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Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA)

The foundation of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa is the Catholic Higher Education philosophy, which emphasizes a free search for the complete truth about nature, humans, and God. It encourages research into all academic fields and is motivated by Him who is The Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6). Our conviction is that with the growth of their intellect and talent, people are given the ability through the Spirit of the Lord to discover the purpose of their existence.

About the Catholic University of Eastern Africa

A private university with multiple campuses, the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) is located in Kenya. It has received accreditation from Kenya’s Commission for University Education.

The university’s main campus is situated in Nairobi, the capital and largest city of Kenya, along Bogani East Road in the Langata district, a southwest neighborhood. The university campus is located at 1°21’04.0″S and 36°45’28.0″ E (Latitude: -1.351111 and Longitude:36.757778).

The Catholic Higher Institute of Eastern Africa (CHIEA), a graduate theological school, was the name under which the Catholic University of East Africa was established on September 3, 1984. The Institute was established by the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences of Eastern Africa (AMECEA), a regional ecclesiastical body. 

On August 18, 1985, Pope John Paul II would formally dedicate the facility. In 1986, the Graduate School of Theology would begin talks with Kenya’s Commission for Higher Education to establish the current University.

As the first step toward becoming a private university, the institute received a “Letter of Interim Authority” in 1989. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences was founded following three years of protracted talks between the Commission for Higher Education and the Authority of the Graduate School of Theology (CHIEA). The Civil Charter was granted to CHIEA on November 3, 1992, marking the conclusion of the discussions. This signaled the university’s establishment as a private institution. In 1992, the institution adopted the name Catholic University of Eastern Africa.

The Faculties of Science and Commerce were founded in 2002. The Center for Social Justice and Ethics, the Faculty of Law, and the School of Continuing Professional Development then followed in 2003, 2004, and 2009, respectively. In the same year, satellite campuses would also be established in Eldoret and Kisumu. In Nairobi’s core business center, on Kenyatta Avenue, the institution inaugurated a new campus in April 2013. Up to 500 pupils can be accommodated on the campus.

The institution serves as a regional showcase for ecologically sustainable architecture by housing an eco-friendly Learning Resource Centre (LRC). The LRC, created by Kenyan architect Musau Kimeu, is made up of three structures: a 500-seat restaurant, a state-of-the-art theater with 1,200,00 seats, and a modern library with 3000 seats. The structures are set around a 50 m by 40 m central square, and a covered walkway with outdoor seating connects them all. A fountain and a three-meter-tall monument of Pope Paul VI by Ugandan artist Leonard Kateete adorn the opposing corners of the grass-covered square’s center.

The three structures all share a sustainable design that makes use of solar shading, high thermal mass, natural ventilation for cooling, and building orientation. Incorporating an underground water storage tank whose top serves as the stage for an outdoor amphitheater for water harvesting, the ventilation cowls above the thermal chimneys are operated by wind energy. The structure won Kenya’s 2014 award for Best Green Building.

All of the university’s faculties, schools, and institutes are located in different halls, except the Faculty of Law, which has its location at Kozlowiecki Hall away from the main campus.

In honor of Maurice Cardinal Michael Otunga, one of the university’s founders, the university administers the Cardinal Otunga Scholarship Fund. The fund’s mission is to support deserving but financially strapped students as they pursue their academic goals at the university. The Fund Steering Committee and the Scholarship Awards Committee are the two bodies that make up the governance structure for scholarship funds. The Awards Committee distributes the monies to worthy students, while the Steering Committee arranges the yearly Cardinal Otunga Memorial Mass, the Lecture, and the Scholarship Fundraiser.

Faculty and Departments At the Catholic University of Eastern Africa

Faculty of Theology

  • First Cycle (Baccalaureate/Bachelor of Theology)
  • Biblical Theology
  • Dogmatic Theology
  • Moral Theology
  • Pastoral Theology
  • Sacred Liturgy
  • Spiritual Theology

Faculty of Arts & Social Science

  • Development Studies
  • English
  • Geography and Environmental Science
  • History
  • Kiswahili
  • Religious Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Social Sciences 
  • Foreign languages.

School of Business

  • Department of Accounting and Finance
  • Department of Marketing and Management
  • Department of Management Science

Faculty of Education

  • Department of Education

Faculty of Science

  • Department of Community Health and Development
  • Department of Computer and Information Science
  • Department of Mathematics and Actuarial Science
  • Department of Natural Sciences

School of Nursing

  • Department of Nursing 

Faculty of Law

  • Department of Continuing Professional Development Projects and Research

FAQS about the Catholic University of Eastern Africa

Q. How many Students Does the Catholic University of Eastern Africa admit per year?

A. The admission rate range is 80-90% making this Kenyan higher education organization a least selective institution. 

Q. Is the Catholic University of Eastern Africa a Federal or State School? 

A. It is a multi-campus private university in Kenya.

Q. What is the cut-off point for CUEA?

A. Visit the school’s website to find out.

Q. What is the Catholic University of Eastern Africa’s Official Website?


Q. Is CUEA a good school?

A. Yes. Catholic University of Eastern Africa ranked 9th in Kenya and 3805th in the World 2023 overall rankings. 

Q. Are there hostels at CUEA?

A. Yes.

Q. When is the admission form coming out for the Catholic University of Eastern Africa?

A. Check the University’s website to find out.

Q. Who founded the Catholic University of Eastern Africa?

A. The University was established by the regional ecclesiastical authority known as the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences of Eastern Africa (AMECEA).

Q. What are the requirements for CUEA?


  • Holders of the KCSE are required to achieve a mean grade of C+ or higher.
  • GCE or A-level applicants for the Advanced Certificate of Education are required to have at least two principal passes, one subsidiary pass, or its equivalent, and to have passed in subjects relevant to the program being applied for.
  • Diploma or professional certificate in a pertinent field from a college or organization accepted by the University Senate.
  • The applicant must hold an Ordinary Diploma from an accredited institution in addition to an Advanced Diploma in a related discipline.
  • Pre-University certificate from an accredited institution with a mean grade of C+ (plus) or higher and a C in the KCSE or its equivalent.
  • Non-Kenyans
  • Must meet departmental standards for the topics applied for and have satisfied the minimum university entry requirement in their nation.
  • Candidates from non-English speaking nations must show that they are proficient in both written and spoken English or enroll in an English certificate program.

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