Many of us Kenyans have been conditioned to study-life! It is well laid out that once we finish our secondary education in Kenya, what should follow is campus or college, preferably campus. Kids rack their brains dry so as to attain that grade B+ or thereabout to gain entry into the various public universities in Kenya. For those students with financially able parents, they know that they will eventually end up in University, with a grade A or D. The most they have to do is sit for that secondary school final examination in Kenya.
Over time, students in Kenya are under less stress to attain top of the cream grades thanks to the many universities sprouting every now and then all over the country. During my time, there were only 7 public universities in Kenya and a few private ones. The latter were way out of my league as my parents had four other siblings, younger than me, to support. They could, therefore not afford to squander their life savings on my undergraduate studies in the private universities in Kenya. This being the case, I had to study very hard to attain entry in a public university.
The oldest university established in Kenya was the University of Nairobi, located at the heart of Nairobi City. University of Nairobi was established in 1956 then under the name, Royal College. It however gained a university status in 1970 being the oldest in Kenya. University of Nairobi is a public university that admits over 49,000 students annually in Kenya. The university offers a variety of bachelor courses ranging from Medicine to Arts. The university also offers postgraduate studies for students wishing to enrol Kenya.
Kenyatta University in Kenya, which is located approximately 20kms from the city center on the busy Thika superhighway. The University was established in 1965 but gained university status in 1985 after Moi University in Kenya. Kenyatta University offers many under and post graduate courses in Kenya. They also indulge in e-learning and have a number of satellite campuses all over the country. Kenyatta University has recently established a satellite campus in Dadaab refugee camp in remote parts of Kenya.
The Technical University located in the city CBD along Haile Selasie Avenue was a constituent college of University of Nairobi but was given a charter and received a fully-fledged University status in 2013. Multi Media University of Kenya has also been recently established and is located in Ongata Rongai off Magadi Road in Nairobi. These two are public universities and make the total number of public universities found in the city of Nairobi four.
Nairobi also has a number of private universities. In fact, most of the private universities have their main campuses in Nairobi. On Thika Superhighway, you will find The United States International University, otherwise referred to as USIU, KCA University and Inoorero University off the Thika Highway.
Daystar University is located towards Ngong/Valley Road in Nairobi. Daystar University in Kenya also has another campus off Mombasa Road. The University is a reputable Christian based institution. Off Langata road is Strathmore Univeristy which also offers accounts related courses such as ACCA and CPA. The Catholic University of East Africa is also located off Langata Road in Nairobi. The African Nazarene University is also located in Ongata Rongai close to the MultiMedia University in Kenya.
We also have universities such as St. Pauls University located in Limuru area, near Nairobi in Kenya. There are also satellite campuses of all the Universities within the city, from the Kenya Methodist University to Egerton and Moi University satellite campuses.
With all these campuses in Nairobi, you are spoilt for choice on where to get your undergraduate or even post graduate education in Kenya.