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Paul Gachanga Ndarua: Architect Who Founded The Only Women’s University In Kenya, Kiriri Women’s University of Science and Technology

Founded in 2002, Kiriri is the first women’s only university in East Africa. Located in Kiambu county’s Githurai-Mwihoko road, Kiriri Women’s University of Science and Technology empowers women by helping them achieve their dreams.

The University is the brainchild of Dr. Paul Gachanga Ndarua whose hope was to see it grow into an education powerhouse in Africa. He built a legacy that has outlived him and continues to impact the life of dozens of women from across the country.

The Establishment of St. Lucie Kiriri Girls Secondary School

A lover of education, the architect by profession and businessman laid the foundation for the University. He was passionate about the education of women. His plans began to take shape when in 1989, he bought the land where St. Lucie Kiriri Girls was built.

The school opened its doors on 25th February 1992. It was among the pioneer private schools in Kenya and offers both 8-4-4 and IGCSE (The International General Certificate of Secondary Education).

Some of its popular alumni include: Sanaipei Tande, 2015 Miss Kenya Runner Up Wendy Mueni and Mindi Sarro.

Kiriri Women’s University of Science and Technology (KWUST)

The enterprising businessman saw the gender disparities, especially among women who are pursuing technology and science related courses. This is what pushed him to provide an environment where women could come together and receive a holistic education in the tertiary level.

In 2002, the University officially opened its doors to women from all walks of life. With a population of over 1,500 the University offers diploma and bachelor courses in various fields including Mathematics, Computer Science, Psychology and Business Administration.

Apart from founding the education institution, he was also the founder of Ndangeruando Investments.

Birth and Death

Born in 1934 to the late Dr Charles Ndarua and late Margaret Merl Ndarua, he passed away on 22nd October 2020 at the Nairobi Hospital. He was the husband of Mary Assumpta Ndarua and had several children and grandchildren.