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Strathmore University seeks approval to start engineering school

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Strathmore University team testing the use of solar tricycles. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Strathmore University is considering the introduction of an engineering school in plans to increase its academic options.

The university said it is seeking approvals from the Commission of University Education and the Engineering Board of Kenya to establish the school that will bring the total number of undergraduate courses offered at the university to 14.

The private institution says it has already partnered with wind energy firm Kijito Power to develop a curriculum for the electrical engineering programme which will be the first to be offered when the university sets up the engineering school.

“Strathmore University starts projects based on feedback from the market. One of the areas that we have been really under pressure to start something is engineering,” said Strathmore Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Planning Edward Mungai at the launch of Strathmore University Foundation on Friday.

Engineering is one of the popular courses in Kenya, although universities have had run-ins with regulators on the quality of programmes.

There are 11,113 students enrolled in engineering in some of the institutions, including the University of Nairobi, Moi, Technical University of Kenya, Kenyatta and Egerton University.

The last major programme to be instituted at Strathmore was its Law School in 2012, which has about 600 students.

Strathmore also announced plans to build a hospital, a requirement for medical training.

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