The Committee of Deans and Heads of Engineering and Technology met in July to give an update on the progress of engineering accreditation in their universities. The meeting chaired by Prof. Bernard Ikua, Principal, College of Engineering and Technology was last held in March this year. Jomo Kenyatta University reported that the programmes waiting to be accredited are Marine, Mining and Mineral processing engineering and they have hired four adjunct professors who are yet to report. Three adjunct professors are for their marine engineering programme.
Kenyatta University informed members that they have already submitted two programmes to EBK for accreditation. The programmes are Agricultural and Biosystems and Petroleum Engineering though they are still awaiting response from the regulator on Aerospace and Biomedical engineering.
Dedan Kimathi University of Technology have their engineering programmes such as Mechanical, Civil, Electrical/Electronic and Mechanical engineering accredited. According to the Dean, Dr Jean Bosco they are seeking information on introducing a Bachelor of Education in Technology programme.
On the other hand, University of Nairobi is awaiting EBK’s approval of its Petroleum engineering course while its Biosystems engineering is already accredited. Prof. Mbuthia noted that they intend to open a constituent college in Naivasha to be a center for oil and gas.
Moi University also has all its programmes approved and accredited. Meanwhile, University of Eldoret recruited five adjunct professors and is in the process of updating their Form 3A while awaiting accreditation visit. Eldoret will receive some equipment in August.
Egerton University has submitted one programme to EBK (Mechanical and Manufacturing) and Instrumentation and Control programme was being processed. Masinde Muliro University held a successful validation of the facilities in May 22, 2016 with EBK and is waiting for the regulator’s preliminary report. The programmes to be accredited include: Civil and Structural, Electrical and Communication, and Mechanical and Industrial engineering. Recently, Masinde received thematic leaders and engineering equipments at a cost of KES100m.
Multi Media University is working on four programmes but would start with Mechanical and Manufacturing, Civil and Electrical/Electronic engineering programmes being accredited.
Additionally, the Deans mentioned that there is need for the Universities to partner with National Industrial Training Authority (NITA) in a bid to curb the challenge of students getting attachments. In his remarks, Eng. Nzomo said that he had invited the Authority to his school to mentor students and create awareness of engineering opportunities.
The Deans agreed that the venues for the meetings would be held in the member Universities on rotational basis.