The history of Egerton University dates back to the precolonial era when Kenya was still under the British masters. Initially a constituent of Nairobi University, Egerton is now a full-fledged higher learning institution.
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Egerton University located in Njoro, about 25 kilometers from Nakuru City is among the best public universities in the country. We look at its founders and continued expansion.
History of Egerton University Since 1939
Egerton University with at least 30,000 students sits on about 700 acres of land under Professor Isaac Kibwage as vice chancellor.
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Rapid expansion is evident in diverse training programmes and thriving agricultural research.
1. Foundation as a Farm School (1939-1955)
When was Egerton University started? Egerton University started in 1939 when Lord Maurice Egerton of Tatton donated his 1,000-acre farm to the British Government.
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The farm was intended to provide practical training for European farmers. It started as a farm school and offered training in agriculture and animal husbandry.
2. Upgrade to Egerton Agricultural College (1955-1986)
In 1955, Egerton was upgraded to an agricultural college and was known as Egerton Agricultural College.
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It continued to focus on agricultural education and research. Over the years, the college expanded its programs to include more fields of study.
3. Transition to University status (1987-2002)
In 1987, the college was granted university status and became Egerton University.
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This transition allowed the institution to offer a wider range of degree programs beyond agriculture.
It became one of the public universities in Kenya, gaining autonomy in academic and administrative matters.
4. Expansion and diversification
Since becoming a university, Egerton has continued to grow and diversify its academic offerings. It has expanded its campuses, programs, and research activities.
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The university is known for its focus on agriculture, environmental sciences, natural resources management, education, and various other disciplines.
5. Research and community engagement
Egerton University has been involved in various research projects aimed at addressing agricultural and environmental challenges in Kenya and the broader region.
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It has also engaged with local communities through outreach programs, contributing to sustainable development and knowledge sharing.
6. Partnerships and collaborations
The university has established collaborations with other academic institutions, research organizations, and international partners.
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As a result, Egerton has enhanced its research capabilities and provide students with exposure to a global academic environment.
7. Recognition and accolades
Over the years, Egerton University has gained recognition for its contributions to education, research, and community development.
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It has produced graduates who have gone on to make significant contributions in various fields.
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The history of Egerton University underscores the crucial role of higher education and research in Kenya. The institution remains committed to its founding principles of providing quality education and contributing to the advancement of knowledge and sustainable development.