Log in

You are here: PHEA -> ULF -> Participants -> Bio

[back to participant list]

Biographical Sketch: Prof. olive MWIHAKI MUGENDA

Institution: Kenyatta University

Country: Kenya

Prof. Olive Mugenda obtained a Bachelor of Education(First Class Honours) from the University of Nairobi in 1979. Her masters and Ph>D degrees in Family Studies and Consumer Economics were obtained from Iowa State University. Since them, she has had an illustrious carrer in Kenyatta University and now Vice-Chancellor. She is the first woman Vice-Chancellor of a public university in the East Africa region.

Prof. Mugenda has, over the years, built an international reputation as a university teacher and researcher. She has supervised numerous Masters and Ph.D thesis and won severl research grants and served as technical adviser and resource person to numerous workshops in and outside Africa. Among the numberous researchers she has carried out, perhaps the current one on "Improving the Performance of Girs in Science and Mathematics in Secondary Schools" serves as a model project that has been nominated for a Commonwealth Education award. She has published numerous schoarly papers and books and she has received several scholarly awards.

Professor Mugenda is a pioneer. She is a champion of advancing educational opportunities. She has worked tirelessly to improve the quality of education in Kenya. She cares passionately about lifeling learning and academic research. She has reached out to the underpriviledged youth in her country. And she is an inspiring mentor and role model for women everywhere.

Professor Mugenda's immediate goal is to work towards making Kenyatta University a world class university.