Mount Kenya University

Mount Kenya University (MKU) is a private, multi-campus, university in the municipal county of Thika, Kenya. The university was founded by Prof. Simon N. Gicharu and has since become one of the largest private universities in Kenya, with an estimated 52,000 students, as of September 2015.[1] MKU is chartered and ISO 9001:2015 Certified[2][3]

Mount Kenya University
Other name
MottoUnlocking Infinite Possibilities
TypePrivate university
Academic affiliations
Vice-ChancellorDeogratius Jaganyi
Academic staff
Students52,000+ (2015)[1]
ColoursLight blue, light orange, and cream
Mount Kenya University is located in Kenya
Mount Kenya University
Location of the university in Kenya
One of the university's campuses in Nakuru


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.[4] The coordinates of the university's main campus are 1°02'44.0"S, 37°04'54.0"E (-1.045559 37.081669).[5]

The university maintains campuses at the following locations, as of April, 2020.[6]

  • Thika (Main) Campus - General Kago Road, Thika
  • Mombasa Campus - MKU Plaza, Nkurumah Road, Mombasa
  • Nairobi Campus - MKU Towers and Union Towers, Nairobi
  • Parklands Law Campus
  • Open Distance and Electronic Learning (ODEL) Center - main campus
  • Nakuru Campus - Great Rift Plaza, opposite Valley Hospital, Nakuru
  • Eldoret Campus - Eldoret
  • Meru Campus - Meru [opposite Meru County Assembly]
  • MKU Rwanda Campus - Kagarama, Kicukiro, Kigali


The institution known as Thika Institute of Technology was established in the year 1996 by Dr. Simon Gicharu. Initially, the institute provided programs focused on management and computer training. Subsequently, in the same year, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Kenya conferred full registration approval to the institute as a fully-fledged institution of higher learning.

In the year 2005, the institute achieved another notable milestone by becoming the first privately-owned institution in Kenya to receive authorization from the Pharmacy and Poisons Board of the Kenya Ministry of Health to provide training to pharmaceutical technologists.[7]

Founder Mt. Kenya University

In 2006 the Commission for Higher Education (CHE) which later changed to 'Commission for University Education Kenya[8] (CUE)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.[7] In 2011, the university was awarded a charter by the government of Kenya, upon the recommendation of the Commission of Higher Education.[8][2]


The university is organized into three colleges, 12 schools, and three institutes:[9]


  • Institute of Security Studies, Justice and Ethics
  • Institute of Film, Creative and Performing Arts
  • Equip Africa Institute


  • College of Graduate Studies and Research
  • College of Health Sciences
  • Equip College of Medical and Health Sciences


  • College of Health Sciences
    • Medical School
    • School of Pharmacy
    • School of Clinical Medicine
    • School of Nursing
    • School of Public Health
  • School of Business and Economics
  • School of Education
  • School of Engineering, Energy and the Built Environment
  • School of Pure and Applied Sciences
  • School of Social Sciences
  • School of Law[10]
  • School of Computing and Informatics


  1. ^ a b "Africa]]". Nairobi.
  2. ^ a b Ob, Fredrick (11 January 2011). "Mount Kenya University to receive a charter". The Standard (Kenya). Nairobi. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Commission for University Education - Status Of Universities (Universities Authorized to Operate in Kenya) - Status Of Universities (Universities Authorized to Operate in Kenya)". Retrieved 2020-05-25.
  4. ^ GFC (24 March 2016). "Distance between Nairobi, Kenya and Mount Kenya University, Thika, Kenya". (GFC). Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  5. ^ Google (24 March 2016). "Location of Mount Kenya University Main Campus" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  6. ^ MKU (24 March 2016). "Mount Kenya University Campuses". Thika: Mount Kenya University (MKU). Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  7. ^ a b MKU (24 March 2016). "Mount Kenya University: Our History". Thika: Mount Kenya University (MKU). Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Commission for University Education - Home". Retrieved 2022-01-28.
  9. ^ MKU (24 March 2016). "Mount Kenya University: Academic Year 2015 - 2016 Prospectus" (PDF). Thika: Mount Kenya University (MKU). Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  10. ^ Karanja, Faith (20 January 2016). "Mount Kenya University in court over Council for Legal Education accreditation". The Standard (Kenya). Nairobi. Retrieved 24 March 2016.

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