The Engineers Board of Kenya (EBK) conducted an accreditation exercise for two engineering programmes – Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Mining and Mineral Processing Engineering, both offered at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Thursday, September, 2018.
The EBK Board members led by the Chairman, Eng. D. M. Wanjau and the Registrar/Chief Executive Officer Eng. Nicholas Musuni, were received by the University’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi.
During the meeting attended by the Engineering Faculty and the University Administration, Eng. Wanjau said, accreditation of engineering programmes is one of the key mandates of the Board which he said, was happy to be at JKUAT to continue the process it had started some years back.
He appreciated the University for maintaining the standards over the years, noting JKUAT had become a significant stakeholder in the training of engineers. “We will do what is required of us as a Board and we hope you will also do your part,” Eng. Wanjau said.
Eng. Wanjau stated that “Kenya Vision 2030 and Africa’s Agenda 2063 requires highly qualified personnel. As your regulator we can work together and provide the synergy required to propel the implementation of the knowledge, ideas and technologies to move our country forward.”
In her welcoming remarks, Prof. Ngumi informed the Board that “Engineering is one of the oldest areas of training offered by the institution before the department attained Faculty status and finally, as the College of Engineering and Technology (COETEC) with a number of highly competitive programmes.”
The Vice Chancellor further noted that “with the new developments in the country and particularly in the mining industry and the blue economy, JKUAT is eager to be a critical and active player in what is going on.”
Prof. Ngumi revealed that analysis conducted by the university had indicated the need for capacity building, hence COETEC came up with programmes to build capacity in the twin areas of mining and the blue economy. “We are eager to provide human resource and contribute to the development of the areas mentioned in order to support the country to achieve its development objectives,” said Prof. Ngumi.
“The country needs a lot of engineers in various sectors but we know they aren’t enough. We need more people to be trained and need more people to train to help the country,” said the Vice Chancellor.
As you engage with JKUAT faculty and students, we will be interested to hear from you where we have done well, as well as where we need to focus in order to improve and do even better, she added.
The Board Chair was accompanied by other board members who included Prof. Eng. Francis Gichaga, Eng. Julius Riungu, both urged the Faculty members to work towards gaining recognition as professional engineers and inspire the engineering students they train.
Other Board members present included: Prof. Eng. Bancy Mati, Eng. Aruna Patel, (representative of Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), Eng. Stanley Kamau, Mr. Charles Obiero (representative of the Principal Secretary, University Education), Eng. Stanley Kamau (National Treasury) among others.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Administration, Prof. Eng. Bernard Ikua, said “the University started engaging and working with EBK way back in 2010 when COETEC was exploring ways of addressing some of the challenges in the industry and we got a lot of support from EBK as a regulator.”
Prof. Ikua informed the Board that JKUAT continues to engage even the private sector such as KEPSA and KMA as part of the efforts to ensure the institution remains relevant as we supply the requisite human resource for the economy, while the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Prof. Robert Kinyua underscored the importance of the accreditation exercise to the university in ensuring it trains the appropriate human resource. He pledged to support COETEC’s aspirations to exceed expectations of all the stakeholders.
Acting Principal, COETEC, Dr. Hiram Nderitu outlined the rationale that informed the development of the Mining and Marine Engineering programmes to address the human resource gaps. The Engineers Board is expected to share the feedback of the accreditation exercise with the Vice Chancellor.