Directorate of Research, Grants and Endowments during an Ethics Review Workshop held on 7th and 8th April, 2016

20 April 2016


Linkages with USA universities move a notch higher

07 May 2015


Launch of MKU Graduate Enterprise Academy

25 February 2015


Prof. Briggs from the Oxford University, UK pay a courtesy call to the DVC ARA.

25 February 2015


KEMRI Team visits MKU to discuss partnership initiatives

25 February 2015


Directorate of Research, Grants and Endowments during an Ethics Review Workshop held on 7th and 8th April, 2016

Linkages with USA universities move a notch higher

Launch of MKU Graduate Enterprise Academy

Prof. Briggs from the Oxford University, UK pay a courtesy call to the DVC ARA.

KEMRI Team visits MKU to discuss partnership initiatives

About Research

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:


Institutional Linkages

Enterprise and innovation

                Community Outreach

Research Division Vision

To be a leader in addressing community socio-economic needs through research and innovation.

Research Division mission

To provide leadership in research and innovation for social and economic empowerment,

Research is our passion

MKU is committed to providing funds, necessary infrastructure and incentives for research. For instance, the University's Vice-Chancellor's Grant has continued to provide "seed funds" to support many aspiring researchers, and presently the Division is receiving proposals for Community-based research projects.

The Division has continued to support dissemination of research findings by facilitating researchers publish their findings in peer-reviewed journals, and to participate in national and international forums. The Division holds monthly seminars and workshops geared towards research capacity building of staff members.

The Division has continued to engage policy makers and various government institutions to increase support for research and development. The university for instance receives funding from NCST for sponsorship for research' activities.

Synergy through institutional linkages

Mount Kenya University recognizes the need to forge and sustain collaborations, partnerships and linkages among stakeholders and development partners in training and research. In particular, collaborations in research and development activities between stakeholders and development partners have potential to bring benefits to all the parties including minimizing costs and share risks because expenditure for R&D and field trials are typically lower in the developing as compared to the developed world. Internationally, collaborations will bring the benefit of opening access to each other's markets. At the local level, mutual tapping into the strengths of each collaborating partner will not only leverage resources but also assist in capacity development occasioned by the learning opportunities involved.

Embracing innovative & affordable solutions

Many sub-Sahara Africa countries have majority of their citizens living below the poverty line, making it difficult for them to embrace expensive foreign-based technologies due to their limited purchasing power. Research and innovation focused on affordable technologies have the potential to provide increased benefits to the community and the country at large, and thus the university aims to generate innovations that are affordable so as to address the socio-economic needs of the people of this region.

The university endeavors not only to develop technologies that will solve the problems that face

African continent but also protect them. In this regard, the Research Division has developed an Intellectual Property Policy to encourage and protect inventions and innovations.


Giving back to society

Researchers often carry out research without involving all the stakeholders including the community who are the principal beneficiaries of research findings and innovations.

The Research Division endeavors to involve the community in research to enable them embrace the innovations.

The university is also committed to plough back the benefits of research to the community through diverse means such as community service. In this regard, the School of Health Sciences has continued to offer medical camps to the surrounding communities and beyond.

Research Perspective

The division is in the process of establishing a Research Centre which will house various sections including Ethno medicine and Drug Research, Cell and Molecular Biology, Cell and Tissue Culture, Microbiology and the Animal facility.

The Division in collaboration with respective Schools is in the process of establishing various Research, undergraduate as well as postgraduate academic programmes.

The Division will also enter a partnership with herbalists and KIPI to develop through research and value addition, a herbal product in what is dubbed as "Natural Product Initiative Programme".


To be an African role model of excellence in science, technology, education and training.'


To provide world class teaching, research and innovative extension services for sustainable scientific and technological development.

Strategic Objectives

The strategic objectives of Mount Kenya University are to:

  • promote excellence in teaching, research and community service;
  • increase access and equity to quality higher education;
  •  produce graduates who can apply scientific knowledge in a fast changing technological world;
  • undertake cutting edge research for generation of knowledge;
  • disseminate knowledge to the society; stimulate innovations in applied science and technology;
  • equip learners with critical thinking and problem solving skills;
  • equip learners with both theoretical and practical skills in scientific and technological fields;
  • contribute positively to the welfare of humanity and human advancement;
  • Stimulate learners' intellectual growth.