Schools Kenya

Moi University

The goals of Moi University are to foster an atmosphere that is suitable to work and learning, to preserve, generate, and distribute knowledge, to maintain and develop scientific, technological, and cultural heritage, and to collaborate with stakeholders for the advancement of society.

About Moi University

The former Rift Valley Province of Kenya is home to Moi University, a public university that is situated in Kesses, Eldoret, and Uasin Gishu counties. The University, Kenya’s second public institution, was founded in 1984 as a result of a parliamentary act known as the Moi University Act. This was in response to a presidential working group’s recommendation, which was made on the advice of Prof. Collins B. Mackay. The group had gathered opinions from Kenyans regarding the necessity of the same.

The concept of a university in a rural area was pioneered by President Daniel Toroitich arap Moi because of his profound and selfless concern for and interest in the promotion of education at all levels in Kenya, not just as a professional teacher but as Kenya’s Head of State. Like most Kenyans, he had strong justifications for doing this. Decentralizing higher education from Nairobi to other regions of the nation was one of them. The previous president believed the moment had arrived to establish a new institution far from the city. Unsurprisingly, he is the namesake of Kenya’s second university. That is an admirable and well-deserved tribute to a Kenyan hero.

Hence, the University was founded to transform it into a science, technology, and development-focused organization that would concentrate on issues of rural development in its teaching and research programs. The University of Nairobi’s Department of Forestry, which had previously comprised the first faculty, transferred 83 students, making up the founding class, on October 1, 1984. Since the new college location lacked any structures, this group resided there and received its education there. The Universities Act No. 42 of 2012, which is the one in effect today, repealed and replaced the University Act of 1984. According to this Act, the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Science, and Technology has a lot of control over how both public and private colleges are run.

The University is situated in Kesses, 310 kilometers northwest of Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city, and 35 kilometers from Eldoret Town. 

Throughout the past ten years, Moi University has grown significantly, which can be due to the dedication of the whole Moi University community, government funding, strategic alliances, and the inspirational guidance of the University Council and Administration. These accomplishments are a monument to the tenacity and perseverance of each faculty member and staff member who made it possible for change at a rate and scope never before seen in the nation.

Since 1984, the University has encountered unusual growth leading to the establishment of several constituent colleges across the country, many of which have since grown to be fully-fledged Universities namely Maseno University, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST), Maasai Mara University (Mmarau), University of Kabianga (UoK), University of Eldoret (UoE), Karatina University, Rongo University, Garissa University, and Alupe University.

As new facilities were built and needs were identified, new schools were added, including those in the fields of science, education, the arts, social sciences, business, economics, agriculture, and natural resources, as well as information sciences, human resource development, engineering, medicine, public health, nursing, dentistry, law, tourism, hospitality, and events management, as well as the biological, physical, and agricultural sciences.

The University recently re-established the School of Post Graduate Studies and transferred programs previously under the School of Human Resource Development to the School of Information Sciences and School of Business and Economics to synchronize programs and maximize the limited human resources available. The Institute of Entrepreneurship and Development Studies has since replaced the previous School of Human Resource Development.

The University now has 39,786 students, up from 83 in 1984, and 3,000 staff members, including academic and administrative personnel. Presently, Moi University has one constituent college, Bomet University College, after one of its constituent colleges, Alupe University College, was upgraded to a fully-fledged university (BUC). 

The University also had the Odera Akang’o Campus College in Yala Town, however, it was shut down as a result of the harmonization and reorganization. The University also had two satellite campuses, the Kitale and Eldoret West Campuses, which have since closed. However, the Main Campus (Kesses), Nairobi Campus, Coast Campus, and Eldoret Town Campus have continued to operate.

The Chancellorship of the Universities was first transferred from the Head of State to citizens who had distinguished themselves in their professional careers and contributed to the advancement of the country with the passage of the 2010 Kenyan Constitution and the repeal of the University Act of 1984.

In terms of general higher education policy, the University Act of 2012 provided the Commission for University Education (CUE) the authority and responsibility to oversee the governance of both public and private universities. Since the original Moi University Act (No. 10) of 1984, the institution has gone through several changes in terms of governance and operations. The Act included a clause that gave the Head of State control over the university’s chancellorship. According to the Act, the Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, and College Principals may be chosen by the Chancellor.

Faculty and Departments At Moi University

School of Agriculture and Natural Resources

  • Department of Agriculture and Biotechnology
  • Department of Natural Resources
  • Department of Animal Science and Management
  • Department of Agricultural Economics & Resource Management

School of Arts and Social Sciences

  • Kiswahili and other African Languages
  • Anthropology
  • Geography
  • History Political Science and PA
  • Literature Theatre and Film Studies
  • Linguistics and Foreign Languages
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • Sociology and Psychology

School of Sciences and Aerospace Studies

  • Mathematics Physics & Computing
  • Biological Science
  • Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Aviation Management & Operation

School of Information Sciences

  • Department of Publishing, Journalism and Communication Studies
  • Department of Library, Records Management
  • Department of Communication Studies
  • Department of Information Technology

School of Medicine

  • Behavioral Science
  • Medical Physiology
  • Child Health and Pediatrics
  • Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Mental Health
  • Hematology and Blood Transfusion
  • Microbiology and Parasitology
  • Human Anatomy
  • Orthopedics and Rehabilitative Sciences
  • Human Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Immunology
  • Radiology and Imaging
  • Medical Biochemistry
  • Reproductive health
  • Medical Education
  • Surgery and Anesthesiology

School of Nursing

  • Department of Community Health, Nursing Administration, Education, and Research
  • Department of Midwifery and Gender
  • Department of Child, Adult, and Mental Nursing

School of Public Health

  • Epidemiology and Biomedicalstatistics
  • Human Nutrition and Health Policy and Management
  • Environmental Health and Disaster Risk Management

School of Tourism, Hospitality, and Events Management

  • Tourism Management
  • Hotel & Hospitality Management
  • Travel & Tour Operations Management

School of Engineering

  • Civil & Structural Engineering
  • Chemical & Process Engineering
  • Electrical & Communication Engineering
  • Mechanical & Production Engineering
  • Manufacturing, Industrial & Textile Engineering

School of Business and Economics

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Management Science & Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing & Logistics
  • Economics

School of Dentistry

  • Conservative Dentistry and Prosthetics
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral Medicine & Oral Pathology, and Radiology
  • Dental Clinical Services
  • Community, Preventive Dentistry and Periodontology

School of Education

  • Technology Education
  • Educational Psychology
  • Educational Management & Policy Studies
  • Curriculum, Instruction & Educational Media
  • Educational Foundations

Frequently Asked Questions about Moi University

How many Students Does Moi University admit per year?

Answer: The University congratulates and warmly welcomes the 5187 new students admitted for the academic year 2021–2022.

Is Moi University a Federal or State School? 

Answer: It is a public university.

What is the cut-off mark for Moi University?

Answer: Refer to the University’s website to find out.

What is Moi University Official Website?


Is Moi University a good school?

Answer: Yes. The university is ranked among the best in the nation and has excellent teaching staff, learning resources, and courses. It is a prestigious university. It was ranked second in Kenya in the December 2018 ranking of Universities by University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP).

Are there hostels at Moi University?

Answer: Yes.

When is the Admission Form coming out for Moi University?

Answer: Visit the University’s website to find out.

Who founded Moi University?

Answer: The University was established by an Act of Parliament (Moi University Act, 1984) as the second public university in Kenya.

What are the requirements for Moi University?

Answer: Entry Requirements

  • An individual who has earned a bachelor’s degree in one of the following disciplines, as recognized by Moi University: engineering, energy, physics, economics, environmental sciences, applied mathematics, and business management, with at least second-class honors, upper division, or GPA 3.2 and above.

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