Chuka University



Prof. John M. Kobia

Director, Igembe Campus

Igembe Campus is a public institution of Chuka University strategically located in the cool and genial environment in Njoune Market, Kiengu Division, Igembe Central Constituency in Meru County, Kenya. In line with the Chuka University’s Strategic Plan 2012-2017 and Kenya Vision 2030’s aims of accessing quality and affordable University education to many qualified Kenyans in various parts of our country, Igembe Campus was established in September, 2011.

The Campus was founded on 30th September, 2011 when the then Principal of Chuka University College (now Vice-Chancellor, Chuka University) Prof. E. N. Njoka announced to Igembe Campus stakeholders, that the University Council had approved the establishment of Igembe Campus to give people of Nyambene region and beyond access to high quality and affordable University education. On 19th December 2012, Dr. John M. Kobia was appointed the Founding Director of Chuka University Igembe Campus to coordinate the academic and administrative functions of the Campus.

The campus can be easily accessed by both public and private means using the Maua-Farm-Kiengu- Meru National Park Road. The Campus is located only 3 kms from Maua Town. From Njoune Market, the newly tarmacked Njoune-K.K. Road leads to Igembe Campus.

The idea of establishing a University Campus in Igembe region was conceived and discussed by professionals from the region in September, 2010. This idea was in line with the tenets of the Vision 2030 and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that aspire to convert Kenya into a middle-income earning economy and to provide education for all (EFA). This idea was also borne out of the observation that a higher percentage of the population in the region cannot afford to pursue further studies in distant institutions of higher learning. The idea was also justified by the fact the area is endowed with a lot of resources such as income from sale of “miraa” that could be put noble investment such as educating the youth and developing infrastructure to support activities of a University Campus. Through public participation at various levels, the local community donated approximately 40 acres of land and facilities essential for current and future expansion of Igembe Campus. The land comprise of Ntuene Secondary School, Ntuene Primary School, Antubetwe Njoune Cattle Dip and Antubetwe Njoune Coffee Factory .

Igembe Campus is the first public institution of higher learning to be established in Igembe region. The Campus is situated approximately 100 km from Chuka University along the tarmacked Maua-Farm-Kiengu-Meru National Park Road. The University Campus is located on the slopes of the Nyambene Hills at an attitude of approximately 1800M above sea level. It has a cool climate with temperatures varying from 16oC to 24oC and an average rainfall of about 1,000 mm which offers excellent learning environment. The proximity to Meru National Park, only 17 km from the Campus, makes it an ideal place for anyone interested in learning about wildlife, hospitality and tourism management.

In December 2011 the first group of 21 (twenty one) Master of Education students under the School Based Programme was admitted at Igembe University Campus. Since its inception, Igembe Campus has persistently witnessed remarkable expansion characterized by significant increase in admission of undergraduate (certificate, diploma and bachelors degrees) and postgraduate students in diverse disciplines like Education, Business, Arts and Humanities among others. The current students’ enrollment is over 130. Through aggressive marketing of the Campus, the number of students is projected to increase to over 400 in the next two academic years.

The Campus has continued to offer cutting-edge and competitive market-driven academic programmes at certificate, diploma, bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees under the following faculties:

  1. Faculty of Business Studies
  2. Faculty of Arts and Humanities
  3. Faculty of Education and Resources Development.

Igembe Campus offers flexible and interactive modes of study like Full Time Regular Programmes, Evening and Weekends Mode, School Based Programmes (offered during school holidays) and Work Based Programmes. In future, Open, Distance and e-Learning (ODeL) programmess will be offered.

Specifically, Igembe Campus of Chuka University offers the following programmes:

Certificate Course in:

  • Business Management
  • Procurement and Logistics Management
  • Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • Bridging Certificate in English, Kiswahili, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics

Diploma Programmes in:

  • Business Management
  • Procurement and Logistics Management
  • Ecotourism and Hospitality Management
  • Tourism and Hotel Management
  • Education (Primary option)
  • Education (Secondary option)

Bachelors Degree Programmes

  1. Bachelor of Commerce
  2. Bachelor of Purchasing and Supplies Management
  3. Bachelor of Science in Ecotourism and Hospitality Management
  4. Bachelor of Catering and Hotel Management
  5. Bachelor of Science in Community Development
  6. Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Security Studies
  7. Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Development)
  8. Bachelor of Education (Arts)
  9. Bachelor of Education (Primary Option)
  10. Bachelor of Arts

Postgraduate Programmes

  1. Master of Business Administration
  2. Master of Science in Community Development
  3. Master of Education (Education Management, Guidance and Counselling, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Foundations options)
  4. Master of Arts in English, Kiswahili, Geography, History, Literature, Religious Studies, Sociology, Communication
  5. Postgraduate Diploma in Education
  6. Ph.D. programmes (Click Here).

Igembe Campus will mount other demand driven and short course programmes like Animal Husbandry, Tree Nursery Management, Farm Management, Baking, Proposal Writing among others in the near future.

The Igembe Campus Director is Prof. John M. Kobia, who is the academic and administrative head of the Campus, assisted by the Senior Administrative Assistant Mr. Titus K. Thinng’au and the Clerk, Mr. Joshua M. Ndiku in the running of the Campus.

Welcome to Igembe Campus for quality and affordable education for sustainable national and global development.

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For Inquiries contact us on:

020 232 9073 (Registrar Academic)

020 202 1721 (DVC - ARSA)

0715 50 58 58

0731 62 02 66