Industry stakeholders and academic scholars today converged at MMU to review regulations and curriculum for PhD and Master in Electrical and Electronics Engineering programmes.
Speaking during the official opening of the stakeholders meeting, MMU Vice Chancellor Amb. Prof. Festus Kaberia expressed confidence that the new programmes will be ready in time to allow admission of the first cohort during the September 2023 intake.
“As we all know, there is a big shortage of PhD holders in Kenya. The rate and numbers of postgraduate students being produced from Kenyan universities are inadequate to meet national needs that include increased number of universities, replacing an ageing faculty and the professional cadres required in government, private sector, international agencies and the NGO community,” said the VC.
He regretted that engineers and other scientists are forced to go outside Kenya to attend postgraduate courses adding that a locally run and well-designed postgraduate programme will help in upgrading technical knowledge and in coming up with local solutions to challenges the country faces.
In his remarks, Dean, the Faculty of Engineering and Technology Prof. Abel Mayaka said training at the postgraduate level will strengthen the university’s capacity building, research base and consultancy services.
He said that the purpose of stakeholders is to interrogate the need, relevance and quality in terms of the content of the proposed academic programmes.