Dedan Kimathi University of Technology popularly called DeKUT is a public higher learning institution located in Nyeri, Kenya. At first a technical institute, it is now a full-fledged campus. The history of Dedan Kimathi University dates back to the early 70s.
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The university is named after Dedan Kimathi, a prominent freedom fighter and leader in the Mau Mau uprising against British colonial rule in Kenya.
Dedan Kimathi University History
The now deceased Mau Mau soldier inspired the establishment of DeKUT.
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Here is a brief overview of the history of Dedan Kimathi University:
1. Founding as Kimathi Institute of Technology
In 1972, the institution was established as the Kimathi Institute of Technology (KIT) to offer technical and vocational training in various fields.
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It would later become a college.
2. Transition to Dedan Kimathi University College of Technology
In 2007, KIT underwent a significant transformation and was upgraded to a university constituent college under Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).
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It was named Dedan Kimathi University College of Technology (DeKUT) in honor of Dedan Kimathi.
3. Attainment of Full University Status
In 2012, DeKUT achieved full university status and became a chartered public university in Kenya.
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It gained autonomy in governance and administration.
4. Expansion and Growth
Over the years, Dedan Kimathi University has expanded its academic programs and facilities.
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It offers a wide range of courses in various fields such as engineering, computer science, business, agriculture, and hospitality, among others.
5. Research and Innovation
DeKUT has prioritized research and innovation, aiming to contribute to national development and technological advancements.
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The university has established research centers and actively encourages students and faculty members to engage in research activities.
6. Collaboration and Partnerships
Dedan Kimathi University collaborates with local and international institutions.
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The include industry partners and research organizations to enhance academic programs, research initiatives, and student exchange programs.
7. Community Engagement
The University indulges community engagement and social responsibility.
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It conducts outreach programs, provides technical assistance to local communities, and contributes to sustainable development initiatives.
DeKUT areas of study
Key areas of learning are engineering, Information Technology, business, and health science.
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Dedan Kimathi University of Technology continues to play a significant role in providing quality education, promoting research, and fostering technological innovation in Kenya.