Kenya Methodist University, KeMU
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 kilometers 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.
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.
In order 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 organizations, Banking and Finance, Non-Governmental Organizations, as well as public and private sector enterprises.
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