Mount Kenya University (MKU) will put up an Ultra-Modern main campus building on its 100 acre piece of land Thika at a cost of Sh3 billion. Speaking during the 5th graduation ceremony, Board of Trustees chairman Simon Gicharu said the new campus once completed, will make MKU one of the best private university in Africa.
During the occasion 12,096 students graduated with 642 getting Masters degrees, 5,905 Bachelor degrees, 5,418 Diplomas and 131 Certificates. The chairman said the University will expand educational opportunities and complement the government’s realisation of Vision 2030.
Gicharu said the institution has built an education complex in Kitale at a cost of Sh400 millions. The university also funded the first Ultra-Modern Funeral Home at Thika Level Five Hospital at a cost of Sh200 million, adding that the funeral home will begin operating in February.
He said the university established an enterprise academy that will train and help Kenyans become job creators and not job seekers. He said the academy had set aside Sh8 million which will be shared equally by 10 alumni of MKU to start businesses beginning January. He said the university was started with only Sh20,000 from a loan.
“If we have reached this far, then those who will get Sh800,000 loan each to start businesses will achieve a lot in terms of development. He said only 20 per cent of Kenyan potential talent had been exploited. He said recently MKU signed an agreement with two US universities to promote exchange programme.
Gicharu said MKU has operational radio station in Kigali Rwanda by the Name 107 Royal FM and that plans are underway to put up another radio station in Thika. He said the students’ population is projected to be more than 50,000 and more than 3,000 members of staff in the next 5 years.