Profile Of The University

Profile Of The University

Garissa University, then Garissa University College, was established by an Act of Parliament as a constituent college of Moi University through a Gazette Notice Number 116 of 9th September 2011. The University College admitted its first cohort of 480 government-sponsored students on 7th October 2013 and the second cohort of 352 students in September 2014.  In April 2015, Garissa University College experienced one the worst terror attacks in the country leading to loss of 148 lives. This led to indefinite closure of the institution. On the resumption of teaching and learning activities in January 2016, only a fraction of the nearly 900 admitted students resumed classes.  

On 23rd October, 2017, Garissa University became a fully-pledged public university and the first of its kind in Northern Kenya with employees and students from all parts of the Country. Since then, the university has experienced steady growth in student population. Currently, the institution has a total of 3,553 students enrolled for postgraduate, undergraduate, diploma and certificate courses. The university has had four graduation ceremonies for conferment of various degrees and award of diplomas and certificates.

The university is not only unique because of its location far from the socio-political and economic centers of the country but also because of many emerging policies, challenges, cross-border conflicts and critical institutional changes including devolution. The university inherited modest facilities from the then Garissa Teachers Training College, which in most cases was not fit for purposes of hosting fast growth and development. Nevertheless, the university has received substantial financial support from the government for capital infrastructural development to bolster teaching, learning and research activities. These include completed 962 capacity students’ hostel, ultramodern library, tuition and administration blocks. Among the pipeline projects include the proposed School of Health Sciences, a new Institute of Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) and a modern sports complex.

Vision Statement

A world-class university of technology, innovation and development

Mission Statement

Meet industry and societal needs through processing and dissemination of transformative knowledge, talent development, research, outreach and entrepreneurship for sustainable development.

Strategic Goals

During the 2023 – 2027 strategic planning period, Garissa University will work towards achieving the following strategic goals:

  1. Enhance academic excellence
  2. Advance research and innovation initiative
  3. Increase community outreach and partnerships
  4. Enhance student experience at the university
  5. Strengthen institutional capacity and sustainability


Core Values

GaU upholds the following values:

Professionalism: Demonstrate reliability, fair play and meritocracy

Excellence: Commit to excellence and quality service

Accountability: Acknowledge responsibility for actions, decisions and performance

Collegiality: Foster a collaborative and supportive working environment

Ethical: Commit to transparency, honesty and justice (PEACE)


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