Why only 2 people graduated from MKU with PhDs

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Out of the close to 7, 000 students who graduated on Friday from Mount Kenya University, only two of them attained PhDs.

Bernard Wambua Mbithi and Muthuuri Jamlick Micheni graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science and Public Health respectively.

The MKU founder and chairman of the board of directors, Simon Gicharu, attributed the low numbers to the stringent rules in place for their PhD degrees.

“There are so many students that would have been together with the two PhD holders but they transferred to other institutions because I am told in this university, the regulations of graduating PhD holders is very strenuous,” Prof Gicharu said during MKU 16th graduation ceremony.

Prof Gicharu urged the MKU management to maintain those strict rules so to ensure the graduates churned are competitive in the job market.

In the past one month, universities that churn a high number of graduates have been under scrutiny. One such institution is the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) which churned 118 PhDs in their July graduation this year.

The Commission for University Education (CUE) found that the institution flouted its own rules in the training and supervision of the 118 PhD students.

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