Meru University in huge expansion plan
Meru University of Science and Technology (MUST) has acquired more than 700 acres in a massive expansion plan.
Vice Chancellor Japhet Magambo said the university had grown rapidly since retired President Mwai Kibaki presented it with a charter in 2010.
Prof Magambo cited the institution’s innovation centre, saying it had become a source of new technologies, including a mobile phone application to remotely monitor and control the environment inside greenhouses.
“The innovation centre was a Sh100 million gift to the university from the chancellor, James Mwangi, to develop the youth’s knowledge, skills and competencies in all areas,” said Magambo of the donation from the Equity Bank CEO.
He said the centre is in the forefront in nurturing industrial, technological and scientific innovations.
The university, he said, is rapidly expanding to become a premier institution as more students from Meru and beyond enroll for various courses, mostly in the sciences.
“The university is a big story. The Njuri Ncheke (council of elders) gave out 1,200 acres because they wanted to have a ‘Makerere University’ right here in Meru,” he said.
The institution, which started out with 45 students now has over 5,000 students and occupies 640 acres.
He said the university was nurturing the best students in various innovations, including health sciences.
“We are laying emphasis on preventive and diagnostic rather than curative in interventions,” he said.
The main campus is located opposite the the meru council of elders - Njuri Ncheke - shrine at Nchiru.
By Phares Mutembei