Africa is a continent that longs for education and East Africa has not relented in meeting this need. Kenya is one of the countries to be looked up to in Eastern Africa. Recently, Kenya has been on the spotlight as the East African IT hub and there is no doubt that the education system is part of what is driving this. There are several universities in Kenya including: 22 Public (government funded) universities, 14 Chartered Private universities and 12 universities with Letter of Interim Authority (LIA) bringing the total to about 48 universities and with this large number, it is challenging to pick the best universities in Kenya however, Webometrics uses certain parameters including online presence and authority to rank the best universities in Africa and across the world. It is normal for some universities to lag behind using this parameter however, the aim is to facilitate the web presence, research and publishing of universities overall. Below is the list of some of the top universities in Kenya.
Best 10 Kenyan Universities
10 University of Eastern Africa Baraton
The University of Eastern Africa, Baraton (UEAB) is a private chartered institution of higher learning (chartered by the Government of the Republic of Kenya on March 28, 1991) that was started by the Seventh-day Adventist with the main campus located at Baraton, Nandi County, Rift Valley Province-approximately 50 kilometers from Eldoret or 35 kilometres from Eldoret International Airport. The university aims to function in the provision and advancement of a holistic Christian quality education for the youth with the aim of equipping them with necessary skills for service for God and humanity. 9. Daystar University
Daystar University was initially founded in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, by S.E Motsoko-Pheko, a political refugee from South Africa and Dr. Donald Smith & Mrs. Faye Smith, an American missionary couple. Following the eruption of civil war in Zimbabwe in 1974, Daystar relocated to their headquarters to Nairobi, Kenya, where the institution was incorporated as a non-profit organization the previous year. The University is recognized for some impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research striving for excellence in its teaching and research methods. Daystar is home to thousands of students both local and international and sits on a 300 acres of land and has since been breaking new grounds to establish campuses across Kenya.
8. Moi University
Moi University is a government owned university located in Eldoret, western Kenya established in 1984 by the Moi University Act of Parliament. Historically, it was one of the first public universities in Kenya to be established with University of Nairobi being the first while Moi university was the second. The University is committed to a quality work and learning environment that is grounded in intellectual and academic freedom, teamwork and quest for academic excellence.
7. African Virtual University
The African Virtual University (AVU) is a very unique university that is regarded as Pan African Intergovernmental Organization. AVU was established by charter between the government of 15 African countries: Kenya, Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Cote d’Ivoire, Tanzania, Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Benin, Ghana, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Niger, South Sudan and Sudan to establish AVU as an Intergovernmental Organization of higher learning. Headquartered in Nairobi, AVU was primarily launched in in 1997 as a World Bank project in Washington and in 2002, it was later transferred to Kenya and became an Intergovernmental organization in 2003 with the mandate to significantly increase access to quality higher education and training through the innovative use of information communication technologies.
6. Egerton University
Egerton University is the premier Agricultural public University in Kenya that became established in 1939. The school’s original purpose was to prepare white European youth for careers in agriculture but since its inception, the institution has broadened to other areas of research and teaching such as natural resources, applied sciences, education, computer science, medical sciences, education, engineering and business studies.
5. Strathmore University Nairobi
Strathmore University started as Strathmore College in 1961 as an Advanced-level Sixth Form College with a group of professionals that were offering Science and Arts subjects. Strathmore University has become one of the leading non profit private universities in Kenya and has remarkable interest and achievements in commerce and information technology, Strathmore holds a peerless reputation for quality in both academic and professional education and personal formation. It has one of the best web reputations among placing it among the top universities in Kenya.
4. Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology was established in 1981 as a Middle Level College (Jomo Kenyatta College of Agriculture and Technology (JKCAT)) by the Government of Kenya and is located in Juja, 36 kilometres North East of Nairobi, along Nairobi-Thika Highway. However it was finally established as a University through the JKUAT Act, 1994 and inaugurated on 7th December 1994. Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology offers courses in Engineering, Science, Architecture and Building sciences and has a very strong research interest in the areas of biotechnology and engineering.
3. Maseno University
Maseno University was founded in 1991 and is located in Maseno, Kenya and in 2000, Maseno University was enacted to be a fully fledged university. despite its recent historical landmarks and dates, it is one of the high ranking Kenyan universities with respectable web presence and research interests.
2. Kenyatta University
The concept of Kenyatta University started in 1965 with the handover of Templar Barracks to the newly formed government of Kenya. Today, the university is located in Nairobi, Kenya with the main campus in Kahawa. In addition to being among the best universities in Kenya, it is the second largest institution in Kenya and has a track record for being among the educational pride of Kenya.
1. University of Nairobi
The inception of the University of Nairobi can be traced back to 1956, when the Royal Technical College was established. The University of Nairobi was the only institution of higher learning in Kenya for quite a long time. There is no doubt that the University of Nairobi is among the best African institutions of higher learning and the best University in Kenya, a record it has held for a long time in history especially in producing good engineers. This record includes achievements in teaching, research and development.