IEK action over quality of courses earns marks for Kenyan engineers

By: JAMES KARIUKI

The engineers’ body says Kenyan engineers’ dreams of reaping big from cross-border practice are at risk if universities are allowed to run programmes without supervision.

Institution of Engineers of Kenya (IEK)’s chairman Reuben Kosgei claimed stringent measures by the body had ensured Kenyan engineers were recognised in East Africa and globally.

The measures saw hundreds of engineering graduates denied registration.

“There is a lot of infrastructural developments going around East Africa and we agreed with our sister registration bodies that the curriculum to be taught in universities must be streamlined to ensure we maintain similar standards and Kenya is not an exception,” he said.

Mr Kosgei said IEK must regularly scrutinise the training curriculum for engineering programmes offered by all universities.

This is to ensure compliance thereby helping maintain high standards in the engineering profession.

The IEK chairman said hundreds of graduates from Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, who had been denied registration, could now be registered.

He said IEK and the university authorities had ironed out their differences, which will see students who had already graduated return to school to undertake the units that had been omitted.

“We have also approved its three degree programmes after we advised the university authorities on the key changes that needed to be made for the three courses to be validated,” he said.

Mr Kosgei said IEK had also approved Kenyatta University as a training centre for engineers after its courses were subjected to rigorous scrutiny.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION