By Eng Stephen Rukaria, Chief Principal, The Meru National Polytechnic
Welcome to The Meru National Polytechnic. As an institution, we are determined to be an international centre of excellence in technical and vocational education and training (TVET).
We produce dependable and skilled human resource for commerce and industry. Our aim is to develop manpower that is equipped with the skills, competencies and techniques required by the industry. This way, the polytechnic contributes immensely towards the process of realisation of Kenya’s Vision 2030 as a social pillar that the nation requires in its development agenda.
We encourage applications for admission to our courses. At The Meru National Polytechnic, you will experience top-notch training and technology transfer.
Currently, the World Bank is financing the establishment and implementation of an East Africa Skills for Transformation and Regional Integration Project (EASTRIP), which involves three East African countries along the Northern Transport Corridor. They are Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania.
The World Bank competitively picked The Meru National Polytechnic as a regional flagship TVET institution for EASTRIP in Building and Construction Technology.
The Meru National Polytechnic Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) contains the following sub-components:
- Strengthening governance and management by developing the polytechnic strategic plan 2019-2023 to include SIP activities and implementation matrix; training council members and top management on TVET leadership skills; benchmarking with institutions with internationally recognised best practices in TVET leadership and CBET curriculum delivery; upgrading the polytechnic MIS for efficient delivery of services; and procuring of project vehicles to support logistics.
- Institutionalising industry linkages by signing MoUs with identified sector players for students and staff attachments; signing contracts with some identified sector industry experts for cooperative teaching (part-time); and signing MoUs for employment of trainees after graduation.
- Developing market-relevant and competency-based training programmes by conducting training needs assessment (TNA) in the programme area by establishing sector skills advisory committees (SSACs) and developing occupational standards (OS) through SSACs; developing the curriculum through the SSACs and have it accredited; and having the polytechnic approved as an assessment centre.
- Training of school managers and teachers by conducting a TNA for teachers and school managers; and procuring and signing training agreements with providers.
- Upgrading key training facilities and equipment by procuring consultancy services for designs, bill of quantities and supervision of building infrastructure; procuring and signing contracts for building infrastructure works; procuring consultancy services for development of equipment specifications; procuring and signing contracts for supply and delivery of equipment; contracting NEMA (National Environmental Management Authority) to conduct an environmental impact assessment; and appointing social issues safeguards focal person to ensure such matters are addressed accordingly.
- Outreaching and supporting non-project national TVET by identifying non-project national TVET institutions for outreach and signing of MoUs for collaboration; building the capacity of staff (trainers); and providing vertical articulation for students.
On completion, the centre of excellence shall offer courses geared towards post-modern building and construction technologies. Students in East Africa are encouraged to apply.
How to Apply
Note: Our intakes are in January, May and September. Kindly apply at least 15 days before the start of the semester/term. For more information, click here.
The Meru National Polytechnic is located in Meru town, the headquarters of Meru County, on the eastern part of Kenya. The climate is cool and sunny.