President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday granted a charter to Garissa University.
The move makes the institution, which was previously a constituent college of Moi University, a fully fledged university.
It becomes the 31st chartered public university.
President Kenyatta also appointed Prof Hellen Sambili as the chancellor of the university.
The President on Monday said the move was a triumph for the institution that was targeted by terrorists two years ago.
“Kenya will always triumph over those who preach hate, evil and destruction,” President Kenyatta said at State House, Nairobi.
“I am confident that Garissa University now has the capacity to provide quality university education.”
Deputy President William Ruto expressed confidence that the institution will contribute to the provision of quality education.
“Garissa University will not only serve the people of northern Kenya but the whole country,” Mr. Ruto said.
Being the first fully-fledged public university in the north-eastern region, President Kenyatta pledged that his government will provide the institution with the necessary resources for its success.