Technical University of Mombasa

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Technical University of Mombasa (TUM) is a public Technical university Located in the coastal city of Mombasa, Kenya. It is one of the National Polytechnics recently elevated to a fully fledged University in Kenya. It encompasses the many benefits of a small University in the nation's Island city bordering the great Indian ocean.

TUM geography

For several decades the TUM has been offering technical education to students pursuing professional courses in the various fields of Engineering and Technology, Applied and Health Sciences and Business and Social Studies.

The TUM is famous for its hands on graduates with a touch of creativity and innovation.

Award of charter

Technical University of Mombasa was awarded a charter by His Excellency the President Hon. Mwai Kibaki. This makes it the first full fledged University in the coastal region and the 11th public university in the Republic of Kenya.

While awarding the Charter, His Excellency appointed Prof. Douglas Odhiambo as the first Chancellor of TUM. In his speech, The President said that the elevation of TUM to a University has followed the Universities Act of 2012 where there is a robust environment for growth and a level playing field has been created for all institutions of higher learning, public and private. There was need to ensure production of high human capital backbone as set in Kenya’s Vision 2030 alongside Kenya’s new constitution.

The President extolled the critical role played by technology, science and innovations in producing an able work force. He added that TUM has been elevated at a time when the country needs to produce adequately equipped persons to cope with the rapidly expanding global world. Speaking during the ceremony, the President acknowledged Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) for having mentored TUM as a constituent college. He said that TUM was expected to continue with the drive towards providing quality and innovative education. The President implored the University’s management to benchmark with other great universities, especially in TUMs area of specialization.

The Commission for University Education(CUE) Chair, Prof. Ezra Maritim said that its jurisdiction was to level the playing field for all universities. He lauded TUM as having programs with potential to see Kenya achieve its Vision 2030. In his remarks, he implored TUM to look into water related indigenous technologies and explore them.

As a Technical University, TUM has a mandate to offer technical and Vocational courses at certificate, diploma and higher diploma level. Thereafter, its students can proceed to acquire degrees in their areas of specialization. Thus there is no vacuum created for vocational students who would otherwise join polytechnics elsewhere.

The University College has three well established Faculties namely Faculty of Applied and Health Science, Faculty of Business and Social Studies and Faculty of Engineering and Technology. The Three Faculties have developed and rolled out new market driven degree programs in the three thematic areas while some other new programs shall be rolled out mid-this year. In total, the University College has 86 programs running all the way from Masters to certificate level while 57 new programs are planned to be launched this year. The University College has also continued to offer TVET programs alongside the other programs as provided in the Legal Order.


  •     Faculty Engineering and Technology
  •     Faculty Business and Social Studies
  •     Faculty Applied and Health Sciences


  •     Directorate of ITCS
  •     Directorate of IRIEEs
  •     Directorate of Quality Assurance
  •     Directorate of TUM Entreprises
  •     Directorate of Post Graduate Studies


  •     Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  •     Department of Computing and Information Technology
  •     Department of Building and Civil Engineering
  •     Department of Mechanical Engineering
  •     Department of Medical Engineering
  •     Department of Pure and Applied Sciences
  •     Department of Medical Sciences
  •     Department of Environmental and Health Sciences
  •     Department of Mathematics and Physics
  •     Department of Business Studies
  •     Department of Media and Graphic Design
  •     Department of Hospitality and Tourism
  •     Department of Liberal Studies and Community Development

Satelite Campuses

  •     Lamu Campus
  •     Ukunda Campus


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