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Kenya University System 63,000 Students Intake 2013

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Maseno University the 5th Public University Chartered in 1991. Maseno University the 5th Public University Chartered in 1991.

Jubilee coalition manifesto states: “Reverse the current trend of turning middle-level colleges into universities and reinstate them.” President Mwai Kibaki increased the Charters of Public Universities from 6 as created by 1994, to 22 universities (1 in 2009; 2 in 2012 and 13 in first 3 months of 2013.) In 2009 the Kenya University System was about 21,000 students both by public and private universities. Since then this has tripled to 63,000 students intake by 22 public universities, taking in 53,000 students; and 22 private universities with Charters or Letter of Interim Authority expected to take in 10,000 students by 2013. For expansion of universities training to be sustainable and grow the economy of a Country 5 systems should be considered


Sustainable Intake Level: This is the total Kenya University System intake private and public as a factor of qualifying population. The qualifying age is 19 years when one should start training after getting basic education. Currently about 650,000 Kenyans were born in the year 1994. At a sustainable intake level of about 50% then the intake 2013 would have been 325,000 students. Based on the 63,000 the intake is at about 10%. If the right policies are enacted mainly geared toward universities that serve the private sector hopefully by 2018 when about 800,000 Kenyans born 1999 turn 19 years Kenya can be at 25% intake level. 

Public & Private University Systems: Currently for every one student enrolled in a private university 5 students are enrolled in public universities. For Kenya system to work then the private sector universities have to emerge and enroll more. In 2018 based on 800,000 Kenyans projected to turn 19 years and intake at 25% level or 200,000 students intake, 60% should be private universities (120,000 students) and 40% public universities (80,000 students.) 

Public University Funding System:  Public universities are funded through the public revenue of citizens. The current 53,000 students at say the average of Kshs 200,000 cost of training a student per year is a budget of Kshs 10.6 billion per year and Kshs 42.4 billion in four years. It is important that the public system be able to absorb all trained students from public universities not taken up by private sector. If say 50% end up with no jobs then this is equivalent to wastage of Kshs 21.2 billion.      

Quality Training: Getting of students in a university whereas still important for this in itself constitutes advancement of education; there is still need for quality education. Currently, Kenyans are unable to develop the Kenya Roads System due to lack of training. However, for more investment to occur in quality then members of parliament should look at the mirror and release they are betting against Kenya by allocating themselves more money and resources and taking away from other sectors.  

Private Sector Investment: The current 10,000 intake by Private sector shows a weak trend in advancing training to service private sector. Private sector investment in education can only be achieved if the government economic system is aligned almost with the average of other Global economies. For example public wage bill at 12% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) compared to global of 7% creates excessive taxations and robs the private sector investment for training and growth..        

For now we say congratulations to the 63,000 plus students who shall be joining the Kenya University System to get 4 years of career training so the 8-4-4 system of 12 years basic and 4 years career training can be achieved for them. 

Congratulations to President Kibaki for increasing the capacity. Current Government should build from here and not waste time discussing which institution to reverse from been called a university. However, the next bills that are developed should be carefully thought not to waste public resources. 

Public Universities (53,000 Students Intake) 

  1. University of Nairobi, 1970
  2. Moi University, 1984
  3. Kenyatta University, 1985
  4. Egerton University, 1988
  5. Maseno University, 1991
  6. Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology Nairobi, 1994
  7. Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, 2009
  8. Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, 2012
  9. Chuka University, 2012
  10. Technical University of Kenya, 2013
  11. Technical University of Mombasa, 2013
  12. Pwani University, 2013
  13. Kisii University, 2013
  14. University of Eldoret, 2013
  15. Maasai Mara University, 2013
  16. Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology, 2013
  17. Laikipia University, 2013
  18. South Eastern Kenya University, Kitui, 2013
  19. Multimedia University of Kenya Nairobi, 2013
  20. University of Kabianga, Kericho, 2013
  21. Karatina University, Karatina, 2013
  22. Meru University of Science and Technology, 2013

Private Universities (10,000 Students Intake)

  1. United States International University (USIU - Africa), 1970
  2. Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), 1992
  3. Uzima University College 
  4. Catholic Higher Institute of Eastern Africa, 1984
  5. University of Eastern Africa, Baraton, 1992
  6. Daystar University, 1992
  7. Africa Nazarene University, 1994
  8. Scott Christian University, 1997
  9. Kabarak University, 2001
  10. Strathmore University, 2002
  11. Kiriri Women’s University of Science and Technology, 2001
  12. Mount Kenya University, 2006
  13. Pan Africa Christian University, 2006
  14. Kenya Methodist University, 2006
  15. Adventist University of Africa, 2006
  16. Gretsa University, 2006
  17. Great Lakes University of Kisumu, 2006
  18. Presbyterian University of East Africa, 2007
  19. St. Paul's University, 2007
  20. KCA University, 2007
  21. Inoorero University 
  22. Riara University School of Business and Law 


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