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Council chair vows: We won’t let down our guard on quality

The Mount Kenya University (MKU) Council remains focused on ensuring that quality and the promotion of science, technology and innovation are sustained. This is according to Council Chairperson, Prof Grace N. Njoroge. “The Council, in discharge of its oversight role, has ensured adherence to the national values and principles of governance as stipulated in the Kenya Constitution 2010,” she said during the university 11th Graduation Ceremony. “It has focused on promotion of quality teaching, training and research, especially in fostering science, technology and innovation.”

Prof Grace N. Njoroge MKU Council ChairpersonProf Grace N. Njoroge MKU Council ChairpersonProf Njoroge pointed out that the University Council had approved the admission capacity policy, with clear minimum entry requirements for each programme well stipulated, as guided by the Commission for University Education. She explained: “These requirements apply to all our clients irrespective of status. The policy has further given direction in adherence to the set standards for teaching space allocation, library facilities, laboratory facilities, as well as student/Lecturer ratios ” .

The Council is also busy promoting equity and accessibility of the university services by all our clients. It ensures that governance practices are efficient, effective and transparent. It has also overseen the establishment of synergetic partnerships, among others. “The Council,” said the Chairperson, “recognises that to build a viable academic community, it is essential to put systems that support academic integrity.” She added that this is exemplified by the development and approval of policies that discourage engagement in plagiarism, unauthorised collaborations, cheating, altering marks, impersonation, contracting other people to undertake thesis or assignments, and other unethical practices.

This will go a long way in ensuring honesty in teaching, assessments, research and the development of staff and students with enhanced character for nation-building. Prof Njoroge revealed that in line with MKU’s vision, “To be a global centre of excellence in training, research and innovation in science and technology”, the university is currently training hundreds of students in various scientific fields. Presently, 564 students are pursuing courses at the School of Engineering, Energy and Built Environment. The School of Pure and Applied Sciences has 627 students, while the School of Computing and Informatics has 305.The College of Health Sciences has the majority, with 7,368 students enrolled in its diverse programmes.