KCA University is a private, non-profit institution of higher learning located in Nairobi, Kenya. The university was founded in 1989 as Kenya College of Accountancy (KCA) by the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) as a training institution for accountants in the country.
In 1996, KCA was granted a Letter of Interim Authority (LIA) by the Commission for Higher Education (CHE) to offer degree programs. KCA University was established in 2007 when the institution was granted a Charter by the Kenyan government, becoming a fully-fledged university.
Since then, KCA University has continued to expand its academic programs and facilities. It offers undergraduate and postgraduate programs in various fields such as accounting, business, information technology, law, and social sciences.
The university has also established partnerships with international universities and organizations to enhance the quality of its academic programs.
KCA University is accredited by the Commission for University Education (CUE) and is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU). The university has also been recognized for its academic excellence, research, and community service. It has received numerous awards and accolades over the years, including the Best Private University in Kenya award by the Federation of Kenya Employers in 2018.
Today, KCA University is one of the leading private universities in Kenya, with a diverse student population and a commitment to providing quality education and training to its students.
The Vision of the University is to be an innovation driven globally competitive business and technology university promoting integrity, diversity and teamwork
The Mission of the University is to be a creative business and technology university, training employable and market driven graduates for sustainable economic development.
In 2007, KCA received Letter of Interim Authority from the Commission for Higher Education to become KCA University and the 1st Vice Chancellor is installed. In 2012, KCA University was approved to receive a Charter from the Commission of Higher Education (CHE).
On 1st March 2013 the university was awarded a charter positioning it on the pedestal of full-fledged universities in Kenya. KCAU is accredited and will continue to offer high quality programmes. The university currently has a portfolio of programmes up to postgraduate studies.
In 2016, KCA received first cohort of publicly funded students from government who chose to study at the university. KCA was also ranked top private university in Employability by British Council Report 2016.
KCAU boasts an ultra-modern library which seats 1,500 and provides access to an extensive collection of books, periodicals (magazines and journals), audio-visual material and electronic databases and journals. The Martin Oduor-Otieno Library has an in-built network link and reliable wireless internet that facilitates research and academic discourse on a global platform.
Lectures in the main campus are held in the contemporary-design tuition complex which accommodates more than 3,000 students. The complex has integrated digital equipment in the 50 classrooms, 9 state-of-the art computer labs, and 5 lecture theatres incorporating modern ICT in the learning process and resulting in a versatile graduate.
At KCAU the holistic well-being of students is the first priority. The student support facilities include a professionally run counselling unit and clinic as well as a well- equipped gym. Students are encouraged to grow their leadership skills and personal strengths by joining any one of the 30 vibrant clubs and interest groups. With a strong sporting heritage, KCAU teams represent the University in various inter-varsity sporting activities and professional leagues.