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Now that Kenya Polytechnic has become a University College, are you going to do away with certificate, diploma and higher national diploma courses?

The Kenya Polytechnic, through a Presidential Legal Order, was converted to The Kenya Polytechnic University College to offer degree courses in science and technology, while retaining its certificate and diploma courses.  Higher national diploma courses were however discontinued to enable those who had acquired their diplomas to be able to pursue degree courses thereafter. This makes the KPUC a unique institution that provides post secondary technological, professional and scientific education and training upto and including degree level.

When Kenya Polytechnic University College becomes a fully fledged University; will it change its name?

The institution is to become a fully fledged University by 2012. Stake holders will therefore be asked to give suggestions on a suitable name for the institution that will reflect the polytechnicness of the technological university whose graduates will have hands-on quality and innovative technological education and training to the highest level that will meet the needs of industry and will be easily absorbed in the job market. This will make the institution a top rated technological university globally.

Which courses do you offer?

We have various courses ranging from certificate, diploma and degree courses. These are offered on regular and part-time basis. We also offer short courses. These courses can be found in our prospectus which outlines the courses offered and can also be downloaded from the website as well.

Where does one get application forms for the various courses offered?

Application forms are available at the admission office. They can also be obtained from newspapers whenever the courses are advertised or can be downloaded from the KPUC website.

How much fees does the institution charge for the various courses that are on offer?

The fees structure is available at the admissions office. Being a public institution, the fees and levies charged are very minimal.

Are there any bursaries or scholarships available for needy students who are unable to raise all the required fees?

We give part scholarships to bright and deserving students who come from poor backgrounds and are unable to raise all the required fees.  These are considered on a case-by- case basis.

Can the entry marks for admissions to these courses be lowered to accommodate those with lower marks?

Students who are admitted to pursue degree courses are competitively selected by the Joint Admission Board. The College does its own selection for certificate and diploma students but adheres strictly to the laid down admission guidelines in order to give quality training and therefore cannot compromise on this.

What is the student population?

Currently we have 9252 students. Out of these, 5116 are regular students while 4136 are part time students. Out of the total number, 3029 are females while 6223 are males. The number of part time students normally increases during college recess.

Do you have enough accommodation for all the students?

Plans are underway to expand the existing hostels to accommodate more students. There are other private hostels within close proximity to the College that we refer students who we cannot accommodate.

Why do the diplomas offered at KPUC take a longer period to complete as compared to other institutions?

Most institutions offer some kind of diploma training to their students. At Kenya Polytechnic University College, we believe in giving quality education and training. Currently our diplomas take three years to complete because they are more hands on and intensive in details and expansive in scope and therefore students who acquire diplomas from KPUC are better trained and more technically equipped to offer solutions to the ever growing and dynamic industry when they complete their courses. This makes our diploma students more marketable than those from other institutions.

Can students who have done diplomas/ higher national diplomas be given exemptions in certain course units when they enroll for the degree programmes?

Yes. Those with ordinary diplomas can be given exemptions to pursue a degree course in the same field by joining in the 3rd year of specific degree programmes. Those with higher national diplomas can complete their degree course in four semesters.

How long does it take for certificates to be ready after the release of examination results?

The certificates should be ready for collection as soon as the students graduate, however those who graduated two years ago have had to wait longer due to the change of status of the institution from a National Polytechnic to a University College. This necessitated the re-designing of the certificates in new templates to reflect the new status of the institution. The new certificates are now available for collection.

Can the examinations results be accessed through the website?

Currently one cannot access the results on the web; however this will be made possible by the acquisition of a modern MIS. The procurement process has begun.

. When will the website be made interactive?

Plans are at an advanced stage to make the website interactive. This feature will be available very soon.

Why is it that the current prospectus and website do not capture all the courses that are on offer?

The prospectus is published once every year and there are some courses that are introduced within the cause of the year and therefore can only be captured when the next prospectus is published. As for the website, plans are underway to have an ICT policy in place and acquisition of a modern MIS which will help address all the website related issues.

Can those who graduate with a Bachelor of Engineering from KPUC be registered by the Engineers Board of Kenya?

Yes. The institution has established a policy to have all the courses that are offered at the institution evaluated by various accreditation bodies. This is done by sending the various curricular to the boards for accreditation.

How can one access e-journals from the library?

E-journals are stored in the main server and one can access them from any of the terminals within the computer labs. This is due to limited space within the Library

How can one access the catalogues from the library?

One can access the catalogues at the circulation desk. 

Does the institution have wireless internet connectivity hotspots?

yes we have wireless access point in the compound.

How come students pay attachment fees and yet have to work hard to get a placement?

The college appreciates the effort and part played by students in securing a place especially of their choice. With the diversity of courses and stretch of locations where our students come from, we avoid forcing our students to take our sourced places as each attaché is allowed to take offers that best suit them in terms of location and industry of interest. It is to be realized that these attachment places do exist within the companies around us and students are at liberty to pick their attachment choice. In some cases a number of places are sourced through the office and the schools. The fee charged to students while going for attachment though little is meant to enable the college manage the supervision.

Is it possible to be placed in an attachment place of one’s choice?

The college has never barred anyone from taking a placement sourced by self or requested by a student as we believe each organization has something to offer to the students; however it is mostly recommended that students should avoid taking placement for the sake of passing time. The organization where the attaché is placed must show evidence of guiding the attaché to be hands on person.

Is it mandatory to be placed for attachment?

In the old KNEC syllabus not all programmes demanded placement. However, on becoming a degree awarding college and eventually a University of Technology, it will be mandatory for all technology based programs to show evidence of work exposure before one graduates hence the need for supervised practical training.

If one gets a placing outside Kenya can she / he be disadvantaged?

Yes. It must be noted that our attachment goes with supervision both from within the organization and also from the college. An attaché is expected to be visited at least once and also assessed by their lectures. In these circumstances, we may need to address each case on its own merit when it arises and students are advised to consult with their ILO before taking such offers.

If one has an insurance cover, can that suffice for the purpose of industrial attachment?

This is an industry requirement that we ensure that the students are insured against accidents. Our offer is through a Group Personal Accident cover which is pre-arranged and students are asked to pay for before reporting for attachment. However where a student has shown evidence that she / he has an Accident Cover, the college gives exemption from the group cover.

If one has an insurance cover, can that suffice for the purpose of industrial attachment?

This is an industry requirement that we ensure that the students are insured against accidents. Our offer is through a Group Personal Accident cover which is pre-arranged and students are asked to pay for before reporting for attachment. However where a student has shown evidence that she / he has an Accident Cover, the college gives exemption from the group cover.

. If one does not get a place can she / he get post attachment?

This is an arrangement that can be agreed upon between the student and the school’s ILO, provided that the student manages to secure a place for attachment. The College has always accommodated this arrangement as it appreciates that not all the students can get placing at the same time and has fully supported the attaché during this period including arranging for the insurance cover.

Can a student accept payment while on attachment?

The college always emphasizes that attachment placements are not paid services, however there are a number of organizations that give a token payment to compensate students fare or out of pocket expenses, and the College has no objection to this.

. Does the institution assist students who have finished their courses to get jobs?

We normally keep the contact of students who have finished and avail them to prospective employers.

How have you managed to stop students’ unrest that was quite rampant in the past?

As an institution we believe communication and dialogue with students is key to a harmonious co-existence. Any issues raised by students are channeled to the administration and prompt intervention measures taken to avert any crisis. We pride ourselves in giving an ideal learning atmosphere to our students.

What are the prospects of getting employment in the institution?

The institution is an equal opportunity employer and all vacant posts are advertised in the local dailies as well as on the website and are competitively filled.

Do you have halls available for hire?

Halls for hire are available upon giving a 14 days’ notice.

How safe are the hostels?

We have 24 hr. security surveillance in both the women and men hostels.

What recreational activities are available in the College?

At the establishment of the institution, sporting facilities were never provided for. However with the growth of the institution, it has become necessary to have sports incorporated as extracurricular activities. Currently the College hires various sports fields for students to conduct sporting activities. The students participate in local leagues in football, hockey, volleyball, basketball and many more.   Plans are in progress in liaison with the Ministry of Higher Education to acquire sports grounds for the College.

How does one qualify to be a supplier/contractor for KPUC?

This is done through an open tendering system. Tenders are advertised in the newspapers and a prequalification exercise conducted to vet the applicants. The successful applicants are awarded the contract that runs for one financial year.

How accessible is the Principal?

The Principal is always available to students, members of staff and other stake holders who seek an appointment to see him.