Meru University of Science and Technology (MUST) was established by the Kenya Government under Legal Notice No. 103 of 18th July 2008 as a constituent college of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.
The idea of establishing a University goes back many years to the time when Njuri Ncheke (Council of elders of Meru people) conceived an idea of establishing an institution of higher learning in Meru. Consequently, the NJURI NCHEKE ELDERS set aside 641 acres of land near the Njuri Ncheke’s Shrine at Nchiru for the same. In the mid-1960s, the elders initiated the process of establishing an institution of higher learning. It was decided that the Meru community raise funds for establishment of a College of Technology. As a result, Meru College of Technology (MECOTECH) was founded and opened its doors to its first batch of students in 1983 with an intake of fifty four (54) students all of whom were enrolled in Agriculture. In 1985 Motor Vehicle Engineering and later in 1987 building courses were introduced.