Mount Kenya University is authorized by the Commission for Higher Education to operate in Kenya as a non-profit making university. The University is a member of the Inter University Council of East Africa. The University is founded on a strong foundation of Board of Trustees whose Chairman is Mr. Simon N. Gicharu who is the founder and sponsor of the University. The Board of Trustees recognizes that investment in science and technology is critical in producing graduates who are generators of knowledge that is utilizable in development of technologies required for socio-economic development. In pursuance of the university master plan and strategic plan, the University Management is committed to continuous expansion of academic resources such as teaching facilities, library facilities and human resource among others. The University Management will continue to aggressively implement the University 2008-2018 strategic plan priority development areas listed below:Expansion of academic programmes
The Board is committed to ensuring that the university has adequate academic resources to support the university programmes. The university governance and management embraces the principle of broad participation in the management of university operations.
Since the inception of the University on 30th May 2008, the university has made significant achievements. Besides, the certificate and diploma programmes that the university took over from its precursor, Thika Institute of Technology, the University in consultation with regulatory bodies such as Commission for Higher Education, Pharmacy and poisons Board, Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Board, Clinical Officers Council of Kenya, Kenya Medical Laboratory Technicians and Technologist Board, Medical Scientific Officers of Kenya and Teachers Service Commission and other relevant stakeholders continues to diversify its degree programmes.
The University endeavours to equip its students with skills, knowledge, expertise, values and attitude that will enable its graduates to be responsible citizen who can play a constructive role and serve the society with the desire to finding solutions to socio-economic problems.
The university has policies that promote quality control and assurance in the processes of student admission, staff recruitment, teaching, learning, examination and governance.
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The University has strategies to ensure relevance and quality of academic programmes. The strategies include stakeholders’ participation in curriculum development and implementation, implementation of curricula in accordance with stipulations set out in international quality assurance standards and creation of synergetic partnerships that foster pooling and sharing of academic resources, exchange of information and adoption of best practices among others.
The university continues to develop structures and systems that promote development of competitive advantages in teaching, research and provision of service.
In recognition of research as a key component of the university mission, the university has a Vice-Chancellor’s research grant. It also has established a Directorate of Research and Extension to coordinate all activities and matters related to research. The university publishes journals and continues to expand the list of journals for dissemination of research findings.
As part of the University social corporate responsibility, the university has developed a career guide that addresses career information gaps, is working with Sustainability Opportunity Training Epidemiology Networking Interdependence (SOTENI) Kenya to support girl-child education and Association of Volunteers Service International (AVSI) Foundation to provide opportunities to refugees in Dadaab camps in North Eastern Kenya to pursue studies in Primary Teacher Education.