Mount Kenya University Rwanda set for inauguration this November


Varsity to move into own building in Kagarama, consolidating its three campuses

November 2016 will see the inauguration of Mount Kenya University Rwanda in Kagarama, Kicukiro District. The ceremony will be held at the university’s brand-new complex in Kagarama, a landmark edifice with state-of-the-art lecture facilities, laboratories, offices and equipments worth billions of Rwandan Francs.

The inauguration is a key step towards the establishment of a locally chartered varsity with independent governance structures from its parent, Mount Kenya University (MKU) in Kenya.

The MKU Board of Directors has tapped Distinguished Professor John J. Struthers from the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) to be the Chancellor of Mount

Kenya University Rwanda (MKUR). He is currently the Director of the Centre for African Research on Enterprise and Economic Development (CAREED) at UWS.

An accomplished researcher and scholar, Prof Struthers boasts of numerous publications, among them a book titled, “Money: Institutions, Theory and Policy.” In addition, he has attracted over $100,000 in grants and funded projects.

Prof Struthers will be instrumental in navigating MKUR to greater heights in academics, governance and international collaborations.

Dr Prudence Ngarambe, a Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science and Security

Studies graduate of Salve Regina University, Newport, Rhode Island, USA, has been tapped by the MKU Board of Directors as the Mount Kenya University Rwanda Chairman of Council designate. Once in place, the University Council will engage stakeholders in creating opportunities for resource mobilisation and synergies for global collaborations to implement experiential learning and teaching.

To enhance the international quality of education, the university will maintain strategic affiliations through Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) and strategic partnerships.

The quality offered by the university will be guided by International Quality Standards.

Tremendous growth

Mount Kenya University (MKU) has been operating an off-shore campus in Rwanda since 2010. Since then, the institution has undergone tremendous growth. The MKU Board of Directors has been following global higher education developments in general, and specifically those in the Eastern Africa, and is now convinced

more than before that operating a full-fledged institution of higher learning accredited in the system it is serving is more relevant than running a campus operating on cross-border basis.

It is against this background that the proposed Mount Kenya University in Kigali is dedicated to bringing quality, relevance and affordability to the population of Rwanda and beyond.

MKUR opens its doors to support national development and reconstruction with the philosophy that rapid advances in health sciences, science and technology across a wide range of disciplines provide great potential for countries to accelerate and strengthen their economic development.

MKUR is the outcome of sustained investments in infrastructure and other learning resources. It is also a response to Rwanda’s unmet demand for human resources to help drive the nation to its desired destination: a bright future for its people.

Ultra-modern facility

The MKU Board of Directors invested nearly 4 billion Rwandan Francs in constructing an ultra-modern facility in Kagarama, Kicukiro District. The facility will accommodate at least 5,000 students by the end of this year.

The last six years have marked a huge milestone for the university. In 2011, student enrolment stood at only around 1,000. To date, the university has over 3,000 students in three locations, namely Kicukiro, Camp Kigali and Town campus.

From its humble beginnings, the institution has, in less than a decade, attracted and trained thousands of students. Some have graduated and are making their mark in society. Others are still undertaking their studies in various faculties.

MKU is making deliberate efforts to improve access to higher education in

Rwanda. It is committed to investing in the country, especially in the areas of science and technology. The university has also invested heavily in IT and modern science laboratories at the Kicukiro centre. Furthermore, plans are underway to construct additional infrastructure in preparation for the transformation of MKU’s Rwanda campus into a university. The construction will be in phases, with the first phase scheduled for completion by the end of this year.

The infrastructure that will be ready after the first phase of construction will give the university the capacity to train 7,000 students over and above the current population. Phase Two will expand the university’s capacity by a further 3,000.

The legal process for the granting of government permission to establish the university is ongoing. The Government of Rwanda has been highly supportive of the idea, just like it has supported the MKU Kigali Campus.