This institution of higher learning has passed through three distinct phases to become what it is now. The institution has been offering technical education to students pursuing professional courses in the various fields of engineering, Applied Sciences, commerce and now entrepreneurship.
The various phases it has undergone so far reflect our Governmentís concerned efforts in promoting technical and entrepreneurship education in line with the ever-changing technical environments of industrially developing nations like ours.
Practically it has evolved from an institution providing technical education (craft courses) solely to Muslim students pursuing technical and professional courses up to Higher National Diploma and CPA Part three.
This time, all resources are being geared to enable the institution to offer Degree courses in line with the governments sessional paper No. 6 of 1988.
The origin of the Mombasa Polytechnic can be traced back to the late 1940ís as a consequence of the consultations pioneered by Sir Philip Mitchell in 1948 between The Aga Khan, the sultan of Zanzibar, The Secretary of State for the colonies, Sir Bernard Reilly and H.M. Treasury, Mombasa Institute of Muslim Education (M.I.O.M.E) was founded from capital raised by means of gifts of £100,000 from Sultan of Zanzibar.
A further £50,000 was raised by the Bohora Community of East Africa at the insistence of Doctor Sayedna Taher Saifuddin , the high priest of the community.
On 22nd June 1948, the then Governor of Kenya signed the charter bringing the Mombasa Institute of Muslim Education into being to be managed by board governors.
On its inception, M.I.O.M.E was charged with the prime objective of providing adequate technical education to Muslim students of East Africa.
The Institute was opened to Muslim Students on the 9th May 1951 for the following Technical Courses of four years each.
(iii) Engineering, including Fitting and Turning and Metal Working
(iv) Motor Mechanics
(vi) Electrical Engineering (Installation)
(vii) Radio Servicing (3 years Course)
(viii) Seamanship and Navigation
The initial intake of students was 108 of whom 54 were Boarders.
The Board of Governors accepted that if the institute was to play a full role in the development of the Education system of the independent Kenya, its doors would have to be open to any qualifying students of all creeds.
It was on this basis that in 1966 M.I.O.M.E became Mombasa Technical Institute (M.T.I) and started to admit any qualified Kenyan regardless of their religious backgrounds.
In order to comply with the newly set educational policies of the independent Kenya, the curriculum of the institute was restructured and more courses introduced.
In addition to Civil engineering, Electrical and Mechanical engineering, M.T.I introduced higher caliber courses in Business Studies as well as Mathematics and Applied Sciences. Indeed this set up provided the necessary academic foundation from which The Mombasa Polytechnic has grown.
M.T.I became The Mombasa Polytechnic in 1972, this being the second National Polytechnic. Since then, the Polytechnic has expanded its operations in all directions and dimensions.
By 1985, The Polytechnic had five fully-fledged departments namely; Business Studies, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Building and Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Sciences.
During the period 1986 to-date, six more academic departments have been formed namely; Medical Engineering, Computing and Information Technology, Enterprise and Development Centre, Media and Graphic Design, Management Information System (M.I.S) and Library.
Over these years, the Polytechnic has developed and expanded in buildings and equipment kindly funded by British Governments, the Federal Republic of German, the Canadian and Dutch Government in collaboration with the Kenya Government. Currently the Mombasa Polytechnic is offering over ninety (90) academic programmes in different trade areas.
The expected status and role of National Polytechnics in the technological growth and development of this country is clearly spelt out in the Report on Education and manpower Training for the next Decade and Beyond whose recommendations were accepted by the Government through the sessional paper No. 6 of 1988.
As per these recommendations, the facilitates in the National Polytechnics are therefore required to expand their training programmes to Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) degree level.