Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology is committed to enhancing technical training in the country. Addressing participants during the MOU signing between MMUST and MTTI in Mombasa on Thursday, 17th March, 2016, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. FAO Otieno underscored the need to expand polytechnics to cater for industrialization.
The signing of the MoU between Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology and Mombasa Technical Training Institute is a shot in the arm for the dwindling number of technicians who are the main drivers of our economy and are expected to greatly benefit from the MoU.
Prof. James Kanyua, the Chairman, MTTI Board of Management reiterated the need to push all frontiers in search of new opportunities that are beneficial to the university and the local community in Mombasa. He welcomed the entry of MMUST, a TVET university into the coastal city and urged locals to be proactive and to embrace the partnership which is set to be a game-changer in the lives of the Mombasa people.
The Chief Principal, MTTI, Mrs. Mary Muthoka noted that the MoU will improve productivity and enhance career development of the MTTI students and staff as they will now have a chance to progress in their careers.
The MoU will see the two institutions undertake collaborative research activities and cooperate in teaching and learning, including mutual benchmarking to enhance provision of tertiary education in Kenya.
Prof. Otieno who was accompanied by a team of the academia from MMUST added that the partnership will promote entrepreneurial activities, thus improve employability of staff and students.
He termed the MoU as a win-win collaboration that will cover training and capacity building, research and publication and services to stakeholders. The first phase of the MoU targets the School of Public Health, Biomedical Sciences and Technology which will focus on curriculum harmonization in line with CUE regulations to ensure quality control.