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Message from the Principal

Prof. Francis W. O Aduol

It is with great pleasure that I introduce to you the Kenya Polytechnic University College, the premier institution of technology and innovation in this region. Since its establishment in 1961, the College has consistently provided top quality education and training to students not only from Kenya but also from all around the world. The College has therefore played a central role in the development of the region.

The Kenya Polytechnic University College is located in the Central Business District of Nairobi, the Capital City of Kenya. This unique location gives students and other stake-holders easy access to the institution. Moreover, by its location in Nairobi, which is the foremost industrialised city in the eastern African region, the students of the College have direct access to the widest industrial activities in this region during their training.

The strength of our graduates lies in their ability to practically apply the technical skills acquired through the training to address the challenges of development of their respective countries by providing solutions through innovation. The versatility of our graduates is attested to by the continued demand and ready acceptance by the industry and employment market.

The College currently comprises nine Schools and two Centres serviced by a well equipped and modern Library. The Schools are well staffed and boast cutting edge laboratory equipment to offer top quality training and research in all areas of development ranging from human resource, infrastructure, policy to technology. These are the Schools of Applied Sciences and Technology, Engineering Science and Technology, Health Sciences and Technology, Architecture and the Built Environment, the Arts and Media Technology, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Business and Legal Studies and Liberal and Technology Studies. The two Centres that provide support services to the College are: the Centre for Entrepreneurship Innovation and Technology Transfer, which also offers training, and the Polytechnic Information and Communication Technology Centre (PolyICT).

Once a teacher, always a teacher. The Principal takes students through some lesson during his usual tour of the University College to find out how teaching is going on. The Kenya Polytechnic University College is in the top five largest institutions of higher learning in Kenya with a student population of over nine thousand, half of whom are privately sponsored while the other is sponsored by the Government of Kenya. The students are distributed into the nine Schools and study a wide range of specialized courses on offer. In addition, the College continues to offer its world renowned Diploma and Certificate Programmes, some of which are not available elsewhere in the region.

Since its inauguration as a University College, the institution has attracted considerable international interest. In its quest to be a top rated university of technology, the College organised an international conference in August 2009 to benefit from the experiences and strategies of some of the world’s best universities of technology. Speakers included academics and top administrators of institutions such as University of Stuttgart, Germany, Delf University in the Netherlands, Tswane University of Technology, South Africa and Politechnico de Milano, Italy. In February 2010, the College was honoured with a visit by the U.S. Undersecretary for Democracy and Global Affairs, H. E. Maria Otero, to discuss the role of the College in Science and Technology.

I trust that you will enjoy your studies while at the College in whichever field of study you might choose from the wide array of courses and programmes of study offered.

Prof. Francis W. O. Aduol