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Mt Kenya University: Scaling the heights of education

JULY 2008 A M t K e n ya U n i v e r s i t y N e w s l e t t e r

Pomp and dance as What becoming a
university means

varsity is launched T
he journey to becoming a
university has been long
and torturous. Finally the
Government of Kenya, through the
Commission for Higher Education
(CHE) approved the proposal to
establish Mt Kenya University and
awarded a Letter of Interim Authority
on May 29, 2008. This culminated in
the official launch of the university a
week later, on June 6, 2008.
After four years, the university will
be ready for the grant of a Charter by
the Head of State and start enjoying
the benefits of other international
universities. Deserving students can
now approach the Higher Education
Loans Board (HELB) for loans to fund
their studies at Mt Kenya University.
The university has taken over
all the programmes that were being
offered by its precursor, Thika
Institute of Technology.
The new university now has
powers granted by the Government
to mount degree, diploma and
certificate programmes, examine
and issue certificates. However, Mt
Kenya University has decided to
continue collaborating with JKUAT
in offering degree programmes in
Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor
Medical Laboratory Sciences. Some
diploma programmes will continue
being examined by Kenya National
Examinations Council and KASNEB.
Mt Kenya University now has
the Government mandate to offer
self quality assurance on all its
programmes through training,
Higher Education Assistant Minister, Dr Kilemi Mwiria (centre) is helped by Mrs Jane Gathoni to cut a cake baked in the shape of Mt Kenya . Looking on is Mr Simon Gicharu teaching, research and examination.
(right) and the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Stanley Waudo (extreme left) The university will also be accountable
to the quality of graduates it will

Mt Kenya University becomes a reality be churning out with certificates,
diplomas, bachelors degrees, masters
as well as PhDs. Mt Kenya University

is now mandated to initiate and
here was pomp and dance as Mt Various groups entertained the guests Various groups including Kayamba Africa, edy.
enter collaborations with both local
Kenya University was officially who included government dignitaries, Day Star University, Kenyatta University Backed by Administration Police Band,
and foreign institutions in teaching,
launched on June 6, 2008. politicians and parents. The staff of the and Mt Kenya University choir performed before the ceremony started, members of
training, student and staff exchange
Thousands of Kenyans from new university went overdrive to ensure during the historic event. Kenyatta Univer- staff and students made a procession along
programmes as well as research.
all walks of life thronged the university’s everything went on well and smoothly as sity Dance Troupe and and Daystar Thika Town that virtually brought busi-
The university will be run on a
playfield to witness the birth of a pri- planned. They were seen busy ushering University Choir left the audience in ness into a momentary standstill.
day-to-day by the Vice-Chancellor on
vately-funded university that is tipped to visitors, serving bottles of water as the stitches with their hilarious dance and On arrival, Higher Education Sci-
behalf of the university council.
revolutionalise higher education in Kenya. guests followed proceedings of the event. song respectively that bordered on com-

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MKU to mount “virtual
banking” programme
t Kenya University (MKU) in not only academic education but also practical
collaboration with the SwissContact East professional skills. Also, the growing number of the
Africa Financial Services will in August youth in this country needs a perspective with which
introduce a virtual banking programme. to build themselves a living, not only as employees
“There is nothing ‘virtual” about a virtual bank. but increasingly also as entrepreneurs, says the MKU
There are real customers, real money, real success Vice-Chancellor, Prof Stanley Waudo.
and real failures, explains Ms Veronique Su, the Prof Waudo says MKU will definitely deviate from
SwissContact regional programme manager. the traditional classroom teaching methodologies and
She says the model financial institution (virtual adopt a holistic approach that will impart different
firm) has successfully been implemented in Kosovo skills both technical, social and personal which
and has equipped the youth with relevant knowledge, bring a mindset change of trainees to professional
skills, attitudes and experience that enable thinkers. The VC is challenging employers to partner
The chief guest and other dignitaries couldn’t resist to dance to the tune of well blended music pelted by
them to easily access self and formal with learning institutions in developing
Kayamba Africa
employment. customised curriculum to suit their
“In Kenya, we have established personnel needs.
that there is a missing link between According to Waudo, this
Cont. Pg 2 before sending their children Government Chief Whip and
theoretical training and the world programme will will provide
to study in foreign universi- Juja MP, Mr George Thuo, said
of work. Trainees from learning increased training opportunities
ence and Technology Assistant ties. “In fact our institutions the new university’s spillover
institutions do not access jobs for the increasing number of school
Minister, Dr Kilemi Mwiria, offer world-class education effects will greatly transform
easily as they cannot fit in the job leavers to enable them to be self-
toured science labs and officially of very high standards when the face of Thika Town as well as
market due to lack of industrial supporting.
opened the university library. compared with some foreign help it regain its lost glory. “Jobs
exposure. This forces firms to It will also provide practical
Accompanied by the Board of universities,” said the minister. will be created and market for
spend a great deal of resources skills and attitude which will lead
Trustees Chairman, Mr Simon The MKU Chancellor, Dr farm products will be expanded.
for recruitment and induction,” to income-generating activities in
Gicharu, the Vice-Chancellor, Victoria Wulsin said she will The challenge is for the Thika
explains Su. the urban and rural areas through
Prof Stanley Waudo and Com- support efforts to internation- Town Council to provide water,
She says the present financial self-employment or wage employment.
mission for Higher Education alise MKU including part- roads, sewage and other services
institutions cannot cope with providing The virtual model financial institution
Secretary, Prof Everret Standa, nerships, research, staff and to attract more investors,” said
required industrial attachment for trainees will encompass simulation of trading
the minister proceeded to tour student exchange programmes. the Government Chief Whip.
to fit in the professional work adding that the few processes, learning by doing, teaching by guiding and
the ultra-modern fa- Mt Kenya University has
who secure attachment are not given holistic training performing real business procedures such as credit
cility which he hailed made history as Kenya’s
as it’s not part of the financial institutions’ core management, loan delinquency evaluation and other
as a masterpiece. first private institution to
business to train. processes.
Dr Kilemi who mount science and technol-
Furthermore, due to the sensitivity of financial “The model will give a chance to students to learn
was the chief guest ogy programmes.
institutions’ information, trainees may not be exposed practically how real financial institutions such as
at the function, The management is
to real work environment. And it is specifically in this Saccos, Micro-finance institutions, banks, financial
commended Mt laying the ground to offer
area between academia and entrepreneurship that Mt community-based organisations operate, skills that
Kenya University both diploma and degree
Kenya University has successfully carved its niche. are not found in one single programme offered
for deciding to offer programmes in medicine,
This is illustrated by the fact that the Advanced in Kenyan universities and middle-level colleges,”
medical and science pharmacy, medical labora-
Certificate in Micro-finance Programme to be explains Su.
and technology pro- tory sciences, medical engi-
offered in the form of virtual banking is designed Among the courses offered in the programme
grammes, disciplines neering, business informa-
to produce entrepreneur graduates and not simply include accounting for small and medium-size
the country needs tion technology, business
people prepared for existing job markets. enterprises, legal aspects in micro-finance, evolution
most in its drive to management science, clini-
The first intake of students for a certificate in and paradigm shift in micro-finance, resource
achieve Vision 2030. cal medicine,among others.
micro-finance is scheduled to take place in August. mobilisation, entrepreneurship development skills,
The minister not- The university has inher-
The curriculum for the programme was jointly financial management, ICT in business management,
ed that it was refresh- ited all certificate, diploma
developed between Swisscontact and MKU staff. among others.
ing to see a private “I will be more than willing and degree programmes
“We live in a society that increasingly demands
university taking the bull by the to support initiatives meant to formally offered by its precur-
horns by introducing sciences increase and strengthen MKU’s sor, Thika Institute of Technol-
and technology programmes international collaborations ogy. Degree programmes in
others have shied away from. with like-minded institutions. pharmacy and medical labora-
I hope that MKU will grow I am sure MKU and others it tory sciences will be mounted
to become a world-class uni- shall choose to collaborate with as soon as CHE completes the
versity and play in the league shall share their comparative validation process on the same.
of Havard and Stanford uni- advantage in research. Staff and The Vice-Chancellor, Prof
versities in the United States. student exchange programmes Stanley Waudo says more aca-
He appealed to Kenyan par- will also be encouraged so as demic staff are being recruited
ents to first ensure no univer- to share both learning and re- to teach the soon-to-be ap-
sity places are available in both search experiences to improve proved degree programmes by
public and private institutions humanity,” said the Chancellor. CHE.
Mt Kenya University: Scaling the heights of education JULY 2008 3

Academic excellence is our priority
hika Institute of development processes to facilitate We are gratified that the The university academic library, and other teaching physical
Technology (TIT), the industrialization as envisaged in Commission for Higher programmes will be based in three facilities courtesy to its precursor,
precursor of MKU, has the vision 2030. Education (CHE) has validated schools, namely; TIT. The university has adequate
left a legacy in regard to academic In spite of the importance the Bachelor of Business and • School of Health Sciences land for future expansion.
resources and reputation in co- of science and technology in Information Technology degree • School of Pure and Applied We shall also strengthen and
curricular activities. MKU will knowledge economy growth programme. The Commission Sciences, and expand academic linkages and
build on the TIT achievements. processes, training opportunities is in the process of validating • School of Social Sciences collaborations with both public
I pay tribute to the staff and in these areas are limited resulting degree programmes in Pharmacy, MKU will endeavour to have and private sectors that will
management of the former TIT in a national manpower shortage. Business Management Science and qualified personnel, sustain an promote mutual benefit. MKU
for their untiring efforts that have It is encouraging to note Medical Laboratory Sciences. The effective academic governance shall introduce programmes such
culminated in the establishment that the Chairman of the Board four programmes are supposed structure for managing its as open/virtual learning that
of MKU. of Trustees, in spite of the high to be offered in phase I of the academic programmes, promote will be offered through a non-
Translating knowledge into investment requirement, is university ten-year strategic plan. innovative, practical and market- residential training approach.
market-oriented skills and committed to supporting training We believe that MKU’s capacity driven programmes, implement The future of MKU is bright.
competencies is a prerequisite in science and technology, and to build human capacity will innovate teaching and learning The catalyst for the university
for discoveries, innovations and build a training culture that will be enhanced by offering diverse approaches, work closely with development will be the goodwill
inventions. We all know that produce innovative and creative programmes. Degree programmes regulatory and professional bodies and support from stakeholders
discoveries, innovations and graduates who will be capable identified for offer in Phase II of in advancement of academic and national policies on higher
inventions are the foundation of spearheading the growth of the university ten-year strategic standards. education. I invite qualified
of knowledge economy. It is, national economy. Partnership plan include Medical Engineering, MKU will also heavily invest in Kenyans and non Kenyans to
therefore, necessary that scientific with the public and private sector Medicine, Community Health, laboratories, and other teaching study at Mt Kenya University.
and technological thought be will play a major role in resource Animal Health and Production physical facilities. The university — Prof Stanley Waudo,
Prof Waudo, Vice-Chancellor applied in socio-economic mobilisation. among others. already has an ultra-modern Vice-Chancellor

Chancellor pledges full support The Chairman lays
bare plans for MKU
was unable to attend the launch because and overwhelming problems – like HIV/Aids
of my obligations to the people of Ohio, – and find solutions. Solutions that work.

where I am campaigning to be their Solutions that make sense. Solutions that will hen I was thinking of a world class university. Havard,
United States Congresswoman. However, I bring us together, a stronger, more successful about contributing Oxford, Yale, Massachusetts
was represented by my colleague at Soteni nation. to humanity in my universities were founded by
International and longtime friend Mrs Randie I have dedicated my life to social & small way, I was faced with several human beings.
Marsh. I trust MKU will grow into a first economic justice throughout the world, choices but I opted to establish The capital investment
class, internationally-renowned educational through my work as a scientist, professor, an educational institution for in science and technology
institution of higher learning. physician, mother, and activist. I have worked science and technology that programmes such as medicine,
I am one of the founders of Soteni Kenya. for the United States Agency for International will increase opportunities to Pharmacy, Medical Engineering,
Soteni comes from the Swahili words “sisi sote: Development (USAid), Harvard University, our Kenyan youth yearning for Medical Laboratory, applied
” all of us. All of us together can work to end and other institutions. Devoted to education, university opportunities. Then the sciences to mention just but a few
this horrible scourge devastating our villages, science, and health, I have helped start Soteni, dream snowballed into Mt Kenya areas of interest of the university,
our towns, our cities, and our families. HIV/ over five years ago, to support the families of University (MKU) which I dream is very heavy. The challenges in
Aids has taken too many of our loved ones, too Kenya – from the rural shambas to the city will grow and be as tall as Mount the investment is not limited
many of our leaders, too many of our brothers, skyscrapers. I have been fortunate to work for Kenya itself! MKU places an to financial matters
too many of our daughters, to stop now.We Soteni for much of that time, and am honored emphasis on science and but incorporates
must work – all of us – together to end this now to be Soteni’s director. I will be more technology as depicted others such as text
epidemic. Together, we can. than willing to support initiatives meant to by the university’s books, training
Soteni began right here in Kenya, not far increase and strengthen Mt Kenya University’s academic character equipment
from Thika. It was formed by Kenyans from international collaborations with like-minded which focuses on among others.
Bungoma, from Kisii, from Kakamega, from institutions. I am sure Mt Kenya University the development For instance
Meru, from Kisumu, from Nairobi, all of and others it shall choose to collaborate with of well trained most if not
whom knew that all of us, together, could shall share their comparative advantage professionals all critical
fight poverty and disease through a joined in research. Staff and student exchange equipped with textbooks in
effort against HIV/AIDS. Our founding programmes will also be encouraged so as to technological science and
fathers and mothers were blessed to have the share both learning and research experiences and scientific technology
unique support of Doctor Kilemi Mwiria, who to improve humanity. knowledge. are not locally-
now serves as Vice-Chairman of the Board I am honoured to be the Chancellor of The management authored and
of Directors of Soteni Kenya. Dr Kilemi is Mount Kenya University. Together – all of us of this university published. The
currently the Assistant Minister for Higher – we will make Mount Kenya University the will be setting aside 50 implication of
Education in the Cabinet of the Government beacon of innovation, intelligence, integrity, million every year in support this is that the foreign
of Kenya. and inclusion, that our country and our world of innovations and community published books are extremely
Mount Kenya University has been formed so richly deserve. outreach programmes that impact expensive. For instance some core
with a very similar purpose to Soteni. Together, We will do all we can to ensure the success positively on national needs. text in pharmacy costs Sh100,000
students, faculty, administrators, and other of Mount Kenya University – today, tomorrow, At the same time more human and is only found in the USA. The
well-wishers can tackle the problems we face and into the future for our children and our and financial resources will be book is not only expensive but also
today. MKU will train and inspire and give the grandchildren. harnessed to provide skills and time-consuming in sourcing and
Dr Victoria Wells Wulsin, MD, DrPH, Chancellor tools to students who will face such complex — Dr Victoria Wells Wulsin, Chancellor knowledge in digitalisation of shipping it here. As things stand
curricula, e-learning and distance now, even our academicians in our
learning. This means that this institutions of higher learning are
Vision Academic character university in the short-run will authoring primary school
To be an African role model in The university intends to uphold be capable of serving over 100,000 textbooks because they are sure
training, research and innovation an academic characher trainees in a class-less state using of benefiting financially. They
in applied science and Philosophy based on African traditional few lecturers and maximising have shied away from publishing
technology. Harness knowledge in applied values and innovations with on e-learning. This plans and university books because very few
sciences and technology for the emphasis on total development others are well articulated in students and researchers will buy
Mission service of humanity. of an individual talent, moral,
the university’s strategic plan them. I appeal to the Government
Attain world-class standards in rectitude and competitiveness
for the years 2008 – 2018. To to provide incentives to university
training, research and innovation so as to enhance student
achieve this short-term and long- scholars to author cheaper but
for sustainable individual scientific and/or technological
term strategic objectives this relevant textbooks for the higher
prosperity and social development. advancement.
university needs to invest Ksh3 education sector especially in the
billion to achieve the desired status areas of Science and Technology.
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a) Bachelor Of Business Management Science Mean Grade C+
b) Bachelor Of Commerce Mean Grade C+
Background information c) Diploma In Banking And Finance KCSE mean grade C
Business Information Technology degree course is among new programmes developed by the
university to address the ever changing practices of managing institutions, businesses in very d) Advanced Certificate In Microfinance KCSE mean grade C-
competitively globalised and liberalised world economy.

The BBIT course therefore will provide an interdisciplinary approach for training business DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS AND DEVELOPMENT STUDIES
information technology professionals who need working competencies in all sectors of the
economy and can work in any company in Kenya and the world at large. a) Bachelor Of Business Management Science Mean Grade C+

b) Bachelor Of Commerce Mean Grade C+
Course Structure
In order to achieve the desired indicative outcomes of training graduates with real world KCSE mean grade C /Certificate
technological experience in the fields of business and information technology for the economic c) Diploma in Business Management Science
in Business Management Science
growth of Kenya, region and the world at large. The trainees will have the opportunity of
concentrating in either of the following track/option areas: d) Certificate in Business Management Science KCSE mean grade C-

n Business Computer Software Engineering KCSE mean grade C / Certificate
e) Diploma In Business Administration
n Business computer hardware engineering in Business Administration
n Application of Information Technology in Business (Management information
f) Diploma in Journalism snd Mass Communication KCSE mean grade C
Systems, web design and development, wireless and Mobile communication
technologies among others) g) Diploma in Early Childhood Development snd Education KCSE mean grade C
n Methodologies and Technologies in Business Information Systems
h) Teacher Certificate in Early Childhood Development and Education KCSE mean grade C-
Course Admission requirements:
KCSE Minimum Grade C+ and grade C (Plain) in mathematics and English
Diploma in Business Information Technology or its equivalent from Mt Kenya a) Diploma in Food And Beverage Management KCSE mean grade C
University or from any other Institution recognised by the Mt Kenya University
Senate b) Diploma in Hotel Catering Management KCSE mean grade C
KCSE C Plain with C Plain in Mathematics and English and Pre-university Certificate c) Diploma in Food Production KCSE mean grade C
offered by Mt Kenya University
d) Diploma in Food and Beverage Sales and Service KCSE mean grade C
b) DIPLOMA IN BUSINESS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY e) Diploma in Front Office and Housekeeping KCSE mean grade C
Entry requirement
Minimum aggregate grade of C in KCSE and grade C in Mathematics and English f) Diploma in Tourism and Business Studies KCSE mean grade C
A certificate in Business Information Technology from Mt Kenya University or any g) Certificate in Tourism and Business Studies KCSE mean grade C-
other institution recognised by Mt Kenya University Senate.

Entry requirement a) Bachelor Of Counselling Science Mean Grade C+
KCSE mean grade of C Plain
b) Diploma/Certificate in Counselling Science
Entry requirement § Guidance and Counselling
KCSE mean grade of C- with C- in Mathematics and English § HIV/AIDS Management
§ Psychological Counselling
e) DIPLOMA IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY § Family and Marriage therapy
Entry requirement § Education Psychology
KCSE mean grade and English and grade C- in mathematics or a certificate in relevant § Health Counselling
Grade C/P1 Teacher Certificate holder and Grade C-/P2 teacher certificate holder for Diploma and Certificate
Entry requirement

Entry requirement
KCSE mean grade of D+ a) Bridging in Mathematics and English

b) Pre-University Certificate

Apply to the Registrar – Academic Affairs, quoting your desired programme of study and enclosing your result slip and course Application fees of Kshs. 1,000 deposited at any branch of
Equity Bank Account No . 0090292435067 or a money order / Bankers cheque payable to Mt Kenya University.

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Bachelor Of Pharmacy Full time Mean Grade C+ DEPARTMENT OF PURE AND APPLIED SCIENCES
a)Diploma in Pharmaceutical Full time KCSE Mean grade C Bachelor Of Analytical Chemistry Full time Mean Grade C+
b) Postgraduate Certificate in Phar- Full time B Pharm, BVM, BSc Biology, BSc. Chemistry, a) Diploma in Science Laboratory Full time KCSE mean grade C with C- in English,
maceutical Marketing BSc. Zoology, Dip in pharmacy, Diploma in Technology / School Biology, Chemistry and D+ in Mathematics
Clinical Medicine, Diploma in Nursing holidays / Physics

DEPARTMENT OF CLINICAL MEDICINE b)Diploma in Analytical Full time KCSE Mean grade C with C- in Chemistry
Bachelor of Clinical Medicine and Full time Mean Grade C+
Surgery c) Diploma in Applied Biology Full time KCSE Mean grade C with C- in Biology
Diploma in Clinical Medicine and Full time Mean Grade C
DEPARTMENT OF MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCES Bachelor of Animal Health and Full time Mean Grade C+
Bachelor Of Medical Science Full time Mean Grade C+ Production
a) Diploma in Medical Laboratory Full time KCSE mean grade C with C in English, Biology,
Sciences Chemistry and Mathematics / Physics a) Diploma in Animal Health and Full time KCSE mean grade C with C- in Biology and
Production Chemistry. D+ in Mathematics / Physics
b) Certificate in Medical Laboratory Full time KCSE Mean grade C- with C- in English, b) Diploma in Dairy Technology Full time KCSE mean grade C with C in Biology and
Sciences Biology, Chemistry and C- in Mathematics / and Management Chemistry, D+ Mathematics / Physics
c) Certificate in Animal Health Full time KCSE Mean grade C-, D+ in Biology and
DEPARTMENT OF DIETETICS/NUTRITION and Production Chemistry, D in Mathematics / Physics
a) Diploma in Food Technology and Full time KCSE mean grade C with C- in Maths, Physics.
Processing C- in Biology/Chemistry/ Physical Sciences. d) Certificate in Artificial Full time Certificate in Animal Health and Production
Insemination / KSCE Mean Grade of C-
b)Diploma in clinical and commu- Full time KCSE Mean grade C with C in biology/home
nity nutrition science /physical sciences, C- in Mathematics; DEPARTMENT OF ENGINEERING
c) Certificate in clinical and com- Full time KCSE Mean grade C- Bachelor of Medical Engineering Full time Mean Grade C+
munity nutrition
DEPARTMENT OF DENTAL TECHNOLOGY a) Diploma in Medical Full time KCSE mean grade C with C in English, C in
Engineering Mathematics, Biology / Biological Sciences,
a) Diploma in Dental Technology Full time KCSE mean grade C with C in Biology/
Chemistry Physical Sciences./ Physics
Chemistry/ Physical Sciences, C in English, C-
in Mathematics / Physics b) Diploma in Chemical Full time KCSE mean grade C with C in English, C in
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH Engineering Mathematics, Biology / Biological Sciences,
a) Diploma in Community Health Full time KCSE mean grade C Chemistry Physical Sciences./ Physics

c) Diploma in Electrical Full time KCSE mean grade C with C in English, C in
b) Diploma in Environmental Full time KCSE mean grade C with C in English, Biology, Engineering Mathematics, Biology / Biological Sciences,
Health Science Chemistry and C- in Mathematics / Physics Chemistry Physical Sciences./ Physics

d) Diploma in Electronic Full time KCSE mean grade C with C in English, C in
c) Diploma in HIV / AIDS Manage- Full time KCSE mean grade C with C in Ennglish /
Engineering Mathematics, Biology / Biological Sciences,
ment Kiswahili, Biology or KCE Division II, Credit
Chemistry Physical Sciences./ Physics
Pass in English / Kiswahili, Biology, KACE
– Principal pass in Biology e) Diploma in Instrumentation Full time KCSE mean grade C with C in English, C in
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH RECORDS and Control Engineering Mathematics, Biology / Biological Sciences,
a)Diploma in Health Records and Full time KCSE mean grade C with C in English, Biology, Chemistry Physical Sciences./ Physics
Information Systems Chemistry and C- in Mathematics / Physics f) Diploma in Computer Full time KCSE mean grade C with C in English, C in
b) Certificate in Health Records and Full time KCSE Mean grade C- Engineering Mathematics, Biology / Biological Sciences,
Information Systems Chemistry Physical Sciences./ Physics
a) Certificate in Community Health Full time KCSE mean grade C-
g) Certificate in Computer Engi- Full time KCSE mean grade C-

h) Certificate in Electrical Full time KCSE mean grade C- with passes in
Installation Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry

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CHE thumbs up for Mt Kenya varsity
During the award of the Letter of Interim Authority to Mount Kenya University on May 30, 2008, the Chairman of the Commission of Higher Education,
Prof Kihumbu Thairu and the CEO, Prof Everret Standa praised the university and below are abridged versions of their remarks.

he commission looks to informed, research supported, he award of the Letter education institutions is of
this day with a sense of democratically managed and of Interim Authority high standards. In this regard
achievement knowing globally marketable. These (LIA) is a an important stringent standards will be
that Mt Kenya University enters challenges must dictate the milestone in the history of enforced in respect of physical
into the category of institutions agenda of this and other Mt Kenya University. The facilities, staff, content and
marked ‘recognised’. university institutions as Authority signifies yet another relevance of programmes as
they endeavour to realise the upward growth for the well as management as well as
This label catapults this Millennium Development Goals. institution in its academic management and governance.
institution onto a new platform, sojourn. The long journey the We shall continue to re-
where expectations will be An institution such as this one is management took in ensuring inspect Mt Kenya University’s
heightened and performance best placed to provide skills and all set requirement by the programmes either in their
brought under close public knowledge in such areas such as commission are met has borne entirety or specific areas, in
scrutiny. digitalisation of curriculum, e- fruit. order to ensure that they meet
learning and distance learning. the set standards.
What we are witnessing today On my own part I feel quantity The granting of the LIA
is but a first step in a journey should however never replace signifies that Mt Kenya It is my believe that the
towards full accreditation. The and economic transformation quality, and the growth and University has satisfactorily graduates churned out from Mt
university can therefore not of the nation. However, for it to expansion of universities met the commission for Higher Kenya University will contribute
afford to be complacent but deliver quality service, it must should not be judged purely in Education’s Quality Assurance to the development of social and
ensure that all recommendations operate effectively. numerical terms by the ‘product’ Standards and requirement in empowers the sponsors and economic spheres of the country.
made by the Commission are they strive to mould. the following key areas: Board of Trustees to:
implemented in order that the It is incumbent upon Mt Kenya My major criticism of some I urge that the university
pace is quickened. University to be innovative in education institutions is that they n Governance structures n Continue development of promotes value adding activities
the way that mobilises resources clamour competitively to develop n Human Resources physical facilities; that enable the creation and
I am pleased to note that this and carries out its functions. In academic giants but moral n Physical Facilities n Assemble academic resources; passing on of knowledge.
institution places on emphasis particular this institution must dwarfs. n Equipment n Set up a governing body for Sharing information on bets
on science and technology and diversify its resource base, ensure n Library Resources the university; practices is essential in the
that the academic character of relevance of the education and I challenge this institution to n Finances n Advertise the academic promotion of innovation and
the proposed university focuses training programmes and carry break away from this mould and programmes; and research in strengthening higher
on the development of well out research that responds to create a whole being inculcated This follows a series of n Admit students. education.
trained professionals equipped national needs. with moral and ethical values in a inspection and curriculum
with technological and scientific world badly in need of a re-focus visits by the commission to The commission for Higher The Commission will continue
knowledge. The education and training in values and etiquette. ascertain the preparedness of the Education will continue to to work closely with the
offered by Mt Kenya University I commend those who worked university to be granted LIA. As exercise its mandate of ensuring university regularly to ensure
University education is a must be demand-driven, gender- tirelessly to ensure that Mt Kenya spelt out in the University Rules that the kind of education that quality of programmes are
powerful mechanism for social responsive, technologically University is a reality. (1989) the Letter of Authority, offered to Kenyans by higher not at any time comprised.

Private varsity students
to get HELB loans-CEO
tudents in all public and He also quoted former USA
private universities in President J F Kennedy who said:
Kenya will soon have an “Our progress as a nation can be
opportunity to equally and fairly no swifter than our progress in
apply for loans administered education. The human mind is
by the Higher Education Loans our fundamental resource.”
Board (HELB). Cheboi said the government
The Chief executive officer of can increase access by
HELB, Mr Benjamin Cheboi said concessioning the establishment
once the Commission for Higher of universities as it is happening
Education gives the green-light in Botswana. He also called for the
on the matter, students, including charging of fees at the actual unit
those in private universities cost and enhanced support for
operating under Letters of students through loans. “Students
Interim Authority, will be given who are not able to pay ought to
the loans based on their levels of be given loans, scholarships and
needyness. Cheboi was speaking university students in gainful bursaries,”said Cheboi.
during Mt Kenya University employment to follow his Cheboi praised Mt Kenya
launch where he delivered a example, be patriotic to enable University for recovering on
keynote speech titled Challenges other Kenyans access and behalf of HELB at least Sh835,000
Facing Higher Education in complete university education. from former recipients of the
Kenya: Financing Perspective. Mr Cheboi said if all former loans who are currently in
Cheboi praised the Mt Kenya recipients of the government its payroll. The HELB CEO
University Board of Trustees grants could pay up, the board appealed to corporate bodies
Chairman, Mr Simon Gicharu will provide the loans to more to support education through
for setting a good example to university students. financing courses relevant to
other Kenyans by fully paying Cheboi quoted the former UN their industries especially the
the loan he was granted when Secretary-General Kofi Annan, meritorious students adding
he was at Kenyatta University in who once said “Education is a that scholarships through
the late 1980s. Cheboi presented human right with immense power endowments should also be
Gicharu with a framed certificate to transform. On its foundation started an encouraged.
of clearance of the loan. rest the cornerstones of freedom, Cheboi also challenged well-to-
In his speech, Mr Gicharu democracy and sustainable do Kenyans to exercise the spirit
(Above) Prof Kihumbu Thairu presents a Letter of Interim Authority to Mt Kenya University Board of Trusteed Chairman, Mr Simon Gicharu on challenged other former human development.” of philanthropy.
May 30, 2008. (Below) MKU Students entertain guests during the launch of the university on June 6, 2008
Mt Kenya University: Scaling the heights of education JULY 2008 9

University now launches
community service fund

Aerial view of a cross section of Mt Kenya University

s part of its social cor- l Natural resource management. l 2nd priority level will be student exceed eight (8) pages. Typing shall budget.
porate responsibility,  Health staff groups. be double spaced. The paper shall b. The fund shall not be used for
Mt Kenya University l Food security and l 3rd priority level will be staff consist of the following sections. purposes related to bursary mat-
has established what  Community empowerment in ad- groups. i. Preamble. ters, gifts, anti-social activities
will be known as Mt dressing socio-economic issues. Any interested community-based ii. Rationale/Justification. among others.
Kenya University Community Sup- To bridge the gap between university organisation. iii. Objectives. c. Projects will be implemented at a
port Initiative Fund. and the community. iv. Activities. time when students are on holiday
The fund will consist of money l To enhance students, staff and Application shall be on the basis of a v. Implementation. to avoid interfering with teaching
received in the form of donations, community relationships. concept paper. The paper shall have vi. Expected output. and learning processes.
grants and gifts from various sources l To support initiatives that pro- to conform to a prescribed format. vii. Implementation time frame.
and specifically designated for the mote sensitization and education A project concept paper shall not viii. Monitoring and Evaluation. Recognition Award
fund. The Chancellor of Mt Kenya of the public on activities that ix. Budget. a. There will be a recognition award
University is the sponsor of the fund. promote high standards of living. for outstanding and successful
An initial amount of Sh500,000 has l To build local capacity to address Mentoring implementation of approved
been allocated to issues related to socio-economic a. Mentoring will be necessary for project(s).
the fund for supporting one project development. effective implementation of ap- b. To qualify for the award, recipients
per year. l Only MKU students and staff proved projects. of the fund shall show evidence of
The fund shall be administered by a groups shall qualify to apply for b. There will be a mentor to serve significant contribution to the
steering committee of five (5) mem- the fund. No single individual as a consultant during the im- community.
bers appointed by the Chancellor. shall be a recipient of the fund. plementation of an approved
The purpose of the fund shall be to project. Commencement
facilitate activities that impact posi- Eligibility will be at the following The Community initiative Fund will
tively on the following: three priority levels. Limitations be operational from September 1,
l Protection and conservation of l 1st priority level will be students a. Administrative costs shall not 2008 and will be launched accord-
the environment. groups. exceed 20% of the total project ingly.
10 JULY 2008 Mt Kenya University: Scaling the heights of education

Kenyans embrace Fairness to all
t Kenya University plans to give fair consideration to all
applicants. The university will always inform all appli-

the birth of MKU
cants its decision and the basis for such decisions within a
reasonable period of time. We encourage applicants to provide their
e.mail addresses for easier and more convenient communication.
Admission to Mt Kenya university is open to applicants who meet
all the admission requirements provided it is within MKU capacity.
English is the language of instruction and assessment at MKU.Mt
Kenya University fosters equal opportunities for its students and
staff. MKU selects students according to academic merit, without

t Kenya university is administration in the first phase discrimination as regards to sex, race, creed, religion, political affili-
destined for big things. of the development. ations, disability or ethnicity.Foreign students will be selected based
Since its launch, on The former systems of TIT on qualifications deemed equivalent to Kenyan qualifications.
June 6, 2008, there have been a have been restructured to fit the Academic year is divided into three semesters each compris-
lot of inquiries on what it will be university set up. The new set up ing of 14 – 16 weeks (January – April, May – August, September
offering. It is unique in the sense has established a division in the – December). Intake dates are in May and September but for short
that most of the programmes academic to deal with sports per- courses intakes are in January and June.Credit transfers (exemp-
are in science and technology. formance and creative arts. The tions) will be received by students who demonstrate high potential
The courses being offered in the institution has also established and qualifications at a previous level.Students who wish to pursue
university in three schools which spacious offices for its staff. education while they are still working will be involved in parallel/
are headed by deans. Currently the university is in evening/distance learning programmes. Students who have been
Within the school we have the process of admitting its first enrolled to the normal regular programme but wish to enroll for
departments under the head of batch of Bachelor of Business another course may do so through those programmes.
departments. In all, MKU has Information Technology (BBIT) Mt Kenya University allows students, under very special circum-
twelve departments and we an- and Bachelor of Medical Labo- stances, to change courses at the beginning of the first year, during
ticipate more as new programmes ratory Sciences (BMLS). These the orientation period (2 weeks) provided one is qualified.Students
are introduced. We also intend are very marketable courses who wish to have an academic leave should consult their Heads
to have other sections within the that integrates information and of department & Dean of students. Academic leave (maximum of
department that will deal with: communication technology to one academic year) may be granted on basis of health problems,
admission, examination, advisory business and equips graduates financial problems or any other reason as may be accepted by the
and placement and curriculum with tips relevant to the modern MKU university Senate.Withdrawal from the university – students
development. world. BMLS also enables gradu- should clear with the university before departure.Interviews for
The university will continue ates to work in hospitals, research admission are encouraged where free career guidance is given to
offering training at all levels, that institutions as well as industries/ empower students to make informed choices. MKU website is also
is; certificate, diploma, degree factories as researchers. an informative tool where prospective & current students can get
and post-graduate studies. To cater for those with lower more information.
One aspect that we want to qualifications, a diploma in busi-
incorporate in the university is ness information technology and
the hierarchal progression where certificate in business informa-
a student can proceed from cer- tion technology will be offered.
tificate to higher levels. There will Also the diploma programme
also be room for credit transfer in medical laboratory sciences
from institutions and programs will continue being offered and
recognised by the senate. The examined by MKU.
university will also offer train- Another new development in
ing for examination bodies such the university is a modern studio
as KASNEB, ICM, CITY AND to be used by the journalism and
GUILDS KNEC, among others. mass communication students.
The students will be admitted un- It will also be essential for any
der the Center for Entrepreneur- recording within the university.
ship and Business Development. Our long term goal is to open
The centre will be headed by and operate a TV and radio sta-
a director and all other programs tions for training purposes and
will be examined and certified to serve the surrounding com-
by the university Senate. The munity in terms of education and The Chairman, Mr Simon Gicharu with Higher Education
university has also developed a entertainment, the core values of Assistant Minister Dr Kilemi Mwiria (right) toast to mark
governance structure to facilitate mass communication. the birth of Mt Kenya University

Journalists at work during the launch of MKU

Headstart for
our graduates
The university has put in place a mechanism of ensuring that its
graduates are fully baked to satisfy the market demand. The univer-
sity is working on how all students are going to be absorbed by the
market and enhance the policy of compulsory internship.
The university has formed a linkage office in each of its three school
to ensure that all students who complete the coursework are sent
for the internship for value addition. This will create a strong bond
between the industry and the university thus it will provide a synergy
to the vision 2030.The industry will not need to retrain the interns
on their prospective appointments. Mt Kenya University faculty
will work closely with the industry to develop more market driven
Enthusiastic students read a newspaper supplement on the launch of Mt Kenya University courses for enhanced development.
Mt Kenya University: Scaling the heights of education JULY 2008 11


Coast Campus opening soon The university currently offers
The university has a campus is Bachelor of Commerce degree in
located at Mombasa Trade Center conjunction with Jomo Kenyatta
(former Ambalal House), Nku- University of Agriculture and
rumah Road. The campus will Technology (JKUAT). MKU has
offer most of the courses available also been offering JKUAT’s BMLS
MKU teaching staff pose for a group picture ahead of the launch
at the main campus. degree programme. Prior to the
approval of the degree programme,
Varsity buys new bus CHE had conducted extensive
audit of MKU’s preparedness in
The management through its terms of academic resources, labs
evaluation and response, it has and equipment and was satisfied.
purchased anew bus. The bus will Other programmes waiting to be
be used by students and staff for approved soon include Bachelor of
academic excursions and other Pharmacy. MKU is currently offer-
varsity functions. ing a diploma in Pharmaceutical
First graduation
Mt Kenya University has planned
for its first graduation ceremony Mt Kenya University has applied to
in April 2009. The graduates from join the Inter-University Council
MKU’s precursor (TIT) who of East Africa (IUCEA). The re-
pursued- certificate, diploma and gional body has over 40 members
degree programmes will gradu- drawn from both Kenya, Uganda
ate on this auspicious occasion and Tanzania. The member
and awarded Mt Kenya University universities are both public and
certificates. private chartered or those operat-
ing on letters of Interim Authority.
The occasion will also be used as a
thanks-giving day for our parents,
sponsors, guardians and graduan-
ds, staff and all stakeholders.

All prospective graduands should
contact the Registrar (Aca-
MKU Students pose for a picture outside the university library demic Affairs) through the email; for
further details and update on their
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof Stanley
Alumni association revamped Waudo explains that membership
to IUCEA means the university
The office of Registrar (Academic will get international exposure,
Affairs) wishes to inform all the attract scholars and students from
former students that they should around the world. “MKU staff
register with the MKU Alumni will also be eligible to compete for
Association giving their mailing scholarships and research grants
addresses, telephone numbers administered by IUCEA,” says
and email addresses. Allgraduates the VC. MKU’s application was
of the precursor of MKU, Thika endorsed by the Commission for
Institute of Technology, should Higher Education and forwarded
also register. Visit the Mt Kenya to ICUEA’s head office in Kampala,
University website Uganda. MKU students will later
for more details. this year be free to participate
in the lucrative Third Edition of
CHE approves Medical Celtel Africa Challenge where they
Lab programme can win up to Sh3.6 million for the
university and Sh360,000 for each
The Commission for Higher of the four contestants that shall
Education has given MKU a represent MKU. ICUEA works
go-ahead to mount Bachelor closely with Celtel Ltd in admin-
of Medical Laboratory Sciences istering the championship that
(BMLS) degree. The approval of Egerton University has won for
BMLS makes it two the number two years in a row.
of MKU degree programmes.

MKU students present food donations to a Red Cross staff to distribuute to victims of post-election violence
12 JULY 2008 Scaling the heights of education

Varsity to nurture talent in
sports & performing arts
t Kenya disciplines. Also proposed
University is a modern auditorium/
recognises theatre with a sufficient
the value of sitting capacity to allow
the development of God- for total appreciation of
given talents in sports, the university’s creative
creative and performing and performing arts.
arts and the fostering We expect to involve
of recreational needs our students in the main-
of students and staff in stream national, regional
promoting good health. It and international sports
also recognises that con- and performing arts arena
siderable publicity value both at the level of uni-
attends the achievements versities and professional
of its students in the areas level whichever will be
of sports, creative and applicable to the com-
performing arts. petence of our students.
To this regard the MKU This we hope to achieve
has established and main- by engaging the sporting
tains an administrative teams in the mainstream
structure for the organisa- sporting leagues and
tion, coordination and exposing our performing
control of all sport creative artists in events that can
and performing arts activi- nurture and compliment
ties. This takes the form of their talents.
permanent salaried ad- We envision a future in
ministrative staff under the which Mt Kenya Univer-
office of Registrar – Sports, sity shall be rewarding
Creative and Performing sporting, creative and
Arts which works closely performing artistic tal-
with the respective sports providing adequate facili- Sports All the activities are con- committed to build a culture ent through educational
team captains and group ties on campus; encourag- Rugby, soccer, basketball, ducted simultaneously after of sporting and creative and scholarships, nurturing and
leaders appointed by the ac- ing its students and staff to swimming, hockey, volley- classes. The university is performing arts by scaling developing world class sports
credited sports, creative and participate in these activities; ball, lawn tennis, table tennis, one of the few institutions the heights to world class personalities and performing
performing arts clubs in the and upholding the norms handball, badminton, body that boast of a ultra-mod- status. This is hoped to be artists and most importantly
university. of good sportsmanship and building, Billiards, Darts, ern swimming pool, basket achieved with the develop- graduating all rounded stu-
The university has creativity in the performing Board games ball court, indoor games ment of a proposed modern dents with excellent academ-
committed itself to the arts. Creative Performing Arts hall, theatre, playing field, sports complex in its 55 acre ic qualifications and excellent
promotion of a variety of The university has estab- Drama/Theatre, Dance volleyball court, lawn tennis land 4 km off Thika town. social/cultural exposure to
recreational and competi- lished the following activities (Traditional, Salsa, Pop court and a body building It is planned that the sports assist them lead fulfilling
tive sporting, creative and on campus which the stu- etc), Music (Choir, Secular, gymnasium. complex will encompass lives after graduation from
performing arts activities by dents engage in after classes Gospel etc) Mt Kenya University is all the relevant sporting Mt Kenya University.

MKU students perform a Maasai dance during the launch of MKU Administration Police Band lead a procession along streets of Thika town ahead of the launching ceremony of MKU