The 3rd Graduation Ceremony of Technical University of Mombasa (TUM) on Thursday 3rd December 2015 was marked with pomp and color as the institution saw a record of 1737 students graduate with various certificates, Diplomas, undergraduate Degrees, and Masters Degrees.
Among the graduands were 7 Masters Degrees, 304 Degrees, 28 Higher Diplomas, 1048 Diplomas and 350 Certificates.
In his speech TUM chancellor Professor Douglas Odhiambo who presided over the graduation ceremony called on the university management to continue taking advantage of the University’s location and commended the University for mounting market driven programmes relevant to the region. “Venturing in Marine Science and Engineering programmes is timely and very appropriate. I wish to remind you that this is one of the crucial pillars for national development.” noted Prof. Odhiambo.
The Council Chairman Dr Linus Ettyang revealed that collaborations with like-minded partners were ongoing at the institution. He explained that the Partnership between the institution and the Kenya Maritime Authority has given the University mandate to offer marine related courses that are successfully running using state of the art facility and equipment.
“I am very encouraged by the robust and varied stakeholder approach of this university that continues to promote collaboration and coordination between itself and other institutions. I do acknowledge the efforts that have continued to be made in networking with industry, the technical community and other institutions. I am proud that the Technical University of Mombasa has continued to provide the best practices that are likely to draw the attention of other academic institutions.” Dr. Ettyang added.
The Vice Chancellor Prof. Josphat K.Z Mwatelah said the university has partnered with institutions of like minds to be able to share available resources, at both local and international levels. Prof. Mwatelah highlighted that this year TUM has signed MoU’s with Cairo and Alexandria Universities in Egypt, University of Ghent in Belgium to establish the first School of Medicine in the coastal region.
Prof. Mwatellah reiterated that the university is successfully currently running 149 programmes; 3 PhD, 10 Masters, 30 Undergraduate, 2 Higher Diplomas, 46 Diplomas, 28 Certificates and 30 Short courses.
“We plan to introduce 3 PhD, 9 Masters, 6 undergraduates, 3 Diplomas and 1 Certificate at TUM. This will enable us to create more opportunities for citizens to access higher education at TUM.” Prof. Mwatelah revealed.
The vice Chancellor commended the graduates for a job well done and advised them to continue working hard and maintain high standards of discipline and coexistence. “Do take note that success in life has nothing to do with what you gain or accomplish for yourself, but what you do for others. We have our eyes on you and similarly. Our nation and hence the world has eyes on you. Be our ambassadors and always represent us well.” Prof. Mwatelah Concluded.
Mombasa County woman representative Mishi Mboko hailed TUM for remarkable steps towards development of new Programmes in Marine Engineering. She promised Prof. Mwatelah that next year, she will use a bigger percentage of the 28Million affirmative action and social development kit to assist bright students from poor families to access higher education.