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The university of Nairobi performance profile

As Kenya celebrates 50 years of independence, it cannot ignore the role played by the University of Nairobi, an institution incepted in 1956. Below are some of he highlights of the University:

  • Produced 151,000 graduates in almost all known areas, fields and disciplines of study, research and training. These men and women are contributing to the socio-economic development of Kenya.

  • Excellent position in government performance contracting. The only organization to score “excellent’ in performance contracting.

  • Top local University in web rankings.

  • Over 400 courses in virtually all disciplines and specialization including in: medicine, vet medicine, development studies, dental, communication, economics, pharmacy, nursing diplomacy, armed conflict and strategic studies among others

  • Students population stand at 70,000, spread over seven campuses with strong presence in all regions. 15,000 of the students are postgraduates.

  • PhD output in the last five years is 356.

  • Research kitty of KES 3.5 billion, over 400 collaborations and links for research on low cost housingtechnologies; release of new bean, maize, peas and pigeon peas varieties’ development of mala, yoghurt and uji; research on population planning’, HIV/AIDS; alternative sources of energy including low cost windmills; development of bio-fix a legume inoculant, amongst others

  • Development partners: over 150 partners in R &D, the latest being international seed companies for mass production of beans, peas and pigeon peas.

  • Asset portfolio of over KES 100 billion-including the visionary 22-store University Towers.

  • Centre for intellectual discourse: It is the choice destination for international scholars seeking to engage in interaction with staff and students on development.


    University of Nairobi Results in Performance Contracting 2005-2011 


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50 Years of contribution to Kenya’s social-economic growth

In 2013, Kenya celebrates 50 years of independence. Even as the nation reflects on 50 years of nationhood, one cannot ignore the role played by the University of Nairobi in the development process of this country.

The University was incepted in 1956 at a colorful ceremony attended by attended representatives from Kenya colony with an intake of about 400 students pursuing courses at certificates and Diploma level. Form such humble beginnings, University has grown exponentially to virtually offer courses at all levels with over 70,000 academic, technical and administrative staff.

In 50 years then the University has contributed to the social, economic and political development of Kenya through achievements in academia research and corporate social responsibility. The magnitude of the contribution has been summarized succinctly  ”It is not an exaggeration to say that if all people that the University of Nairobi has educated and trained were to stop working today, Kenya would come to a standstill.”

One of the major objectives of the University is to participate in the maintenance of scientific standards, provision of skilled manpower required by industry, government and other sectors of the economy and more fundamentally, the accumulation of knowledge and understanding. The University has transformed into a source of intellectual discourse becoming the choice for town hall type of meetings by international scholars seeking to engage Kenyans on developmental issues. In the past five years, the University has hosted senators, prime ministers, and more recently a retired president.

The University has been identified with research on low cost housing technologies; release of new bean, maize, peas and pigeon peas varieties,’ development of mala, yoghurt and uji, research on population planning; HIV/AIDs;  alternative sources of energy including low cost windmills; development of bio-fix a legume inoculant, among others.

The university has also been a reservoir of creative talent with students providing education and entertainment programs on mass media. The numerous plays poems performed by student groups, University choir, Free Travelling Theatre, receiving enthusiastic accolades and   of various artists is the pride not only of the University of but the nation of Kenya. Artist John Sibi Okumu, Odingo Hawi, Mumbi kaigwa,  Njeri Luseno ad nasuem.

The University of Nairobi boasts of 151,000 alumni, people who have received education and training in almost all known areas, fields and disciplines of study, research and training. Frm Kenyatta university in the 70s and 80s to currently Embu University College, the Uon has given birth to seven institutions of higher learning. It is these individuals who constitute the vast majority of middle and senior officers, professionals in government ministries, private business, parastatals and NGOs.

The University of Nairobi can be charged y the number of kilometers the engineers it has produced, planned and supervised in the country. Similarly the University can be judged by how the medical professionals – doctors, nurses, technicians, pharmacists, public health officers, - that it has produced are contributing to tackle the problems and enhancing the health of Kenyans’. The professionals, officers and technical experts who constitute the backbone of our agricultural, industrial, commercial, banking, public administration and education systems are graduates of the university of Nairobi has . It is not in question that Kenya has benefited in economic, political and social aspects from the services of these people, who in many cases are the only ones available to the country.

The University of Nairobi joins Kenya at 50, with a clear, recorded contribution and it continues to make a crucially important, irreplaceable and indispensable contribution to the life and welfare of Kenyans and to the future social, economic and political development of the nation. We have vital lessons to learn “that the educated run education programs in the country, that the best qualified people lead our institution of higher learning. They are better placed to find solutions to the problems which make it impossible for more Kenyans to live above a minimum wage line.”


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