Meru University College of Science and Technology (MUCST) is a public university near Meru, Kenya. It is situated in Nchiru, 15 kilometres North East of Meru, along Meru-Makutano-Maua Highway. It offers courses in Engineering, Science, Information Technology and Business related.
Meru University College of Science and Technology is a Constituent College of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). The objective of the University College is to play a leading role in the development and expansion of opportunities for higher education and research in Agriculture, Forestry, Mining, Energy, Water and Environmental Science in arid and semi-arid lands. The University College aims at becoming a regional leader in the discovery, preservation and dissemination of knowledge in the area of Science and technology and related disciplines.
The idea of establishing a University dates back many years to the early1960s when the NjuriNcheke (Council of elders of the Meru people) conceived of an idea of establishing an institution of higher education in Meru. It was in the mid-1960s soon after Kenya’s Independence that the elders initiated the process of establishing the institution. The idea was first floated to the government at a time when it was interested in training the youth of the nation in order to equip them with skills in various technical fields to enable them work in the upcoming industries and other sectors that required qualified manpower and also to meet local and national economic developmental needs. Meru College of Technology (MECOTECH) was therefore one of several institutions suggested by the government.
Consequently, the elders, with the help of the then Minister of Lands, the late Hon. Jackson Angaine, obtained and set aside 641 acres of land near the Njuri Ncheke’s Shrine at Nchiru for this purpose. In the meantime, MECOTECH opened its first offices at the Meru Municipal Hall in 1979 Room No. 217.
In June 1983, MECOTECH moved to Kianjai from the Municipal Hall office and occupied an 8 acre plot leased near Kianjai market. Physical facilities at this site were bought from MOWLEM Construction Company. All structures were semi-permanent at the time.Thus, the Meru College of Technology (MECOTECH) was founded at the Kianjai Market site and opened its doors to its first batch of students in 1983 with an initial intake of fifty four (54) students. The pioneer students were all enrolled fora two year course in Agriculture. Later in May 1985,a 3 year course in Motor Vehicle Mechanics was introduced and later followed in September 1987,by the Building Technology Craft I – III courses.
In April 1991, the College moved to thevast 641 acres land at Nchiru LR No. 1595/ Uringu 1. Under the name Meru College of Technology (MECOTECH) where courses in Accounts and Secretarial Studies (Intermediate and Final) were introduced in September 1992 and May 1993, respectively.MECOTECH continued offering diploma and certificate courses in automotive engineering, agriculture and extension, information technology, accounting, secretarial, electrical engineering, building and masonry and business administration, among others.
In 2008, the Government of Kenya converted Meru College of Technology (MECOTECH) into a Universityand named it the Meru University College of Science and Technology (MUCST) it was established through Legal Notice No. 103 of 18 July 2008 as a constituent college of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.
MUCST admitted its pioneer students in May 2009. The forty five (45) students were enrolled in three (3) degree programmes namely; Bachelor of Commerce (B-COM), Bachelor of Business Information Technology (BBIT), and Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (B.Sc. IT). The institution has since grown to offer four (4) Masters programmes, thirteen (13) Degree programmes, eight (8) Diploma and five (5) Certificate programmes.
MUCST was formally launched by His Excellency Hon. MwaiKibaki C.G.H., M.P., President and Commander-In-Chief of the armed forces of the Republic of Kenya on Saturday 17 April 2010
Since 2009, MUCST has continued to play a leading role in the development and expansion of opportunities for higher education and research in Agriculture, Forestry, Mining, Energy, Water and Environmental Science in arid and semi-arid lands. MUCST is now well-positioned to take a lead in the emerging national agenda as we seek to contribute positively to supporting education, innovation, technology transfer, and socio-economic development of our country. Our emphasis on expanding opportunities in the STEM disciplines namely; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics will greatly contribute to the achievement of the Kenya Vision 2030 as well as being an important component of rising to meet our country's competitiveness challenge.
Boards, Colleges, Faculties, Institutes, Schools and Campuses
Currently Meru University College has the following campuses and Schools:
Main Campus - Nchiru
Meru Town Campus
School of Information Technology & Engineering
School of Business and Economics
School of Pure and Applied sciences
School of Agriculture