Mount Kenya University has launched a postgraduate program for its Masters and PhD students.
This is to cater for the large number of students transitioning from undergraduate to postgraduate at the institution.
Speaking at the launch at Union Towers, Nairobi, the Dean School of Postgraduate studies, Dr. Samuel Karenga said the institution has invested in infrastructure that will propel the university forward academically.
The facilities in the postgraduate institution include a state of the art seminar room, research center, video conferencing room, e-learning center and modern library with latest edition textbooks.
The university will also cater to students living abroad. “MKU has invested in technological infrastructure that will allow students in the diaspora to interact with their respective supervisors through the web system,” said the Chief Guest and close friend of MKU, Dr. Francis Njonge.
Another thing that MKU has invested in is research. According to Dr. Karenga, the university purchased Originality Checker License in 2016. This will prevent plagiarism and ensure their students compete favorably with other universities.
Their efforts have already started being rewarded as in 2017, the university was ranked 4th nationally in attracting research grants. Four of its students were awarded close to 5 million shillings for their outstanding problem solving research work.
The university wants to ensure those who have enrolled in the program get relevant qualifications, personal development and academic recognition as they carry out research.
MKU will offer one Doctorate degree – Doctorate of Philosophy in Business Administration. The Masters courses will include Business Administration, Development Studies, Public Health, Governance and Ethics, Education, Counselling Psychology and Master of Arts in Monitoring and Evaluation.
According to Dr. Njonge, the launch of the post graduate center in Nairobi is the first step towards the institution’s postgraduate expansion into the larger East African region.
“The university’s mission after this great milestone is to set the pace for other institutions which will eventually use it as a bench-marking center”, said Dr. Karenga.