Our history

Our history

The establishment
The establishment

The Kenya School of Government Embu Campus has a history of change, which can be traced back to 1940s with the establishment of a Community Training Centre at Mbiruri, Runyenjes, in the then Embu District. The center was funded and managed by Embu County Council and provided training in home craft, masonry, carpentry and weaving.

Transferring of the location
Transferring of the location

In 1975, the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) took over financial responsibility of the center as one of the Ministry’s pilot training centers and facilitated its transfer to the present location in Embu Municipality.

1977 - 1987
Moved to Embu District Development Institute
Moved to Embu District Development Institute

In 1977, the Institution was transferred to the Office of President and re-designated Embu District Development Institute (DDI) in 1987.

Following the relocation of Government Training Institute (GTI) Maseno in 1990 to give room for the establishment of Maseno University College of Moi University, all the courses and Twenty-four (24) teaching staff of Maseno GTI were transferred to Embu DDI.

In order to accommodate Maseno GTI training programmes, Embu DDI had to discontinue offering seminars, workshops and other courses, namely: Advanced Certificate Course in Storekeeping, Administration Studies for Chiefs and Assistant Chiefs, Public Health Officers Course, and Pre-Primary Teachers Course.


In 2002, the DDI was again transferred to the Directorate of Personnel Management (DPM) and renamed Government Training Institute (GTI) with the mandate to train public service personnel at all levels. The process of integrating the staff and expanding the functions of DDI and GTI Maseno took place in the 2002 and DDI Embu alongside other DDIs of Matuga and Baringo, which were upgraded to the status of GTIs under the then Office of the President [Mwai Kibaki].

1st July, 2012
Establishment Of the Campus
Establishment Of the Campus

In 2012, through KSG Act No. 9 of 2012, the Kenya School of Government was established and the School came to effect on 1st July, 2012 as a successor to the Kenya Institute of Administration and the Kenya Development Learning Centre. Embu GTI became a campus of the school established under subsection (1) of the Act. The KSG Embu Campus is located 160 KMs from Nairobi along the Meru Nairobi Highway in Embu County. The Embu Campus has a Land Title Deed No: IR: 203978. The Size of the KSG Embu Campus: Land is 7.134 Ha.

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