MKU Rwanda Campus accredited as a full fledged university

A section of Mount Kenya University Rwanda 'Campus. [File, Standard]

Mount Kenya University (MKU) Rwanda Campus has been granted full accreditation to operate as a fully pledged university.

The request was approved during a Cabinet meeting chaired by President Paul Kagame in Kigali last week. The institution will now be rebranded as Mount Kigali University.

Vice Chancellor Prof Edwin Odhuno thanked the Rwandese government for conferring the university its new rank.

“We are very pleased with this accomplishment. We will, therefore, burn the midnight oil in ensuring that access to higher education in the nation is developed,” he said.

“The new status granted to the university is very challenging as it means the University has the responsibility of ensuring 100% delivery of quality training, research and outreach in the community, but we are confident that we are up to the task,” added Prof Odhuno.

Students also expressed their gratitude, explaining that higher learning is crucial in Rwanda, noting that once a student completes Form 6, they are at liberty to choose an institution of their choice with the government awarding scholarships in particular areas.

Mount Kigali University now becomes the first campus in Rwanda to attain cross border status from a neighboring university. Its accreditation brings to an end a process that began in 2018.