Group CEO of Equity Group Holdings Dr. James Mwangi (L) presents Meru University Statutes to Safaricom PLC CEO Mr. Peter Ndegwa (R) during Mr. Ndegwa's installation ceremony as Chancellor of the University.

Mr. Peter Ndegwa, chief executive officer ( CEO),  Safaricom  has  been inaugurated as the second  chancellor of the Meru University of Science and Technology (MUST) for a term  of  five years.  Mr.  Ndegwa succeeds Dr. James Mwangi, CEO of Equity Group Holdings, who has served for ten years as the first chancellor.

The appointment of  Mr.  Ndegwa as chancellor further underscores the university’s dedication to leveraging industry expertise and collaboration to enrich its academic programmes and innovation endeavours. “I am deeply honoured to assume the role of chancellor at MUST,” said Mr. Ndegwa in his acceptance speech. “  I am excited about the opportunity to work collaboratively with the university’s leadership, faculty, students  and the broader community to build upon the strong foundation of academic integrity and innovation and lead our university to new horizons. That is a task I wholeheartedly embrace and to which I will devote myself with great passion and energy in the years to come,” he added.

From left, Meru University Vice Chancellor – Academic  and Student  Affairs Prof. Simon Thuranira, Meru University Vice- Chancellor, Prof. Romanus Odhiambo, Chairperson of the council, Dr. Jane Kiringai, Group CEO of Equity Group Holdings Dr. James Mwangi, Safaricom PLC CEO Mr. Peter Ndegwa (holding the University Mace) and the Principal Secretary, State Department for Higher Education and Research Dr. Beatrice Muganda during Mr. Ndegwa’s  installation ceremony as Chancellor of the University.


Speaking  during  this  occasion, Prof. Romanus Otieno, the vice-chancellor of MUST, expressed his delight at Mr. Ndegwa’s Inauguration, stating :  “Mr. Ndegwa’s illustrious career at Safaricom , a leading communications company in Africa, speaks volumes about his leadership acumen and dedication to transformative change.”   He added: “Mr. Ndegwa’s commitment to technology as a tool for addressing societal needs is truly commendable. His visionary leadership at Safaricom, marked by a strategic shift towards a purpose-led technology company, is an inspiration for us all. We are excited about the potential for collaboration and growth under his guidance.”

Academic excellence

On his part, the founding chancellor, Dr.  James Mwangi said:  “I extend my warmest welcome and full support to Mr.  Ndegwa as he takes over the leadership of this great university as the second chancellor.  I have no doubt that he will continue to keep alive the vision and mission of this institution more so in building on the foundation of academic excellence, innovation and a commitment to societal impact.”

Established as a full-fledged university following the award of its charter on March 1st, 2013, MUST   has continually strived to foster a culture of innovation, research and academic excellence.



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