When students sat down to select the universities they preferred and trusted would mold them to fit in the careers they wished to pursue, they must have considered numerous factors.
The release of High Learning enrolment by the Ministry of Education brings out the obviously most preferred institutions in Kenya by learners.
University of Nairobi (UON)
The University of Nairobi or simply UON has always been viewed as a sign of academic smartness, social class, and affluence which has for decades made it the first choice for learners.
UON, just as has been over the years, attracted interest from a huge number of the top-performing candidates in the 2019 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education.
UON will enroll 5,894 students and has ranked highest as the higher learning institution with the most competitive courses sought after by the top performers hence the high competitiveness.
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT)
Located along the Thika Road Superhighway, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology or simply JKUAT attracted a majority of the enrolment of the government-sponsored courses.
JKUAT which will enroll 6,006 candidates has always been among the most preferred in Kenya and the high enrolment only comes as a surprise that it is more than the number of regular enrolments at UON.
Mount Kenya (MKU)
Mount Kenya however comes as a surprise that it would actually beat universities such as Kenyatta University, Masinde Muliro and Egerton with the number of enrolments.
The Mount Kenya University seemed the third-most preferred amongst KCSE candidates securing itself a surprisingly 4,400 students’ allocation.
Kabarak University was another shocker as 2019 KCSE candidates seem to have kept off traditional giants making Kabarak the second among most preferred among private universities.
Kabarak secured itself a high enrolment of 2,327 students who are expected to enroll upon communication.
Kenya Methodist University
The Kenya Methodist also common as KEMU came up to beat traditional giants that seem to be in deep slumber.
KEMU which is located in Meru County attracted an impressive 2,268 enrolment from the 2019 KCSE students.
Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA)
CUEA is known for its Christian values and topped the list of the top that attracted most of the 2019 KCSE candidates’ interest for enrolment.
Catholic University attracted 2,091 students for enrolment in the 2020/2021 academic year.
To close the list of the most desired institutions by the 2019 KCSE candidates in their selection is KCA University.
The university located along the Thika Road Superhighway attracted an impressive 2,062 enrolment of students.
What Befell the Giant Universities in Kenya?
Egerton, Masinde Muliro, and Maasai Mara, once shone and were envied but the glitter seems to be shedding off going by the selection of universities by students.
Egerton, Masinde Muliro, and the Maasai Mara are attracting the least number of student enrolment because they have the highest number of degrees programmes that do not attract students in 2020.
Egerton according to the Ministry of Education offers eight courses that have not attracted a single student in the last few years while Maasai Mara offers six and five at the University of Embu.
Courses such as degrees in energy technology, automotive technology, building and construction, and medical engineering offered at Egerton no longer attract students.
The Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has urged high learning institutions to reform and review courses that have stalled since 2018 to attract better enrolment.
“The Ministry wishes to direct the institutions offering those programmes to establish why they are not attractive and implement corrective measures,” CS Magoha said during a launch for the 2019-2020 university placement at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD).