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Kimathi University College of Technology’s predecessor, Kimathi Institute of Technology (KIT) was established as a community project in 1972, opening doors to its first students in 1978. KIT rapidly emerged as a leading institution in the country in the training of Certified Public Accountants.
Upon being upgraded to University status in 2007, KUCT admitted students in a range of degree programmes in Business, Actuarial Science, ICT and Engineering disciplines alongside Diploma and certificate courses. These are flagship programmes and are a critical demonstration of KUCT’s commitment to becoming a premier Technological University.
The first degree students in B.Com and B.IT were admitted in May 2006 and graduated in 2009. In June 2009, the third group of students admitted under the new dispensation enrolled, bringing the total number of students to 1,400; more than 1100 of these being undergraduate students and the other 300 Diploma and Certificate students.The student population is expected to rise to over 4,000 in the next four years.
Kimathi University College of Technology was established as a Constituent College of JKUAT in August 2007. It is now a Government intuition run through a University College Council. The Council Chairman is James Waibochi, who has been associated with the Institution since its inception. The council includes people with diverse experiences in industry, civil service, international organizations, community leadership and in education. The Vice-Chairman is David Wachira, the Managing Director of Consolidated Bank. Prof. Francis Gichaga, the Chancellor of JKUAT serves as a Chancellor at KUCT, with Prof. Mabel Imbuga, Vice Chancellor JKUAT being also a member of KUCT council. Other members include Prof. Crispus Kiamba, the PS Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Joseph Kinyua, PS, Finance, Justus Mutiga, Jane Kiringai, and Ishard Ibrahim, Rose Simba, Eng (Mrs) Veronica Maundu, and Gichuki Nderitu. The principal is Prof. Ndirangu Kioni, formerly Dean of Faculty of Engineering at JKUAT.
KUCT is already implementing an ambitious physical facilities development programme to support the realization of its vision. The first phase which is now complete includes a library, lecture theatres, laboratories and supporting infrastructure. The second phase is almost complete. It is funded by the Government of Kenya. Subsequent phases of development comprise two academic blocks, one to house ICT labs, lecture rooms and offices and the other to house Engineering labs, workshops, and supporting physics and chemistry labs.