The Star (Nairobi)

7 December 2013

Kenya: Sh3 Billion for MKU Modern Campus

Mount Kenya University will build an ultra modern main campus on 100 acres at Landless in Makongeni. Board of trustees chair Simon Gicharu has said the project will cost Sh3 billion. Speaking during the fifth graduation ceremony at the construction site yesterday, Gicharu said: "This will make MKU the best private University in Africa, the African Harvard."

During the occasion, 642 graduands were awarded masters degrees, 5,905 bachelors degrees, 5,418 diplomas and 131 got certificates. Gicharu said his university had built an education complex in Kitale worth Sh400 million. MKU funded the first ultra modern funeral home at Thika Level Five Hospital at a cost of Sh200 million.

Gicharu said the facility will open its doors in February next year. He said the university established an enterprise academy that will train Kenyans to become job creators and not job seekers.

Gicharu said the academy has set aside Sh8 million, to be shared equally among 10 alumni to start their own businesses, in a programme that will begin in January. He said he started his university with a Sh20,000 loan from Equity Bank.

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