Africa is a continent that longs for education and East Africa has not relented in meeting this need. In Eastern Africa, Kenya is one of the countries to be looked up to when it comes to quality education.

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 comprising 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 in the country. This large number can make it a somewhat challenging task 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; but the overall aim is to facilitate the web presence, research and publishing of universities. Below is the list of some of the top universities in Kenya.

Best Kenyan Universities

10. University of Eastern Africa Baraton

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). The institution 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, equipping them with necessary skills for the service for God and humanity.

9. Daystar University

Daystar University

Daystar University was initially founded in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe by a political refugee from South Africa, S.E Motsoko-Pheko and an American missionary couple, Dr. Donald Smith and Mrs. Faye Smith. 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 which sits on a 300 acres of land, is home to thousands of students both local and international and has in addition, been breaking new grounds to establish campuses across Kenya.

8. Moi University

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 is the second public university to be established in Kenya after the University of Nairobi which is the first. 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

African Virtual University

The African Virtual University (AVU) is a very unique university that is regarded as Pan-African Intergovernmental Organization. AVU was established as an Intergovernmental Organization of higher learning through a 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. With its headquartered in Nairobi, AVU was primarily launched in 1997 as a World Bank project in Washington and later transferred to Kenya in 2002. It later 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

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 it has since its inception, 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 Nairobi

Strathmore University started in 1961 as Strathmore College, an Advanced-level Sixth Form College with a group of professionals that were offering Science and Arts subjects. Presently, 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 currently holds a peerless reputation for quality in both academic and professional education and personal formation. It has one of the best web reputations, placing it among the top universities in Kenya.

4. Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology

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

Maseno University was founded in 1991 and is located in Maseno, Kenya. in 2000, Maseno University was enacted to become 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

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

University of Nairobi

The inception of  the University of Nairobi can be traced back to 1956, when the Royal Technical College was established and 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.