Mount Kenya University is one of the most common private institutions in Kenya. The institution was founded in 1996 as Thika Institute of Technology. In 2000, the Institute developed into a commercial college offering management and computer training programmes.
In 2005 the Institute became the 1st private institution in Kenya to be allowed to train pharmaceutical technologists by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board of the Kenya Ministry of Health.
In 2006 the Commission for Higher Education (CHE) validated and approved the institute’s request for collaboration with JKUAT to offer both diploma and degree programmes. After fulfilling all the requirements, the Commission for Higher Education issued MKU with the authority to establish a full-fledged privately funded university In 2011. The university was awarded a charter by the government of Kenya, upon the recommendation of the Commission of Higher Education
OWNER OF MOUNT KENYA UNIVERSITY
Simon Gicharu is an educationalist and founder of Mount Kenya University, which is East and Central Africa’s largest private university. He was born in 1964 in Gathiruini village, Kiambu County, Kenya in a family of seven.
His early life experiences were the cauldron in which his successful characteristic traits were shaped.
His parents were peasant farmers and their small piece of land, which they tilled for subsistence, provided barely enough for their upkeep. To supplement the domestic income, Gicharu, alongside his siblings, picked coffee at large commercials farms where he was paid by the kilo.
Gicharu obtained a Bachelor of Education Science degree from Kenyatta University in 1990. His majors were Mathematics and Chemistry. He was later employed by TSC as a teacher
Trouble for Gicharu escalated when he fired by the Teachers Service Commission in 1995.
Gicharu said he embarked on hawking milk around Thika town in order to support his family, a role that was way below his education level and societal expectations.
The billionaire recalls being called a “failed graduate” as he hustled around the town in an old Chevy pickup offered by his father distributing milk to his clients.
The father of three would later sell the family rental house and built a computer training school that later transformed to Thika Institute of Technology. He later founded Mount Kenya University in 2008.
MKU has today grown into one of the best Private universities.