Mount Kenya University (MKU) recently held its twentieth graduation ceremony whose theme was: “The Role of Higher Education Institutions in Enhancing regional Integration.” The colourful event was held at the Mwai Kibaki Convention Centre, an iconic building in the varsity’s Thika main campus. 5,333 students graduated. The chief guest was Amb. Simon Nakubwesi, Principal Secretary for University Education and Research, Ministry of Education. He challenged universities in Kenya to form a consortium by which they can jointly undertake research and development.
Speaking during this occasion, Prof. Simon Gicharu, the Chairman of MKU Board of Directors noted that the university was able to successfully mitigate the challenges caused on its learning calendar last year in March and April owing to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, because of investing heavily in information communication technology ( ICT). To that end, he promised that the board will continue allocating more resources to the critical field.
Additionally, Prof. Gicharu said that the university is planning to put up a stand-alone medical facility that will be used by students in the college of health sciences. The facility will have an inbuilt hostel facility for medical students, classrooms and an anatomy laboratory which will also serve Thika Level 5 hospital. The board has also approved development of an ultra-modern hostel facility for the students in MKU’s main campus at Thika. “The board is committed towards supporting well structured, regional based research and community outreach activities within the East African region,” Prof. Gicharu further affirmed.
In his speech, Prof. Deogratius JAGANYI, the Vice-chancellor of MKU noted that the varsity’s commitment to quality has enabled it to attract huge numbers of both government and self-sponsored students. The July 2021 edition of the Wabometrics ranking of world universities placed MKU among the top five private universities in Kenya.