Egerton University is a public university with its main campus located in Njoro, near the city of Nakuru, Kenya. The chancellor is Ambassador Bethuel K Kiplagat and the vice chancellor is Professor J. K. Tuitoek.
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 Lord Maurice Egerton of Tatton. The school's original purpose was to prepare white European youth for careers in agriculture.
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 afterward, the college opened its doors to people of all races from Kenya and other African countries. The first African principal, Dr. William Odongo Omamo, was appointed in 1966.
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.
The affairs of the students are handled by the office of the Dean of Students. The office is headed by a dean who is elected every year. The office mainly deals with student organizations and clubs and also oversees student activities, including the publication of Hush magazine.
Faculties of Egerton University
The university has several faculties:
- The faculty of Health Sciences
- The faculty of Agriculture
- The faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
- The faculty of Education
- The faculty of Science
- The faculty of Engineering and Technology
The faculty of commerce
Today, the university offers many academic programs. Students can receive a three-year diploma, a bachelors degree, masters degree, or a doctorate (PhD)
In 2005, the university established a partnership with Western Michigan University that allows students to complete half of their degree at Egerton and finish their studies at WMU in a choice of computer science, engineering and business administration.