Jomo Kenyatta University Of Agriculture And Technology Wikipedia

By | April 18, 2019

Jomo Kenyatta University Of Agriculture And Technology Wikipedia, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) is a public university near Nairobi, Kenya. It is situated in Juja, 36 kilometres northeast of Nairobi, along the Nairobi-Thika SuperHighway, off Exit 15. It offers courses in Technology, Engineering, Science, Architecture and Building sciences. The university has a strong research interest in the areas of biotechnology and engineering. Notable former students include Aden Duale, the current Leader of Majority in the 11th Kenyan Parliament; Njoroge Kamau the founder of Ignite Kenya and Beyond; and Thuku Kamau, among others.


  • 1History
  • 2Boards, colleges, faculties, institutes, schools and campuses
  • 3Accommodation and catering
  • 4Library
  • 5Regional institutions
  • 6Hosts Pan African University
  • 7Notable staff
  • 8References
  • 9External links


The university was started in 1981 as Jomo Kenyatta College of Agriculture and Technology (JKCAT), a middle-level college by the government of Kenya with assistance from the Japanese government. Plans for the establishment of JKCAT started in 1977. In early 1978, the Kenyan president, Jomo Kenyatta, donated 200 hectares of farmland for the establishment of the college. The first group of students were admitted on 4 May 1981. The new president Daniel Arap Moi formally opened JKUAT on 17 March 1982.

The first graduation ceremony was held in April 1984 with diploma certificates presented to graduates in agricultural engineering, food technology and horticulture. On 1 September 1988, Moi declared JKUAT a constituent College of Kenyatta University through a legal notice, under the Kenyatta University Act (CAP 210C). The name of JKUAT officially changed to Jomo Kenyatta University College of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). It was finally established as a university through the JKUAT Act, 1994 and inaugurated on 7 December 1994.

Boards, colleges, faculties, institutes, schools and campuses[edit]

The campus of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, with the Africa Institute for Capacity Development building in the foreground.

Jomo Kenyatta has the following campuses, schools, faculties, institutes and colleges:

  • Board of Postgraduate Studies
  • College of Engineering and Technology
  • Faculty of Agriculture
  • College of Pure and Applied Sciences
  • College of Health Sciences
  • College of Human Resource and Development
  • School of Computing and Information Technology
  • School of Architecture & Building Sciences
  • School of Civil, Environmental and Geospatial Engineering
  • School of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering
  • School of Law (based at the Karen Campus)
  • School of Mechanical, Manufacturing and Materials Engineering
  • Institute of Energy & Environment Technology
  • Institute for Biotechnology Research
  • Main Campus — Juja
  • Karen Campus
  • Westlands Campus(formerly Nairobi Campus)
  • Kigali Campus — (Kigali, Rwanda)
  • Nairobi CBD Centre
  • Mombasa CBD Centre
  • Nakuru CBD Centre
  • Kisii CBD Centre
  • Kitale CBD Centre
  • Kisumu CBD Centre
  • Kakamega CBD Centre
  • Eldoret CBD Centre
  • Arusha Centre

Accommodation and catering[edit]

The university offers accommodation to some of the students at subsidized rates. There are six students’ hostels inside the school compound, of which three are occupied by males and three by females.

There are three student dining cafeterias: the candle in the wind, main mess and the Hall six dining mess.

Lecture Theater JKUAT


The Jomo Kenya University library.

The university has a library that has a seating capacity of 600 students and is stocked with 80,000 volumes. The library also offers other essential services like online services, reference, interlibrary loan, user education, orientation, online information services, photocopying, binding and repair.

Regional institutions[edit]

In February 2010, JKUAT was selected as the host for the East and Central Africa regional institute of the Pan African University. The post-graduate Institute on Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation would be hosted at the Main Campus in Juja, with the first students admitted in September 2011.[1] The decision that Kenya would host the regional institute was made in July 2010 after a protracted dispute.[2] JKUAT hosts the African Institute for Capacity Development (AICAD).

Hosts Pan African University[edit]

The Chinese government agreed to support the development of infrastructure, classrooms, hostels and laboratories at JKUAT based Pan African University, Institute of Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation (PAUIST), an initiative by the African Union. The agreement was signed on 25 April 2012 between Kenya’s Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology, represented by Bernard Malenga and JKUAT’s vice-chancellor Mabel Imbuga, and an eight-person Chinese delegation led by Yin Youhua.[3]

Notable staff[edit]

  • Shitsama Nyamweya, neurosurgeon
  • Fred Otswong’o, Patent Drafting Officer & Attorney, PhD Student (Biotechnology)[4]