UoEm Ranked the Top Performing University for 2-year running


The University of Embu is once again celebrating after being declared the best performing public university in Kenya during the 2020/2021 Financial Year, Performance Contracting cycle. The good news was contained in a report dated April 2022 released by the Ministry of Public Service and Gender, and signed by the Cabinet Secretary, Professor Margaret Kobia.

In the report for the 2020/2021 Financial Year evaluations for all Government Ministries / Departments / Agencies, State Corporations and Tertiary Institutions, the University of Embu was also named the Overall Runners-Up – i.e. the Second Best Performing State Corporation with a composite score of 1.9290, which placed the University in the Excellent Category behind the National Irrigation Board which attained a composite score of 1.8890 to scoop the First Position. There were a total of 232 State Corporations evaluated, out of these, eight (8), representing 3.4% attained an Excellent Performance Grade, while 36% attained a Very Good Performance Grade. Another 140 state corporations, representing 60.4% achieved Good, Fair or Poor Performance Grade. This means they did not achieve their performance targets.

Five universities namely, University of Embu, Tharaka University College, University of Nairobi, Chuka University and South Eastern Kenya University were the only Universities which attained an Excellent Score in this performance evaluation cycle while the other five (5) Universities in the top 10 attained the Very Good Score.

The University of Embu has consistently maintained a good performance record in all its performance evaluations since its establishment in 2012. This is the second year running that the University has performed exceptionally in performance evaluations among the state corporation and public universities categories in Kenya. During the 2019/2020 Financial Year, Performance Contracting Cycle, the University attained the first position with the best evaluation score and was ranked as the Overall Best Performing State Corporation in the Country.

In his remarks after receiving the results, Prof. Daniel Mugendi, the Vice-Chancellor, UoEm, thanked the University Council, Management, Senate, Staff and Students as well as all the stakeholders for their commitment and contribution towards the good performance of the University. The VC also commended the Directorate of Performance Contracting and ISO led by Dr. Kirema Nkanata, for their efforts in the achievement. “This achievement is a significant indicator of our emphasis on quality, teamwork and the unwavering focus on the realization of our vision of being a dynamic epicenter of excellence in training and research for service to humanity,” said an elated Prof. Mugendi.

The Top Ten Best Performers in the Public Universities Category

The table below shows the top ten performers in the Public University category and their composite scores.


State Corporation

Composite Score



University of Embu




Tharaka University College




University of Nairobi




Chuka University




South Eastern Kenya University




Technical University of Mombasa


Very Good


Kibabii University


Very Good


Kaimosi Friends University College


Very Good


Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology


Very Good


Multimedia University of Kenya


Very Good

The Criteria – How the PC Evaluations are Done

The performance contracting evaluations serve as one of the Government’s strategies for enhancing efficiency and effectiveness in public service delivery. The performance of public institutions is usually evaluated based on the following criteria;

  1. Financial Stewardship & Discipline;
  2. Service Delivery;
  3. Core Mandate;
  4. Implementation of Presidential Directives
  5. Access to Government Procurement Opportunities;
  6. Promotion of Local Content
  7. Cross-Cutting

The evaluation is categorized into five performance grades as follows;

  • Excellent – Achievement exceeding the set target i.e. between 130% and 200% of the target.
  • Very Good – Achievement of the set target i.e. between 100% and 130% of the target.
  • Good – Achievement below the target i.e. between 70% and 100% of the target
  • Fair – Achievement way below the target i.e. between 50 % and 70% of the target
  • Poor – Achievement far much below the target i.e. between 0% and 50% of the target