University Colleges that have been issued with charters to become full universities include:
- KAG EAST University in Kakamega,
- Rongo University,
- The Co-operative University,
- Taita-Taveta University,
- Murang’a University of Technology,
- University of Embu,
- Machakos University and
- Kirinyaga University.
The charters were issued amid concerns of falling standards in university education and increased tribalism in staff employment. Some universities have upto 98 per cent staff from the communities where they are located.
While awarding the charters at State House Nairobi, President Uhuru Kenyatta warned the universities against such practices saying that they have a duty to fight parochialism .
He reminded them of their duty Kenyans help integrate the nation by including all tribes in their staff as required by the constitution.
In Kenya, only the University of Nairobi ranks among the top 100 universities in the world. A report recently said many universities in Kenya were a little more than glorified secondary schools. Many were offering nonacademic studies so as to increase the number of students.
A top criterion for ranking of universities was academic research produced.
President Kenyatta said there will be no further expansion of universities so that concentration can be put on improving the current ones.
Concentration will also be put on development of middle level colleges many of which have been turned into universities.