Pioneer International University Trust is the sponsoring body for Pioneer International University. The University received its Letter of Interim Authority in 2012, and is consistently working towards the full Charter accreditation. Pioneer International University is committed to developing and maintaining a governance and organizational structure that is effective, flexible, sustainable, transparent and viable.

This commitment is outlined in the University’s Strategic Plan 2020-2025 whereby the following goals, in relation to governance and organizational structure, are prioritized:

  • Reviewing and monitoring on a continuous basis the effectiveness of organizational structures and processes within the University;
  • Outlining and revising key areas of accountability, roles and line management functions;
  • Continuing the development of a robust quality assurance system to inform and support governance and organizational structures; and
  • ensuring that strategic targets set for the University have built-in mechanisms for monitoring their effectiveness.

Our governance structure is designed to allow efficient and effective decision making. The University has three key boards, the Council, the Senate, and the Management Board who make up the main decision making and governing bodies.

The Council is the University’s supreme governing body providing strategic guidance and monitoring the activities and effectiveness of the management. The Council holds the responsibility of ensuring that the University’s overall mission, strategy, and direction are delivered through an effective framework of both governance and management. The Council constructively supports the Vice-Chancellor and the two decision-making bodies within the University, the University Management Board and the University Senate.

Pioneer International University is administered by the Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Gideon Maina J.K. (PhD.). As Vice-Chancellor is the University’s principal academic and Chief Executive Officer. Reporting to the University Governing Council, he is responsible for the University’s academic standards, management and administration.


Welcome to Pioneer International University and thank you for your interest to study with us.

At PIU, we endeavor to be a world class market-driven institution that offers a mosaic of knowledge and skills to our students that stretch their minds to the possibilities and opportunities around them by creating ethical, responsible, and competitive global citizens.

Our mission is the advancement of knowledge through research and innovation, teaching and learning, and community service – a holistic process that produces high caliber and ethical leaders, nurture creativity and meet the needs and ambitions of a culturally and internationally diverse range of stakeholders.

As a University, we have continued to make tremendous strides in the programmes we roll out. Our programmes are supported by qualified faculty and quality facilities to ensure that our students’ dreams are not only nurtured but also realized. We deliver training and assessments which are founded on industry needs and expectation.

If you are an ambitious person who seeks a challenge and is eager to discover and acquire knowledge that will help make a difference in your life and the world around you, then this is the place to be.

Once again, I welcome you to Pioneer International University (PIU).

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The Council as the University’s governing body has a collective responsibility to ensuring that the University’s overall mission and strategy are delivered through an effective framework of governance. It is responsible for the finance, property, investments and general business of the University, and for approving the general strategic direction of the institution. It brings independent judgement to bear on issues of strategy, performance, resources and standards of conduct.

It has a majority of members that are external to and independent of the University, from whom its Chair is drawn. Also included in its membership are representatives of the staff of the University

The principal committees of the Council include:

  • Audit, Risk & Compliance Committee
  • Strategy, Finance, & Development Committee
  • Human Capital & Governance Committee

The Council devolves oversight and governance of all academic matters to the Senate which is the academic authority of the University, chaired by the Vice-Chancellor. Unlike the Council, its membership is drawn from within the University and consists primarily of academic staff of the institution, with representation of other categories of staff and of students. Its role is, in summary, to direct and regulate the teaching and research work of the University.

Its main responsibilities include: academic strategy; promotion of research; academic standards; approval of the content of the curriculum and new programmes; student discipline; examinations, admissions; and progression.

The principal committees of the Senate include:

  • Learning and Teaching Quality Committee
  • Awards Sub-Committee of Senate
  • Research and Library Committee
  • Faculty Boards

University Management Board is the principal management committee of the University and it ensures the effective leadership, coordination and management of the activities of the University.  Its membership is made up of the Vice-Chancellor (Chair), Deputy Vice-Chancellors, Deans/Heads of Faculties and Directors of Professional Services.

The Management Board, in the day-to-day management of the College, collectively makes decisions in accordance with policies and procedures. It is further responsible for overseeing matters relating to University strategy. It oversees finalization of the University’s strategic plan and preparation of the annual University budget. Management Board monitors divisional performance against plans and budgets, the University’s capital program and major projects.

The principal committees of the Senate include:

  • Sub-Committee 1
  • Sub-Committee 2
  • Sub-Committee 3