There is acute shortage of professionals with interdisciplinary orientation and requisite skills to influence change in rural communities. Most universities in the East Africa region can adequately train manpower up to Masters‟ level, but lack comparative capacities to train enough and competitive graduates at PhD level. The ARIS programme will advance the needed cross-cutting competencies in individuals with masters‟ level disciplinary grounding and experience and integrate these at PhD level. The need to develop regional capacity for PhD training is further justified by the “brain drain” complex associated with overseas PhD training. The ARIS programme aims to train professionals capable of influencing policy, planning and implementation of ARD initiatives based on contextual and scientific evidence. The regional approach will address the common challenges through shared vision, networking, and production of regional public goods at lower transaction costs.
On completion of the programme, the ARIS graduate should be able to:
i) Facilitate learning in tertiary education institutions as well as in non-academic institutions to develop capacities for engagement in agricultural and rural development (ARD).
ii) Plan and conduct impact oriented research that meets scientific quality, influence policy development, and enhances development through application of knowledge, science and technology, and related areas.
iii) Catalyze and manage change through provision of quality advisory services, facilitating linkages, networking, and building partnerships for innovations that foster communication, learning, inter-personal relations, multi-stakeholder engagement, and empowerment of different interest groups.
iv) Contribute to development and management of resources (human, financial, physical, etc), agricultural organizations and institutions including farmer organisations.
v) Facilitate development and management of entrepreneurship among various actors in agricultural and rural value chains.
vi) Design and manage participatory processes for effective project and programme implementation focused on social and economic benefits of the targeted groups.
Applicants shall be admitted to doctoral candidacy in ARIS after satisfying all the Egerton University general requirements for PhD studies, including passing the thesis proposal defences
Applicants shall be holders of a Master‟s degree in any of the natural or social sciences in agricultural or rural development-related field from Egerton University or any other institution of higher learning recognized by Egerton University.
Applicants will be required to have at least two years working experience. Consideration will also be given to applicants who have at least one year‟s internship with organisations engaged in Agricultural and Rural Development (ARD).
Course Structure and Duration
There shall be only one category of registration: The doctor of philosophy degree in Agricultural and Rural Innovation Studies (ARIS) will take full-time students, who will be required to complete their studies within a minimum of three years and a maximum of five years.
The Ph.D. programme in ARIS shall be conducted by coursework, research and thesis. The research in this programme will be primarily development-oriented.
Applicants for the Ph.D. programme in ARIS shall be required to present a research project proposal acceptable to both the Department of Agricultural Education and Extension and Faculty of Education and Community Studies within the first year of study.
ARI denotes Agricultural and Rural Innovation.
The coding for ARI uses 7 as the first digit to indicate the level of training (Ph.D.) for this programme.
The second digit in the ARI code represents the field of knowledge in the subject while the third digit refers to the sequence of the course within a particular field of knowledge.
The interpretation of the second digit is as follows:
Areas of Study
1. Foundations of Agricultural and Rural Development
2. Innovations and Service Delivery
4. Management and Communication
All examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in the Egerton University Statute XXIX
The grading of examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with in Egerton University Statute XXIX
To graduate a student shall be required to take and pass ALL scheduled courses within the stipulated period.
The degree shall be earned after successful completion of 57 compulsory credit factors (CFs). The other 24 CFs shall be earned from proposal development, field research and thesis.
The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Agricultural and Rural Innovations is not classified in accordance with Egerton University Statute XXIX