Technical University of Mombasa has finally joined the world’s renowned universities offering Engineering programmes after getting a clean bill of health from the Engineering Board of Kenya.
It was a dream come true when out of the total 2334 graduands, 268 were awarded diplomas and degrees in Electrical and Electronic, Civil and Mechanical Engineering in a November 24, 2016 grand graduation ceremony marked with pomp and colour.
EBK’s nod brought to a halt a stand-off between TUM and its parent-university Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology that steered off from graduating students from the off-shore institution after it was awarded charter by ex-president Mwai Kibaki in 2013.
Acting Vice Chancellor Professor Laila Abubakar, described the move as the ‘highest moment in the academic calendar year and a turning point towards realization of a dream after a long struggle’.
Chancellor Prof Douglas Odhiambo described the move as ‘a great achievement that brings a sigh of relief to the university stakeholders including students, staff, parents, guardians and the entire management’
In a speech read on his behalf by top education ministry official Charles Obiero, Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi hailed the move calling it ‘a milestone achievement.’
In her graduation speech, Prof Abubakar said the realization of the step forward guarantees smooth learning even as Prof Odhiambo received assurance from the council chair Dr Linus Ettyang that all the pending Engineering issues had been amicable resolved.
In 2014, the Engineering programmes stand-off led to strikes that led to closure of the university with some students moving to court to have orders to graduate under JKUAT.
It is on the dais, while Prof Odhiambo sought clarification from Dr Ettyang, when it emerged that some of the students who had moved to court had withdrawn the cases and would be included on the graduation.