Vice Chancellor, Rongo Uviversity

Prof. Samuel Gudu Vice Chancellor, Rongo University

Brief about Rongo University

Rongo University (RU), formerly Rongo University College, was awarded Charter by H.E. Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, the President of the Republic of Kenya on 7th October 2016. The University is located 11 kilometers from Rongo Town and 2.5 kilometers off Rongo – Migori Highway. The mission of the University is to provide high quality education through teaching, research, community service and nurturing innovative graduates. Currently, the University has a student population of 6345 and a total staff complement of 458.

The University is committed to developing and delivering quality, market driven academic programs and undertaking research and extension activities. All these are geared toward improvement of local and national socio-economic status and well-being of the Kenyan people.

Award of Charter

I wish to congratulate and thank staff, students and all stakeholders of Rongo University for their effort that culminated into the Award of Charter and Accreditation as a full-fledged University.

May we continue to put more effort for prosperity, success and rapid growth as we strive to become a world class technology driven university in learning and practice.

University Governance Organization

The University is governed by several organs including Chancellor; The University Council, Senate, Management Board, School Board and Departmental boards. There is also the Student Governing Council.

The University Administrative Structure

The administrative structure comprises Office of the Chairperson of Council, the Vice Chancellor, two Deputy Vice Chancellors, Deans and Directors and Heads of academic and non-academic Departments and units

Physical facilities

RU has vast land at Kitere Hill, Rongo Town and Macalder Township for its infrastructure expansion. The University is expanding its office space, hostels, ICT, dining and accommodation facilities to take care of the growing number of students and staff. It has Clinic that can serve up to 100 outpatients per day and substantial teaching space. The main source of water for the University is River Kuja with additional supply from two boreholes and roof water catchment.

Rongo University has many co-curricular activities including football fields, basketball pitches, table tennis, hockey fields and rugby fields among others.

The University library is stocked with over 20,000 hard books and thousands of electronic resources from The Essential Agricultural Library (TEEAL), Kenya Library and Information Services Consortium (KLISC) and CABI-e-Resources. Plans for construction of a 2000-seater ultra-modern Library is underway and awaiting financing.

Academic Status

The University has six teaching Schools; namely, School of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Studies; Arts and Social Sciences; Business and Human Resource Development; Education; Information, Communication and Media Studies; and Science, Technology and Engineering. The teaching is done on semesters. The main academic calendar starts in September and ends in April of the following year. Currently, the student population is 6345 enrolled in various undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs in the six Schools. The institution continually reviews and develops programs to respond to client needs.

The University has established several partnerships and linkages with various research and teaching institutions both locally and globally including University of Brighton in United Kingdom, Wuhan Textile University in China, Hebei Academy of Agriculture & Forestry Sciences in China, Ariel University in Israel, African Library Project and Project Humanity in USA, the University of Texas at el Paso in USA, University of Applied Management Studies in Germany among others. The institution is involved in research for sustainable food security, peace and democracy, ICT and technological improvements, student and staff exchange programs among others.

Human Resource

The University is an equal opportunity employer and values the constitutional tenets of gender parity and National Cohesion and Integration. Currently, the institution has a total staff population of 458 staff members.

Financial Status

The University is mainly funded by the Government of Kenya with additional funding through A-in-A. In line with the MTEF sectoral goals and the strategic plan, the institution has allocated funds to support development and implementation of new academic programs, enhance research, attract and retain competent staff, increase student enrolment, expand institutional infrastructure and promote community outreach and extension services.

Internal Development Projects

The University is carrying out several construction projects that are at various stages of completion.  The projects are fully funded by the Government of Kenya.

Mentored Technical Training Institutions

The University has been commissioned by the Ministry of Education Science and Technology to mentor Kendege, Mabera, Kakrao Technical Training Institutes within Migori County.

The construction of these TTIs is expected to be accomplished by the end of this calendar year. The TTIs represent the Government effort to strengthen the development of technical skills for the youth as part of industrialization scheme.

Staff Profile

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Name: Stephen Oloo Ajwang

Position/Designation: Tutorial Fellow, School of Information Communication and Media Studies

Contacts: Tel: 0726859926; Email: oloohs@gmail.com or soloo@rongovarsity.ac.ke


Academic qualification: Certified Secretary (KASNEB); BSc. Information Sciences- Moi University; MSc. Information Technology – Rongo University; PhD, Information Technology (ongoing)- JKUAT

Work experience: 7 years work experience in administration and teaching

Honours and awards: Awarded Ksh 50,000 by Rongo University undertake research on Data mining and System Architecture (Masters Research Project); Awarded by KASNEB for being the best candidate in Strategic Management and Section 6.

Professional affiliation/membership to professional bodies: LinkedIn: OLOO STEPHEN; Google Scholar: Oloo Stephen.

Research interest: Data mining, data lake, system architecture

Ongoing research projects: Use of big data analytics for climate smart agriculture


Ajwang SO, Abila JO (2017). Evaluation of Existing Architecture for M-Mining Market Access Information Among Sugarcane Farmers in Migori County, Kenya. International Journal of Computer Science and Telecommunications 8, 3, 1-5.



The Vice Chancellor,
Rongo University,
P.O. Box 103-40404,
Office line: 0770308253
Email: vc@rongovarsity.ac.ke