Moi University was first established in 1984. In its first year of existence, there was only one department – the Department of Forestry. The enrollment that year was 83.
The university’s school of medicine was established in 1996, and was the second school of medicine established in the country.
The university’s first VC was Professor D. Odhiambo, who served from 1984 to 1988.
The current Vice Chancellor of Moi University is Prof. Isaac Sanga Kosgey.
MU in the 21st century
Most of the university’s campuses became fully fledged universities in the early 2010s.
The Garissa University College attack of 2015 occurred at the university’s Garissa campus. In this incident, 5 gunmen claiming association with Al-Shabaab took over 700 students hostage, freeing those identified as Muslim, and killing 142 identified as Christians, with over 79 others injured in the attack plus 6 military and police fatalities. The siege was lifted the same day, with 4 of the attackers killed by the Kenyan GSU and one committing suicide via an explosive vest.
From its founding, the University had no officially recognised mascot. However, in early 2017, students from the School of Engineering chose the Nandi bear to be their mascot and, pending consensus from other Schools, the University’s mascot. It was chosen for its legendary status among the Nandi people (the university was founded in Kesses, which was predominantly settled by the Nandi) and was given a temporary name – “Kerit the Bear”.
The university emphasizes science and technology. It has the following schools:
School of Agriculture and Natural Resources;
School of Aerospace Science;
School of Arts and Social Sciences;
School of Biological and Physical Sciences;
School of Business and Economics;
School of Education;
School of Engineering;
College of Health Sciences;
School of Dentistry;
School of Medicine;
School of Nursing;
School of Public Health;
School of Information Sciences;
School of Law;
School of Tourism Hospitality and Events Management;
School of Graduate Studies;
Institute for Gender Equity, Research and Development;
Graduation ceremonies are held each year at the Graduation Pavilion.Moi University Graduation, Kenya
Boat rides in Kesses Dam are popular among students. Dating students, student clubs as well as individuals can enjoy a boat ride at the dam offered by local dam guides at a small fee.
A nearby shopping centre called “Stage” supplies most of the students’ economic needs. There can be found minimarts, nightclubs, convenience stores and other economic activities here. The origin of the name is from the time when the area was a stop for matatus that plied the Kesses-Eldoret Town route.
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