Schools Kenya

Technical University of Kenya (TU-K)

The history of the Technical University of Kenya parallels that of the first three universities in East Africa.

About Technical University of Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya is home to the Technical University of Kenya (TU-K). Former president Mwai Kibaki formally chartered it in January 2013.

Out of the Kenya Polytechnic, the Technical University of Kenya was born. Kenya Polytechnic was established in 1961. The Willoughby Report, which was issued in 1949, made recommendations for the creation of a technical institute in Nairobi. The Royal Technical College of East Africa (RTCEA) was established as a result of this.

Establishing a technical college in Nairobi with instruction and training at the technician and semi-professional levels for the three East African nations of Tanganyika, Uganda, and Kenya was the goal. The presence of students who were qualified to join RTCEA in each of the areas was therefore crucial.

While Tanganyika and Uganda created technical institutes in Kampala and Dar es Salaam to prepare applicants for RTCEA, Kenya chose to introduce class streams under the name Kenya Technical Institute (KTI) at RTCEA.

The decision to broaden the Royal Technical College of East Africa’s mission to include degree-granting programs was made in 1960. As a result, the RTCEA was given the authority to provide degrees from the University of London through a special arrangement in 1960. The college’s name was changed to the Royal College of Nairobi as a result of its new status.

Due to capacity constraints, it was no longer practicable for the college to continue hosting Kenya Technical Institute students as its mandate grew. The Kenya Technical Institute had to be relocated as a result of its location. Simultaneously, it was discussed moving the diploma programs from RTCEA to Kenya Technical Institute. As a result, the Kenya Technical Institute was transformed into the Kenya Polytechnic by the government to provide training up to the diploma level as well.

The Kenya Polytechnic was founded to prepare the nation’s middle-class workforce. It is situated on Haile Selassie Avenue close to the City Square Post Office in Nairobi’s core business center, across from the Times Tower. Along with degree programs, it also provides TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) programs. TU-K offers a variety of programs, including DipTech, BTech, BPhil, BEng, and BSc.

The University of Nairobi Senate authorized the first group of the university college’s study programs in July 2009. The Bachelor of Engineering (B. Eng.) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technology, and the Diploma in Technology (Dip. Tech.) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering are the three programs that make up the electrical and electronic engineering curricula.

The B.Eng., B.Tech., and Dip. Tech programs are planned to take five, four, and three years of study, respectively. A portion of the first cohort of degree-seeking students who enrolled in the institution in January 2009 and who have since met the requirements of the Board of Examiners has been approved for degree conferral in the convocation of 2011. 

Faculty and Departments At the Technical University of Kenya


School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

  • Energy and Power Engineering
  • Telecommunications and Information Engineering
  • Electronics and Computer Engineering
  • Automation and Control Engineering

School of Architecture and Spatial Planning

  • Architecture and Building Science
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Urban Design and Development  
  • Landscape, Interior, and Heritage Architecture and Planning

School of Construction and Property Studies

  • Construction Economics and Management
  • Real Estate and Property Management
  • Building Construction and Technology
  • Building Surveying and Management

School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

  • Applied Mechanics and Design
  • Thermal and Fluids Engineering
  • Industrial and Mechatronics Engineering
  • Materials and Metallurgical Engineering

School of Surveying and Geospatial Sciences

  • Geography and Spatial Systems
  • Cadastre and Land Administration
  • Surveying and Geodetic Sciences
  • Geoinformation & Earth Observation

School of Civil and Resource Engineering

  • Structural and Construction Engineering
  • Water and Environmental Engineering
  • Geotechnical and Mining Engineering
  • Highway and Transportation Traffic Engineering

School of Chemical and Biological Systems Engineering

  • Chemical and Process Engineering
  • Biosystems and Environmental Engineering
  • Biomedical and Healthcare Engineering
  • Food and Bioprocess Engineering

School of Aerospace and Vehicle Engineering

  • Aeronautical and Aircraft Engineering
  • Automotive and Railways Engineering
  • Marine and Off-Shore Engineering
  • Space Systems and Engineering


School of Business and Management Studies

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Business Administration & Entrepreneurship
  • Management Science and Technology
  • Economics And Resource Management

School of Creative Arts and Media

  • Department of Design & Creative Media
  • Department of Journalism & Media Studies
  • Department of Music & Performing Arts
  • Department of Fine & Virtual Arts

School of Hospitality and Human Ecology

  • Hospitality & Leisure Studies
  • Fashion, Clothing & Textile
  • Psychology & Human Development
  • Food & Consumer Studies

School of Information and Social Studies

  • Information and Library Sciences
  • Government and Legal Studies
  • Linguistics and Literary Studies
  • Philosophy and Liberal Studies


School of Biological and Life Sciences 


School of Physics and Earth Sciences

  • Technical and Applied Physics
  • Geosciences and the Environment
  • Fundamental and Theoretical Physics

School of Computing and Information Technologies

  • Computer Science and Informatics
  • Communication and Computer Networks
  • Computational Science and Engineering
  • Multimedia and Digital Technologies

School of Health and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biomedical Sciences and Technology
  • Health System Management and Public Health
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technology
  • Human Nutrition and Dietetics

School of Mathematics and Actuarial Science

  • Statistics and Computational Mathematics
  • Pure and Applied Mathematics
  • Industrial and Engineering Mathematics
  • Financial and Actuarial Mathematics

School of Chemistry and Material Science

  • Material Science and Technology
  • Industrial and Applied Chemistry
  • Geochemistry and Environmental Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry

Frequently Asked Questions about the Technical University of Kenya

How many Students Does the Technical University of Kenya admit per year?

Answer: The University admitted 4135 new students for the 2021/2022 Academic Year.

Is the Technical University of Kenya a Federal or State School? 

Answer: It is a public university.

What is the cut-off mark for the Technical University of Kenya?

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

What is the Technical University of Kenya’s Official Website?


Is the Technical University of Kenya a good school?

Answer: Yes. The University is the world’s largest online university. It is also the 147th-best university in Africa overtaking the likes of Uganda’s Kyambogo University.

Are there hostels at the Technical University of Kenya?

Answer: Yes. The University has a hostel facility for students at the university. Before the start of each semester, students who wished to be considered residents of the university Hostels must submit an online application.

When is the Admission Form coming out for the Technical University of Kenya?

Answer: The Admission Management of the university has released the online Application Form for the 2023/2024 Academic year.

Who founded the Technical University of Kenya?

Answer: The University was established through the elevation of The Kenya Polytechnic University College (KPUC) to full university status. It was chartered by then-president Mwai Kibaki.

What are the requirements for the Technical University of Kenya?

Answer: Entry Requirement

KCSE mean grade of C+ and a minimum of C in both English, Physics, and Mathematics or A-Level two principal passes and one subsidiary pass in the relevant subjects or relevant professional qualifications approved by the University Senate.

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