Frequently Asked Questions
Kenya Methodist University
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Brief History of Kenya Methodist University
The following link will give a brief historical development of the university.
· KeMU history: http://kemu.ac.ke/index.php/about-kemu/our-history
?’s About KeMU Students
- How many students are there?
Between 9,000 – 10,000 The number fluctuates from trimester to trimester.
- What are the academic year?
- KeMU uses a trimester system instead of a semester system. There is therefore three (3) terms to the year. Session are as follows:
- January to March
- May to July
- September to November
- Whats the four or six year graduation rate?
Data not yet compiled…
- Is KeMU an international school, students from other countries
How many foreign students? There are approximately 229 foreign nationals (156 females and 73 males).
What nations are represented?
19 Nations from Africa and 4 from other countries outside Kenya
- British, Cameroon, Congo, Canadian, Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, India, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, etc.
Any from USA?
- Can I go there as an exchange students?
Technically, yes, however, there are significant challenges for students from outside of Africa.
First, there are academic issues. The academic year often does not match well with the US academic calendar. Credit transfers would be a challenge either direction. While lectures are in English, there are often significant challenges in word usage and understanding which could be challenging.
Additionally, a student would need to be ready for the cultural challenges of living in the Kenyan Culture.
However, KeMU is ready and excited about welcoming groups and faculty from other universities to provide a profound learning experience for students. Facilities are available near campus where classes or mission teams can be safely and comfortably housed. One of the roles of the KeMUDA Executive Director Tom Albright is to facilitate such exchanges and experiences. Contact him at email@example.com or call in the US at 425 330 6486.
?’s About KeMU’s Academics
- Degrees offered, and enrollment in each
KeMU offers three levels of study.
Certificates: Certificates are short courses of study, up to one year.
2. Diplomas: Diplomas are usually two year, but sometimes three year as in Clinical Medicine.
3. Baccalaureate Degrees: KeMU offers the many undergraduate degrees:
4. Graduate Degrees: KeMU offers Masters and PhD’s in several fields of study
- How does does a Kenyan degree compare with a US degree?
This is done by the Commission for University Education which is the certifying and accreditation agency established by the government of Kenya.
Additionally certain programs such as in medicine are also accreditated by specific agencies.
Professors at KeMU report that graduates from African universities generally do well when moving to America or Europe for graduate studies. The style of learning in Africa is more content oriented and tends to involve less problem solving and teamwork than US universities.
- What is KeMU's status as a university in Africa?
- Can we quantify the need? For specific professions in Kenya … example physicians, teacher upgrades, RN… to BS, etc.
This is a very real problem, and the need for physicians of all sorts is in great demand, both for the private and the public sectors. Specialists are even more rare. There is also the issue of “Brain Drain” mainly as a result of better remuneration in other countries (Britain, USA, Australia...see infographic). However, the passion remains very strong for many young students, but there is the issue of affordability as medicine is an expensive and capital intensive program.
The case is very similar to that of physicians.
- Journal, conferences, research conferences
- KeMU produces an interdisciplinary journal (The Interdisciplinary Journal of Professional Practice) as well as hosts an annual research conference. There are also workshops and seminars held sponsored by the directorate.
- Website: http://kemu.ac.ke/index.php/research
- What have Faculty Written?
- KeMU has invested heavily in ICT which has led some notable achievements:
- National leader in use of Online Journals for 3 consecutive years.
- Excellence Award 2012: Best use of ICT in Higher Education (Computer Society of Kenya)
- Kenya Education Network (KENET) 2012:
- Best Institution: “PCs per 100 Students Ratio” for the Year.
- Best Institution: “Highest Percentage of Registered Student Laptops”
- TECHtalk – a monthly technology talk show hosted one national TV.
- First International Center for Outsourcing Studies (ICOS) in Africa for global BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) training. (BPO Certification Institute, USA).
Campus Life at KeMU
- The Main Campus is located in Meru and is the most beautiful of all the campuses. This is the only campus that has residential housing. It is bordered on the West by the Mount Kenya forest where there is often the siting of Elephants.
- There is also a man-made lake in the center of the campus, that provides a natural attraction point. There is also a spectacular view of the surrounding rolling hillside in that is seen from the Science or Administration Block.
- Students engage with each other on the scenic campus and are able to use the freely accessible Wi-Fi that is available all across the campus grounds.
- There are also sports and recreational fields for the students and staff to enjoy.
- Each campus is unique with its own approach to student life, as dictated by the environment of the location, but they are all tied into the central theme of the university via the Dean of Students Office.
- The Main Campus is located in Meru.
- The Branch campuses are: Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru, Nyeri and Kisii.
- KeMU competes on a local and national level and is partner to several leagues in the country. The sports teams consist of Rugby, Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, Table Tennis, Swimming, Cross Country, and others. There is an “Annual Intercampus Sports Tournament” in which all the campuses compete in the various sports categories. This is done to bring the campuses together as well as select teams for the Kenya University Sports Association Games, or the East Africa University Sports Association”.
- Students from KeMU have been selected in the national team such as in Rugby, Womens Soccer, and even Track.
- There are a variety of clubs and activities that students can engage in such as the Talent Management Club, Enactus, Drama, Spoken Heart (poetry and music), KMUN, Peace Club, Chess, Peer Counselors, Red Cross Society, and many others.
- These activities are coordinated through the Kenya Methodist University Students Organisation (KeMUSO), which is present on all campuses.
- Some of the annual big events are, Mr. and Miss. KeMU, Drama Competitions,and Intercampus Sports Tournament.
- There is an active “Christian Fellowship” (students organisation) that has the University Chaplain as its advisor. They have bible studies and prayer sessions daily, as well as hold numerous missions trips throughout the year, with a major mission trip at the end of the year.
- There is also Chapel held every Monday and Thursday in all our campus between 8:00 am and 9:00 am.
- The Chaplain or Assistant Chaplain (depending on campus) are available for all students and staff.
- See link for more information: http://www.kemu.ac.ke/index.php/chaplaincy
?’s About KeMU Graduates
There are currently over 20, 000 graduates. In 2000, there were 17 graduates and in 2014 there were 3,687 and in 2015 almost 3,400.
- Are there jobs for the graduates
- Job availability is career specific. In that there are certain careers that have greater opportunities than others. For instance, business has a lot of graduates, while others such as in medicine there is a shortage. As a developing nation, there is also the challenge to absorb the large number of graduates. This challenge has increased with the advent of free primary education as more students have been able to make it to university. It a “good problem”.
- What have graduates of KeMU done? Significant accomplishments of graduates such as Cabinet members, etc,
- What is the alumni doing for students? University in terms of scholarships.
- The concept of the alumni is relatively new within the country and how it operates is also something that is “forming”. KeMU alumni just launched (March 27, 2015) and endowment fund that is geared towards scholarship to support needy students.
?’s About KeMU Finances
- Courses range from $2,280 (Ksh. 210,000) to $4,980 (Ksh. 460,000) per year.
- On campus residence is about $1,500 (Ksh. 140,000) per year.
- How does KeMU Fund its program?
- Funding is primarily from tuition covering about 99% of the costs.
- There are other revenue streams that are being developed such as Founders Capital Invested (e.g. Farm), Gifts and Benefactors (Adm. Building, Chapel), Farm Services, Endowments, Alumni support (KeMUAA Endowment), Health Services (Clinic), Corporate Support (In kind donations e.g. Medical supplies, books, etc.), KeMUDA Scholarship, Events and Catering (Conferences & Weddings), Research Activities, collaborations, etc.
KeMU’s Religious Make Up and Policies
- Nondiscrimination Policy re students
- Religious makeup of the student body?
- KeMU is mainly made up of Christians (Methodist and non Methodist). Additionally, the university has Muslims, Hindu, and other religions.
Questions about Kenya….
- Brief Introduction of Kenya’s History
- Some data on income and GDP
- Relative education levels in Kenya…
- This is a very wide topic. It would be best approached if there was some specificity to what KeMUDA would like to know. Below is link of our general education system and the models used.
- Pace of development in Kenya
- Below is a link that mentions the World Bank opinion of the nations development:
The following link will provide some information on some Kenyan facts
- Security and Stability of the country…."Isn't Kenya in trouble?"
- As a nation that is fighting global terrorism, the country has suffered casualties across the nation. This is a new front for the country and the nation is not an expert on fighting terrorists as are some nations in the West. However, a great deal of resources and training has been focused on improving the nation's capacity to deal with the issue. It should be noted that even the most developed nations have issues of terrorism (e.g. Boston Marathon Bombing, or school shootings), but this does not make the nations suffering from this, a place of chaos or “trouble”. There are certain regions of the nations such as the coastal regions or the topmost northern regions that may be a bit more vulnerable because they share a common border with places of conflict (South Sudan in the North, and Somalia in Coast and extreme East).
- Basic information about Kenya? Languages?
- Kenya is a modern country that has multiple languages in use. However, ENGLISH is the business language and is spoke pretty much around the country. It is taught in all our schools as part of the curriculum. The one challenge may be the accents and language pronunciations, which will require patience and careful listening.
- Kenyans generally speak three (3) three or more languages.
About KeMUDA Scholarships
- How our scholarships work… students who fight to get in …
From the earliest days of KeMU, KeMUDA has been a source of scholarships for needy students. The need greatly overshadows KeMUDA's resources. Most of our scholarships goes to students who have saved and scrimped to come to campus and then something changes in their family or situation which makes it difficult for them to continue in school.
- Scholarships are granted by the Scholarship Committee of Kenya Methodist University. The committee examines students needs and sets the priority for scholarships. The Kenya Methodist University Development Association only sets how much can be given for a given trimester.
- The Normal scholarship is 80% of tuition fees. Students then find resources to pay for the remaining 20% and room and board. However, the Scholarship Committee of Kenya Methodist University may recommend scholarships at other levels. Scholarships continue from the time a student becomes a KeMUDA Scholar until they graduate.
- Scholarships are for degree (Bachelor's) programs. However, medical students in the Diploma for Clinical Medicine and the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery have also received scholarships.
- Scholarships may be designated by the donor for particular degree programs.
- Courses range from $2,280 (Ksh. 210,000) to $4,980 (Ksh. 460,000) per year.
- On campus residence is about $1,500 (Ksh. 140,000) per year.
- What percentage get scholarships?
- Scholarship recipients are less than 2%
- What percentage of donations goes to scholarships
Funds received by KeMUDA designated for scholarships all go for scholarships. The operating costs of KeMUDA are covered by undesignated gifts and support from Kenya Methodist University.
- Overall, fund raising costs are extremely low, always under 10% of the KeMU budget.
How Can I help?
- How could I go and be of service there?
In recent years KeMU has not been hosting mission teams because its facilities are used nearly full time by students, but has welcomed tours and provided support and guidance for their time in Kenya. Labor is available at a low cost and such jobs are needed. Groups are encouraged to provide funds to put people to work and then work alongside them.
- Do they need visiting professors? Other things?
KeMU has need for support by educators and professional of all kinds. Professors are welcome to visit, connect with relevant KeMU, work with KeMU on research projects, come teach on a short term or long term basis.
How Can I give to KeMU and KeMUDA?
- How can I give? … Where can I donate?
In Kenya Kenya Methodist University raises funds through its Resource Mobilization Department.
- In the US and Canada, gifts can be directed through the Kenya Methodist University Development Association (KeMUDA), a Washington State non-profit corporation which hold a 401(c)3 status with the Internal Revenue Service of the United States. Gifts made through KeMUDA are tax deductible for US citizens.
- Gifts can be made through the website (Donate Now!), by mail to KeMUDA, 6818 72nd ST NE, Marysville WA 98270, or call Dr. Tom Albright, Executive Director, at 425 330 6386 for other arrangements.
- What can you give for? Designating my gift. In Kind donations.
- Cash gifts can be designated for Scholarships or other special causes or be given as undesignated gifts for KeMUDA’s Board of Directors to budget.
- In kind gifts are welcome but can present challenges. Shipping to Kenya is expensive and cumbersome to manage. KeMUDA leaders and KeMU staff traveling can carry a limited amount of supplies (An economy ticket a second suitcase of fifty pounds costs $100-$200 depending on the airline).
- Stock transfer? Who? How?
- Stock and other securities can be transfered to KeMUDA through your stockbroker into our securities account. Contact Dr. Albright at 425 330 6486 for details.
- Why should I give to Kenya when we have so much need at home?
- While Kenya and much of Africa have made significant economic gains in recent years, poverty is widespread, the medical systems lag far behind much of the world, education is a challenge for many to afford at all but the top economic levels.
- Kenya Methodist University is producing graduates who have the skills and values to reshape Kenya and East Africa. It provides great economic leverage for your gift. Students can attend KeMU for a fraction of the cost of traveling to Europe or America.
- Since our “normal” scholarship is 80% of tuition fees, a scholarship of about $700 will keep a student in school for a trimester. A student can normally graduate in eight trimesters meaning a gift to KeMUDA Scholarships of $5,800 over three years can produce a pastor, a teacher, a computer scientist or a medical laboratory technician or any of the other dozens of degrees KeMU offers.
- A scholarship of $20,000 over five years will produce a physician finished with their internship.
- Connection to United Methodist Church, Advance, Etc.
- While the Kenya Methodist University Development Association is an ecumenical, independent, nonprofit corporation is has deep historic and relational ties to the United Methodist Church.
- Kenya Methodist University has a Advance Special with the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church for scholarships and has hosted United Methodist missionaries on its faculty and staff.
- Kenya Methodist University has a close relationship with the African Association of United Methodist Institutions of Higher Education of the United Methodist Church. In fact, KeMU hosted the inaugural meeting of the organization and has been regular participant in its activities. KeMU staff and Dr. Tom Albright, Executive Director of KeMUDA have given presentations on fundraising and development for the African Association of United Methodist Institutions of Higher Education and for the International Association of Methodist Schools, Colleges and Universities.
- While KeMUDA was created and nurtured in the United Methodist Church, its Board of Directors and work extend to persons of many denominations and even faiths.
- The Kenya Methodist University Development Association is a Washington State (USA) Non-Profit Corporation whose legal name is the Kemu Development Association. It was created about twenty years ago to provide support for creating Kenya Methodist University.
- Originally it was centered at Central United Protestant Church in Richland, Washington, however, with the guidance of the Rev. Norm Lawson and Bishop Lawi Imathiu, it became a nation wide organization in the US.
- KeMUDA financials and accountability
- KeMUDA’s financial records and tax reporting is done by the firm of Bauer Evans of Everett Washington.
- Who are our Board of Directors? Click here for link to Board of Directors
- How can I be a part of KeMUDA?
- Please contact Dr. Tom Albright if you are interested in serving in or KeMUDA.
- You are welcome to come to our annual meetings which are usually head in early February around the USA.
- What percentage of my gift goes to Scholarships? To the university?
- All gifts designated to Scholarships or to University projects go one hundred percent to the designated cause.
- Undesignated gifts are used both for scholarships, other support of Kemu, and KeMUDA operations.
- How much does KeMUDA spend on fundraising?
- Kemu staff and most expenses are supported by Kenya Methodist University.
- Fund raising expenses are less than five percent of donated funds and operational expenses (insurance, accountant fees, etc) take up about another five percent. Over 90% of donations go to scholarships or other projects at KeMU.
How Can I Learn More?