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Type: Public Institution
Motto: Unitate et Labore (In Unity and Work)
Affiliated to: ACU, AAU, IUCEA, IAU
Established: 1956
No of Students: 84,000
No of Staff: 7,745
Vice-Chancellor: Prof. Stephen Kiama
Campuses: Nairobi (Main campus, Chiromo campus, Kikuyu campus, Parklands campus, Upper Kabete campus, Lower Kabete campus, Kenya Science campus, Kenyatta National Hospital campus); Mombasa campus; Kisumu campus
Ranking: 1st in Kenya and 11th in Africa (Webometrics)
Website: https://uonbi.ac.ke
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The University of Nairobi (UoN) is a public research university located in Nairobi, Kenya. The university was established in 1956 as the Royal Technical College when the Gandhi Memorial Academy Society merged its higher education interests with that of the Kenya government. In June of 1961, it was transformed into the second university college in East Africa as the Royal College of Nairobi and entered a special relationship with the University.. more

The University of Nairobi (UoN) is a public research university located in Nairobi, Kenya. The university was established in 1956 as the Royal Technical College when the Gandhi Memorial Academy Society merged its higher education interests with that of the Kenya government. In June of 1961, it was transformed into the second university college in East Africa as the Royal College of Nairobi and entered a special relationship with the University of London, preparing students in the faculties of Arts, Science and Engineering for the award of degrees from the University of London. In 1964 the Royal College of Nairobi became a constituent college of the inter-territorial Federal University of East Africa, and it was renamed ‘University College Nairobi’.  The University of East Africa was made of 3 constituent colleges namely; ‘University College Nairobi’ in Kenya, ‘University College Dar es Salaam’ in Tanzania and ‘Makerere University College’ in Uganda. When the University of East Africa was split in three in 1970, University College Nairobi which was one of its 3 constituent colleges then became the ‘University of Nairobi’. The University counts 10 campuses, with the bulk of them located in Nairobi, while Mombasa and Kisumu share a campus each.

The University of Nairobi is ranked first among Kenyan universities according to Webometrics ranking. It is a research-intensive university with a reputation for excellence and a vibrant research culture. It harbours a museum of anthropology, a laboratory of sorts dedicated to the practical experience of the diverse Kenya communities. It lays claim to a strong reputation in research, development, consultancy and professional excellence. By virtue of its age, it has also produced more trained graduates in human resources than other higher education institutions in the country. Thanks to its Module II and III programmes, it has given the opportunity to thousands of Kenyans and foreigners to study at the university. A 2020 study conducted by CPS International, a marketing and social research firm, resulted in the University of Nairobi being the most preferred source of new staff by Kenyan employers. In 2020, UoN and IIT Madras research collaboration led to a breakthrough in Guided Wave Ultrasound. The University of Nairobi counts about 84000 students, with over 70000 undergraduates and 12000 postgraduates. It equally counts about 2670 academic staff, with an additional 5525 administrative and technical staff.

The University of Nairobi provides stellar customer service to its students, staff and the entire university community. In addition to accommodation and catering services, UoN organises work-study programmes and sports activities in and out of the university. It equally offers health and security services across its campuses. The University hosts several online resources to facilitate the lives of students and staff alike – from research centres and repositories to a well-furnished university library, from a legal office to a student welfare authority, the University of Nairobi spares no expense in providing for its university community.
Over the years the university has graduated several notable alumni, such as Raila Odinga (Ex-Prime Minister of Kenya), William Ruto (Deputy President of Kenya), Wangari Maathai (Nobel Peace Prize, 2004), Apolo Nsibambi (Prime Minister of Uganda), Dr Fred Matiang’i (CS-Ministry of Interior).

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The University of Nairobi is home to six colleges, each with several faculties, schools and departments, as well as institutes and centres as listed below.

College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences

Faculty of Agriculture

  • Department of Agricultural Economics
  • Department of Field Statio.. more

The University of Nairobi is home to six colleges, each with several faculties, schools and departments, as well as institutes and centres as listed below.

College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences

Faculty of Agriculture

  • Department of Agricultural Economics
  • Department of Field Station
  • Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Technology
  • Department of Land Resource Management & Agricultural Technology
  • Department of Plant Science and Crop Protection
  • The Centre for Sustainable Dryland Ecosystems and Societies

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

  • Department of Animal Production
  • Department of Clinical Studies
  • Department of Public Health Pharmacology & Tox.
  • Department of Vet Farm
  • Department of Vet. Anatomy & Physiology
  • Department of Veterinary Pathology, Microbiology & Parasitology

The Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies

College of Biological and Physical Sciences.

Faculty of Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry Department
  • Geology Department
  • Department of Meteorology
  • Department of Physics

School of Biological Sciences

School of Computing and Informatics

School of Mathematics

Centre for Biotechnology & Bioinformatics

Institute for Climate Change and Adaptation

College of Architecture and Engineering

School of Arts and Design

School of Engineering

  • Department of Civil and Construction Engineering
  • Department of Electrical and Information Engineering
  • Department of Geospatial and Space Technology
  • Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Department of Environmental and Biosystems Engineering

School of the Built Environment

  • Department of Architecture and Building Science
  • Department of Real Estate and Construction Management
  • Department of Urban and Regional Planning

Institute of Nuclear Science & Technology

College of Education and External Studies.

School of Continuing and Distance Education

  • Department of Extra Mural Studies
  • Department of Distance Studies
  • Department of Education Studies

School of Education

  • Department of Education Administration and Planning
  • Department of Education Communication and Technology
  • Department of Educational Foundations
  • Department of Physical Education and Sports

Centre of Open and Distance Learning

College of Health Sciences

School of Dental Sciences

  • Department of Conservative and Prosthetic Dentistry
  • Department of Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral Medicine/Pathology, Oral/Maxillofacial Radiology
  • Department of Paediatric/Dentistry and Orthodontics
  • Department of Periodontology/Community and Preventive Dentistry

School of Medicine

  • Department of Biochemistry
  • Department of Clinical Medicine and Therapeutics
  • Department of Diagnostic Imaging & Radiation Medicine
  • Department of Human Anatomy
  • Department of Human Pathology
  • Department of Medical Microbiology
  • Department of Medical Physiology
  • Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • Department of Ophthalmology
  • Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Department of Paediatrics & Child Health
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • Department of Surgery
  • Department of Anaesthesia Department

School of Nursing

School of Pharmacy

  • Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmacy Practice
  • Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacognosy

School of Public Health

Centre for HIV Prevention and Research

Institute of Tropical & Infectious Diseases

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Faculty of Arts

  • Department of Geography and Environmental Studies
  • Department of Library and Information Science
  • Department of History and Archaeological Studies
  • Department of Literature
  • Department of Linguistics & Languages
  • Department of Arabic
  • Department of Korean Centre
  • Department of Kiswahili
  • Department of German Studies
  • Department of Confucius
  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • Department of Sociology and Social Work
  • Department of Political Science and Public Administration
  • Department of Communication Skills and Studies
  • Department of French
  • Centre for Human Rights and Peace

School of Business

  • Department of Business Administration
  • Department of Finance & Accounting
  • Department of Management Science

School of Economics

School of Journalism

School of Law

  • Department of Commercial Law
  • Department of Private Law
  • Department of Public Law

African Women’s Studies Centre

Centre for Advanced Studies in Environmental Law and Policy (CASELAP)

Centre for Translation and Interpretation

Institute of Anthropology, Gender & African Studies

Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies

Population Studies and Research Institute

Kisumu Campus

  • School of Arts
  • School of CODL
  • School of Economics
  • School of Education
  • School of Law
  • School of Business

Mombasa Campus

  • School of Arts
  • School of Business
  • School of CODL
  • School of Law

ODeL Campus

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Admission Requirements/How to Apply
The University of Nairobi offers admission into undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, based on the following criteria, separated into certificate, diploma, bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, postgraduate diplomas & certificates, and Ph.Ds.

Certificate Courses
Admission to Certificate Courses w.. more

Admission Requirements/How to Apply
The University of Nairobi offers admission into undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, based on the following criteria, separated into certificate, diploma, bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, postgraduate diplomas & certificates, and Ph.Ds.

Certificate Courses
Admission to Certificate Courses will be based on any of the following minimum qualifications:

  • KCSE mean grade of C- or equivalent.
  • An O’ level mean grade of Division III or equivalent.
  • An A’ Level qualification with a minimum of two subsidiary passes or equivalent.

Diploma Courses
Admission to Diploma Courses will be based on any of the following minimum qualifications:

  • KCSE mean grade C.
  • KCSE mean grade C- or equivalent plus a Certificate
  • An O’ level qualification with a minimum division III or equivalent
  • An A’ level qualification with a minimum of two subsidiary passes or equivalent

Please Note: Certificates must be from an Institution recognized by the University of Nairobi Senate.
The certificates should have been undertaken for a period of at least one Semester.

Degree Courses
Admission to Bachelor’s Degree programmes will be based on any one of the following minimum qualifications:

  • KCSE mean grade C+ or equivalent
  • KCSE mean grade C- or equivalent plus a Certificate and Diploma
  • Level Division II or equivalent plus a Diploma
  • Level Division III or equivalent plus a Certificate and Diploma
  • Level Division III or equivalent plus a three-year Diploma from a recognized post-secondary institution for admissions to Bachelor of Education
  • Diploma from University of Nairobi or other recognized institutions and an aggregate of C in KCSE or equivalent
  • A Level with two principal passes or equivalent in relevant subjects Only Applicants whose results are available at the time of application will be considered
  • CPAII/CPSII/CIPS or equivalent for Commerce and Arts and should have attained an aggregate of C in KCSE or O level Division III
  • P1 from a two-year post-secondary training institution for entry into Bachelor of Education with Minimum KCSE Mean Grade C or O Level Division III
  • Higher National Diploma in relevant fields and should have attained an aggregate of C in KCSE
  • Degree from a recognized University
  • Equivalent qualifications to the above from institutions recognized by Senate
  • Level Division III or equivalent plus a three-year Diploma from a recognized post-secondary institution for admissions to Bachelor of Education
  • Diploma from University of Nairobi or other recognized institutions and an aggregate of C in KCSE or equivalent
  • A Level with two principal passes or equivalent in relevant subjects Only Applicants whose results are available at the time of application will be considered
  • CPAII/CPSII/CIPS or equivalent for Commerce and Arts and should have attained an aggregate of C in KCSE or O level Division III
  • P1 from a two-year post-secondary training institution for entry into Bachelor of Education with Minimum KCSE Mean Grade C or O Level Division III
  • Higher National Diploma in relevant fields and should have attained an aggregate of C in KCSE
  • Degree from a recognized University
  • Equivalent qualifications to the above from institutions recognized by Senate

Master’s Degree Programmes

Applicants for master’s degree programmes should have a minimum of Upper Second-Class Honours Degree in the relevant discipline from the University of Nairobi or Equivalent qualification from Institutions recognized by Senate. Persons with lower qualifications but with publications and postgraduate diplomas after Bachelors’ degrees are also considered for admission.

Postgraduate Diploma & Certificates
Applicants for Postgraduate Diplomas and Certificates should have a minimum of a pass degree.

Doctor of Philosophy
The applicants for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree (PhD) should have a master’s degree from the University of Nairobi or equivalent qualification from institutions recognized by the Senate. In addition, the applicants should submit a research proposal showing that they are capable of carrying out original research.

Intakes and deadline

The University of Nairobi has three intake periods that run from September to October, December to January, and April to May.
First-year students are to report to school in January 2021.
Students in their last year will report in September 2020.

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Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya. It is situated in the south-central part of the country, between the cities of Kampala and Mombasa. Inhabitants of Nairobi are called Nairobians. The city was founded by colonial authorities in 1899 as a railway town along the Mombasa-Uganda railway line, and quickly became a centre for the colony’s coffee and tea industry, growing under the British to re.. more

Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya. It is situated in the south-central part of the country, between the cities of Kampala and Mombasa. Inhabitants of Nairobi are called Nairobians. The city was founded by colonial authorities in 1899 as a railway town along the Mombasa-Uganda railway line, and quickly became a centre for the colony’s coffee and tea industry, growing under the British to replace Mombasa as the capital in 1907. Such growth persisted through the 1960s, angering the Maasai and Kikuyu people who wanted their land returned to them. This was the main bone of contention for the Mau Mau rebellion that lasted from 1952 to 1960. It remained the capital when Kenya gained independence in 1963 and quickly became the principal industrial centre of the country.
The total population of Nairobi is over 4.6 million, making it the largest city in the country. The city experiences a subtropical highland climate with two seasons of moderate rainfall, even as the seasons alternate between wet and dry. Average annual temperatures go from 25.4 degrees Celsius to 13.1 degrees Celsius. It is divided into 17 constituencies that are all represented by members of Parliament in the National Assembly. As far as its economy goes, the city is home to one of the largest stock exchanges in Africa – the Nairobi Securities Exchange – recognised as an overseas stock exchange in 1953 by the London Stock Exchange. It is also the regional headquarters of several international companies and organisations like General Electric, Young and Rubicam, Coca-Cola, and Airtel, all contained within its central business district. The city is a major financial centre in Africa, with the Greater Nairobi Metropolitan region generating about 60% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Nairobi boasts a vibrant urban culture, from music to literature and film, as well as gastronomy. It is home to several theatres, museums, and art centres. The city has been the setting of several novels and foreign films. It is also a popular venue for foreign musicians who tour Africa, having welcomed Bob Marley on his first-ever visit to Africa. Nairobi equally boasts established foreign communities from India and Pakistan as well as Somalia and Sudan.

The city of Nairobi is blessed with several landmarks and impressive infrastructure, recently experiencing a construction boom. Several skyscrapers can be seen towering over the city’s skyline. It has two parks, the Nairobi National Park and Uhuru Park, which provide the city with colourful touristic sites. Several global food chains can be found in the city, like KFC, Subway, Domino’s Plaza, Pizza Hut and Burger King. In a real reflection of its multicultural identity, Nairobi’s gastronomy caters to the various communities. It even hosts an annual restaurant week, offering dining packages at reduced prices.
The Moi International Sports Centre is the prime sports facility in Nairobi, and by extension, Kenya. It was used to host the 1987 All Africa Games, and it comprises a stadium (second largest in the region after Tanzania’s), a gymnasium, and an aquatics sports centre. The city has several times hosted international competitions, ranging from rugby to cricket. Football is the most popular sport in the city, and the local Kenyan Premier League counts three teams from Nairobi.
Nairobi is served by highways that look to ease the daily motor traffic in the metropolitan area. It also has several railway lines, being a former railway town. It is equally home to the largest airport in Kenya, the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The city also serves as an educational hub, with several renowned higher institutions located in or around the town, such as the University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University, Strathmore University, the Multimedia University of Kenya, Daystar University, the Technical University of Kenya, the East African School of Aviation, United States International University – Africa, the Catholic University of Eastern Africa and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

Nairobi is steeped in a rich culture, heritage and history, and this reflected in its people. The city is a mix of culture – religions, traditions, local beliefs. The city is filled with Kenya’s most important museums, home to masterpieces of African Art centuries old. Nairobi’s sustainable development rests on upholding long-term economic and social growth, which has helped raise the standard of living of the people in the city. Known as the Green City in the Sun, it provides all the basics needed for a healthy life such as food, shelter, sanitation, water, good roads and transportation. The cost of living in Nairobi is in the mid-range, with monthly costs for a single person being over 56000 shillings. Nairobi’s multiculturalism and diversity in accommodating its inhabitants should prove favourable to students considering the pursuit of their education in the city, as the city caters to a wide variety of needs.

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Type: Public Institution
Motto: Unitate et Labore (In Unity and Work)
Affiliated to: ACU, AAU, IUCEA, IAU
Established: 1956
No of Students: 84,000
No of Staff: 7,745
Vice-Chancellor: Prof. Stephen Kiama
Campuses: Nairobi (Main campus, Chiromo campus, Kikuyu campus, Parklands campus, Upper Kabete campus, Lower Kabete campus, Kenya Science campus, Kenyatta National Hospital campus); Mombasa campus; Kisumu campus
Ranking: 1st in Kenya and 11th in Africa (Webometrics)
Website: https://uonbi.ac.ke
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