As the year 2017 hit a homestretch last month, it was yet another time of reckoning for institutions and various business entities in the coastal region. The prestigious Mombasa Business Awards was here yet again, to give recognition in its fourth edition, to some of the best performing institutions and businesses at the Kenyan Coast. And here comes the spoiler alert; Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Mombasa Campus was crowned for the second consecutive year, as the Most Preferred Training Institution in the coastal region.
The event, staged at the Wild Waters in Mombasa, was presided over by the Indian High Commissioner to Kenya, Mrs. Suchitra Durai. The highly competitive annual event involves public participation and is supported by several industry partners, headed by the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI). Its main aim is to recognize and reward excellence across all sectors of business in Mombasa County. Other than learning institutions, the Business Awards 2017 had a total of 20 categories among them; the Most Preferred Training Institution, SACCO of The Year award, Most Preferred Banking Institution, Outstanding Community Service, Best Service in Tourism & Hospitality, Most Preferred Transport Company, The Most Preferred Micro Finance Institution among others.
The JKUAT Mombasa Campus was voted best in a category that comprised five other Higher Learning Institutions such as University of Nairobi, Moi University, Technical University of Mombasa among others. While receiving the award, the Mombasa Campus Director, Dr. Fridah Simbah opined that the victory is a vote of confidence on the quality academic delivery by the Campus.
“This is a testimony to the efficient and quality training in our institution. At JKUAT Mombasa Campus we not only focus on impacting knowledge to our students but go an extra mile to ensure they are ready for the corporate world and can positively impact the society,” she added.
The Mombasa Campus offers Undergraduate programmes, Postgraduate programmes, short Executive Courses, Diploma and Certificate programmes. To spice its basketful of accolades, it also hosts the Africa’s Maritime Technology Co-operation Centre (MTTC Africa). In the 30th Graduation Ceremony held last year where a total of 4,131 were conferred with degrees and awarded diplomas, Mombasa Campus graduated a total of 11 Doctorate Degrees out of the total 55, 45 Masters Degrees, 79 bachelors, 21 Diplomas and 40 certificate holders.
It would be an exercise in futility trying to refute that the JKUAT Mombasa Campus is on an unstoppable upward voyage towards becoming an academic superpower beyond just the Coast, but in the nation as a whole, then the region, and ultimately the world will be theirs for the taking. In keeping with JKUAT spirit and mantra, they are indeed Setting Trends in Higher Education, Research and Innovation.