Kenya Methodist University
Kenya Methodist University(KEMU) is a chartered Christian institution of higher learning, with the Main Campus situated in Meru. The University is dedicated to the furtherance of the Christian Faith and promotion of the required activities for the restoration of relationship between human beings and God the Creator.
The University’s philosophy is to foster the intellectual, spiritual and physical development of the wholesome individual in order to recognize and utilize the available opportunities for enhancement of human development with the appropriate recognition and respect for other creations.
Kenya Methodist University was established to enable the church achieve educational excellence as part of its pursuit for a holistic gospel. The university was established from two institutions namely; Kaaga Rural Training Centre and Methodist Training Institute which formed the foundation for the university. The training institutions had been established to address the issues of youth unemployment and poor land use and were to provide training in agriculture, motor mechanics and carpentry. Therefore making the people self reliant.
At the MCK Annual conference held at Shanzu Teachers College, Mombasa in 1986, the then Presiding Bishop, (Rev. Dr. Lawi Imathiu) publicly announced a vision to establish a University sponsored by the Methodist Church. In 1987 the Methodist Church in Kenya formed a working party to study the possibility of establishing a Methodist University. At a later date the working party formed three sub-committees to deal with Programmes namely, Academic, Finance and Documentation Committees.
In the following years the University Trust Deed was drawn up as well carrying out staffing , curriculum development and financial assistance from friends of the university, harambees and charitable institutions some of which also donated support material such as books and computers. These efforts culminated in the establishment of the Kenya Methodist University in June of 1997. The 1st Vice chancellor of KEMU was Prof. Mutuma Mugambi who was installed in 1998.
The Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church Kenya, Joseph Ntombura Mwaine, is the chancellor of KEMU and a member of the board of trustees.
KEMU continues to grow as a university and now has a campus in the the major towns in Kenya including Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru and Nyeri. It is also undertaking a number of other projects such as a university conference and training centre and acquisition of additional land all of which will help the university improve its training and service delivery.
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