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Background Information

Background Information

Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST) was declared a Technical University by the Government of Kenya in February 2015 and authorized to offer TVET programmes. It is from this background that MMUST in its strategic plan 2015/16 – 2019/20 and also in the 2019/20 – 2022/23 incorporated the establishment of TVET as a strategic issue with the following objectives:

  1. Establish and operationalize the TVET Institute
  2. Equip TVET workshops and laboratories
  3. Develop TVET programmes

The TVET unit was established in August 2015 and thereafter upgraded to a full Directorate by the University Senate in February 2017. A TVET Board comprising of nine (9) members of staff was also constituted by the Vice Chancellor and commissioned in April 2017. The Directorate of TVET runs under the Office of DVC, Planning Research and Innovation (DVC, PRI).

The TVET directorate took over all the Certificate and Diploma programmes which were previously under SOLACE. Currently the directorate coordinates 12 Certificate and 22 Diploma programmes. Out of these, 8 programmes (7 Diploma and 1 certificate) have been accredited by TVETA. The remaining programmes are in the process of accreditation and licensing.

Following the licensing of the 8 TVET programmes by the Technical Vocational Education and Training Authority (TVETA), Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology TVET Directorate was on January 2021 registered and licensed to operate as an institute by TVETA, under Section 20(1) of the TVET Act, 2013.

The TVET directorate also coordinates the learning of 6 Bachelor of Technology programmes that are accredited by the Commission of University Education (CUE).


The functions of the MMUST Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Institute are to;

  1. Develop competency based curricula at certificate, diploma and degree levels for processing by the university senate and TVETA;
  2. Transfer knowledge to students through teaching and learning activities;
  3. Process academic results for all the TVET programmes at all levels before onward submission to university senate;
  4. Promote TVET activities through workshops, seminars and conferences;
  5. Develop, implement and review policies, strategies, plans and procedures according to the TVETA guidelines;
  6. Build linkages between the institute, the industry and other TVET institutions locally and internationally
  7. Establish strong collaborations between the institute and MMUST Enterprises in developing new production ventures using the available resources in the university;
  8. Ensure quality standards in training highly skilled manpower for the country’s industrial needs;
  9. Promote culture of research and innovation in the TVET subsector;
  10. Undertake training needs assessment and surveys;
  11. Branding and marketing the TVET programmes;
  12. Establishing and maintaining TVET students’ database for the university;
  13. Carrying out tracer studies for our TVET graduates;
  14. Developing and managing appropriate channels and partners to meet changing stakeholders needs;
  15. Managing and disseminating content of research findings;
  16. Conducting stakeholder’s forum; and
  17. Offering community service.

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TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) 

Masinde Muliro University of Science & Technology,

P.O. Box, 190-50100, Kakamega, Kenya

  • dummy directortvet@mmust.ac.ke