TECHNICAL University of Mombasa has entered into a pact with the Kenya Maritime Authority creating a mutual beneficial relationship on Maritime Education and Training.
Acting Vice Chancellor Professor Laila Abubakar and KMA Acting Director General Cosmas Cherop on Monday signed the Memorandum of Understanding that would see the two institutions benefit from each other in the maritime sector.
New TUM Council chair Dr Kevit Desai led the varsity management and KMA board chair Ismael Mboya witnessed the signing of the MoU at the administration block conference hall.
The pact will see TUM provide maritime education and training while KMA will provide a hands-on-experience through its facilities.
Cherop said: “We are glad that we are further enhancing our ties that have been there so far. We acknowledge TUM as partners in the maritime sector.”
Other top officials from TUM included Deputy Vice Chancellors Prof Joseph Rasowo (AFP) and Professor Raphael Mutuku,Registrars Dr Kilungu Matata (AP) and Njihia Gichuhi (AA) Dean, Faculty of Engineering Prof Engineer Richard Onchiri among others.
KMA had board members Malika Omar and Prof Chenze Mwachiro as well haed of legal docket Jane Otieno and chief of Maritime Safety department Dave Muli.
Desai’s inaugural visit to TUM saw him chairing talks and rooting for stronger ties with other stakeholders drawn from Kemfri, Base Titanium and National Bank of Kenya represented by Harrison Ong’ada, Joan Kago and Maryam Mbaruk respectively.
“We are, indeed, going to establish linkages with the relevant industry to our curriculum through open discussions with our stakeholders to open up more research opportunities via partnerships,” said Desai.
KMFRI’s Harrison Ong’ada said TUM is strategically positioned to boost the blue economy initiative while NBK’s Coast Regional Manager Maryam Mbaruk said there were ready for financial partnership with the university.