Auditors from the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) have concluded a surveillance audit exercise to assess Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) adherence to the Quality Management System (ISO 9001:2015).
The audit team led by KEBS official, Florence Kisulu, conducted the audit at the Juja main campus for two days, commencing on Tuesday, February 28, and concluded on Thursday, March 1, 2023.
While giving an interim summary report to the university management, the auditors acknowledged the university management and staff for according them a conducive environment within which to carry out KEBS mandate.
Ms. Kisulu reported that her team engaged with JKUAT staff in various departments and sections, and noted areas where the institution had “done very well as well as a few areas of improvement.”
She further observed that “there was clear understanding from staff of what needed to be done and how it should be evaluated.”
During the closing session of the audit exercise, Ms. Kisulu informed university management that the final audit report will be released to the University Management.
The auditors were received during a brief ceremony attended by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi and her deputies; Prof. Bernard Ikua, who is also the Management Representative (MR), Prof. Robert Kinyua and Prof. Jackson Kwanza.
The auditors who included Cyrus Mwangi, Veronicah Kivengea and Tyson Onyango, informed the university management that beside the main campus, they had also conducted surveillance audits at JKUAT Kitale Campus and Nairobi CBD Campus.
In her remarks, the Vice Chancellor assured the auditors of the university’s commitment to the Quality Management Systems which she said, had enabled the university to register improved quality service delivery to its stakeholders.
Prof. Ngumi said, JKUAT was delighted to host the audit team, further underscoring the institution’s “readiness to embrace and implement any advice coming out of the surveillance audit.”
The Vice Chancellor reiterated the significance of the exercise in ensuring the university stayed its course in its engagement and service delivery to its stakeholders.
The Management Representative, Prof. Ikua, said, “The university was looking forward to continuos improvement and was receptive and the audit team was welcome to check the JKUAT systems and processes.”
The main objective of the KEBS audit was to determine the continued conformity of the University’s management system with the requirements of the ISO standards as well as possible areas of improvement of the management system