Engineers Board of Kenya (EBK) has accredited engineering and technology courses at Kenyatta University. The programmes accredited include mechanical engineering, electrical and electronic and civil engineering. One of the pivotal elements considered in the process of accreditation is the requirement that programmes meet the requisite standard and continuously improve the quality of education provided.
This successful process will see engineering graduates from the University undertake different roles in industrial development in country’s attainment of development goals and realization of Kenya Vision 2030. The School of Engineering and Technology has put up a fully fledged complex which houses lecture halls, laboratories, workshops and office administration. The workshops are well equipped with electrical and electronic and civil engineering laboratories. The university intends to construct a new civil engineering workshop for soil mechanics, concrete, water and highway engineering.
This development follows after Technical University of Kenya was rejected by the Board after claims that some of their courses are not accredited. The courses not accredited in the engineering undergraduate degree courses are civil, mechanical, electrical and chemical engineering. This has led to disappointment among students who already had placements in the university to pursue engineering courses while others had to put a hold on their studies after being listed among institutions that are not certified to offer engineering courses.
In July 2015, the industry regulator failed to register Masinde Muliro University engineering courses after its curriculum failed to suit the board’s requirements to register the courses. In EBK justification, for an engineering course to registered, a university offering the programmes should have at least three registered thematic leaders who should lead the department as lecturers.
Further, the board has gone ahead and published a list of universities that have accredited programs which comprises of University of Nairobi, Moi University, Jomo Kenyatta, Egerton University, Dedan Kimathi and Kenyatta University.
Other universities awaiting accreditation are Multi Media, Masinde Muliro and Technical University of Mombasa. The mandate of the board as per the Engineer’s Act 2011 is to approve and accredit programmes at tertiary institutions. It also licenses all engineering graduates to practice in Kenya.