Mount Kenya University, Thika
Mount Kenya University received a charter from the Commission for Higher Education in January 2011, thus becoming the first private Kenyan university to be authorised to offer degrees in pharmacy, pharmaceutical technology and medical laboratory.
Kenya has 11 private chartered universities, seven of them operating with a letter of interim authority and four others with only certificates of registration.
The private universities have in the past shied away from offering science-based courses due to the huge financial demands in mounting them.
The university provides science and technology education as a vehicle to attain and sustain industrial development in the country.
The university has campuses in Thika (main), Nairobi, Eldoret, Mombasa, Kisumu, and Kigali, Rwanda.
The university dates back to 1996 when its precursor – Thika Institute of Technology – was founded as a computer outreach programme by Mr Simon Gicharu, chairman and founder.
In 2000, the institute developed into a commercial college offering management and computer training programmes.
Later in the year, the government recognised it as a fully-fledged institution of higher learning and granted it registration approval. The university started programmes such as paramedical, IT and business education.
In 2005, the institute became the first private college in Kenya to be allowed to train pharmaceutical technologists by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board.
It has now scaled heights to become a promising university in Kenya.