Press Statement on Status of Engineering Programmes Offered at T-UK
The Technical University of Kenya (TU-K) was awarded charter on January 15th, 2013 following a series of processes of upgrading the then Kenya Polytechnic University College (then a Constituent College of the University of Nairobi) to a fully-fledged university status. TU-K seeks to make a difference in the education and training of competent manpower for the public and private sector in Kenya in particular and the East Africa region in general. The university aspires to produce graduates with requisite engineering and technological skills to translate concepts and designs into practical products and services, hence our motto Education and Training for the Real World. To achieve this goal, TU-K is making every effort to work with professional and regulatory bodies to ensure its diploma and degree programmes are properly approved and accredited as well as highly valued by stakeholders.
MISLEADING MEDIA REPORTS
Our attention has been drawn to the recent media reports concerning professional accreditation of engineering programmes by the Engineers Board of Kenya (EBK). In particular, we wish to focus on those that appeared in the dailies on 17'h and 19th July 2015.
Specifically with respect to engineering programmes offered at TU-K, any negative inference or conclusion that could be made from these reports would be grossly inaccurate and highly misleading. We respect EBK's role and we have taken steps since 2009 to address various issues raised by EBK towards the accreditation of engineering programmes offered at TU-K. Predictably, the omission of any reference to the progression of accreditation of our programmes, has regrettably caused unnecessary public anguish and frustration especially among the students, parents and sponsors.
In an attempt to provide current status of the accreditation process of the engineering programmes in universities and colleges in Kenya, the media advertisement and articles failed to highlight the efforts TU-K, has so far made towards complying with EBK's accreditation requirements.
THE FACTS AS THEY ARE
We therefore wish to correct this erroneous picture by making the following observations:-
- As required by the Universities Act 2012, engineering programmes offered at TU-K were approved by the University Senate and the Commission for University Education of Kenya (http://www.cue.or.ke) after a thorough review process. The courses are: Aeronautical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical & Electronics Engineering and Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering. It should be emphasised that the majority of students in the programmes are government sponsored.
- The Faculty of Engineering Sciences and Technology at TU-K has one of the largest enrolment of engineering students in Kenya and continuing from its predecessor institutions (Kenya Polytechnic and Kenya Polytechnic University College), has been extremely successful in conducting professional engineering courses. Hence before the formation of EBK in 2011, The Kenya Polytechnic University College had in fact in 2009 already submitted its first engineering degree programme (B. Engineering in Electrical and Electronic Engineering) to its predecessor the Engineers Registration Board (ERB) for consideration.
- Shortly thereafter, both institutions were in transition with ERB transforming into Engineers Board of Kenya (EBK) and Kenya Polytechnic University College seeking to become a fully-fledged university. After becoming a fully-fledged university in 2013, and with the new Commission for University Education (CUE) - approved engineering curricula, TU-K started the process of seeking accreditation afresh.
- Since then, there has been continuous correspondence between the two parties over the curricula already submitted for consideration. The latest re-submission of curricular to EBK took place in January 2015 after paying KSh. 300,000 for every programme presented for review and accreditation. For the programmes re-submitted in January 2015, the response was received by TU-Kon 13th July 2015, where EBK highlighted issues they wished addressed on three programmes, namely; Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering before they could grant accreditation. In their response, there was no mention of the other two programmes namely Aeronautical Engineering and Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
In the same correspondence also, there was a proposal for a meeting between the university and EBK in order to chart the way forward, which is yetto take place.
TU-K is committed to offering programmes that are world-class and which meet necessary regulatory requirements. We wish to request all stakeholders involved in this process to provide the necessary support and in particular avoid issuing statements that may cause unnecessary tension and anxiety among innocent students.
We appeal for calm among students, parents and sponsors as we engage the relevant institutions to settle the matter once and for all. They should all ignore the negative impression created over our programmes.
Prof. Dr.-lng. Francis W. O . Aduol