Technical University of Kenya has maintained that it continues to make reference to Engineers Board of Kenya (EBK) regulations whenever they seek to introduce new engineering programs. The university has been on an evaluation process on its engineering programmes by the industry regulator to verify if the university has met all required regulations.
In an interview with Kenya Engineer, TUK VC, Prof Francis Aduol said “Accreditation of our engineering programmes has been before EBK for one year now after submitting three programmes which are electrical and electronic, mechanical engineering and civil engineering. Aeronautical engineering was being processed.”
The process of seeking accreditation of the engineering programs started at the university earnest in 2009 with the defunct ERB, when the Polytechnic University College presented the Electrical and Electronic Engineering curriculum review.
The issues presented by EBK to the university include program design, content, staff facilities and infrastructure. In 2015, the institution was warned by EBK against admitting first year students to its engineering faculty and if they do they would risk a five year jail term if they do not suspend the unaccredited courses.
Prof. Aduol agrees that the regulator has the right to look into a curriculum, staff or other necessary requirements and give approval on whether they are on the right track or not of the accreditation process. He adds that it should be a matter discussed with the university on its progress and there should be collaboration between the university and the professional body to agree on how all these things can be remedied.
He also observed that the number of engineers universities are producing is still very low compared to the engineers holding degrees who are about 10,000. “As we focus on Vision 2030, we should be focusing on having a range of 25,000-30,000 engineers in the country if only we keep the right standards required for Vision 2030. If not we will continue to have people with only papers but lack the practical understanding of what engineering entails and whatit offers,” Prof Aduol reiterated.