KeMU redefining private university education in Kenya
University education in Kenya has seen a lot of changes over the last decade. There has been growing demand as more Kenyans want to earn degrees in the hopes of better job prospects as the job market becomes more competitive. This has meant that exisiting public universities are stretched and led to an increase of private universities, who have been able to absorb the growing number of students.
One of the private universities that is currently doing well in the Kenyan education sector is Kenya Methodist University (KeMU). KeMU was founded by the Methodist Church and admitted its first batch of students in Septemeber 1997 following the university being authorised to operate as a private university in July of that year. In June 2006, KeMU received award of charter, making it the seventh private university to be accorded full accreditation status in Kenya.
In 2015 Corporate Staffing Services (CSS) carried out a survey that placed KeMU in the number five position of private universities whose graduates employers preferred out of more than 30 in the country. The survey showed that while employers generally assessed graduates on the basis of technical expertise, industry knowledge and exposure through internship, they also placed a premium on favourable soft skills, which makes candidates more well-rounded.
KeMU has so far admitted 1,146 government sponsored students this year, making it third among the private universities that admit government-sponsored students, after Mount Kenya and Kabarak universities. The student body is also diverse as the school has students from various religious backgrounds, as well as from various African countries.
Courses offered at the university are in the schools of Medicine and Health Sciences, Business and Economics, Education and Social Sciences, and Science and Technology, and in keeping up with the flexibility of the 21st century, classes are fulltime, part-time, weekend intensive or digital based. This means that students can go about their daily lives and still catch up with their school work especially if they have jobs or other commitments. This is the reality for an increasing number of would be students worldover as they have to pay for their own education and must have the time to engage in a means of income generation.
Interestingly, KeMU is one of the few private universities with a school of Medicine and Health. This has usually been a preserve of public universities, but since 2003, KeMU has had a growing school of Medicine and Health, becoming the fastest growing school in the university.
The Septemeber intake is open and applications can be conveniently done online. There are currently three campuses: Nairobi, Mombasa and Meru.http://www.mwendengao.com/2017/08/31/kemu-redefining-private-university-education-in-kenya/LifestyleKeMU,Kenya Methodist University