Varsity continues to lead in training nationally
The quality of training at Mount Kenya University (MKU) continues to impress education stakeholders, with the plaudits coming in from different quarters.
For example, a study conducted by CPS International from November 2019 to January 2020 found that employers rated MKU graduates highly. An inspection by East Africa’s Medical and Dental Practitioners’ Boards and Councils (EAMDPBC) in March, 2020 rated MKU’s Medical School as the best teaching medical institution in the country.
MKU medical students during practical session
“The CPS study titled, State of Graduate Employability in Kenya, shows that, when recruiting graduates, firms consider communication and basic skills (numeracy, writing and ICT) as the most important,” notes MKU Vice-Chancellor Prof Stanley Waudo. “That is what we tell our students.”
During every student orientation, Prof Waudo tips new students on employability skills they need to build successful careers and participation in wealth creation as job- creators.
Separately, the 3rd Joint Inspection of Medical and Dental Schools and Teaching Hospitals in the Republic of Kenya was carried out by a team of technical health experts from the East African Community (EAC) Partner States National Medical and Dental Practitioners Regulatory Councils from 2-6 March 2020.
The inspection, chaired by Dr Nyemazi Alex, a member of the Education Committee of the Rwanda Medical and Dental Council, focused on governance, academic programmes, human resource, student affairs, infrastructure, research and innovation.
It aimed at establishing the conformity of universities to the standards and guidelines governing medical and dental schools in the EAC, with a view to improving services and promoting harmonisation of education and training in the region.
The inspection team inspected Thika Level 5 Hospital, MKU’s teaching hospital, and found it to have all the necessary requirements for the teaching of medical students.
The school topped the 13 inspected schools with an impressive score of 82 points out of 100, confirming that it not only operates in compliance with the set standards and guidelines as approved by the East African Community (EAC) partner states, but does so quite well. Therefore, graduates from medical school recognized by EAMDPBC qualify to be employed in any of the EAC nations.
Prof David Serem, Chairman of the MKU University Council, congratulated the university’s fraternity “and especially the College of Health Sciences and the School of Medicine for the sterling performance”.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Academic and Research Affairs, Dr Bibianne Waiganjo-Aidi, appreciated “the support the university management accords the College of Heath Sciences and medical school in particular”.
She added: “The university will remain committed to ensuring that the quality of teaching and training is not compromised.”
The CPS study on employability found that MKU tops private universities with the most employable graduates. The university is also among the top 10 of all (public and private) universities that employers prefer to hire from. With an index of 16.5 percent, MKU is fourth overall in the ranking of the top 10 universities with the highest number of continuing students employed. It ranks fourth behind three public universities.
The CPS report states: “For every 10 jobs available, eight of them are likely to be taken up by public university graduates and most preferably the University of Nairobi. The other two jobs are likely to be taken up by private university graduates, most preferably Mount Kenya University graduates.”
Titled “State of Graduate Employability in Kenya”, the CPS study also noted that MKU is among the top four universities with the highest number of employable graduates annually.
The researchers interviewed employers, students and university administrators. They interviewed 46 employers. These included national government offices, county government offices, hospitals, multinationals, local organisations, local limited companies, and non-governmental organisations, among others.
Employers were mainly interviewed on their perceptions of university graduates based on several skills and capabilities.
Sixty-seven of the 71 public and private universities participated in the study.