Rwandan gov't grants Mount Kenya University Rwanda full accreditation

for Tv47 Digital April 24, 2023, 07:49 AM
Elated graduands of Mount Kenya University- Rwanda during a past graduation ceremony. The private institution is unparalleled in Rwanda.
Elated graduands of Mount Kenya University- Rwanda during a past graduation ceremony. The private institution is unparalleled in Rwanda. PHOTO/FILE

In Summary

  • Institution to rebrand to Mount Kigali University following the ministerial order approved by the Cabinet chaired last week by President Paul Kagame. 
  • Earlier this year, MKU launched a special memoir 'Mountain Meets Land of 1,000 Hills', which documents its journey into Rwanda. 

The Government of Rwanda has granted Mount Kenya University Rwanda (MKUR) full accreditation to operate as a fully-fledged university. The accredited institution will rebrand to Mount Kigali University (MKU).

This is according to a communique from the Office of the Prime Minister. The communique details several orders made by a Cabinet meeting chaired by President Paul Kagame on Thursday, April 20, 2023.

Among others, the Cabinet approved the “ministerial order granting accreditation and legal personality to Mount Kigali University.”

Vice-Chancellor designate, Prof Edwin Odhuno, thanked the Government of Rwanda for granting the university the new status.

"We'll work even harder"

“We are extremely grateful to the Ministry of Education for this recognition,” said Prof Odhuno upon learning of the news, adding: “As an institution, we are happy with this achievement and will work even harder to expand access to higher education.”

Prof Odhuno added that the accreditation is an exciting, yet challenging development because it means the university has the responsibility of delivering much more in teaching, research and community outreach.

An aerial view of Mount Kenya University in Kagarama, Kigali. The institution will now be known as Mount Kigali University. PHOTO | TV47 DIGITAL

“To whom so much has been given, so much is expected from,” the VC designate noted.

Mount Kigali University becomes the first ever cross-border campus in Rwanda to attain this status.

Damalie Tumushime, a current student at the university, said it was a privilege to witness history unfolding.

She said: “I enrolled at MKUR and had no idea that it would transform into a fully-fledged university operating from this campus. Team work has been key to this development”.

Another student, Ronald Nkusi, said he was delighted with this new development, and looks forward to graduating in Rwanda, rather than travelling to Mount Kenya University’s (MKU’s) main campus in Thika, Kenya. “Obviously, I look forward to not spending money and time to graduate in Kenya as has been the case in the past.”

13 Years of Success

Prof Odhuno further said he was confident that the MKU Chairman, Board of Directors, Prof. Simon Gicharu will continue supporting the new institution so that it can attain greater heights of success.

“We have seen how his support over the last 13 years has raised the profile of this campus through prudent investment in infrastructure, equipment and personnel.

"We are sure he will walk with us on the journey to a bright future for Mount Kigali University,” said Prof Odhuno.

VC-designate Prof. Edwin Odhuno: "The founder's support over the last 13 years has raised the profile of this campus." PHOTO | FILE

MKUR offers a wide range of academic and professional courses through various flexible modes that include online, face-to-face, day and weekend, and Institutional based learning (School-based).

The institution launched its memoir earlier this year. The book, titled "Mountain meets Land of 1,000 Hills", traces MKUR’s journey into Rwanda.

The institutional memoir lists leaders in government, the private sector, and civil society organisations as among its alumni.

MKU chairman and founder Prof. Simon Gicharu (L) and Rwanda Senator Prof. Kanyarukiga Ephrem during the launch of 'Mountain Meets Land of 1,000 Hills' at MKU Rwanda. PHOTO/TV47 DIGITAL

The book also details its infrastructural developments such as the upcoming Kigali Paramount Hotel, primed to be a regional centre of excellency for hospitality and tourism training.

Also captured by the book are corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities such as participation in Umuganda, and empowering the girl-child academically through partnering with Imbuto Foundation, as well as infrastructural developments, among other investments.

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