The history of JKUAT University dates back to the early 80s when higher learning institutions were few and precious in the country. Initially, a constituent college of Kenyatta University, the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology is lately a full-fledged varsity.
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JKUAT founders envisioned a technical training hub and a research centre for agricultural prosperity. The institution has since expanded to include multiple disciplines.
History of JKUAT University Since 1981
The academic centre received its name after the first president of Kenya Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.
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When was Jomo Kenyatta University started? The Juja-based Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology was started in 1981.
1. Founding in 1981 as JKUCAT
Jomo Kenyatta University College of Agriculture and Technology (JKUCAT) was founded as a constituent college of Kenyatta University.
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It was established to provide education and research in agriculture, technology, and related fields.
2. Upgrade to degree programs in 1988
JKUCAT gained autonomy as a college and began offering degree programs within 7 years of its establishment.
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Rapid infrastructural and training capacity necessitated the inclusion of degree courses.
3. JKUAT received a University charter in 1994
JKUCAT eventually received university status and became known as Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).
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The move emphasized its focus on providing education and research not only in agriculture but also in technology and other related fields.
4. Inclusion of postgraduate programs in 1997
JKUAT introduced its first postgraduate program in 1997, expanding its offerings beyond undergraduate degrees.
5. First satellite campus in 2002
JLUAT launched its first satellite campus in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, to make education more accessible to a wider range of students.
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In 2007, the university established its second satellite campus in Kisii, further expanding its reach and impact on education in Kenya.
How many students are at Kenyatta University? JKUAT with an enrolment of at least 50,000 students continues to expand its programs, research activities, and infrastructure.
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As a result, it is a leading institution in the fields of agriculture, technology, engineering, and related disciplines.
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The history of JKUAT University pinpoints immense progress marked by skilled graduates in technical and agricultural fields.