Cooperative business education, consultancy, and research for multiple countries, based in Africa

August 10, 2016

The Co-operative University College of Kenya (CUCK) is a leading center for quality co-operative education, training, research and consultancy in Kenya. We were established as a Constituent College of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) vide Legal Notice No. 161 of 2011. The Predecessor College was a Semi-Autonomous Government agency (SAGA) under the Ministry of Co-operative Development and Marketing.  The college initially offered Certificate and Diploma courses, but since 2005, they have successfully offered the Bachelor of Co-operative Business degree in collaboration with (JKUAT). In September 2012, the college admitted the pioneer group of JAB students for the Bachelor of Co-operative Business and Bachelor of Commerce degrees.


The story of The Co-operative University College of Kenya can only be told from back to back; In 1952 the colonial government established a training centre at the Jeans School, Kabete, in a bid to train government co-operative inspectors on matters of management owing to the low level of education in pre-colonial Kenya.  Nine years later, the centre was moved to the Kenya Institute of Administration in 1961 as a school of co-operation where government officials were offered both certificates and diplomas in co-operative management.

It is this school of Co-operation that was to give rise to the highest training institution for Co-operative studies in Kenya; The Co-operative University College of Kenya, a government run institution inaugurated by President Jomo Kenyatta in 1972.  The dream, according to the then president’s inaugural speech, was to develop effective management structures for the rapid development of the country’s co-operative movement.

Over a half a century down the line, the Co-operative movement in Kenya is ranked first in Africa and seventh best the world over with a capital base of over shs300 billion accounting to over 45% of the nation’s GDP.

The Co-operative University college of Kenya holds dear the dream of promoting the Co-operative movement in Kenya through training, research, education and consultancy.  From its humble beginnings in 1952 at Kabete to operating as a department under the Ministry of Co-operative developing to attaining partial autonomy in 1995 where it has to generate 70% of its budget, the institution now sits on a 50 acre parcel of land in the leafy and Serene Karen estate.  Located about 20km from Nairobi’s CBD the University College has rapidly spread its reach physically and academically to carter for the ever rising need for higher education in Kenya.

The university operates four campuses: Langata campus, Nairobi town campus, Meru campus and Mombasa campus other than offering degree courses as a constituent college of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology JKUAT.

In September, 2012, the Co-operative University College of Kenya enrolled its first batch of 351 students pursuing two degree programmes; Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Co-operative management.

“Our aim is to train high caliber manpower not only for the co-operative movement but also for the associated industry in Kenya and the entire region”, says the Principal Douglas Shitanda. Prof. Shitanda adds, “Our decision to operate under JKUAT as a constituent college is to position ourselves to be the premier Public University offering co-operative education and its associated economies in Africa and beyond.”

The University College focuses on offering quality Co-operative training to the management, staff with specific focus on cooperative management, law, accountancy and Co-operative banking at certificate, diploma and degree level. Diploma courses offered include; co-operative management, micro finance, co-operative banking, public relations among others while certificate courses offered include co-operative banking and co-operative administration.

The college has been training professionals from countries such as: Sudan, Rwanda, South Africa, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Lesotho, Botswana and Southern Sudan as they seek to emulate Kenya’s successful co-operative movement.

The Kenya’s Co-operative movement statistics indicate that it has over 14,000 Co-operative enterprises, over 10 million members and 300, 000 employees.

The College also offers research and consultancy services to the co-operative movement in the following areas: Poverty Reduction Programmes, Management of Co-operative Societies, Credit Management as well as Corporate Strategic Management.

Mission: To provide Innovative Education, Training, Research, and Consultancy services for sustainable community empowerment.

Vision: Be a leading Global University in Training, Research and Innovation for Co-operative Development.

Motto: Quality Co-operative training

Objective:  Our broad objective is to equip co-operative staff and members of the co-operative movement, Government, non-governmental organizations and other related sectors with appropriate knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that would enable them contribute more effectively to the development of various sectors of the economy.

Core values:

  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism
  • Quality and excellence
  • Teamwork


  • Provide co-operative education and training.
  • Promote the development and expansion of opportunities for continuing education in Co-operative management and finance.
  • Undertake research in co-operative movement.
  • Provide consultancy services in co-operative management and other development areas.
  • Conduct examinations and award diplomas, certificates and other academic awards of the college.
  • Develop and review syllabuses and curricular for education and training.
  • Examine and make proposals for the establishment of constituent training centers, departments and facilities.
  • Collaborate with other national and international co-operative colleges, and universities and other institutions in the field of co-operative education and training, in research and consultancy services and other exchange programs.


Vision Statement

Be a leading Global University in Training, Research and Innovation for Co-operative Development.