Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) is a state University situated at Juja, 36 kilometers north-east of Kenya’s capital City of Nairobi.
Founded as a middle level college through a bilateral technical agreement between the governments of Japan and Kenya, the college admitted its pioneering 180 students in 1981 to pursue diploma certificates in Agricultural Engineering, Food Technology, Horticulture, Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering.
Seven years later in 1988, it was elevated to a constituent university college of Kenyatta University, before assuming full university autonomy in 1994 through an Act of Parliament. Official bilateral Japanese aid to JKUAT that had lasted for 19 years ended in the year 2000. Following the enactment of the Universities Act 2012, JKUAT was re-charted in March 2013.
JKUAT is guided by a clear vision to be a University of Global Excellence in Training, Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Development. JKUAT has four colleges, offering over 414 academic programmes. The colleges are: Engineering and Technology, Pure and Applied Sciences, Health Sciences, Agriculture and Natural Sciences and Human Resource Development.
JKUAT is proactive in Africa’s development mainly through various research initiatives. In 2012 for example JKUAT won a competitive bid to host the Pan African University Institute for Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation, a graduate hub that has thrust JKUAT prominence in Africa’s integration and development through graduate training and research. JKUAT is as well host to the China funded Sino Africa Joint Research centre which has been at the forefront in advancing biodiversity research and conservation in the continent. With a current enrolment of over 40,000 students, JKUAT is now repositioning as Africa’s leading entrepreneurial University.