Take TUM to the people, urge MPs Mwashetani, Dori
Two MPs have described Technical University of Mombasa as the university with potential of attracting students from the country should there be aggressive efforts to ‘take it to the people.’
Lungalunga and Msambweni MPs Khatib Mwashetani and Suleiman Dori did not mince words when they urged the top management to focus more on on efforts of creating public awareness about the university.
The legislators held lengthy discussions with Acting Vice Chancellor Prof Laila Abubakar, Deputy Vice Chancellors Prof Joseph Rasowo (AFP) and Prof Raphael Mutuku (ARE) last week when they pledged assistance for Kwale campus.
Mwashetani and Dori pledged to donate Sh 5 million each for hostels at Kwale Campus upon signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the CDF committees of the two constituencies.
“TUM is the only university domiciled in Mombasa. This is, therefore, the only university that can pull students from all corners of the country if efforts are made to make the public aware,” said Mwashetani.
The parliamentarians recommended enhancement of outreach programs like open days, career talks to secondary schools particularly in Coast region as well as erection of billboards within Mombasa town to boost publicity.
Said Dori: “We are ready to partner with TUM so that we help shed the ‘poly’ tag. I was surprised when a sister declined my sponsorship to TUM saying she would not join a poly. This shows she might not have been aware TUM is now a university.”
Prof Laila who hailed the assistance gesture from the two leaders pledged to address the issues raised.