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Prof. Dorcas K. Isutsa, Ph.D. Ag. Vice-Chancellor/Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic, Research & Student Affairs)

Chuka University is the 9th Public University in Kenya Chartered in 2013. It started prophetically in the 1950’s when area residents decided to use higher education to accelerate their socio-economic development. It is located on the serene eastern slopes of the snow-capped Mount Kenya in Chuka Town, Meru South, Tharaka-Nithi County at about 186 km from Nairobi city. Its tranquil environment and climate offers a perfect setting for learning and interaction of students, staff and publics from all walks of life, free from the hustle and bustle of mundane activities in urban centres.

Chuka University was the first higher education institution to be established in Eastern Kenya. The reason the Government established Chuka University was to enhance access to quality higher education in Kenya and beyond. This was after recognizing that education leads to better socio-economic and political outcomes and governance. Thus, education will catalyze transformation of Kenya into an industrialized middle-income nation as planned in the Vision 2030 blueprint.

Chuka University has developed from humble beginnings to Premiership with the following milestones, among others: A 9-member Council that sets governance policies. Executive top and middle level managers. Nearly 20,000 students and over 23,400 graduates. A total of 700 skilled academic and administrative staff. A total of 255 academic programmes at diploma, bachelors, masters and doctorate levels. Operationalized 15 Departments, 8 Faculties, 9 Directorates, 4 Campuses, & 1 University College.

Over 680 acres of land, with title deeds. Requisite lecture theaters, laboratories, offices, farm demonstration units, a research park, a food technology complex, a business centre, accommodation halls, and a modern library, all costing approximately KES 10 billion. A 3 million litre underground water reservoir/tank on the Main Campus. A 10 million litre dam and 1 million litre tank on its Kairini research and commercial farm. Over 26 vehicles including fire-fighting engines, buses, pick-ups, vans, ambulance, backhoe, excavator, and salon cars. An assortment of 130 modern laboratory equipment, costing over KES 208 million for cutting-edge research and innovation. Educational and community outreach 98.8 FM radio station. A QMS since 2012, presently based on ISO 9001:2015 Standard. Internal research fund to innovate products like Chuka University liquid soap/detergent; sanitizer; bottled water; yoghurt; honey. Research proceedings series and Journal for Environmental Sustainability Enhancement Research (JESAR). UNESCO Chair on conservation of the environment and water for sustainable development. Technology and Innovation Transfer and Commercialization Hub (TITCH) and Technology and Innovation Support Centre (TISC) in liaison with KIPI. Staff and students trained in research grant proposals and policy briefs writing. Over 1,000 research articles and educational books published. Enrolment preference at 8 out of 80 Universities in Kenya. Trained staff abroad to reap synergy.

Chuka University is an equal opportunity provider and invites students and scholars from all walks of life to enroll and participate in its programmes. For more details, take a tour at:

Prof. Erastus N. Njoka, Ph.D. Founding Vice-Chancellor/ Professor of Animal Science

About Our University

We are one of the largest, most diverse university in Eastern Kenya with over 17,000 students.

Chuka University sits on a very cool, pleasant, serene and conducive environment for personal,spiritual and academic growth which makes it a home for the world’s top specialists ,researchers and scholars.We provide high quality programmes which are attractable world wide with the needed infrastructure hence producing very competent and disciplined personnel.Our aim is to ensure we meet the vision and mission of our university by applying all our core values.


The Board of Undergraduate Studies and Field Attachment is a statutory body of the University which is charged with the coordination of all undergraduate programmes.

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Graduate School

The Board of postgraduate studies and research is a statutory body of the University which is charged with the coordination of all postgraduate programmes and research.

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Self Development

Why Choose Chuka Uni?

Chuka University is a premier university that offers very marketable and demand driven programmes  that positively impact the students and the community. We have state of the art equipment needed for practical courses, very competent lecturers and non-teaching staff who are very welcoming and friendly.

Welcome to Chuka University a home of integrity, peace, Intelligence, professionalism and unity.


Self Development

The student’s welfare department has various activities that are geared towards the wellness of all students admitted to Chuka University

Peer counsellors
Our department recruits, trains and supervises peer counseling activities. The peer counselors are efficient in identifying students who are in distress and provide first line counselling to them and where necessary refer them to university counsellors for more professional counselling.




The religious groups hold a joint service every third Sunday of a semester. This joint service brings together students and staff to worship the Almighty God.
Christian Union (C.U)
Young Catholic Students Association(Y.C.S)
Seventh-Day Adventist (S.D.A)
Muslim Students Association



Following the successful launch of the Chuka University Alumni Award Scheme in November 2020, Chuka University Alumni Association is offering a research grant to five (5) masters students and one (1) PhD student to alumni of Chuka University under the Prof. Njoka Alumni Diplomacy Award.

The award of the research grant to master’s students is tenable at Chuka University while the award of research grant to PhD student is tenable at any Kenyan University


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