Mount Kenya University (MKU) is a non-profit making institution established in May 2008. Its precursor is the famous Thika Institute of Technology. It was granted a Charter in January 2011 and is one of the rapidly expanding universities in East and Central Africa. It is a leading private university inclined towards science and technology programmes.
In pursuit of its Vision and Mission, the university acknowledges the pivotal role research, innovation and other intellectual activities play in socio-economic development of any society.
The university recognizes that exploration and validation of novel ideas in research, innovation and other intellectual activities, new frontiers of knowledge are discovered. Thus, the University established the Research Division in March 2011 to serve as a vehicle to spearhead its research mandate.
The university has a Directorate of Research and Development, headed by the Director, R&D. The fact that MKU is giving research a high priority is embodied in various policy documents including the MKU Research Policy, Enterprise and Linkages Policy, Intellectual Property Rights Policy and a 7-year Strategic Plan as well as funding initiatives such as the Internal Research Grant termed (Vice-Chancellor's Grant) to fund researchers and innovators.
The university encourages researchers and innovators to conduct research and other innovative activities geared towards the discovery and exploitation of new knowledge with the ultimate object of socio-economic development of the Kenya and the region in line with the objectives of Kenya's Vision 2030 and the Millennium Development Goals.
Welcome to the Research Division
The key mandate of universities world over is mainly teaching and research. In many African countries including Kenya, the latter mandate has been relegated to the back seat. High quality university education involving training and research not only provides the human capital for socio-economic development but also transforms individuals and societies through poverty reduction and increased global competitiveness. In this regard, the Research Division is striving to increase the quantity, quality and relevance of research output with a view to creating innovations and inventions that will enable the country to effectively transform into a knowledge-based economy.
As evidence of the importance the Research Division lays on research, the structural frame work to guide research activities is actively being laid down. Since its inception, the Division has had major milestones in the pursuit of its core mandates which fall under the following strategic categories:
Enterprise and innovation