Kirinyaga University College was established by the Kenya Government through THE Kirinyaga University College Order, Legal Notice No. 108 of September 2011 as a constituent college of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.
The successor to the Kirinyaga Technical Institute (KTI), the University College aims at becoming a world class university of science and technology specializing in industry oriented innovation and entrepreneurship in engineering, science, technology and ICT.
The main objective of the university is to provide, directly or in direct through collaboration with other institutions of higher learning, university education including technology transfer, scientific and professional education and effective application of knowledge and skills in life work and welfare of the citizens of Kenya. The University will aim to play a leading role in the development and expansion of the opportunities for higher education and research.
The University is expected to provide and advance university education and training to appropriately qualified candidates leading to the conferment of degree and awards of diplomas and certificates.
The idea of building Kirinyaga Institute (the predecessor to KYUC) arose among people of Kirinyaga way back in 1971.Several meetings were held by the District Local Leaders and decisions and plans were made to build the institute.
On 5th December 1971,the former head of state His Excellency the President, Hon. Daniel Arap Moi C.G.H.,M.P. (then Vice- president) launched the Harambee Fund Raising Drive at the request of Kirinyaga people.
Kirinyaga County Council set aside 200 acres of land for the institute at Kutus. 40 more acres were also acquired at Kangaita area. Currently 65 acres are under coffee and about 20 acres under horticulture. The Institute opened doors to the first students on 2nd March 1977 when 72 students were enrolled,48 of these students were admitted in the building department while the remainder 24 were enrolled in the clothing department.