The Management University of Africa (MUA), through its alumni network, plans to raise Sh30 million to help bright but needy students. The programme that is on its second edition aims at facilitating the completion of studies of at least 40 bright and talented students from poor backgrounds across the country. In 2015, MUA collected Sh5 million for the same course as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility.
The institution recently organised a gala dinner event dubbed Save a Dream that also doubled as a funds drive for the needy students. Partners in the project include the Kenya Institute of Management (sponsors of MUA), Coca-Cola, Safaricom, Bima, Glaxo Smithkline, Kenya Association of Manufacturers and Boma hotels.
Speaking at the event at the South C main campus, Mua Chancellor Dr Reuben Mutiso encouraged more sponsorship for such initiatives since their impact is forever. He challenged corporates to identify and take in some of the students seeking internships to build their portfolio. “We have a chance to help others rise so that the society can be better for us all,” he said.
The university council chairman, former Cabinet Secretary Michael Kamau, said: “As a community, we owe it to ourselves to help the needy grow. Education is one key area of development and if others are left out then it will be a mirage bettering our nation.”
Also in attendance was Vice Chancellor, Dr Nicholas Leting. The MUA administration and the alumni expressed commitment to continue the push for equality through education for all. The alumni have been at the forefront in ensuring the kitty target is reached and more vulnerable students get an opportunity to improve their education.