History & Core Values


It is the philosophy of the University that all human beings have a role to play in the society and that each person is uniquely endowed with the necessary abilities to fulfil their role.

Core Values:

  • Excellence - do it right first time;

  • Integrity - carry out our business with honesty and openness;

  • Diversity  - no discrimination on the basis of ethnicity, gender, social, economic or religious backgrounds;

  • Innovation  - seek new ways of creating, sharing and applying knowledge; and continuous learning and improvement;

  • Commitment - committed to understanding and meeting the needs of our students, faculty, alumni and partners;

  • Service to the Community - interact with the community and participate in the development and implementation of solutions to community opportunities and problems;

  • Recognition and support of individual talents - support individuals to make their own contributions.


Inspired by the desire to serve society through education, KCA University declares its purpose to be the education of the whole person. The University is thus dedicated to:


  1. Prepare students to assume leadership roles in society through an education that stresses ethic intellectual, spiritual and aesthetic values.

  2. Provide uncompromising standard of academic excellence and an unwavering commitment to academic freedom and freedom of expression in the search for truth;

  3. Provide rigorous and imaginative scholarship; excellent teaching in and out of the classroom; and educational programs designed to provide breadth and depth.

  4. Encourage the integration of different forms of knowledge, and to stimulate not only the acquisition but also the creative and humane use of knowledge;

  5. Provide opportunities for the open exchange of ideas and experiences among people of diverse background in national origin, gender, age, ethnicity, disability, religion and economic class.

KCA University dates back to 1989, with the establishment of the institution as Kenya College of Accountancy by the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) to improve the quality of accountancy and financial management training in the country. The college was founded after a study conducted by Chart Foulks Lynch CIPFA services of the UK in 1987/88. The study revealed that the Kenyan economy required an additional four hundred qualified Accountants every year. The output of qualified accountants from the training institutions then was less than one hundred.


On commencement of its services in 1989, it enrolled 170 students but this number tremendously increased over the years and today, enrollment stands at over 15,000 students annually. To maintain a national outlook, the institution opened satellite colleges in Githunguri,Kericho, Eldoret and Kisumu all now under the School of Professional Programmes



The Path to KCA University

The Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) set up Kenya College of Accountancy (KCA) in May 1989.

The dream of becoming a university was discussed and agreed in a strategic plan retreat in 1997.

Collaboration agreement with JKUAT and later UNISA Universities in offering their degree programmes were signed in the year 2000. Diversified to academic programmes.


Applied to the Commission for Higher Education to offer our own degree programmes. First inspection held in the year 2000.

In the year 2002, established satellite colleges in Kisumu and Githunguri as part of the broad strategy of bringing business education to the rural areas. Enrollment increased to over 10,000 students yearly.


KCA University was established as a private university vide a gazette notice No. 6895 and shall be the successor to the institution hitherto known as the Kenya College of Accountancy.


The University  offers certificates, diplomas and degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, with effect from 26th July 2007.

The University is a body corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal. Before the award of a Charter, the legal framework governing the University is the Universities Act (Cap 210B), Trustees (Perpetual Succession) Act (Cap 164), and Trustees Act (Cap 167) and the Trust Deed.


KCA University was awarded a charter 3rd March, 2013 by H.E. Mwai Kibaki 3rd President of the Republic of Kenya, at KICC alongside  12 other public universities and 2 private universities respectively.


Currently our enrollment stand at over 15,000 students annually