Mount Kenya University founder Simon N. Gicharu has been awarded an Honorary (PhD) Degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) by Gulu University.
The award, which he received last Saturday (Oct 25, 2014) in Gulu, Uganda, was in recognition of his contribution in field of science education in the East African region.
During the colourful event, Mr. Gicharu (now Dr. Gicharu) narrated his tortuous journey towards establishing the largest private university in East and Central Africa.
“Of all the awards I have received before, this Doctor of Science Degree is perhaps the most precious for me, since it addresses two important areas in the story of my life. These areas are Education and Science,” he told an attentive congregation during Gulu University’s 10th graduation ceremony.
Prof. J.H. Nyeko Pen-Mogi feted Dr. Gicharu, who was accompanied by his wife Jane Nyutu and senior MKU officials including Dr. Francis Njonge (council member) and Prof. John Nderitu, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Linkages and Resource Mobilization.
Dr. Gicharu started MKU with a seed capital of only Ksh20,000. The university now has a infrastructural capital of about $400 million.
“Every struggle I have gone through has been a lesson in the journey towards success,” said Dr. Gicharu in his acceptance speech. He shared the five key lessons:
MKU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Stanley Waudo congratulated Dr. Gicharu on his award. “We as the MKU fraternity feel collectively honoured through this award. On behalf of the staff and students, I would like to congratulate Dr. Gicharu and his family, and thank Gulu University for the esteemed honour.”
Dr. Gicharu dedicated the award to his mother, Alice, who urged him to study hard in school, and to all researchers and innovators at Mount Kenya University and other institutions of higher learning in East Africa.