Kenya Highlands University

 (KHU)
  • Private University
  • #063(Kenya university ranking)
  • Kericho - County
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Kenya Highlands University - overview

Kenya Highlands University (formerly Kenya highlands Evangelical University)is fully-fledged(Chartered) institution of higher learning belonging to the Africa Gospel Church under the management of a University Council of sixteen members from the Africa Gospel Church, World Gospel Mission, the university and community.

KHU is in the heart of Kenya's tea producing region and numerous well-known International Tea companies are located here. 

KHU earned University status in 2011 after being a Bible School/College (KHBC) for more than 50 years.  During those years producing hundreds of graduates many of whom have gone on to become leaders in various institutions throughout Kenya and East Africa.  KHU is the only University whose main campus is in the Kericho area.  Known for its quality programs, excellent and committed faculty, KHU is determined to keep its costs low to serve those who otherwise would need to forgo a University education.  However, we seek every opportunity to improve the scope and variety of our programs and to prepare our students to meet and to become leaders in meeting the challenges of today and tomorrow. 

Accredition Status:

The Kenya Highlands University  formerly known as “Kenya highlands Evangelical University” which for long known as “Kenya highlands Bible College” was Chartered on March 23, 2011 by H.E. Hon. Mwai Kibaki, the former President and commander in chief of the defense forces of Kenya, through the Commission for Higher Education {now known as Commission for University Education ,(CUE)} and  is now a fully fledged University. KHU has met all the CUE standards and has attained a full University status.

Why Choose Kenya Highlands University

The Vision of Kenya Highlands University

A transformed society through Christian Professionals.

The Mission of Kenya Highlands University

The mission of KHU is to provide higher education that integrates Christian Faith with Scholarship.

The Core Values  of Kenya Highlands University

The University embraces the following core values that inform our decision making, direct our daily lives, and guide our relationships:

  • Biblical Authority
  • Holiness
  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Teamwork

Our Philosophy at Kenya Highlands University

We at Kenya Highlands University believe that:

  • The lifelong undertaking of study is a sacred gift given by God for the pursuit of goodness, truth and beauty.
  • The foundation of sound learning is rooted in a high view of Scripture as God’s infallible word wherein all truth is revealed by God through Christ “in Whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
  • The focus of proper education is the development of a person’s humanity as a unique being created in the image of God, and by His grace enabled to achieve humanity’s intended purpose of reflecting His glory through a personal commitment to Jesus Christ as both Saviour and Sanctifier of heart and life.
  • The college experience should sharpen interpersonal communication skills in order to provide greater understanding of one’s self, others, and God so we may become more effective agents of redemption and transformation in the world.
  • Christian liberal arts education should prepare students to assume the rights and responsibilities that apply to our local and global cultures, resulting in service to mankind, and to that end we strive to prepare global Christian leaders for tomorrow’s world.
  • We would also affirm:
  • Our commitment to holistic education through the maturation of personhood which results from knowledge and skills which are dedicated to breadth of understanding and depth of coverage in diverse disciplines grounded in the tradition of orthodox Christian thought.
  • Our steadfast commitment to the abiding Wesleyan-Arminian perspective of sin, grace, and the possibility of full salvation as the philosophical and theological foundation for exploration and investigation into perennial questions concerning the intellectual, spiritual, and physical dimensions of human existence.
  • The value in freedom of inquiry within a diversity of enduring Christian and cultural traditions whereby students may explore and appreciate others and their values without compromising the college values and ethos, and carry out our Christian vision without coercion.

History of Kenya Highlands University

The ideological heritage of educational instruction at Kenya Highlands University dates back to 1932 when missionaries of World Gospel Mission saw the need for training their converts.

This instruction not only needed to cover biblical and ministry-related subjects, but also teacher training. Teachers were prepared for the sixteen primary schools the mission had started. These first teachers also served as preachers in their communities.

A school first started in 1936 in the Sotik area as a Teacher’s Bible School and met in various locations.  In 1944, the school was officially opened as Sotik Bible School and courses continued to combine training techniques in primary school teaching and Bible.
The following year, the Bible School students were separated from the teacher training group as the need for trained leadership for the church grew. In 1950 the school was relocated from Sotik to Cheptenye in Belgut area.

Due to the need for more space to develop classrooms, dormitories, library and chapel facilities and staff housing, another plot was sought which would be separate from the established mission stations. The present site was acquired in 1953, and in 1955 Kenya Highlands Bible School was begun, offering a two-year Bible programme leading to the Christian Workers Certificate. In 1957 the course was upgraded to include a three-year programme leading to a diploma in Bible.

In 1962, the level of admission and training was again elevated to provide training on a secondary level in both biblical and secular subjects, and the name was changed to Kenya Highlands Bible College.  In 1967 the college started offering secondary school education up to 1973 when it ceased offering “O” level.

In 1970 the Bible College Council was constituted, drawing its membership equally from the church and the mission, and charged with the responsibility of managing the institution and improving the academic standards.  In 1971 the college admitted its first class of post-secondary students into a four-year curriculum, modeled after degree-granting Bible colleges in North America, leading to the degree of Bachelor of Religion in Biblical Studies.

In 1989 the college was registered by the Commission for Higher Education to operate as a private College and was given candidacy for accreditation. The University Council and the Administration have been meeting regularly with the Commission to bring facilities and academic programmes up to recognized University standards. The newly named Kenya Highlands University received its Charter on the 23rd March 2011, presented by H.E The President Hon. Mwai Kibaki. KHU is now a fully-fledged University after its accreditation.

Throughout their history, the Africa Gospel Church and World Gospel Mission have sought to respond to the needs of the church and community by developing and upgrading their educational training programmes. The current upgrading to Kenya Highlands University is a product of this development as the University continues to strive to be faithful to scriptural truth and relevant to its culture by its educational objective providing higher education that integrates Christian faith with scholarship.

Kenya Highlands University Physical Location

Kericho, Kenya

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