) by Maurice Egerton, 4th Baron Egerton of Tatton. The school’s original purpose was to prepare white European youth for careers in agriculture.[6] By 1955, the name had changed to Egerton Agricultural College. A one-year certificate course and a two-year diploma course in agriculture were offered. In 1958, Lord Egerton donated another 1,100 acres (4.5 km2) of land. Soon afterwards, the college opened its doors to people of all races from Kenya and other African countries.

In 1979, with support from the Government of Kenya and USAID, the college expanded yet again, becoming part of the University of Nairobi system. In 1987, the college was recognized as a chartered public university.

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17. Kenyatta University, Nairobi

Kenyatta University (KU) is a public research university in Nairobi 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.

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.

16. Strathmore University, Nairobi

Strathmore University is a chartered university based in Nairobi, Kenya. Strathmore College was started in 1961, as the first multi-racial, multi-religious Advanced-level Sixth Form College offering science and arts subjects, by a group of professionals who formed a charitable educational trust (now the Strathmore Educational Trust).

Saint Josemaría Escrivá, founder of Opus Dei, inspired and encouraged them to start the College. Strathmore has a particularly successful accounting program: 60% of the CPA finalists in Kenya coming from it in the past ten years, dating back from 2007. The current Vice-Chancellor of the University is Professor John Odhiambo.

15. Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Nairobi

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) is a public university near Nairobi, Kenya. It is situated in Juja, 36 kilometres northeast of Nairobi, along the Nairobi-Thika SuperHighway. It offers courses in Technology, Engineering, Science, Architecture and Building sciences. The university has a strong research interest in the areas of biotechnology and engineering. Notable former students include Aden Duale, the current Leader of Majority in the 11th Kenyan Parliament; Njoroge Kamau the founder of Ignite Kenya and Beyond; and Thuku Kamau, among others.

14. United States International University Nairobi

United States International University – Africa, also known as USIU Africa, is a private university in Kenya, the largest economy in the East African Community. It is one of the best universities in Africa offering competitive courses. The university is known for its dual accreditation both in Kenya and in USA. It is accredited by the Commission for Higher Education (CHE) in Kenya.

13. Mount Kenya University, Thika

Mount Kenya University (MKU) is a private, multi-campus, chartered university in Kenya. MKU is one of the largest private universities in the country, with a student body in excess of 52,000, as at September 2015.

The institution was founded in 1996 as Thika Institute of Technology. In 2000, the Institute developed into a commercial college offering management and computer training programmes. Later in the year the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology recognized the institute as a full-fledged institution of higher learning and granted it a full registration approval. In 2005 the Institute became the 1st private institution in Kenya to be allowed to train pharmaceutical technologists by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board of the Kenya Ministry of Health.

In 2006 the Commission for Higher Education (CHE) validated and approved the institute’s request for collaboration with JKUAT to offer both diploma and degree programmes. After fulfilling all the requirements, the Commission for Higher Education issued MKU with the authority to establish a full-fledged privately funded university. In 2011, the university was awarded a charter by the government of Kenya, upon the recommendation of the Commission of Higher Education.

12. Kenya Methodist University, Meru

The Kenya Methodist University (KeMU) is a chartered private university founded by the Methodist Church in Kenya. It is situated within woodland on the north eastern slopes of Mount Kenya, five kilometres from Meru Town. The evolution of KeMU is based on the 1906 Methodist Church education policy that resulted in the development of schools, industrial institutes and colleges.

11. Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi

Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) is a multi-campus university in Kenya.  CUEA was founded on 3 September 1984 in Nairobi Kenya as a Graduate School of Theology, under the name the Catholic Higher Institute of Eastern Africa (CHIEA). The Institute was founded by the regional ecclesiastical authority known as Association of Member Episcopal Conferences of Eastern Africa (AMECEA). The member countries of AMECEA are: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.Initially, CHIEA offered two-year Licentiate/MA programmes in Theology, as authorized by the Congregation for Catholic Education, Vatican City (cf. Prot. N. 821/80/34), effective 2 May 1984. On 3 September of the same year, it was officially inaugurated by the Right Reverend Bishop Medardo Mazombwe, the then Chairman of AMECEA. On 18 August 1985, it was formally opened by Pope John Paul II. In 1986, the Graduate School of Theology started negotiations with the Commission for Higher Education in Kenya to establish the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA).

10. Maseno University, Maseno

Maseno University is a university based in Maseno, near Kisumu, Kenya, founded in 1991. It is one of seven public universities in Kenya. It has over 10,000 students pursuing programs offered on the university campuses and it is currently ranked among the best universities in Kenya.

It is located in Maseno Township along Kisumu-Busia road, 25 km from Kisumu City and 400 km west of Nairobi. It has three campuses: The Main Campus, Kisumu Campus and eCampus. The main campus is along Kisumu-Busia road, while the Kisumu campus is located in Kisumu City. The eCampus, the first of its kind in Kenya, is a virtual campus that runs flexible online programmes both for on-campus students as well as off-campus students enrolled for various Maseno University programmes through eLearning.

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The name “Maseno” was coined by Rev. J.J. Willis out of the name of a tree known in local dialects as “Oseno” or “Oluseno” that stood next to the spot where the first missionaries in the region erected their base.

9. Technical University of Kenya, Nairobi

The Technical University of Kenya (TU-K) is a public university in Nairobi, Kenya. It was chartered in January 2013 by then-president Mwai Kibaki.

The Technical University of Kenya grew out of the Kenya Polytechnic. The Kenya Polytechnic was founded in 1961. Proposals for the establishment of a technical institute in Nairobi were put forward in the Willoughby Report published in 1949. This led to the creation of the Royal Technical College of East Africa (RTCEA).

The objective was to establish a technical college in Nairobi which would offer education and training at the technician and semi-professional levels for the three East African territories of Kenya, Uganda, and Tanganyika. It was then important that in each of the territories there should be students sufficiently qualified to join RTCEA. While Uganda and Tanganyika established technical institutes in Kampala and Dar es Salaam to prepare candidates to join RTCEA, Kenya opted to introduce class streams under the name Kenya Technical Institute (KTI) at RTCEA.

8. Africa Nazarene University, Nairobi

Africa Nazarene University (ANU) is an American private Christian University in Nairobi, Kenya, and an affiliate of The Church of the Nazarene Colleges and Universities around the world.

ANU is fully accredited by the Commission for University Education and the International Board of Education(IBOE).

7. Daystar University, Nairobi

Daystar is a Christian liberal arts university in Nairobi, Kenya. Daystar’s original campus is close to Nairobi city centre, but there was no room to expand at that location. Therefore, in the last decade a new campus has been built at Athi River, some 40 km to the south-east of the city, on the Mombasa Road which became the main campus. This development has been largely as a result of work of the vice chancellor of Daystar, Professor S. Talitwala.

6. South Eastern Kenya University, Kitui

South Eastern Kenya University “SEKU” is a university with its main campus located in Kwa Vonza, Kitui County, Kenya. It was formerly South Eastern University College “SEUCO”, a constituent college of The University of Nairobi prior to its award of Charter in 2013.

5. University of Eastern Africa, Baraton Eldoret

The University of Eastern Africa, Baraton (UEAB) is a private coeducational Seventh-day Adventist university located about 50 km from Eldoret Kenya. It offers degrees in graduate and undergraduate programs in the fields of Business, the Humanities, Agriculture, Technology, Health Sciences and Education. Baraton University, as it is popularly known, is run by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and is part of its system of higher education. It is accredited by the Commission for Higher Education, Kenya Government, and was the first private university to receive a charter granted by the Republic of Kenya on March 28, 1991. The university is a member of the Inter-University Council for East Africa, The Association of Commonwealth Universities, and the Association of African Universities.

It is a part of the Seventh-day Adventist education system, the world’s second largest Christian school system.

4. KCA University, Nairobi

KCA University (KCAU) is a private, non-profit institution, founded in July 1989 as Kenya College of Accountancy (KCA) by the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) to improve the quality of accountancy and financial management training in the country. KCAU is located on Thika Road in Ruaraka, Nairobi, Kenya. The institution also maintains satellite colleges under the School of Professional Programmes in Githunguri, Kericho, Eldoret, Kisumu,Amagoro and Kitengela.

3. Chuka University, Chuka

Chuka University is a public university in the Tharaka Nithi County, Kenya. The University is situated approximately 186 km from Nairobi along the Nairobi-Meru highway, in a rural setting on the eastern slopes of Mt. Kenya at an altitude of approximately 2,000 meters above sea level. Chuka University is within Chuka/Igamba-ng’ombe Constituency, Tharaka-Nithi County.

2. Pwani University, Kilifi

Pwani University is a public university in the Kilifi County in Kenya, located 60 km north of Mombasa in the resort town of Kilifi, within the larger Kilifi County. Prior to the award of a charter, the university was a constituent college of Kenyatta University. The college, formerly the Kilifi Institute of Agriculture, was established on 23 August 2007 by an order signed by H.E President Mwai Kibaki.

1. Technical University of Mombasa, Mombasa

Technical University of Mombasa (TUM) is a public Technical university located in the coastal city of Mombasa Tudor, Kenya and the oldest institution of higher learning in Kenya. It is one of the National Polytechnics recently elevated to a fully fledged University in Kenya.

Those are the list of “Top Best Universities In Kenya”. In case you have any question related, feel free to use the comment box below.

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  1. Maria says

    Not surprised to see TUM in first place. A great uni of engineering and social technologies.

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