The second Mount Kenya University (MKU) Vice Chancellor Prof Deogratius Jaganyi will assume office on Hanuary , 2021.
Jaganyi, a former don at University of Kwa Zulu-Natal of South African will take baton of leadership from the outgoing Prof Stanley Waudo, who is retiring after serving the Thika based university since its inception in 2008.
Among his first assignments at the private institution will be to oversee implementation of the varsity’s 2020-2029 Strategic Plan.
The Don with a 25-year long experience in academia, is a full Professor with a PhD in Physical Chemistry obtained in 1992 from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of London, England and has served ten years at UKZN where he rose from Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Science and Agriculture to Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Agriculture.
In their welcome message, MKU’s Board of Directors, Chancellor, Council, Senate, Management Board, Staff and students expressed optimism that the don will provide stewardship towards achieving the University’s Mission, Vision.
Prof Jaganyi is expected to provide strategic leadership in the implementation of the university’s teaching and learning mandate through consistent provision of relevant academic programmes delivered in innovative settings, including enhanced e-learning as supported by state-of-the-art ICT infrastructure and technologies
He has also been tasked with the role of enhancing the university’s status as a premier Research and Innovation institution dedicated to the generation, dissemination and preservation of knowledge as well as enhance university mission of Teaching, Research and community outreach in order to transform lives.
MKU is among the top 10 universities in research funding, and its research grants have grown from the internal Ksh1 million Board of Trustees’ Research grant to the current Sh700 million won nationally and internationally.
According to the Board of Directors, he will ensure the proposed Mount Kigali University of Technology (MKUT) attains complete autonomy in its operations in the Republic of Rwanda besides overseeing consolidation of the university’s campuses into Centres of Excellence.