Mount Kenya University, Rwanda Campus has been granted a charter by the government of President Paul Kagame to operate as a fully fledged national private institution
The move which makes it autonomous is a blessing to students who have in the past been forced to travel all the way to Thika for graduations.
“Reference is made to the assessment that was conducted by a team constituted by the Higher Education Council (HEC) to assess the readiness of MKU, Kigali to change its status to the proposed Mount Kenya International University of Technology… I am therefore pleased to recommend the approval of the change of status,” Dr Emmanuel Muvunyi, the Executive Director of the Higher Education Council notes.
The proprietor of the Institution Simon Gicharu explained that the move had been necessitated by the need to overcome cross border challenges in running the institution.
“With the growing number of students now at 600, we thought it would be wise to make MKU, Rwanda autonomous to serve them better. And the government of President Paul Kagame continues to be very supportive. We thank him for this” he said.
Dr Muvunyi further advises the MKU, Rwanda Vice Chancellor Edwin Odhuno to make necessary adjustment to fast track the transition.
“MKU, Kigali is requested to submit to the HEC a plan indicating how these recommendations will be implemented.”
he also lauded the opening of the station saying it would go along way on addressing unemployment among the youth.
Royal FM, a commercial station is being operated by the MKU’s school of Communication and Mass Media. to expand its audience base, the chairman of the University council announced plans to set up five English language training centers in Rwanda.
there are about 20 other private universities in Rwanda. initially operating three other campuses, the university management consolidated them into one into an ultramodern facility in the upmarket Kigali to offer postgraduate, bachelor’s degree, diploma and certificate courses.
In May, the university emerged position 11 out of 29 among universities that were ranked by the HEC with 380 marks out of 1,000.
MKU scored 88 on physical and academic infrastructure; 87 on faculty, research, consultancy and other programs; 75 on admission, curriculum and delivery systems, while in placement, networking and Industry Interface it got 129.
“The purpose of this ranking is to make higher education provisions more transparent for stakeholders and make a good ground for competitiveness among higher education institutions,” stated the report.
Ironically, the building which houses the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology campus in Kigali which is a few kilometers from it has been put up for sale.
“The move by the ministry of Education was meant to allow the universities focus on their core areas since there had been uncontrolled expansion at the expense of quality of course offered. JKUAT is currently looking for a buyer,” Ambassador Mwangemi told the Sunday Nation yesterday.
Rwanda currently has one public university, the University of Rwanda which is the product of amalgamating 11 universities by the government.
The campus was shut last year on order by then Education CS Fred Matiang’i to tame what he termed as senseless expansion. Authorities in Kigali had also faulted the institution saying it did not have the capacity to offer quality courses.
Kenyatta University, which also invested Sh.370 million in its Rwanda campus had to close shop as well.
matters were further complicated when Parliament questioned the rational of public universities operating campuses outside the country.
JKUAT Vice-Chancellor Mabel Imbuga told the Parliamentary Investment Committee last year that the institution used Ksh. 10 million to start the Arusha center and Ksh. 21 million on the Kigali campus.
Mount Kenya University Rwanda will soon be awarded a Charter to operate as an National Private University in #Rwanda, the Higher Education Council has said. @SimonNGicharu @MountKenyaUni @mkurwanda pic.twitter.com/67qqdqhpdm
— John Muchucha (@JohnMuchucha) October 7, 2018