Pwani University Kenya

By | May 14, 2019

Pwani University Kenya, Pwani University is a public university in the Kilifi County in Kenya, located 60 km north of Mombasa in the resort town of Kilifi, within the larger Kilifi County. Prior to the award of a charter, the university was a constituent college of Kenyatta University. The college, formerly the Kilifi Institute of Agriculture, was established on 23 August 2007 by an order signed by H.E President Mwai Kibaki.


Pwani University is positioned close to the Kilifi bay along the Mombasa-Malindi highway. It occupies approximately 239 hectares of land, giving room for future expansion. Pwani University was founded on 23 August 2007. The first group of around 200 students was registered on 20 October 2007, mainly in the field of Education (Science) and Education (Arts).


  • School of Education
  • School of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • School of Business Management and Economics
  • school of Pure and Applied Sciences (SPAS)
  • School of Agricultural and Agribusiness Studies
  • School of Environmental and Earth Sciences
  • School of Graduate Studies (SGS)
  • School of Health Sciences


Pwani University has collaboration with research institutions in Kenya and around the world. These include:

  • Kenya Agricultural Research Institution,
  • Kenya Medical Research Institute,
  • National Council for Science and Technology,
  • Florida State University,
  • University of Dortmund.

In collaboration with the National Council for Science and Technology, the university convened a stakeholders forum to address the problem of poor performance in sciences subjects at KSCE examinations and low conversion rates from primary to secondary and University level in Coastal Kenya.

To reach more people with the message of development in the region, the university has been participating in the Mombasa International Agricultural Show since 2008. In this trade fair the university displays scientific research findings and applied technologies which can be used by farmers to address challenges in agricultural productivity, food insecurity and agribusiness.,

Special programmes

The coastal region like most other parts of the country has a challenge on HIV/AIDS and alcohol and drug abuse. Majority of the students at the university are the youth, an age at risk of contracting HIV or falling in the trap of drug abusers. Aware of this risk the university has put up an AIDS control unit (ACU) which coordinates programs and activities to fight the challenges of HIV/AIDS. The ACU is supported by a committee which addresses the challenges of alcohol and drug abuse within the University. The ACU trains Peer Educators/counselors drawn from students and distributed in the halls of residence and programs of study. They identify emerging cases and offer support before referring the cases to professional counselors. Every semester the ACU arranges for HIV/AIDS weeks to provide counseling and testing services.