Message from the Chairman

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Message from the Chair of Department (CoD) - DR. Charles Recha

Background Information

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 administratively 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, Arts & Social Sciences (FASS), and College of Distance Learning (CODL). The service courses lead to the award of B.A, B.Sc., B.Ed (Arts), B.Ed (Sci), B.Sc. (Military) degrees, and diploma (in Education). In addition, the department offers B.Sc (Geography), MA, MSc (in Geography), MA - Urban Management, PhD - Geography, PhD – Urban Mgt, and a Geographic Information System (GIS) certificate programs. The department has dynamic programs that trains graduates on environment-society interaction.

Our teaching emphasizes the integration of theory and practice. Following classroom teaching, we ensure our students go out in the field-our laboratory, to enable them relate theory and practice, and examine human-nature interactions. We have incorporated important skill-based 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. 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. Wambongo C.S. Recha

Welcome to the department of Geography, one of the three (3) departments under the Faculty of Environment and Resources Development (FERD). The department is located in the FASS Complex (Block A, ground floor) at Njoro Campus. We have a committed staff of 15 members (11- teaching staff, 1 - technical staff, and 3 support staff). In addition to these, the department relies on four committed part-time lecturers who supplement manpower requirement. Our teaching staff is composed of competent persons of diverse areas of specialization in the subject of Geography (refer to staff list). As a department, we recognize that more than ideology or economic development, what has fundamentally defined states or communities over time has been their place on Earth. It is geography that studies places. Cognizant of this fundamental role of Geography, the department has designed its programs to captures the distribution of people and their activities, physical and man-made features, ecosystems and interactions between humans and the environment in a dynamic spatial context. The Department of Geography is strategically positioned to train manpower that will provide solutions to the challenges arising from these interactions. Through the best practices adopted by the University, we aim at the highest level standard in generating and disseminating knowledge for the betterment of humanity. We are warmly inviting you to come and be part of us in this endeavour.


 

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.

Quality Objectives:

i. Provide 100% teaching and examination services every semester

ii. Promote research that is relevant to society and the discipline of Geography

iii. Develop and revise academic programme to meet societal needs.

Strategies to Achieve Quality Objectives

Objective 1: Provide 100% teaching and examination services every semester

This shall be achieved through the implementation of Egerton University Quality Management System. The specific activities are:

a. Submission of course outlines within the first two weeks of the semester

b. Monitoring of class attendance  through filling of class attendance forms

c. Monitoring of course coverage

d. Planning and implementation of academic field visit – inclusive of submission of field reports

e. Administering CATs within the University stipulated calendar and returning the marked CAT papers to students before sitting for the final examinations

f. Timely submission of moderated examination papers to the Director, Examination and Time- Tabling.

g. Timely entry of marks in Academic Record Management System (ARMS)

Objective 2: Promote research that is relevant to the nation and the discipline of Geography

i. Research mentoring

ii. Research seminars and workshops

iii. Individual and joint research proposal submission to funding agencies

iv. Regular research seminars

v. Recommendation/approval of scholarships and international linkages

Objective 3: Develop and revise academic programme to meet societal needs.

i. Establish a departmental curriculum Review committee

ii. Provide a working environment for curriculum review to a departmental curriculum committee.

iii. Promote visiting fellowship (in and out of the department) aimed at contributing to curriculum development

iv. Regularly participate in self-assessment of the department’s academic programmes

News Updates

Upcoming......


 

Admission Criteria

Sr. No.

Programme (s)

Minimum Entry Requirements

1

B.Sc Geography,

B.Ed (Arts)/ B.Ed (Sci)

BA

B.Sc

Mean Grade C+

Ø English/Kiswahili C+ (Plus) Geography C+ (Plus)

Ø Biology/Biological sciences/Agriculture C (Plain) Economics C (Plain)

Ø Mathematics C (Plain).

Applicants with Diploma in relevant fields are also eligible

2

Master of Arts (MA) in Geography

Ø A holder of a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree with at least Upper Second Class Honours in Geography either as a single subject or as one of the main subjects studied

Ø A holder of a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) – Arts degree who has studied Geography as a major subject and has attained at least an Upper Second Class Honours.

OR

Ø Under special circumstances and based on other University requirements, candidates with Second Class Honours (lower division) shall be considered.

3

Master of Science (M.Sc)  in Geography

Ø A holder of a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) degree with at least Upper Second Class Honours in Geography either as a single subject or as one of the main subjects studied

Ø A holder of a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) Science degree who has studied Geography as a major subject and has attained at least an Upper Second Class Honours.

OR

Ø Under special circumstances and based on other University requirements, candidates with Second Class Honours (lower division) shall be considered.

4

Master of Arts in Urban Management

Ø At least an Upper Second class division or its equivalent in a field related to urban management from a university recognized by Egerton University Senate.

Ø Candidates with a Second Class degree Lower Division with at least two years work experience in urban management related fields will be considered for admission.

Ø The department may recommend the admission of students who do not meet the above requirements but show strength in their practical fields that may warrant such admissions.

Entry Requirements... Continued

Sr. No.

Programme

Minimum Entry Requirements

5

Ph.D in Geography

Ø Should have an MA/MSc in geography or its equivalent in a related field from a university recognized by Egerton University Senate

6

Ph.D in Urban Management

Ø Should have a master’s degree or its equivalent in a field related to urban management, from a university recognized by Egerton University Senate.

Ø The department may recommend the admission of students who do not meet the above requirements, but show strength in their practical fields that may warrant such admissions.

7

GIS Certificate

Ø A Certificate in basic computer application

Ø A practicing or aspiring professional in environment, demography, development studies among others


 

Programs:

Undergraduate:

o BSc. (Geography)

o B.Ed (Arts)                             with Geography combination

o B.Ed (Sci)

o B.Ed (Pri)

o B.A (Gen)

o B.Sc (Gen)

Postgraduate

o M.A/M.Sc (Geography) on both regular and school-based basis

o M.A in Urban Management (Njoro & Town Campus).

o Ph.D in Geography

o Ph.D in Urban Management

Certificate

o Geographic Information System (GIS) (short course) – offered on a need a basis

Diploma (in Education) - with Geography combination

NB: Most of our programs are offered at Njoro (main), Nakuru Town Campus College, Nairobi City Campus.


 

Staff and Specialization

S/NO.

Name and contact

Qualification

Designation

Area of specialization

1.

Prof. Francis. N. Wegulo

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B.Ed. (Arts), MA (UoN), Ph.D (Clark, USA)

Professor

Economic/ Political Geography

2.

Prof. Kennedy N. Ondimu

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BA,MA(Nairobi) Ph.D (Egerton)

Professor

Population/  Medical Geography

3.

Dr. John.M. Mironga

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B.Sc., M.Phil (Moi), Ph.D (Egerton)

Senior Lecturer

Environmental Geography, GIS and remote sensing

4.

Dr. Wambongo C.S.  Recha

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B.Ed (Arts), MA, Ph.D (Kenyatta)

Lecturer

Climatology

5.

Dr. Janepha K. Kumba

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BA, MA (UoN), Ph.D (Egerton)

Lecturer

Agricultural Geography

6.

Dr. Humphrey. W. Obulinji

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BA, MA, Ph.D (Egerton)

Lecturer

Economic Geography

7.

Dr. Amon M. Karanja

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B.Ed (UoN), MA (Kenyatta), PhD (Egerton)

Lecturer

Agro-climatology

8.

John.K. Mutai

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BA, MA,(UoN)

Lecturer

Urban Geography

9.

Estone Lugairi

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BA, MA (Egerton), Ph.D (Ongoing at Egerton)

Asst. Lecturer

Food security and urban housing

10.

Jackson.R Mengich

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B.Ed (UoN), MA (Egerton), Ph.D (Ongoing at Egerton)

Asst. Lecturer

Geography of tourism

11.

Stephen L M`masi

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B.Ed, MA. (Egerton)

Asst. Lecturer

Medical Geography

12.

Stephen M. Mwangi

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Dip (Kenya Poly),B.Sc (UoN)

Technician

GIS


 

Staff and Specialization..... Continued

S/NO.

Name and contact

Qualification

Designation

Area of specialization

13.

Alice Nyaboke Moranga

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Dip. In Secretarial Studies – KNEC (Bumbe College), B.Com (Egerton)

Secretary

Secretarial and front office

14. .

James Ovamba Apoko. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Certificate in ICT (KSPS), Certificate Archives & Records Mgt (Inoorero)

Clerk

Record and information management.

15. .

Isaac .I. Alio

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Messenger

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Part-time Lecturers

16.

Dr. Edna Koskei

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B.Ed, MA (Egerton), Ph.D (Kabarak)

Part-time lecturer

Water resources/ climatology

17.

Mr. Samuel B. Mokaya

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B.ED (Arts) – Moi;

M.A (Geog) -  Egerton; Ph.D (Ongoing at Egerton)

Part-time lecturer

Medical Geography

18.

John Kiplang'at

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B.Ed (Sci.), M.Sc

(Egerton)

Part-time

Lecturer

Environmental Geography, GIS and remote sensing

19.

Catherine Waithaka

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B.Ed (Kenyatta), MA (Egerton), Ph.D (Egerton – Ongoing)

Part-time lecturer

Economic Geography / Climatology

20.

Mr. Martin M. Bunyasi

BA (Moi), MSc.- Env. Planning (Kenyatta)

Part-time lecturer

GIS/Hydrology

21.

Mr. Samuel Ojode

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Cert. in Cart, Dip ITC (Netherlands), B.Ed (Nrb)

Part-time lecturer

Cartography


 

 

Staff List

1. Prof. Francis. N. Wegulo

2. Prof. Kennedy N. Ondimu

3. Dr. John.M. Mironga

4. Dr. Wambongo C.S.  Recha

5. Dr. Janepha K. Kumba – on leave

6. Dr. Humphrey. W. Obulinji

7. Dr. Amon M. Karanja

8. John.K. Mutai

9. Estone Lugairi

10. Jackson.R Mengich

11. Stephen L M`masi

12. Stephen M. Mwangi

 


 

Research Projects

1. Book Project: Planning Urban Development in Africa:

Editors: Meleckidzedeck Khayesi (Geneva, Switzerland) and Francis N. Wegulo (Egerton University, Njoro, Kenya)

2. Analysis of Meteorological Drought in Semi-arid Eastern Kenya for the period 1973-2013; a CV Raman Research Fellowship by Charles W. Recha

 

Student Research

1. An assessment of geotourism as a strategy for diversifying tourism products in the Western Tourist Circuit, Kenya by Rerimoi Mengich - ND13/0309/11

2. Evaluation of community participation and sustainability of its impact on living conditions and livelihoods in secondary cities: a case of Nakuru and Kitale towns, Kenya by Estone Lugairi – ND13/0416/14

3. Analysis of effects of rainfall variability on households’ livelihood vulnerability and adaptation among small-scale farmers in Kitui South sub-county, Kenya by Morris Mwatu - ND13/13069/17

4. Assessment of effects of floods on livelihoods and well – being – a case of Narok town, Kenya by Catherine W. Waithaka - ND13/40006/16

5. Analysis of the mangrove forest cover change in the trans-boundary areas of Kenya and Tanzania by Fredrick Mburu – NM13/14109/15

Recent Publication

Recha, C.W. (2018). Local and regional variations in conditions for agriculture and food security in             Kenya. AgriFoSe2030  reports 7, 2018. ISBN: 978-91-576-9551-2. https://www.slu.se/en/collaboration/international/slu-global/agrifose/the-agrifose-   themes/social-and-economic-dimensions-of-smallholder-based-agriculture-and-            food-   security/

Wegulo, F N (2017). Small market and Urban Centres.  In M. Khayesi, (Ed.),

Rural development in Africa. London: Palgrave Macmillan (Forthcoming August   2017)

Recha, C.W., Makokha, G.L.,Shisanya, C.A. (2017). Climate variability and causes:         from the perspective             of the Tharaka people of Eastern Kenya. Geoscience            Letters, 4:22 DOI: 10.1186/s40562-017-            0088-1.

 


 

Contact Us

The Department of Geography

Egerton University

P.O Box 536 – 20115, EGERTON

Tel: +254-051-2217804 Ext 3165

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Website:  www.egerton.co.ke