- The move is a blessing to students who have in the past been forced to travel all the way to Thika town, Kenya, for their graduation.
- Vice Chancellor Edwin Odhuno was instructed to make necessary adjustments to fast-track the transition to the new status.
Mount Kenya University (MKU) Rwanda Campus is set to be granted a charter by the Rwandan government to operate as a full-fledged national private institution.
The move, which will make the university autonomous, is a blessing to students who have in the past been forced to travel all the way to Thika town, Kenya, for their graduation.
"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, HEC executive director, said.
The founder of the university, Mr Simon Gicharu, said 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 asked MKU Rwanda Vice Chancellor Edwin Odhuno to make necessary adjustments to fast-track the transition to its new status.
"MKU, Kigali, is requested to submit to the HEC a plan indicating how these recommendations will be implemented."
At a time when universities in the country are facing hard times with University of Nairobi Vice Chancellor Peter Mbithi warning that they would not renew contracts of staff hired on temporary basis because of cash flow difficulties, the development and expansion of MKU offers a rare hope for the higher learning sector.