Kenyatta University,(commonly initialized as KU)is located in Nairobi, Kenya. The University main campus is located in Kahawa, about 20 kilometres (12 mi) from Nairobi's city centre, along the Nairobi-Thika road. The institution is the second largest in Kenya. In 1997 it had about 8,000 students. As of 2009, has about 24,000 students.
The history of Kenyatta University began in 1965 when the British Government handed over the Templar Barracks to the newly formed government of Kenya. The Barracks were then changed into a college known as Kenyatta College. Initially, the College was divided into two; the Secondary Education Divisionand the Teacher Education Division, which started by offering the three-year Post – Ordinary level Secondary Teacher’s Certificate.
In 1970, the college was elevated to a constituent college of the University of Nairobi, following an Act of Parliament. Thus the name was changed to Kenyatta University College. In 1985, it became a fully-fledged university, starting as a teacher training institution and was renamed Kenyatta University. In 1978, the Faculty of Education was moved from the University of Nairobi to Kenyatta University College Campus and thus became the only institution training teachers for both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
The Campus gained the status of University in 1985 when the Kenyatta University Act became operational. Kenyatta University immediately established new faculties and constituent colleges including Jomo Kenyatta College of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) which became a constituent College of Kenyatta University in 1988 and later on become a full – fledged university.
Kenyatta University has been accredited by the Kenya Commission for Higher Education, Inter-university Council for East Africa, Africa Association of Universities, International Association of Universities and Commonwealth. Universities.
The university offers bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and doctoral degrees, and medical and law degrees through 11 campuses. The university has open-learning, e-learning, school-based, part-time and full-time teaching.
Today the university has the following schools:
- School of Humanities And Social Sciences (2002)
- School of Visual And Performing Arts (2008)
- School of Education (1970)
- School of Pure And Applied Sciences
- School of Engineering And Technology (1985)
- School of Environmental Studies (2003)
- School of Applied Human Sciences (2008)
- School of Health Sciences (2004)
- School of Business
- School of Economics (1998)
- School of Agriculture And Enterprise Development
- School of Law
- School of Hospitality & Tourism
- School of Public Health (2011)
- Graduate School
The Centre for International Programmes and Collaboration at Kenyatta University (KU) is a strategic unit under the Vice-Chancellor’s office charged with coordinating all international activities, collaborations and linkages.
Kenyatta University offers the following disciplines for both men and women;
Men’s sports Football, rugby, hockey, volleyball, netball, handball, basketball,tennis, table tennis, squash, badminton, chess, scrabble, darts, boxing, bodybuilding, taekwondo, swimming, athletics(track and field), scrabble, karate, rollball, woodball, judo, wrestling, Goalball, baseball, softball.
Women Sports Football, Rugby, Hockey, Volleyball, Netball, Handball, Basketball, Tennis, Table Tennis, Squash, Badminton, Chess, Scrabble, Darts, Boxing, Fitness Modelling, Taekwondo, Swimming, Athletics (Track And Field), Scrabble, Karate, Rollball, Woodball, Judo, Goalball, Baseball, Softball Seminars Short – term Courses in coaching, Sports management, training and Sports leadership are offered.
KU has wide sports infrastructure for all recreational and competition needs. The facilities are well maintained for students, staff and community use. 2 Swimming Pools, Gymnasium (For In Door Sports), 5 Soccer Fields, 7 Tennis Courts, 4 Volleyball Courts, 1 Rugby Field, 2 Badminton Courts, 1 Squash Court, 3 Netball Fields, 2 Athletics Track And Field, 3 Handball Courts 2 Hockey Fields, 4 Basketball Courts, 2 Common Rooms (Board Games and Indoor Sports.
There are various kinds of Sports Competitions which include: Internal, Kenyatta University Sports Day, Culture Week Sports, Inter Campuses, Inter Schools, KU Sports Day for People with Disability, External National Leagues, Kenya University Sports Association Leagues Invitational Tournaments and Friendly Matches.
The University Championships include; Kenya University Games, East Africa University Games, Africa University Games and World University games.
KU Sports Achievements 2012 - National Champions, Kenya University Women’s Games 2011 - National Champions, Kenya University Games 2010 - 3rd Best University, East Africa University Games 2009 - National Champions, Kenya University Games 2006 - 6th Best University, East Africa University Games 2004 - 2nd Best University, East Africa University Games
People who have been awarded an honorary degree by the university include:
- Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki
- Kenyan Vice-President Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka
- Former Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete
- Former Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi
- Former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa
- Dr. Harris Mule, Former Chancellor, Kenyatta University
- Dr. Mostafa Tolba, Former Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme
- Dr. George Griffin, late director and founder of the Starehe Boys' Centre and School
- Dr. James Mwangi, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Equity Bank Ltd
- Dr. Eddah Gachukia, the Academic Director, Riara Group of Schools
- Prof. Michael Bernard Kwesi, Darkoh, Professor, Department of Geography
- Prof. John Mutio, former DVC (Academic)
- Lawrence. M. Mungai, Kenyatta University College (Registrar)
- Prof. James. M. Waithaka, Deputy Principal, Kenyatta University College and Professor
- Prof. J. M. Mungai, the late Vice-Chancellor University of Nairobi. KU was a constituent College of the University of Nairobi.
- Phillip Ndegwa, the late first Chairman of Council Kenyatta University (1985-1994)
- Prof. Onesmo ole-MoiYoi, second Chairman of Council Kenyatta University (1994-2010)
- Daudi Kabaka, the late musician and band leader of Kenyatta University Band
The current chancellor is Justice (Rtd) Onesimus Mutungi installed in December 2010 and the Vice Chancellor is Prof. Olive Mugenda, who is the first female vice chancellor of a public university in Kenya. Under the vice chancellor, there are three deputy vice chancellors and three registrars. The former Vice Chancellor was Prof. George Eshiwani, PHD, EBS.
The Deputy Vice Chancellors are:
DVC Academic: Prof. John Okumu
DVC Administration: Prof. P.K. Wainaina
Ag. DVC Finance, Planning and Development: Prof. Keren Mburugu
The registrars are:
Ag. Registrar Academic: Dr. Stephen N. Nyaga
Ag. Registrar Administration: Dr. Daneil M. Muindi
Registrar Finance, Planning and Development: Dr. Nelson Karagu
The Dean of Students is Dr. Edwin Gimonde, and the Director of Open Distance & e-Learning is Dr. Speranza Ndege