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MKU Rwanda to be granted independence from Kenyan varsity

Mount Kenya University Rwanda Campus is set to be granted a charter by the Rwandan government that will see the varsity operate autonomous from its parent-institution that is located in neighbouring Kenya.

The move will also see the institution of higher learning change its name to Mount Kenya International University of Technology.

Rwanda’s High Education Council has asked the MKU Rwanda Vice Chancellor Edwin Odhuno to make necessary adjustments so as to fast track the transition that will allow the varsity to operate as a fully-fledged national private tertiary institution, according to a report in the New Times report.

The approval comes after the HEC assessed the viability of MKU Rwanda to change its status. A letter from the HEC Executive Director Dr. Emmanuel Muvunyi also urged the Kigali-based institution of higher learning to submit a plan indicating how the new recommendations will be implemented.

The move is reportedly a welcome relief to students of MKU Rwanda, who have had to travel to the institution’s Thika headquarters in Kenya so as to be conferred their degrees during graduation ceremony.

According to Simon Gicharu, the proprietor of MKU, the move will also help in reducing cross-border challenges that arise in the running of the institution. “With the growing number of students – now at over 2,000 – we thought it would be wise to make MKU Rwanda autonomous to serve them better,” he said.

The move comes even as a Ksh40 million English broadcast radio station was re-launched and inaugurated at the MKU Rwanda’s School of Communication and Mass Media.

Rwanda’s government is on course for a Ksh2 billion plan to improve English proficiency in the country’s education system for a nation that also boasts Kinyarwanda, French and Swahili as official languages alongside English.


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