Historical Background

Kenya Coast National Polytechnic (KCNP), formerly Mombasa Technical Training Institute (MTTI), is a public Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institution.  It was established in 1950; then called Coast Technical High School.  In 1958, it was renamed Technical High School of Mombasa.  Upon the introduction of the 8-4-4 system of education in 1984, it was elevated to a Technical Training Institute and renamed Mombasa Technical Training Institute.  In 2016, the institution acquired its National Polytechnic status through Kenya Coast National Polytechnic Order (2016) as published in the Legal Notice No. 88 and in conformity with the TVET Act No. 29 of 2013.


KCNP is managed by a Council which is appointed by the Cabinet Secretary of Education and the Chief Principal serves as the Secretary to the Council.

Enrolment and Staffing

We have seen tremendous growth in terms of courses offered and student enrolment; from an initial population of 23 students and 24 teaching staff in 1990 to over 7500 students and over 150 teaching staff presently.

Academic Programmes

The Polytechnic offers academic programmes spread across ten teaching departments; namely: Applied Sciences, Building and Civil Engineering, Business and Media Studies, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Fashion Design and Cosmetology, Hospitality and Tourism Management, ICT, Mechanical and Automotive Engineering, Medical Sciences and Secretarial and Liberal Studies.

Currently, we train at diploma, certificate and artisan levels as well as tailor-made short courses. Our hands-on training has ensured that our graduates acquire the necessary skills and competencies as required by the industry, leading to their absorption in the job market.

Equipment and Facilities

Through the support of the Government of Kenya, the Polytechnic is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment in Engineering, Hospitality, Fashion Design, Cosmetology as well as ICT.

MVITA FM 106.2 Kenya Coast Poly Radio Station

The Polytechnic is on the airwaves broadcasting in Mombasa via Mvita FM 106.2 Radio Station established in collaboration with Mvita NG-CDF.  Tune in and enjoy!

East Africa Skills for Transformation and Regional Integration Project (EASTRIP)

In 2018, KCNP was competitively selected by the Government of Kenya and the World Bank to be a Regional Flagship Marine Transport and Port Logistics Centre under the East Africa Skills for Transformation and Regional Integration Project (EASTRIP).  The project involves three countries; Kenya, Ethiopia and Tanzania from which five TVET institutions were selected from Kenya.  We are therefore developing a Regional Centre of Excellence in Marine Transport and Port Logistics; a Centre which aims to develop competent graduates for the maritime sector.  The Marine School is to be constructed in Kwale County at Kombani Area.

Affiliations and Collaborations

We are a member of the Kenya Association of Technical Training Institutions (KATTI) as well as the Association of Technical Universities and Polytechnics in Africa (ATUPA) formerly known as Commonwealth Association of Technical Universities and Polytechnics in Africa (CAPA).

Quality Management System

The Polytechnic has a robust Quality Management System (QMS) and is ISO 9001:2015 Certified.