Geography

Doctor Of Philosophy In Urban Management

Rationale

Urbanization is an irreversible trend worldwide with close to 50% of the world population

living in urban areas and involves a multitude of social, economic, demographic,

environmental and spatial aspects. Many developing countries, including Kenya have

recorded unprecedented rates of urbanization that has challenged the capacity of many

local authorities to tackle the attendant challenges. The pace of urbanization in the

developing countries has posed several challenges to planners, managers, policy makers

and researchers and thus need to develop innovative programmes that would train human

resources to effectively manage emerging challenges in our urban societies.

The increase in urban population in many developing countries has posed many

challenges to management of these cities, challenges that tend to transcend traditional

urban management fields/professions.The Ph.D. in Urbana Management programme at

Egerton University intends to fill a gap in the training of urban managers for our urban

systems that has traditionally been undertaken by professionals trained either in the field

of planning, legal studies, financial management etc. and that has proved inadequate in

tackling the emerging challenges of urban so cieties.The complexities of problems in our

urban societies call for managers who will not only be prudent resource managers but

able to mobilize resources for growth and development of urban centers.These are

managers who are able to look for and create opportunities that can help expand the urban

economic base and make linkages with the surrounding region.The programme intends to

generate managers not only with skills to effectively manage our urban centers but also be

keen team players and coordinators of various actors.

Programme Objectives

The Ph.D programme in Urban Management at Egerton University will provide both

basic management techniques and analytic skills necessary for sustainable and effective

management of rapidly evolving urban environments. The graduate of the programme

will be expected to develop skills that would enable them undertake situational analysis

of the urban areas in regard to human settlements, planning and management issues,

develop monitoring and evaluation tools for urban projects and generally be managers

who are able to co-ordinate various actors in the urban management.

Admission Requirements

For admission to Ph.D. in Urban Management, applicants should have MA in urban

management from a university recognized by Egerton University Senate.

Course Structure and Duration

The course will cover two academic years stretching over four semesters including a

master‘s project dissertation.

Examination regulations

All examinations for the Doctor of Philosophy Urban Management shall be conducted in

accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in Egerton University Statute

XXIX.

Grading

The grading of examination for Ph.D. in Urban Management shall be in accordance with

Egerton University Statute XXIX.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with Ph.D. in Urban Management a student shall be required to

undertakesupervised independent research, submit a thesis and pass an oral examination.

Degree Classification

The Ph.D. in Urban Management is not classified

Doctor of Philosophy in Geography

Rationale

Geography is concerned with human and physical environmental systems and their

interaction, mapping and measuring natural and man-made resources, designing ways of

using them, analyzing the distribution of welfare, recognizing and averting hazards and

reviewing social institutions. In Kenya today, there is a shortage of manpower with

appropriate knowledge and skills for necessary modern geographical studies. The

Department of Geography has developed a Post-graduate programme leading to a Master

of Arts/Science degree in Geography to cater for the expressed need.

Programme Objectives

The graduate programme is expected to: Train high level modern Geographers who carry

out both qualitative and quantitative research and analysis through appropriate synthesis

and mapping in Geography.

Admission Requirements

Candidates for the Ph.D. in Geography must have MA/MSc its equivalent in Geography

or Geography with a related field from a recognised university or institution of higher

learning.

Course Structure and Duration

The Ph.D in Geography will be offered by independent research and thesis.

The programme shall extend for a minimum of thirty six36. months and a maximum of

seventy two72. months. All candidates enrolled for the Ph.D. degree in Geography shall

be required to conduct independent research, leading to writing of a thesis. The defense of

the thesis shall be conducted in accordance with the rules established in Egerton

University Statutes.

Examination regulations

All examinations for the Doctor of Philosophy in Geographyshall be conducted in

accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in Egerton University Statute

XXIX.

Grading

The grading of examination for Ph.D. in Geography shall be in accordance with Egerton

University Statute XXIX.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with a Ph.D in Geography a student shall be required to undertake supervised

independent research, submit a thesis and pass an oral examination.

Degree Classification

The Ph.D. in Geography is not classified

Department of Geography

The Department of Geography was established in the year 1989 - three years after the establishment of Egerton University. The department was administratively under the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) until later in 1999 when it was transferred to the Faculty of Environment and Resources Development. For a long time, Geography was and still is a service department-offering courses to the Faculties of Education and Community Studies (FEDCOS), Science and Arts & Social Sciences (FASS). The service courses lead to.BA, B.Ed (Arts), B.Ed (Sci), BSc., BSc. (Military) degrees, and diploma (in Education). In addition, the department offers BSc (Geography), PhD, MA, MSc (in Geography) and a Geographic Information System (GIS) certificate programs. The department has dynamic programs that trains graduates on environment-society interaction. Our teaching faithfully incorporates theory and practical. After lectures, we ensure our students go out in the field – ‘our laboratory’ to enable them relate human-nature interaction. We have integrated important skill acquisition courses such as GIS and computerized cartography in our curriculum with a view to giving our graduates a competitive edge in the job market. We are committed to enhancing skill applications through GIS and remote sensing. In addition, our training ensures graduates from the department are in a pole position to solve societal and environmental challenges – ranging from the physical space and geopolitics, to population growth and land degradation. We are keen on maintaining the identity of Geography the discipline and in highlighting its role in society today.

Chairs of Department

1989-1998: Prof. Josephine. Musangi

1998-1999: Dr. Rosemary Hayanga

1999-2001: Dr. Simon Onywere

2001-2009: Dr. Charles Maina Gichaba

2009-2014: Dr. Joseph Oluoch Otieno

2014-present: Dr. Charles Wambongo S. Recha

Mission: To generate and disseminate significant geographical knowledge and offer exemplary education to our students in order to contribute to national and global development

Vision: To be a world class center of excellence in quality teaching, independent research and dissemination of geographical knowledge.