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University of Nairobi

4.1 out of 5 (173 ratings / 151 reviews) Nairobi, Kenya
The University of Nairobi, a body corporate established under the Universities Act 2012 of the laws of Kenya and the University of Nairobi Charter, is the pioneer institution of University education in Kenya and the region.

Master's Programmes

Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (4)
Arts, Design & Architecture (3)
Agriculture & Forestry (2)
Business & Management (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)

About

History

The University of Nairobi owes its origin to several developments in higher education within the country and the region. The idea of an institution for higher learning in Kenya goes back to 1947 when the Kenya Government drew up a plan for the establishment of a technical and commercial institute in Nairobi.

Education

The only institution of higher learning in Kenya for a long time, the University of Nairobi responded to the national, regional and Africa's high level manpower training needs by developing and evolving strong, diversified academic programmes and specializations in basic sciences, applied sciences, technology, humanities, social sciences and the arts.

Research

The university is proud of its distinguished record of achievements in teaching, research, development and consultancy while strategizing for a greater future as the centre of academic, research and professional excellence

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University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2020
801 200
2019
1001 -200
2018
801
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2020
867
2019
-
2018
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2020
-
2019
801
2018
801
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.

Services

Library services

The Mission of the University of Nairobi Library is to provide quality information services that will empower the University in carrying out its core activities of teaching, learning, research, community services and consultancy to the highest international standard. The University of Nairobi Library System is composed of twelve libraries grouped into six college libraries plus a central library

ICT services

The University has several well-stocked computer labs established on all campuses, which are specifically tailored to address computing needs for students. An extensive intercampus WAN and Campus Wide backbone network enables the labs to tap to several network based services, including 24x7 Web access, E-mail facilities, file-sharing services, library services among other shared server services

Medical services

University Health Services was established with the following clear mandates:

  • To provide health care services: curative, preventive as well as rehabilitative services.
  • To advise on health matters generally to the university community.

Student Life

Campus life

  • The Main Campus which is at the heart of Nairobi City hosts the Colleges of Architecture and Engineering and that of Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • The College of Biological and Physical Sciences is located in the serene Chiromo Campus.
  • The College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences is situated at the Upper Kabete Campus.
  • This Campus hosts the University of Nairobi’s School of Business.
  • The Kenyatta National Hospital hosts College of Health Sciences. This is a strategic and well-serviced location within the city of Nairobi as the clinical departments are located at the Kenyatta National Hospital, the teaching hospital of the University.

Sports facilities

Several sports and games are offered at the University of Nairobi. These sports and games are categorized as indoors and outdoors. Available indoor activities include table tennis, scrabble, chess, darts, just to mention a few. Outdoors sports include track or field athletics, football, rugby, basketball, hockey, handball, volleyball, netball and others.

The University has an excellent team responsible for coaching, managing and supervising and administering sport activities in various colleges and the University at large.

Student clubs

The University has various students' bodies, which represent students’ interests. Through the various representatives, students access all decision-making levels from the halls to the Senate, all the way to the Council. SWA recognizes organized student governments and encourages students’ participation in decision-making, planning and implementation of the plans

Student Reviews

Laboratory assist
Mohamed Hassan rated 4 out of 5 stars

Iam medical student I worked many places in somalia include sos hospital and iranian red cresent health.

The University of Nairobi
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

The University is generally the best as ranked among East and Central Africa. Offers the best academic knowledge, both theoritical and practical part, as I experienced in my four years course. It is also located the Capital City of Kenya making it easily accessible. I therefore recommend to anyone wising and planning to study here.

Education that builds,University of Nairobi.
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I have really enjoyed studying in the University of Nairobi.There's such a great learning environment, very intentional, smart and approachable lecturers, probably what I'll miss the most. I like how the University provided opportunity for growth and exposure to intellectuals and career environments. I love that I met students from regions of Kenya I had previously not had...

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