Rongo University (RU), formerly Rongo University College is a public university and was awarded Charter to the full-fledged university by H.E. Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, the President of the Republic of Kenya on 7th October 2016. The University derives its mandate from the Rongo University Charter of 7th October 2016, which stipulates the objects and functions including teaching research and community service.
Rongo University College is a public institution that was established by Excellency President Mwai Kibaki, Commander in Chief of the Kenya Defense Forces through Legal Notice NO.70, Kenya Gazette Supplement NO.51, on 17th June 2011.
The University is strategically located at Kitere Hills situated in the South Western part of Kenya bordering Tanzania, in Rongo Sub-County, Migori County, Kenya. The University is 11 kilometers from Rongo Town, and 2.5 kilometers off Rongo– Migori- Highway. It is located in a gold mining and high Agricultural potential area.
Vision: A world-class technology-driven University in learning and practice
Mission: To provide quality and innovative higher education through teaching, research, and community service
The Degree and Diploma programs that are on offer at Rongo University are strongly anchored on practical orientation through more contact hours of classwork, fieldwork, and industrial attachment which is expected to give the students a more holistic understanding of the environment in which they operate.
In so doing, Rongo University College aims at producing students that are capable of self-employment and job creation rather than relying on formal employment only. In addition, they will fit well in the job market and environment as graduates who are responsive to societal needs. This is in line with the Kenya Vision 2030 which emphasizes job creation and industrial growth through the exploitation of national skills and human resources.
At Rongo University, our focus has always been on excellent, innovative instruction. Our Faculty draws on their expert knowledge and professional experience to give you a practical perspective.
The University has two types of modules for teaching undergraduate and postgraduate programs. The full-time students are taught during the day from Monday to Friday. There is also a flexible schedule for those who are working during the day to be taught on weekends. The School-based program is designed for teachers and is conducted from mid-November, December, April, and August when schools are closed. This includes Diploma, Degree, and Masters programs. There are also plans to introduce open and distance learning programs to cater to those who are in far-flung areas in the rest of the country.
Technical Industrial Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training) Globally, technical education is acknowledged as a means for transforming and empowering the youth with skills, knowledge and, attitudes to enable them to become productive members of society. It is on this basis that the Government of Kenya has, and continues to support TIVET training and institutions. Rongo University College will endeavor to develop practical skills of TIVET programs by taking a different approach which emphasizes attachment in the training of its graduates as emphasized by TIVET institutions and the Government.
Affordability & Quality
Affordability and quality assurance in all facets of university training have presently acquired a new meaning. Being a public university college and a nonprofit making institution, the focus is on high quality and affordable service delivery to all Kenyans of all walks of life. The University College is well equipped with laboratories, centers of excellence, a library, a teaching restaurant, and relevant equipment for effective instruction and training of students.
Today, Employers look for more than a great degree,they want job candidates with experience. At Rongo University all students participate in an internship related to their majors and enter the job market with an advantage.
Our career-focused education makes you real-world-ready.
The history of Rongo University (RU), formerly Rongo University College, dates back to the early 1970s when it was established by members of the local community as a craft apprenticeship training center known as Kitere Technical School.
In the early 1980’s the idea of having a public institution to carter for the growing desire for technical and vocational training in the larger Southern Nyanza region was felt. during this period, only one technical training institution was in existence known as the Ramogi Institute of Advanced Technology (RIAT) in Kisumu. leaders from leaders from the South
A lobby group, known as the Union of South Nyanza Welfare Association (USNWA), comprising leaders from the Southern Nyanza region petitioned the then President Daniel Arap Moi to elevate Kitere Technical to a public Institution and also give consent that the newly created institute be named after him. President Moi agreed to both requests and the Moi Institute of Technology (MIT) was born in 1983.
In 2007, Moi University signed a memorandum of understanding with the Moi Institute of Technology to offer Diploma and Undergraduate programs in the education, business, and human resource management at MIT as a satellite Campus. The first batch of 100 students supported by Rongo Constituency Development Fund was admitted in January 2008.
Four years after signing of the MoU, the Government elevated the Moi Institute of Technology to Rongo University College, to operate as Constituent College of Moi University. MIT was then officially handed over to the Council of Rongo University College on 22nd June 2012.
On 7th October 2016, having been in operation for four years as a constituent College of Moi University, H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta signed the Charter elevating Rongo University College into a full-fledged public University. The University is located 11 kilometers from Rongo Town and 2.5 kilometers off Rongo – Migori Highway. The University currently has slightly over 6345 students, who are on both Government and Self-Sponsorship programs and a total staff complement of 458.
The mission of the University is to provide high-quality education through teaching, research, community service, and nurturing innovative graduates.
The University is committed to developing and delivering quality, market-driven academic programs and undertaking research and extension activities. All these are geared toward the improvement of local and national socio-economic status and the well-being of the Kenyan people.
As Rongo University community, staff and students, we are highly delighted to be associated with this great institution. we sincerely thank the current and former leaders of the then South Nyanza District, the Kitere community, our University Council, and the Government of Kenya for the great foresight and continued support and commitment to the institution.