The number of Mount Kenya University (MKU) graduates working in prestigious firms globally is growing fast. A survey by the university’s Graduate Alumni Relations Office (GARO) that traced the alumni, found that the former students were employed by Kenya’s public sector, blue chip firms and non-governmental organisations across the world.
In addition, enterprising graduates eager to fill service gaps in markets are running their own successful businesses and creating jobs for themselves and others. When the Commission for University Education (CUE) conducted an audit of the university between 15 and 17
November, 2016, it confirmed these facts. In its Exit report, CUE noted that MKU graduates secure jobs competitively in various sectors. CUE also observed that the University carries out tracer studies on the employability of its graduates. “The University offers opportunities of employment to their Alumni, an indicator of confidence in the training the University offers,” the CUE Exit report further notes. In her address during the 11th Graduation Ceremony, University Council Chairperson Professor Grace N. Njoroge asserted that, “The University produces well-trained graduates equipped with technological and scientific knowledge and abilities, endowed with ethical values founded on African traditions and principles. With these attributes, the University graduates are expected to act as role models in the society and be drivers of socio-economic activities.” GARO co-ordinator Afubwa Musumi says MKU graduates thrive in diverse work places in the information-driven, globally networked world. “The university imparts skills and competencies that its graduates need to succeed in a Brave New World,” he said
during an interview. “They are work-ready and prepared for life. Most of them are absorbed into the job market as soon as they complete their courses. A sizeable number of those who proceed for attachment are retained by employers.” The university works as a team to support students from admission to teaching, and on to research, mentoring and networking.
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MKU maintains a database of alumni employability status, carries out alumni tracer studies and maintains partnerships with various industries. Currently, all alumni can update their information by logging on to http:// app.isurvey.co.ke/view.php?id=42388. The university’s course curricula are well updated and prepared with the involvement of key players, including industry actors and regulators. MKU also has a team of mentors and a structured Office of Graduands and Alumni Relations to help the students build successful careers.
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This section drives soft skills mentoring to enhance students’ employability and networks with employers to find guest speakers from industry to participate in career talks, and also to facilitate on-campus recruitment. The alumni section has revised its soft skills delivery model to cater for the new student, right from the students’ boarding at the university. In November 2016, the university held a successful recruitment fair in which Tecno Mobile Limited (communication), Fuzu Limited (a giant online recruitment and soft skills training firm), Techno Brain Technologies (IT) and Europa Group of companies (pharmaceuticals) among others, participated. Other close associates invited to pave the employability path for MKU students include Kenya Commercial Bank, Tukoworks, Kamakazi Limited, and The Bridge. These are just a few examples. The integrated approach is the secret to the release of all-round graduates preferred by employers.