Mount Kenya University Kigali Campus hosted a special luncheon for students who graduated last year.
The event, held at Gikondo Expo Grounds, Kigali, was presided over by His Excellency John Mwangeni, Kenyan High Commissioner to Rwanda and Dr. Simon Gicharu, founder and chairman, Mount Kenya University.
Besides feting the Class of 2014, the event served as a curtain raiser for Mr and Miss MKU beauty pageant held later in the evening, and also official celebration of the fifth anniversary of Kigali Campus.
"Mount Kenya University is an example of the potential of the East African Community," said H.E Mwangeni. "By having a footprint in every country in the region, you have set the pace not only in developing human resource but also utilizing the opportunities presented by the Common Market Protocol."
Kigali Campus, established in 2010, was the university's first campus outside Kenya. The institution, which is chartered and ISO-certified, has since opened a fully-fledged campus in Hargeisa (Somaliland), and centers in Uganda, Tanzania and Burundi.
"In the five years, we have trained 966 highly skilled professionals," said Dr. Mercyline Kamande, Principal, Kigali Campus. "We hope to graduate even more as the years go by, our vision anchored in the three key roles that define Mount Kenya University namely, training, research and corporate social responsibility."
Dr Gicharu announced that construction of an ultra modern science and research centre at Kagarama, Kigali, which will be the campus' permanent home is ongoing. "The project will cost us RWF2 billion and will be complete by next year this time."
Kigali Campus has over 3,000 students undertaking the different academic Programmes offered under the university's 10 schools.
It operates from four locations namely Town Centre, Kicukiro, Camp Kigali and Rusizi near the border of DR Congo. "Our internationally recognized programmes have become the byword for higher education training," said Prof. Evans Kerosi, Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Campuses, Constituent Colleges and Centres. "We are in Rwanda, and indeed the East African region for the long run."
Dr. Gicharu called on the year 2014 graduates to join the MKU Alumni Association and apply for admission to the Enterprise Academy. The Academy provides seed capital to discerning entrepreneurs drawn from the university's rich pool of alumni. "If we give you a grant of RWF6million, I don't see why in near future, I will not be interacting with a billionaire in future. I started this university with only RWF 160,000," Dr Gicharu said.
On his part, Mr Mwangeni said commended MKU for producing wholesome graduates ready to work in the East African market. "You are a true symbol of success of the East African Community Common Market Protocol. I wish to thank our respective governments for all the support you have accorded institutions of higher learning."