Mount Kenya University (MKU) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Machakos Level 5 Hospital.
The MoU, which comes as the university is preparing to admit its pioneer class of the School of Medicine, covers several mutually beneficial areas. Staff and students from the MKU Schools of Medicine, Health Sciences, Pharmacy, Nursing and Pure and Applied Sciences, will use Machakos Hospital for teaching, research, clinical and public health practice. Students will also get practical attachment at the Hospital. In return, MKU will support the Hospital in staff capacity development, as well as grant access to its facilities notably the library, laboratories, classes, sports field and other amenities.
During the signing of the MoU at Thika Main Campus today, MKU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Stanley Waudo said the new deal accentuates the university’s reputation as a pacesetter in establishing industrial linkages.
“By establishing more industrial linkages and partnerships, we are setting the pace for other universities on the importance of sharing knowledge, human resource and academic infrastructure so as to confront the challenges that face our society.”
MKU has existing linkages with Thika Level 5 Hospital, Kiambu County Assembly, National Museums of Kenya and Kenya Forestry Research Institute, among others.
“This MoU is further proof of the universal recognition of our academic programmes,” said MKU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Stanley Waudo. Early this year, MKU in partnership with Thika Level 5 Hospital, opened the Ksh300 million General Kago Road Funeral Home/Anatomy lab in Kiambu County. The anatomy lab paved the way for accreditation of the MKU School of Medicine by the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board.
Prof. Kimathi Kigatiira, Dean, MKU School of Medicine said the MoU with Machakos Level 5 Hospital will give more practical exposure to the MKU students. “The role of universities is to train and conduct research which will lead to generation of new knowledge. This MoU provides yet another platform to enhance this training.” He added that with the increased capacity to the train medical students, MKU will increase the number of students it admits to the School of Medicine.
The MoU will be valid for a period of 15 years.