The University ranking in Kenya is based on the school’s number of alumni who have secured employment, published research projects, the quality of its learning facilities and other assets, students’ population, its regional and global reputation, among other things.
The country has 30 public universities, 30 chartered private universities and 30 universities with Letter of Interim Authority (LIA). Tens of thousands of students apply to these institutes yearly. Hence, according to UNESCO’s report, Kenya’s adult literacy rate is 81.53%, 84.99% for males and 78.19% for females
List of the best universities
Most Kenyan scholars prefer institutions that are at the top of the global and national ranking lists. Hence, this creates a competitive environment whereby schools at the top in a particular year is not guaranteed the same position in future. Here are the top institutions ranking in Kenya:
1. University of Nairobi (UoN)
UoN is the top university in Kenya. It trains most of Kenya’s workforce and is among East Africa’s best higher learning institutions. UoN ranks higher among public universities in Kenya, and it offers about 900 courses.
The school has over 90,000 students, over 2,000 academic staff with PhDs, more than 400 professors, and 5,000 administrative and technical staff. How many campuses does the University of Nairobi have? It has six colleges located throughout the city on seven separate campuses.
2. Kenyatta University (KU)
KU is among the biggest universities in Kenya and a leading public research institute. It received full university status in 1985, and it has 13 campuses across the country. KU has over 70,000 students and about 1,500 academic staff.
This school, UoN, and Moi University have the highest student population because they have many colleges and are among the oldest academic institutes in Kenya.
3. Strathmore University (SU)
Strathmore is one of the best private universities in Kenya. Established in 1961, SU has been a top provider of all-rounded education in various disciplines of knowledge. Strathmore University uses a triple-helix research cooperation model that helps students engage in research projects become competitive globally
What is Strathmore University known for? It is one of the best universities in Kenya to pursue business courses because it has a successful accounting program. As a result, Strathmore has produced around 60% of the CPA finalists in Kenya since 2007.
4. United States International University-Africa ((USIU)
USIU-A is governed by a board of trustees comprising seven Americans and four top local chief executives. Its board’s current chairman is Dr Chandaria (a British citizen). The board consists of seven Americans, two Ghanaians, and four Kenyans.
The school was initially formed to offer Business Administration, Psychology, and International Relations degree programs but has added more programs. USIU has over 7,000 students, and its film students received eight nominations at the prestigious Kalasha Film and TV Awards’ 2021 edition.
5. Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT
The school plays an active role in developing technology and agriculture in the country. JKUAT’s campuses and centres are evenly spread across the country. Its 32 acre-main campus, The Park, constitutes a student population of 29,500 and 2,600 staff. The campus is situated in Juja, 36 kilometres northeast of Nairobi, along the Nairobi-Thika Super Highway.
6. Egerton University
The institution has maintained the position of the premier Agricultural public university in Kenya for decades and broadened its course list. Egerton University now offers more programs, including applied sciences, natural resources, computer science, education, engineering, business studies, and medical sciences.
7. Moi University
The public institute was established in 1984 in Eldoret, Kenya’s fifth-largest city. Moi University has four campuses; the Main Campus, Eldoret West Campus, Town Campus, and Odera Akang’o Campus. The main campus currently has over 52,000 students.
Its notable alumni include the Voice of America’s English news reporter Vincent Makori and politicians Aden Bare Duale, Joshua Kutuny, James Ole Kiyiapi, and Mwangi Kiunjuri.
8. Mount Kenya University (MKU)
MKU is East and Central Africa’s largest private university and one of the few institutes that offer students an opportunity to complete their degree programs faster. In addition, students get exceptions for their previous studies in academic courses approved by the senate.
Educationalist Simon Gicharu is MKU’s founder. Gicharu was born in 1964 in Gathiruini village, Kiambu County. He is the first child in a family of seven.
9. Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA)
The school initially offered a two-year Licentiate/MA program in Theology. Today, it has expanded into a centre of excellence in teaching, research, and learning for more courses.
CUEA offers doctorate, master, undergraduate degree, diploma, and certificate courses in canon law, social justice, ethics, and regional integration and development. It has the Nairobi, Eldoret, and Nairobi campuses.
10. Technical University of Kenya (TU-K)
TU-K closes the list of top ten universities in Kenya and is also one of the oldest public technical institutes in the country. It was established in 1961 in Nairobi city as a TVET. However, the government promoted it into a university in 2012.
The school’s mandate is to offer higher education and research in technology. TU-K offers certificate, diploma, and bachelor’s degree programs for science, technology, engineering, and architecture courses.