The following are the Private universities in Kenya which includes: Chartered Private Universities in Kenya,  Private Universities in Kenya with Letters of Interim Authority and Private University Constituent Colleges in Kenya

List of Private Universities in Kenya

1. Africa International University

Category: Private Universities in Kenya

Africa International University (AIU) formerly Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology (NEGST) came into being through the vision of the late Dr. Byang Kato of Nigeria, who was at the time the first African General Secretary of the Association of Evangelicals in Africa and Madagascar (AEAM, now AEA).

For more information please visit: Africa International University

2. Africa Nazarene

Category: Private Universities in Kenya

ANU is a private Christian university and an institution of the international Church of the Nazarene.ANU is proud of its humble beginnings and development since August 1994 when Dr. Martha John, ANU’s first Vice Chancellor, opened the University’s doors to 62 students from eleven African countries taking undergraduate courses in Theology and Business Administration or a Masters of Arts in Religion. One year later, the university introduced the Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, welcoming an additional 42 students.

For more information please visit: Africa Nazarene University

3. Kenya Methodist University (KeMU)

Category: Private Universities in Kenya

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.

For more information please visit: Kenya Methodist University

4. Daystar University

Category: Private Universities in Kenya

Daystar was co-founded in 1964 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, by Dr. S.E. Motsoko Pheko, a political refugee from South Africa, and Dr. Donald and Mrs. Faye K. Smith, an American missionary couple.The name ‘Daystar’ is derived from the Bible (2nd Peter 1:19), which is used to describe Jesus Christ. With this in mind, every member of Daystar University is encouraged to emulate Jesus Christ in behaviour, lifestyle and speech.

For more information please visit: Daystar University

5. United States International University – USIU

Category: Private Universities in Kenya

United States International University seeks “to identify, recruit and admit qualified students to the university” in accordance with the published standards determined by the university leadership and in keeping with the university mission as described in the university catalog.

For more information please visit: United States International University

6. Great Lakes University of Kisumu

Category: Private Universities in Kenya

The Institute was established in 1998 to respond to these challenges and to make a contribution towards the paradigm shift needed for the achievement of sustainable development at various levels particularly in Africa. In this respect, GLUK subscribes to the philosophy of self-propagated development, which is made sustainable through communities’ own participation.

For more information please visit: Great Lakes University of Kisumu

7. Kabarak University

Category: Private Universities in Kenya

Kabarak University is located 20kms north of Nakuru town,along the Nakuru-Eldama Ravine highway.It is in a serene environment that makes it an ideal place for learning.Today the University has over 1000 students pursuing various academic courses in Science,Engineering,Technology,Business,Law,Theology and Education.It has since had several graduation ceremonies in which over 2,000 graduands have graduated.

For more information please visit: Kabarak University

8. KCA University

Category: Private Universities in Kenya

KCA University (KCAU) is a non-profit making institution Located in Ruaraka along the Nairobi Thika highway and just 15 minutes from the city center. It was founded as Kenya College of Accountancy in July 1989 by the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) to improve the quality of accountancy and financial management training in the country.The college was founded after a study conducted by Chart Foulks Lynch CIPFA services of the UK in 1987/88. The study revealed that the Kenyan economy required an additional four hundred qualified Accountants every year.

For more information please visit: KCA University

9. Kenya Highlands Evangelical University

Category: Private Universities in Kenya

KHEU earned University status in 2011 after being a Bible School/College (KHBC) for more than 50 years. During those years producing hundreds of graduates many of whom have gone on to become leaders in various institutions throughout Kenya and East Africa.
KHEU is the only University whose main campus is in the Kericho area. Known for its quality programs, excellent and committed faculty, KHEU is determined to keep its costs low to serve those who otherwise would need to forgo a University education.

For more information please visit: Kenya Highlands Evangelical University

10. Mount Kenya University

Category: Private Universities in Kenya

Mount Kenya University (MKU) is a private, multi-campus, chartered university in Kenya. It is one of the largest private universities in the country.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.

For more information please visit: Mount Kenya University

11. Pan Africa Christian University

Category: Private Universities in Kenya

Pan Africa Christian (PAC) University is a Christian university in Nairobi Kenya. The institution is a fully accredited and chartered private university, approved by the Kenyan Commission for Higher Education, and authorized by the Government of Kenya to award undergraduate and graduate degrees. PAC was founded by its prime sponsor, the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC), and began its operations in 1978 as a Bible College.

For more information please visit: Pan Africa Christian University

12. Scott Christian University

Category: Private Universities in Kenya

Scott Christian University (SCU) is a private Christian university in Machakos County. It was established by the Africa Inland Mission in 1962 as Scott Theological College (STC), and named after AIM’s founder, Peter Cameron Scott.Scott received its university charter in 1997, adopting its present name in 2012.

For more information please visit: Scott Christian University

13.  St. Pauls University

Category: Private Universities in Kenya

St. Paul’s is a Christian Chartered University in Kenya that offers societal relevant education focusing on the whole person. The graduates are therefore competent in areas of study and general skills of life. The University has its Main Campus in Limuru and other campuses in Nairobi, Nakuru, Machakos and Butere.The origin of the University goes back to the early years of missionary work in East Africa.

For more information please visit: St.Pauls University

14.  The Management University of Africa

Category: Private Universities in Kenya

The Management University of Africa (MUA) is a premier private university that aims at providing innovation, leadership and management solutions to industries and communities in Africa and beyond. The distinct focus of the Management University of Africa is to be the centre of excellence in capacity building in management, leadership, governance and entrepreneurship.

For more information please visit: The Management University of Africa

 15. University of Eastern Africa, Baraton

Category: Private Universities in Kenya

The University of Eastern Africa, Baraton, is a fully accredited institution of higher learning accredited by the Adventist Accrediting Association of the Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges and Universities, and was chartered by the Government of the Republic of Kenya on March 28, 1991. It is also a member of the Commonwealth Association of Universities, and the Inter-University Council for East Africa.The institution is founded on principles which address the needs of the society in which it functions; and to inculcate the institution’s philosophy of education.

For more information please visit: University of Eastern Africa, Baraton

16. Adventist University of Africa

Category: Private Universities in Kenya

Adventist University of Africa is private university located at advent Hill ,Ongata rongai off Magandi Road, Kenya. In 1994 the General Conference Department of Education commissioned a study to determine the best way to provide postgraduate education for all of Africa. Traveling abroad, spending several years in Europe or America, was not a viable option for most African pastors, church administrators, and prospective professors. To solve their problem, a few African Adventist institutions negotiated affiliation agreements with Andrews University and Loma Linda University, but even these arrangements proved unsatisfactory because the cost was high and contextualization could not be achieved.

For more university please visit; Adventist University of Africa

17. Aga Khan University

Category: Private Universities in Kenya

Aga Khan University is an independent research university located at 2nd parklards Avenue, in Nairobi County.

For more information please visit: Aga Khan University

18. Catholic University of Eastern Africa

Category: Private Universities in Kenya

On 26 November 2008 construction of a modernistic, multi-purpose resource centre began. The whole project is expected to reach completion sometime in 2012 and will serve as the main hub for most activities and events of the college.The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), like most other universities, started in a modest way. It commenced as a graduate school of theology known as the Catholic Higher Institute of Eastern Africa (CHIEA).

 For more information please visit: Catholic University of Eastern Africa

19. Strathmore University

Category: Private Universities in Kenya

Strathmore University is a chartered university based in Nairobi, Kenya. Strathmore College was started in 1961 as an 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.

 For more information please visit: Strathmore University

20. Inoorero University

Category: Private Universities in Kenya

Inoorero University is located in Nairobi in Kenya.It is anchored on over a quarter of a century of excellence in education having been founded on what was originally known as the Kenya School of Professional Studies. (KSPS.)Inoorero is a Kikuyu word meaning “the sharpening place”. IU by concept positions itself as an institution that sharpens people’s minds, knowledge, attitude and skills.

For more information please visit; Inoorero University

21. Presbyterian University of East Africa

Category: Private Universities in Kenya

The Presbyterian University of East Africa (PUEA) is an institution of higher education registered with the Ministry of Higher Education and the Commission for Higher Education (CHE) to offer the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and various Bachelors Degree programmes.

For more information please visit: Presbyterian University of East Africa

22. Umma University

Category: Private Universities in Kenya

Umma University is an established university in Kenya accredited by the Commission for University Education. The University has two campuses; Thika and Kajiado. Umma University offers courses in Business Management, Information and Communication Technology, Islamic Shari’ah, Islamic Banking and Finance and Islamic Studies.
Umma University was established to increase access to quality higher education to diverse individuals and communities. Umma University is ‘the University of the People’ with the objective of delivering knowledge in various platforms from traditional classroom learning, Distance and Open Learning, On-Line courses and learning using modern technology.

For more information please visit: Umma University

23. Gretsa University

Category: Private Universities in Kenya

Gretsa University is a private university located within Thika Municipality along Garissa Road approximately four kilometres from the junction of Garissa Road and Murang’a-Nairobi highway. Gretsa University admitted its pioneer students in September 2006 after receiving the Letter of Interim Authority from the Commission for Higher Education in May 2006. The University began with three pioneer degree programmes in Business, Computer Science and Hospitality Management. he third lot of degree students graduated in December 2012. Several diploma and Certificate groups have graduated over the years.

For more information please visit; Gretsa University

24. Pioneer International University

Category: Private Universities in Kenya

Established in 2012, Pioneer International University is a private higher education institution located in the large city of Nairobi.Pioneer International University (PIU) addresses these concerns through a combination of carefully developed curricula in line with industries and entrepreneurship needs. To this end, PIU students engage in practical work through mandatory industrial attachment programs, projects and exhibitions.

For more information please visit: Pioneer International University

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25. Riara University

Category: Private Universities in Kenya

The Riara University was born out of a sincere desire to provide a holistic approach in higher education. It is a logical continuation of our commitment, dating back to 1974, to ensure education and development of the whole child, learner and person. Ours is a concept that goes beyond the classroom, syllabus-based learning, and reaches out to provide stimulation and motivation for self-development and capacity for life-long education.The process of education from kindergarten through primary and secondary and now university flows like that of the perennial Riara River: forever challenging, forever nourishing, forever fulfilling.

For more information please visit: Riara University

26. Hekima University College

Category: Private Universities in Kenya

Hekima University College is a Jesuit school of theology in Nairobi, Kenya, affiliated with the Catholic University of Eastern Africa. It opened in 1984 mainly as a seminary for Jesuits studying to be priests, and has greatly expanded since then. In 2004 it opened the Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations .Hekima College was founded in 1984 as a school of theology by the Major Superiors of the Society of Jesus in Africa and Madagascar.

For more information please visit: Hekima University College

27. Marist International University College

Category: Private Universities in Kenya

Marist International University College (MIUC) is a Constituent College of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). It was established in 1986. It is founded on Christian principles. It is located in Keren – along Lang’ata Road away from the hustles and bustle of Nairobi County in a serene environment that is conducive for learning. They have opened a center at Ongata Rongai Township with the aim of bringing quality education closer to the people.

For more information please visit: Marist International University College

28. Tangaza University College

Category: Private Universities in Kenya

Tangaza College is a Catholic University College jointly owned by the member religious congregations. It has its roots in Catholic Tradition, especially as planted and nourished in East Africa (the AMECEA region) through the missionary endeavors which spanned the late 19th and entire 20th centuries. Now in the 21st century, and in the spirit of the Second Vatican Council, the people of Tangaza recognize that they themselves are sent to participate in the renewal and development of that Tradition. As befits an institution of higher learning this will be realized primarily through commitment to academic excellence and the personal transformation of its students, both lay and religious.

For more information please visit: Tangaza University College

29. Uzima University College

Category: Private Universities in Kenya

Uzima University College was been established by the Archdiocese of Kisumu as a constituent college of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa –CUEA with specialization in teaching and research of Medical and Biomedical sciences.The main campus of the College is established on 64 acres of land on the foot of Riat hills which is about 10 kilometers from the CBD of Kisumu city.

For more information please visit: Uzima University College

30.  Regina Pacis University College

Category: Private Universities in Kenya

Regina Pacis University College (RPUC) is a Constituent College of The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). The College is administratively autonomous but an integral part of CUEA for all academic purposes. It is sponsored by The Assumption Sisters of Nairobi (ASN) and governed by a Board of Trustees and a Governing Board.

For more information please visit; Regina Pacis University College

 31. Genco University

Category: Private Universities in Kenya

Genco University is an online university located in Parkside Towers, Nairobi, Kenya. It is seeking accreditation from the Commission for Higher Education (CHE) to meet international recognition. Genco University is one of the world’s leading open universities specializing in distance education. Genco University attempts to remove the barriers of time, space, past educational experience, and, to a great extent, level of income. By focusing on innovation in learning, Genco University makes it possible to earn a university education regardless of where you are.

For more information please visit: Genco University

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