Kenya Methodist University
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|Kenya Methodist University|
|Motto||'The Future is Here'|
|Chancellor||Rev. Joseph Ntombura Mwaine|
|Vice-Chancellor||Prof. Afred Mutema|
The Kenya Methodist University (KeMU) is a Chartered private University founded by the Methodist Church in Kenya. It is situated within woodland on the North Eastern slopes of Mount Kenya, five kilometres from Meru Town. The evolution of KeMU is based on the 1906 Methodist Church education policy that resulted in the development of schools, industrial institutes and colleges.
In 1987, the Methodist Church in Kenya (MCK) formed a Working Committee to work out modalities of establishing a University in this region. In 1995 the Commission for Higher Education made an inspection visit of the project, and later in June 1997 granted a Letter of Interim Authority, giving approval for the establishment of Kenya Methodist University. This authority paved the way for the creation of academic programmes, research and post-graduate training. KeMU became a fully Chartered University in June 2006. The University maintains an ecumenical character. From the first batch of 9 students in 1997, the population has grown tremendously to over 10,000 currently. The university has satellite campuses in Nairobi, Nakuru, Mombasa and Nyeri.
Philosophy of KeMU
The University's philosophy is to foster the intellectual, spiritual and physical development of the wholesome individual to recognise and utilise the available opportunities for enhancement of human development with the appropriate recognition and respect for other creations. This philosophy is therefore based on the belief that God is the creator of Heaven and earth, and the fountain of knowledge, and that the application of knowledge and skills should be guided by Christian values and principles.
Objectives of the University
The University's mission is achieved through the following objectives:
- To provide quality training through provision of scholarship, advancement of knowledge through research and development of specialised activities in the University;
- To produce effective graduates with the appropriate practical and specialised skills, attitudes and values required for personal growth and advancement of responsible citizens in the global environment;
- To participate in community service through provision of continuing education, conduction of research, participation in external services, provision of specialist consultative or referral services, facilitation of community empowerment, promotion of fairness and natural justice, and maintenance of good neighborliness with the community.
The University operates a trimester system in which there are three sessions in one calendar year. The first session begins in September and ends in December with the second one starting in January and ending in April while the third one starts in May and ends in August.
To achieve its objectives the University has re-engineered its programmes and established two Schools and three Faculties to run the academic programmes. These are:, the School of Business and Economics, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Faculty of Computing and Informatics, Faculty of Science and Technology and Faculty of Education and Social Studies.
Academic programmes have been developed to meet emerging demands, opportunities and challenges. Plans are at an advanced stage to introduce a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree, Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering as well as a Bachelors degree in Pharmacy. All these programmes, which are in consonance with the Millennium Development Goals and The Kenya Vision 2030 target students and professionals at all levels, including those working in international organisations, Banking and Finance, Non-Governmental Organizations, as well as public and private sector enterprises.
There has been rapid growth in students' enrolment to over 9,500 in 2010. It is projected that the enrolment will stand at 12,000 in the year 2012. A strong and student friendly welfare department exists to take care of physical, spiritual and social needs of the students. These are provided through experienced sports instructors, experienced counselors and chaplaincy respectively. A students union also exists where students can drive their agenda democratically and also participate in cultural and social activities.
Collaborations and partnerships, both local and international, have been pursued to strengthen our capacity all around. The University embraces diversity by recruiting students and staff with an international outlook. Currently, the student community is a blend of over 22 nationalities and is expected to grow.
The University currently has a total of over 6000 academic, technical and support staff in full-time employment. The Academic staff alone are over 600. The University also uses adjunct/part-time staff in teaching.