Kenya Maritime Authority (KMA) has given recommendations aimed at improving Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering course after finalizing week-long audit of the course.
The recommendation are essential in fine-tuning and ensuring the programme offered in the Department of Marine Engineering and Maritime Operations, meets the stipulated international convention on standards of training, certification and watch keeping for seafarers (STCW), 1978 as amended.
This was revealed during the closing of the audit meeting on Thursday, November 25, 2021 where KMA officials interacted with students and staff as well as the curriculum.
Addressing the staff during the meeting, the team leader, Eng. Erick Misoka, a KMA Marine officer lauded the Department’s cooperation noting the willingness of the staffs in availing necessary documentation and the requisite information concerning students’ coursework was important in ensuring a smooth audit exercise.
“I want to thank the department for tireless effort in making the whole process run smoothly without any hitches,” Eng. Misoka asserted.
The scope of the audit revolved around the review of the revised syllabus, inspection of the training facilities, the availability of learning resources and the state of the quality management system.
On the syllabus and its delivery, the team leader said it was comprehensive. He requested for additional time for the team to go through and ensure all the requisite competencies that are highlighted in the STCW 1978 as amended are adequately covered.
Eng. Misoka commended the University for providing the students with vital equipment in the workshops and laboratories which he noted are quite elaborate. He further noted that KMA was willing to provide technical assistance in availing more critical resources which will be essential for students’ practice and overall knowledge.
He also emphasized the importance of incorporating videos in teaching to give students a feel of real- life scenarios at sea which would be important for them in appreciating the importance of real time practices which are crucial for their future careers as Marine Engineers.
“As KMA we have committed to building capacity of learning institutions as you provide us with the workforce. We need to build core competencies to ensure the students once they are through with their studies they can effectively undertake various roles on a ship,” Eng. Misoka noted.
On his part, the Deputy Registrar (Admission), Dr. Aggrey Wanyama speaking on behalf of Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Prof. Robert Kinyua noted the significance of the institutions of higher learning in interacting with professionals saying audit and inspection ensures programmes meet the requisite quality standards.
Chairman, Department of Marine Engineering and Maritime Operations, Dr. Christiaan Adenya, appreciated that the audit and inspection was an eye opener on the areas that needed to be improved, adding the department is committed to ensure students get the best in terms of quality standards of training.
“As a University and especially the department, we believe in providing high quality programmes to our students,” Dr. Adenya asserted.
Also present included the Acting Dean, School of Mechanical, Manufacturing and Materials Engineering (SOMMME), Dr. Onesmus Muvengei and KMA Marine Officer, Eng. Julius Koech.