Dr. James Mwangi is the first Chancellor of Meru University of Science and Technology. Dr. Mwangi holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and is a Certified Public Accountant. He has a wide experience in the banking industry including finance. Dr. Mwangi is a recipient of the First Class Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear (CBS), the Moran of the Burning Spear (MBS) and Head of State Commendation (HSC). He was named the World Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young in 2012, the Forbes Person of the Year in 2012 and is a holder of the 2007 Global Vision Award. He was named the Banker of the Year during the 4th Banker Africa – East Africa Awards 2017. During the University’s first graduation ceremony, on 26th July, 2013, Dr. Mwangi and his family donated to the University Ksh. 100 million for the construction of a modern Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre.
On 29th August 2014, Dr. Mwangi was conferred the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Management by Meru University of Science and Technology in recognition of the use of his talents as an entrepreneurial organizer and mover of human and material resources for the benefit of the country, the continent and the world.
We are grateful for the immense support our Chancellor has continued to give to this great University amongst them;
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre (IEC) Donation (26th July, 2013)
The Meru University of Science and Technology (MUST) Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre (IEC) was established during the University`s first graduation ceremony on 26th July, 2013. The founding Chancellor, Dr. James Mwangi donated One Hundred Million Kenya shillings (KSh100,000,000/=) for the construction of the Ultra-modern Centre. Dr. James Mwangi has been at the forefront to ensure that MUST is competitive in research and innovation. The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre is open to not only students but also to young innovators so that they can be nurtured at a very early stage.
Launch of the Chancellor’s Forest (11th November 2019)
The Meru University of Science and Technology (MUST) community has been planting trees every rainy season. Due to his passion for trees, Our Chancellor, Dr. James Mwangi, came up with an initiative of establishing a forest. Dr. Mwangi offered to sponsor the initiative and the forest was started in 2016. This is how the Chancellor’s Forest came to be. So far, the Chancellor’s Forest covers 71 acres.
Speaking during the event, the Chancellor stated that: “Humans have destroyed the earth’s vegetation cover amongst other environmental degradation so much that we are facing the challenge of climate change and global warming. The good news is, there is something we can do to reverse this trend of events. If we plant trees, we are only making our environment better for ourselves and future generations.” he said.
Since the launch of the Chancellor’s Forest at MUST, 87,900 trees have been planted bringing the total area under new trees to 13% of the total acreage of the University. This makes MUST the first university to have a forest cover of over 10%.
Equity IT Strategy Retreat (11th-13th March 2021)
Dr Amos Chege and Dr Amos Omamo were invited as technical experts in advising Equity Group CIOs on the strategic direction of the bank. This proves the trust in the expertise of the faculty in the University in advising the Tech Strategic Direction of the Bank.
Equity Hackathon (17th February – 25th March 2022)
Our Students participated in the Equity Hackathon, with exceptional submissions built to solve the problems that the business had put across. A team from MUST emerged position two and was awarded 250,000 Kenya Shillings. The team of innovators graduated in the 10th graduation.
Internships (May – July 2022)
A list of 19 Students from the School of Computing and Informatics (SCI) obtained Attachment opportunities from May – July 2022 for a period of between 8 and 12 weeks at several branches of Equity Bank as Software Developers. They were drawn from Bachelor of Computer Science, Bachelor of Business Information Technology, Bachelor of Computer Security and Forensics, Bachelor of Information Technology, Bachelor of Mathematics and Computer Science and Bachelor of Computer Technology.