In 1965, the British government handed over the Templar Barracks in Kahawa, to the newly formed government of Kenya. The barracks were then converted into a college called Kenyatta College. In 1970, Kenyatta College became a constituent college of the University of Nairobi, and its name changed to Kenyatta University College, following an Act of Parliament.
In 1985, it was granted full university status and was renamed Kenyatta University.
U.S. President Barack Obama, whose late father, Barack Obama, Sr. (an economist) and paternal relatives are from Kenya, visited Kenya in 2015; while there, he visited one of the university’s campuses.
As of March 2016, the university has 12 campuses offering bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctoral degrees. The degrees awarded include those in medicine and law. The university has open-learning, e-learning, school-based, part-time and full-time teaching. Kenyatta University is accredited by the Kenya Commission of University Education, the Inter-University Council for East Africa, the Africa Association of Universities, the International Association of Universities and the Commonwealth Universities.
Kenyatta University’s library is one of the largest in Africa with a vision to bring high quality, scholarly information resources and services to its students and researchers. In addition to lending services, the library offers E-services and has branches in the respective satellite campuses. The library is open from 8:00 a.m – 12:00 midnight from Mondays to Fridays and from 8:00 a.m – 10:00 p.m. on weekends.
Schools and institutes
As of March 2016, the university maintains the following schools:
School of Humanities and Social Sciences (2002)
School of Public Health (2004)
School of Visual And Performing Arts (2008)
School of Business(2005)
School of Education (1970)
School of Economics (1998)
School of Pure And Applied Sciences(2003)
School of Agriculture and Enterprise Development(1984)
School of Engineering And Technology (1985)
School of Law – Parklands(2009)
School of Environmental Studies (2003)
School of Medicine (2011)
School of Hospitality & Tourism(2010)
School of Virtual & Open Learning(2011)
School of Architecture and the Built Environment (2016) – Ruiru Campus
School of Creative, Film and Media Studies (2015) – Ruiru Campus
School of Nursing Sciences (2017)
School of Security, Diplomacy and Peace Studies(2018)
Institutes and centers
The university hosts institutes and centers such as;
Confucius Institute at Kenyatta University
Africa Centre for Transformative and Inclusive Leadership (ACTIL)
Chandaria Business Innovations and Incubation Centre (CBIIC)
Center for Refugee Studies and Empowerment
Cisco Networking Academy
Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development
Center for International Programmes and Collaboration (CIPC)
The Centre for International Programmes and Collaboration is a unit under the office of the Vice Chancellor, responsible for coordinating international activities, collaborations and linkages.
Kenyatta University partnered with IAAF as an athletics-village in the 2017 world under 18 championship Nairobi. The athletes were hosted in the Nyayo hostels and used the campus facilities for training.
Kenyatta University offers the following disciplines:
Daudi Kabaka – musician and Band Leader of Kenyatta University Band.
Notable staff and professors
Prof Ahmed Hasanali – Professor (Chemical Ecology & Bioprospecting), ICIPE
Prof Mike Boit – Sports Science, Former athlete. Received an honorary Doctorate of Science (DSc) from the University of Glasgow in recognition of his contributions to the academic research of sports and its development in Kenya 2014
Prof. Edward Waswa Kisiang’ani – Historian, Political analyst/scientist and strategist
Prof Olive Mugenda – Former Vice-Chancellor (2009-2016), Board Chair KU hospital
Kenyatta University Central Administration Parking Lot-The Junior Library and Education building can be seen in the background
The chancellor is Benson Wairegi. The Vice Chancellor is Professor Paul Wainaina. He replaced Professor Olive Mugenda, the first female Vice Chancellor of a public university in Kenya, who retired after the end of her tenure in January 2016. There are four Deputy Vice Chancellors and four Registrars, to assist the Vice Chancellor carry out his mandate.
The Deputy Vice Chancellors are:
DVC Academic Affairs: Professor John Okumu
DVC Administration: Professor Fatuma Chege
DVC Finance and Development: Professor Godfrey Mse
DVC Research, Innovation & Outreach: Professor F.Q Gravenir
Businesses and investments
The university owns and operates the following income-generating businesses and investments:
Department of Early Childhood Studies The Chairman Department of Early Childhood Studies Kenyatta University P.O. Box 43844-00100, Nairobi, Kenya Tel: +254208710901 Ext: 57526 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Location: School of Education Building
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