Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology has for the second year emerged as the most preferred University at the just released placement for the first year students expected to report in September 2019.
In the announcements by Education Cabinet Secretary, Prof. George Magoha yesterday, JKUAT attracted 5901 students compared to University of Nairobi which came second with 5432 students while Kenyatta University clocked top three with 5289 admissions.
JKUAT repeated last year’s feat as the most preferred academic destination for students looking to pursue university education in the country. The University attracted 4,886 students last year. Polled students point to quality faculty, modern teaching and research facilities as well as impressive and functional collaborations with industry as some of the reasons why JKUAT remains a top magnet.
Commenting on the placements, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi welcomed the new students and said they had indeed chosen the right institution that would help transform their lives into future leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs.
It is not only students who prefer JKUAT. A 2017 study commissioned by Madison Insurance revealed that the University is also ranked the best by employers and parents. In the survey, 63.9% of employers preferred public university graduates from JKUAT.
Since inception, JKUAT is guided by a clear vision aimed at projecting the institution as a University of Global Excellence in Training, Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Development. The University has since expanded with regard to the diversity of academic programmes, research and innovation enterprise as well as the number of students enrolled. JKUAT has four colleges, offering over 400 academic programmes. The colleges are: Engineering and Technology, Pure and Applied Sciences, Health Sciences, Agriculture and Natural Sciences and Human Resource Development.
Apart from the main campus in Juja, JKUAT programmes which are accredited by both Commission for University Education and professional regulatory bodies, can also be accessed in nine campuses located in Kenya’s main towns of; Nairobi, Karen, Mombasa, Nakuru, Kisii, Kakamega, Kitale, Eldoret, and Keiyian. May and September 2019 intakes are currently underway.
PHOTO CAPTION: JKUAT students during a practical session at the College of Engineering and Technology.