Egerton University is a public university in Kenya. Its website states that it is the oldest institution of higher education in Kenya.
The main campus of the university is located in Njoro, a small community approximately 25 kilometres (16 mi), southwest of the town of Nakuru. This is located approximately 182 kilometres (113 mi), by road, northwest of Nairobi, the capital and largest city 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. 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.
Egerton University has four campuses, one of them being a constituent college.
The main campus is based at Njoro and houses the faculties of Agriculture, Arts & Social Sciences, Education & Community Studies, Engineering & Technology, Environment & Resources Development, Science & Veterinary Medicine.
The Nairobi City Campus hosts the faculties of Arts & Social Sciences, Education & Community Studies and Commerce. It also hosts the African Centre for Distance Education (ACDE).
The Kenyatta Campus is located 5 kilometres (3 mi) from Njoro Campus and houses the Open and Distance Learning (CODL) programmes.
The Egerton University Nakuru Town Campus College hosts the faculties of Commerce and Health Sciences.
Faculties of Egerton University
The University has nine faculties, subdived into fifty one academic departments offering programmes at diploma, undergraduate, and postgraduate levels:
Candidates must possess a mean grade of C+ and above in the relevant field of study or A-Level pass with at least 2 principals. In-service candidates must possess a Diploma from a recognized institution with a credit and above in the relevant field
Masters applicants should have a minimum of an upper second class honors degree from a recognized University
Ph.D applicants should have a Masters degree from a recognized University.
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