Research and Innovation

The Kisumu National Polytechnic is a leading technical training institution in the country, with tremendous skilled human power and infrastructure to generate new knowledge through research. The institution produces technicians and technologists destined to play a major role towards the attainment of the Kenya’s Vision 2030.

The institution is mandated to offer courses at Certificate, Diploma and Higher Diploma levels in various disciplines, it mainly produces middle level human resources that are well equipped with technical and business skills required in industry, informal sector and service sectors.

To be able to deliver in its mandate, the Kisumu National Polytechnic has to, not only continuously generate new knowledge but also ensure translation of knowledge into technologies, interventions and strategies effectively and appropriately delivered to its community.

In order to reach this objective, it is imperative to pursue the entire research process within the context of contemporary knowledge, good ethics, effective policy, adequate resources and international cooperation. Within the context of The Kisumu National Polytechnic, research and innovations necessitate multi-level, multi-disciplinary approaches that support the exploration of new ways of using these disciplinary perspectives and methodologies.

The Research and Innovations department within The Kisumu National Polytechnic’s main objective is to reinforce vigorously the Polytechnic’s status as a major Polytechnic that sustains and adds value to the Kenyan culture, the natural environment and to the economy and society of the country and wider world. Below is its vision, mission and strategic objectives;


To be the leading technical institution in provision of Quality Research, Science and Technology.


To increase the contribution of The Kisumu National Polytechnic to the world of knowledge and innovation through its strategic objectives.

Strategic Objectives

  1. To create an enabling, harmonious, transparent and efficient environment for Research and Innovations
  2. To strengthen Research Management and Coordination
  3. To improve Research and Publications Culture
  4. To improve funding for Research and Innovations
  5. To improve gender responsiveness of the Polytechnic through Research and Innovations

The implementation of Research and Innovations activities within the institution is guided by TKNP’s Research Policy that has been developed under the framework of the Polytechnic’s Vision, Mission and core Values.

The Polytechnic has put in place a research agenda with priorities that address national, regional and global challenges. The research guideline established by the Polytechnic therefore supports its overall ambitions, providing both depth and breadth to the articulation of Polytechnic goals as a research-led institution and setting out key strategic approaches to undertake to enable the achievement of these goals.

The implementation of the research policy has not been in isolation: areas of interaction with other aspects of the institutional strategy such as the strategic plan, quality assurance policy, gender policy, ICT policy and plans for central services and administration have been considered. The Kisumu National Polytechnic explores such interactions and agrees upon approaches for success.

Research and Innovations department considers internal and external stakeholders’ needs either as collaborators, funding agencies or research clientele and provides a framework to address the main obstacles to outstanding research performance.

TKNP puts emphasis on provision of research opportunities, quality and ethics in research and innovation, efficiency and effectiveness in coordination and management of research and innovation. The Institution is committed to working closely with national and international organizations that support and monitor research activities. In Kenya such as Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI), Kenya Industrial property Institute (KIPI), KIRDI, KEMRI, KEFRI, National Research Fund (NRF) among others.

Published Papers

  • Strategic Business Incubation for Knowledge Acquisition and Technology  Commercialization in Learning Institutions in Maseno University By Geoffrey Andaman and Samwel Onyango Obalah


This qualitative action research explores integration of Strategic Business Incubation (SBI) at Maseno University, Kenya.

Researchers and Scholars agree that the current and future social, economic and environmental challenges facing African countries are intertwined and mutually reinforcing. It is therefore true that planning with competency and continuous development of trainees ideas in mind may have profound effects on future entrepreneurial successes and societal welfare in Africa.

Researchers have encouraged higher learning institutions to integrate strategic business incubation into their learning programs to leverage the performance of potential entrepreneurs and enterprises in their initial stages of development. It is therefore critical to understand the performance implication of Strategic Business Incubation (SBI) on incubates. The primary objective was to analyze how Maseno University integrates SBI strategy in its learning programs, how this enhances entrepreneurial best practices among potential student entrepreneurs within and outside the institution.

The authors conducted the study in Kisumu County. The incubator of focus “Maseno University Incubator” houses both continuing and alumni students with startup ventures. To fulfill the research objectives, the study employed a survey design for enhanced generalization of findings. The study population comprised of all enterprises and entrepreneurs incubated in the Maseno University Incubation Centre. This was about 140 by the year 2014.

The researchers employed both primary and secondary data in this study. The primary data came from incubated firms and incubator managers of Maseno University while secondary data came from documents and records that the incubator managers kept. They collected data through standard questionnaires and key informant interviews respectively.

The authors used SPSS data analysis software for data processing and presentation. The result of this study will help TVET institutions redesign their learning strategies and will provide a firm foundation for policy formulation on Competency Based Training. It will also help these institutions to transition new entrepreneurial ideas from institutions to the market place, providing synergy into the economic growth of the nation.

  • Leveraging the Competitive Potentials of the Youth Through Business Incubation Programs By Charles Asaka Nyangara, Samwel Obalah, Joyce Nyanjom


Kenya is currently searching for an employment generation strategy to supplement the large firms. Business Incubation Programs (BIPs) have emerged to be an effective mechanism and strategy to enhance the formation, development, growth, and survival rate of new and existing start up firms.

Research indicates that well managed business incubators can boost the survival rate of start-up businesses up to 80 – 90% as compared to new businesses under normal circumstances. Despite this, Technical, Industrial and Vocational Educational Training (TVET) institutions in Kenya in Kenya are yet to recognize BIPs.

This study explored the question of how feasible and relevant the concept of BI was to TVET institutions in Kenya with specific reference to The Kisumu National Polytechnic. The study adopted a case-study design. The researchers used Semi-structured interview schedules to obtain information from officers of the management team and two incubates.

The analyzed data revealed that Kisumu Polytechnic had the required technical staff to oversee, mentor and train the students enrolling into the BI program. However, the college lacked the necessary funds to implement an effective BI program. The study concludes that Bus can function on a sustainable basis at Kisumu Polytechnic and serve to create employment opportunities for the youth.

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