Africa Nazarene University is a liberal arts university located in Ongata Rongai, Kenya affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene. It is the first Nazarene liberal arts university established outside of the United States.
It has been an affiliate of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities since February 2002, and is located on approximately 100 acres (0.4 km2), on the Maasai Plains, across the Nairobi National Park from the city of Nairobi.
In 1985, Nazarene leaders began discussions with the Kenyan Commission for Higher Education. This commission, after hearing the church's proposals, recommended the Church start a liberal arts university. In 1987, Nazarene missionary Dr. Harmon Schmelzenbach coordinated the purchase of 70 acres (280,000 m2) of land in the Maasai Plains.
In January 1990, at the recommendation of the Commission for Higher Education, Dr. Stephen W. Nease, the Africa Nazarene University Trust was organized with a board of trustees. On November 23, 1993, after three years of preparing a proposal for the University, the Commission for Higher Education granted a Letter of Interim Authority to operate a university.
This meant that ANU was the first university to seek a charter under the Kenya 1985 Universities Act. Africa Nazarene University is currently one of the best universities in East and Central Africa. The current Vice-Chancellor of the University is Professor Leah Marangu.
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