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Grants Management Profile

The Universities Fund Grants Management Department (GMD) is responsible for apportioning funds to universities in Kenya. This is done as per an established criterion that ensures equality, fairness, transparency and sustainability in the university sector. Currently, the Fund uses the Differentiated Unit Criterion (DUC) to apportion funds to universities. The criterion allocated funds based on the student numbers and the courses the respective students are undertaking. The department is headed by an Assistant Director who works closely with the principal and senior grants management officers.

Summary of the Funding

The department has been apportioning funds to universities since the inception of the Fund. The disbursement for the various financial years is as summarized below.

Table 1: Public University

Financial Year

Number of Students

Approved Budget

% DUC Allocation

2018/2019

233,218

38,145,164,999.49

66.4%

2019/2020

241,015

41,180,214,789.00

60.7%

2020/2021

271,446

41,907,420,216.50

53.77%

2021/2022

324,182

43,843,955,003.27

49.51%

2022/2023

356,188

44,023,955,000.00

48.11%

Table 2: Private University

Financial Year

Number of Students

Approved Budget

% DUC Allocation

2017/2018

18,587

1,565,342,106.10

44.86%

2018/2019

29,729

1,976,774,037.73

34.16%

2019/2020

43,676

2,500,000,000.00

28.79%

2020/2021

61,541

2,729,791,604.00

22.55%

2021/2022

78,650

3,374,791,604.00

21.34%

Chart 1: Combined Chart for Students Number and DUC

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