University – Universities in Kenya


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Kenya has the largest university education system in East Africa. The number of universities rose from six public universities in 2003 to 22 in 2013. In total Kenya has 53 universities, nine constituent colleges of public universities and five of private universities. As a result, the number of university students rose steadily from 67,558 in 2003/04 to about 240,550 in 2013.

For instance there was an increase of 21.3 percent in overall university student enrolment from 198,260 in 2011 to 240,550 in 2013. Basically, the change in enrolment was higher than the 11.6 percent, recorded in 2011/12 because of a double intake that was implemented in 2012/ 13 academic year.

Female student enrolment rose by 30.5 per cent from 80,560 in 2011/12 to 106,115 in 2012/13. During the same period, enrolment in private universities increased by 11.6 per cent from 40,344 in 2011/12 to 45,023 in 2012/13 academic years.

Public universities student intake through the joint Admission Board increased by 23.4 per cent from 17,100 in 2008-2009 to 21,100 in 2009-2010. This was attributed to the establishment of more constituent colleges which boosted access to university education. The number have risen to 24,000 in the 2010-2011 academic year.

But women enrolment declined from 40.1 per cent in 2008-2009 to 37.9 per cent in 2009-2010. To boost the numbers, the joint board has an affirmative policy of admitting female students with a point lower than their male counterparts.

Public Universities in Kenya

  1. Chuka University
  2. Egerton University
  3. Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology (JOOUST)
  4. Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
  5. Karatina University
  6. Kenyatta University – KU
  7. Kimathi University College of Technology
  8. Kisii University
  9. Laikipia University College
  10. Maseno University
  11. Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology
  12. Meru University
  13. Moi university
  14. Multimedia University of Kenya
  15. Pwani University College
  16. Technical University of Kenya – TU-K
  17. Technical University of Mombasa (TUM)
  18. University of Eldoret
  19. University of Nairobi

Chartered Private Universities in Kenya

  1. Africa International University
  2. Africa Nazarene
  3. Daystar University
  4. Great Lakes University of Kisumu
  5. Kabarak University
  6. KCA University (KCAU)
  7. Kenya Highlands Evangelical University
  8. Kenya Methodist University (KeMU)
  9. Mt. Kenya University
  10. Pan Africa Christian University-PAC
  11. Scott Christian University
  12. St.Pauls University
  13. Strathmore University
  14. The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA),
  15. United States International University – USIU
  16. University of Eastern Africa, Baraton
  17. The Management University of Africa

Private Universities in Kenya with Letter of Interim Authority (LIA)

  1. Adventist University of Africa
  2. Aga Khan University
  3. Genco University
  4. Inoorero University
  5. Kiriri Women’s University of Science and Technology
  6. Presbyterian University of East Africa
  7. The Management University of Africa
  8. The Presbyterian University of East Africa
  9. Umma University
  10. Gretsa University
  11. Pioneer International University
  12. Riara University

Private University Constituent Colleges in Kenya

  1. Hekima University College
  2. Marist International University College (MIUC)
  3. Tangaza University College
  4. Uzima University College
  5. Regina Pacis University College

Public University Constituent Colleges in Kenya

  1. Bondo University College
  2. Cooperative University College of Kenya
  3. Embu University College
  4. Kibabii University College (KIBUCO)
  5. Machakos University College
  6. Murang’a University College (MRUC)
  7. Rongo University College
  8. South Eastern University College Kenya
  9. Taita Taveta University College

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