TU-K Leads Africa in TVET Programmes
TU-K remains the most attractive University to students taking Diploma and Bachelor of Technology programmes in Africa because of the smooth progression style in which the programmes have been designed.
Addressing First Year students and separately the parents who had accompanied their children to register, the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Francis Aduol said that in Africa, TU-K was the only university teaching technical and vocational disciplines.
He added that this status has given the university an edge in producing world-class technicians and technologists who were now shaping the industrial market in the fields of electrical and electronic engineering, mechanical engineering, health science, the built environment, hospitality and tourism.
‘‘Previously I thought we were second in Africa after one Ibadan Technical University of Nigeria, but after further scrutiny, I discovered the university existed online. It never physically existed,’’ Prof. Aduol said.
He said the Diploma programmes were made flexible and students completed their studies within a period of three years, after which they proceeded to do a degree of Bachelor of Technology programme, also completing within two years.
‘‘Our diploma programmes are the most popular because they are marketable, practical-oriented and students taking this programmes were the most disciplined in the whole university’’, he said.
The Bachelor of Technology programme which he said took a student’s four years to complete devotes two-thirds of the academic training to practical lessons and all the university programmes were incorporated with technology. These professionals are most likely to work in sectors such as construction, manufacturing, product design, testing and technical services.
He said the university had excellent and well equipped workshops and highly qualified faculty, adding that currently the university had the most compliments of professors and PhDs now standing at 40 and 170 respectively.
‘‘When I joined here, there was only one PhD lecturer but the number has now grown. These are the people who will be moulding your children,’’ The VC said.
He asked the students to be responsible and take their studies seriously. He told parents that since his tenure, the University has had only two student strikes assuring them that their children will learn peacefully.
On his part, the Deputy Chancellor in-charge of Academics, Research and Student Affairs, Prof. Paul Shiundu asked the parents to work together with the University in order address students’ challenges.
He said while students were expected to progress smoothly their academic endeavours, some got discontinued due to failure to measure up to the expected academic requirements due to bad company, drug abuse and betting.
If your son came here for a four-year degree programme, the expectation as a parent is that he will graduate. However this is not always the case as some end up engaging in drugs and dropping out of university.
He said some students were committing money meant for fees to betting and when they lost, they committed suicide. He asked the parents to regularly visit the relevant faculty deans to know the progress of their children. He however noted that the University had set up programmes to sensitize students about the effects of drug abuse, betting, HIV/AIDS, STI/STDs.