Pwani University began as Kilifi Institute of Agriculture in 1984 though the first intake of 200 students for the Two Year Certificate Course in Agriculture and Home Economics was in July 1987. By 2007, Kilifi Institute of Agriculture had graduated 3,837 students. The Institute also hosted a number of Masters and PhD research students from other national universities. On 23rd August 2007, Kilifi Institute of Agriculture was upgraded to a Constituent College of Kenyatta University, and in March 2013, it was given a charter as a full- fledged University. It is strategically placed in the heart of the Coastal region of Kenya in Kilifi Town, right on the Mombasa-Malindi Highway; and is equipped with facilities to offer quality training in Tropical Agriculture, Tropical Medicine, Marine Sciences and Education. So whether you’re finishing high school, beginning university for the first time, or pursuing graduate studies, you’ll find a wide range of options at Pwani University. Our University has more than five schools which all together offer a diversity of degree programmes in the Arts, Humanities, Sciences, Health and Education. The University has engaged highly qualified staff members.
The university has the following ten major objectives to guide its quest for excellence in the next ten years. These will be reviewed from time to time so as to conform to emerging challenges and changing national needs and challenges. To promote high standards in research, teaching and scholarship. To promote intellectual leadership. To promote principles of good institutional governance. To enhance science and technological development. To fight against the spread of HIV/AIDS. To support community service activities. To optimize the use of university resources. To improve the infrastructure and increase physical facilities and equipment. To meet the national development needs as outlined in the national development plan.