Mount Kenya University

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Mount Kenya University
CT MKU.png
Motto Unlocking Infinite Possibilities
Type Private university
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Stanley Waudo
Academic staff
Students 52,000+ (2015)[1]
Location Thika, Kenya
Affiliations IUCEA
Sports 25 teams
Website Homepage
MKU Logo.jpg

Mount Kenya University (MKU) is a private, multi-campus, chartered[2] university in Kenya. MKU is one of the largest private universities in the country, with a student body in excess of 52,000, as at September 2015.[1]


The main campus of MKU is located in Thika, approximately 47 kilometres (29 mi), by road, northeast of Nairobi, the capital and largest city in Kenya.[3] The coordinates of the university's main campus are 1°02'44.0"S, 37°04'54.0"E (Latitude:-1.045559; Longitude:37.081669).[4]

The universities maintains campuses at the following locations, as of March 2016.[5]

  1. Main Campus - General Kago Road, Thika
  2. Mombasa Campus - Mombasa Trade Centre, Nkurumah Road, Mombasa
  3. Nairobi Campus - MKU Towers, Nairobi
  4. Long Distance Learning Center - Union Towers, Nairobi
  5. Meru Campus - Meru Majani Tea Sacco Plaza, Nkubu, Meru
  6. Nakuru Campus - MKU Annex, Oginga Odinga Road, Nakuru
  7. Kisii Campus - Gesonso, Kisii-Migori highway, Kisii
  8. Eldoret Campus - Eldoret
  9. Kigali Campus - Kagarama kicukiro Kigali, Rwanda[1]
  1. Kisumu Campus - Reliance Building, Oginga Odinga Road, Kisumu
  2. Kitale Campus - Kitale
  3. Lodwar Campus - Cathedral Street, Lodwar
  4. Kakamega Campus - 2nd Floor, Megamall Building, Kakamega
  5. Kabarnet Campus - Mount Kenya University Plaza, Philemon Jelagat Street, Kabarnet
  6. Hargesia Campus - Shacab Area (Former UNICEF Building), Hargesia, Somaliland
  7. Garissa Campus - Corner Plaza & Kenya Commercial Bank Building, Garissa
  8. Kampala Campus - 3 - 5 Bombo Road, Kampala
  9. Bujumbura Campus - Ground Floor, ABC Building, Avenue de l'Amitié, Bujumbura
  10. Kericho Campus - Sinender Plaza, Kericho
  11. Malindi Campus - 2nd Floor, Noor Plaza, Malindi.


The institution was founded in 1996 as Thika Institute of Technology. In 2000, the Institute developed into a commercial college offering management and computer training programmes. Later in the year the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology recognized the institute as a full-fledged institution of higher learning and granted it a full registration approval. In 2005 the Institute became the 1st private institution in Kenya to be allowed to train pharmaceutical technologists by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board of the Kenya Ministry of Health.[6]

In 2006 the Commission for Higher Education (CHE) validated and approved the institute's request for collaboration with JKUAT to offer both diploma and degree programmes. After fulfilling all the requirements, the Commission for Higher Education issued MKU with the authority to establish a full-fledged privately funded university.[6] In 2011, the university was awarded a charter by the government of Kenya, upon the recommendation of the Commission of Higher Education.[2]


The university is organised into eight schools, one college and one institution:[7]

  1. School of Business and Economics
  2. School of Education
  3. School of Engineering, Energy and the Built Environment
  4. School of Pure and Applied Sciences
  5. School of Social Sciences
  6. School of Law[8]
  7. School of Postgraduate Studies
  8. School of Computing and Infomatics
  9. College of Health Sciences
  10. Institute of Film, Creative and Performing Arts

New developments[edit]

In March 2018, the Daily Nation reported that he university was in the final stages of developing a study programme leading to the award of a Master of Arts degree in Public Health.[9]


  1. ^ a b c Herbling, David (10 September 2015). "MKU's medical courses on the spot as Rwanda closes campus". Business Daily Africa. Nairobi. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  2. ^ a b Obua, Fredrick (11 January 2011). "Mount Kenya University to receive charter". The Standard (Kenya). Nairobi. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  3. ^ GFC (24 March 2016). "Distance between Nairobi, Kenya and Mount Kenya University, Thika, Kenya". (GFC). Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  4. ^ Google (24 March 2016). "Location of Mount Kenya University Main Campus" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  5. ^ MKU (24 March 2016). "Mount Kenya University Campuses". Thika: Mount Kenya University (MKU). Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  6. ^ a b MKU (24 March 2016). "Mount Kenya University: Our History". Thika: Mount Kenya University (MKU). Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  7. ^ MKU (24 March 2016). "Mount Kenya University: Academic Year 2015 - 2016 Prospectus" (PDF). Thika: Mount Kenya University (MKU). Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  8. ^ Karanja, Faith (20 January 2016). "Mount Kenya University in court over Council for Legal Education accreditation". The Standard (Kenya). Nairobi. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  9. ^ Daily Nation Reporter (26 March 2018). "Talks on for an MKU, NTU and Makerere health training alliance". Daily Nation. Nation. Retrieved 26 March 2018.

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Coordinates: 1°02′44″S 37°04′54″E / 1.045559°S 37.081669°E / -1.045559; 37.081669