KENET launched the 2015 Baseline Survey of Engineering Departments Report on 8th March, 2016 at the Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi. The launch was officiated by Dr. Fred Matiang’i, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Education Science and Technology.
This first baseline survey of engineering departments was conducted over a period of 14 months from November 2014 to January 2016 and collected data from the 12 public universities and 44 engineering departments that were offering engineering degree programs as of November 2014. The data collected covered a period of four Academic Years (AYs) from AY 2011/2012 to AY 2014/2015 and contains aggregated data on engineering student enrolment, engineering graduates at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels, the full-time and part-time engineering faculty and associated faculty-to-student ratios.
The launch was attended by Vice Chancellors of the 12 participating universities that offer engineering programs, deans of schools of engineering, members of the Special Interest Group on Engineering Education, the Commission for University Education, the Engineers Board of Kenya, Institutions for Engineers of Kenya, LIWA and other industry stakeholders.
Giving the keynote speech, Education Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i ordered the Commission for University Education to suspend issuing permits to Universities to expand their reach through satellite campuses. Matiang’i said the government has stepped in to rein in what he sees as out-of-control extension of campuses in different cities and towns in Kenya and neighbouring countries. “We cannot allow this madness to continue in the education sector. We must put a stop to it,” he said. He also appreciated the fact that as a result of the KENET initiative there now exists data to base funding decision on
According to Prof Meoli Kashorda the Executive Director of KENET and the Chairman of the Editorial Board of Kenya Engineer who presented the report this baseline survey of engineering departments of Kenyan universities was part of the e-readiness survey of universities research series (http://ereadiness.kenet.or.ke). The e-readiness of an educational community (e.g., a university or a school of engineering) is a diagnostic assessment of the overall potential of the community to use Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) to transform and enhance teaching, learning, research and innovation. The assessment is based on an e-readiness assessment framework that was developed by the researchers specifically for higher education institutions and universities in developing countries like Kenya. It is based on a set of 17 indicators that are staged on a scale of 1 (unprepared) to 4 (ready). The 17 indicators are in turn derived from over 90 sub-indicators.
The study showed that most undergraduate engineering students don’t pursue line courses at postgraduate level. Moreover, there were only 288 Masters and 35 PhD students enrolled in the AY 2014/2015, most of them in the three universities that had been offering engineering degree programs for at least 20 years (i.e., Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Moi University and the University of Nairobi).
For a detailed analysis of this report look out for the engineering education issue of Kenya Engineer .