Programmes offered by the school of environment & natural resources management

 

 

 

Programmes offered by the school of environment & natural resources management

Postgraduate programmes
1.    PhD. Environmental Management
2.    PhD. In Climate Change and Agroforestry

Masters Programme

1.    MSc. Environmental Management
2.    MSc. In Climate Change and Agroforestry



Undergraduate programmes
1.    Bachelor of Science in Environmental Conservation & Natural Resources Management
2.    Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management
3.    Bachelor of Science in Forestry
4.    Bachelor of Science in Land Resource Management

Short courses
1.    Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

 

The School offers the following programmes:

1. Bachelor of Education (B.Ed – Arts) and

2. Bachelor of Education (B.Ed – Science)

Admission

Requirements: KCSE mean grade of C+ with C+ in any two subjects taught in secondary school, or KACE ( 2 principal passes or its equivalent); or Professional qualifications such as Dip. Early Childhood Education, Teachers Certificate (S1), or P1 Certificate and three years teaching experience with KCSE mean grade of C (Plain).

Duration: Eight semesters.

Venue: Main Campus, Kitui and Machakos Campuses.

Mode: Full-time, school-based and Evening and weekends

Note: B.Ed (Science) is available in full-time and school-based mode only in the Main campus.

Upcoming Programmes

1. Diploma in Early Childhood Education

Admission

Requirements: KCSE mean grade of C (Plain) or its equivalent; KCE with a minimum of Division III; P1 certificate with C (minus).

2. Bachelor of Education (B.Ed – Early Childhood Education)

Admission

Requirements: KCSE mean grade of C+, or KACE (2 principal passes or its equivalent); or Professional qualifications such as Dip. Early Childhood Education, Teachers Certificate (S1), or P1 Certificate and three years teaching experience with KCSE mean grade of C (Plain).

3. Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE)

Admission Requirements: Bachelors degree of at least a pass with two subjects taught in secondary school.

Duration: One academic year

Venue: Main, Kitui, Machakos, Nairobi CBD campus, Wote Town Campus and Mwingi Campuses.

Mode: Full-time and school-based

4. Masters Programmes

· Educational Administration

· Curriculum Studies

· Economics of Education

· Educational Planning

· Sociology of Education

· Philosophy of Education

· History of Education

· Comparative and Contemporary Education

Admission

Requirements: Second Class Honours (Upper Division) or its equivalent in the related area/subject or Second Class Honours (Lower Division) with two years of working experience.

Duration: Two academic years

Venue: Main, Kitui and Machakos Campuses.

Mode: Full-time and school-based

Options: Course work and Thesis or Course work and Project

 

 

 

 

 

 

School of External Studies and Continuing Education (SESCE)

VISION

A Globally Competitive Centre of Excellence in Capacity Building, Research, Innovation and Service in Elections, Democracy, Governance, Leadership Integrity, Social Justice and Human Rights

MISSION

To provide Quality Education and Capacities through Teaching and Training, Research and Innovation, Outreach Activities, Advocacy and Lobbying, Public Interests and Amicus Curiae Litigation and Judicial Review.

CORE VALUES

    Professionalism and Integrity,
    Commitment and Teamwork
    Accountability and Transparency
    Equality, Justice and Participation
    Freedom of Thought and Innovation
    Respect and Conservation of Environment
    Tolerance and inclusivity, (unity in diversity)

INTRODUCTION

The School of External Studies and Continuing Education (SESCE) was established in June 2011 as one of the independent schools of the South Eastern University College (SEKU). SESCE is based at the main campus of SEKU, at Kwa Vonza in Kitui County and will have a branch in Nairobi from January 2012 from where most of its short courses will be run and managed. SESCE initially focuses on running and managing independent short courses for itself and SEKU’s other schools.

The main activities of SESCE are research – both theoretical and empirical. Applied research will focus on informing public and influencing policy, law, institutional and systems reform. SESCE plans to establish a big research centre and facility to enable scholars and practitioners to utilise as visiting scholars and fellows – to conduct their individual research, which may be published by SESCE or by SEKU.

SESCE will teach and train fresh students and professionals on-job and on continuing education. These will include degree, diploma and short certificate courses. SESCE plans to seek approval to establish itself as a learning school/professional institution; able to require professionals in democracy (elections), governance and leadership integrity; to get annual credit points for continuing education in addition to annual certification, like other professional bodies. Applied and other research will also be disseminated through workshops and training programmes, which inform, educate and empower key stakeholders and citizens.

Capacity building and empowerment of political, community and civic leaders; strategic planning processes, political branding and profiling, etc.

SESCE is also planning outreach activities such as civic and voter education, seminars, conferences, consultative initiatives for itself and at the initiative of other government, private sector, community, civil society, political parties, parastatals and other non-state actors.

SESCE’s other activities include advocacy and lobbying work and where necessary public interests and amicus curiae litigation. Advocacy work will involve engaging government at all levels on public discourse and citizens participation in decisions and policy making; advocacy campaigns on issues of governance (national and county governments, assemblies and other relevant governance institutions) democracy, human rights, social justice, policy making, legal and institutional reforms, accountability, budgeting, resources allocation and utilisation. Other areas of advocacy and lobbying will include publication of journals/bulletins for opinion leadership, coordination of work, information/experience sharing and for solidarity purposes.

With the promulgation of Kenya’s new constitution (on 27 August 2010), a number of human rights issues and matters of interpretation will arise; SESCE will play the twin roles of amicus curiae and public interests litigation. In cases that relate generally to its areas of engagement, SESCE will appear as amicus curiae; while in other cases SESCE may be asked by the community, institutions, citizens and stakeholders, to lodge public interests cases – for example, on violation of rights, inadequate compensation for land acquired for mining purposes or sharing of national resources/opportunities, failure by county governments to deliver services to its consumers, resolution of disputes arising from exploitation, sharing and utilisation of mineral, water and natural resources within the county, copyright, patents and intellectual property, etc. SESCE will also seek judicial review and interpretation of the constitution or legislation.

SESCE plans to play a key role in the establishment of the SEKU School of Law that will focus itself on community empowerment and development, also specialising in emerging leadership, governance, integrity, justice, exploitation, sharing and utilisation of natural resources and management of county affairs, etc.

This will be in addition to the traditional legal instruction; but more dynamic and people centred; oriented to realise such goals as the Vision 2030 and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); – it will be oriented to inform (educate), engage (people-centred) and deliver (results-based/focused).

The curriculum for SESCE will be broadly based on;

a). The Constitution of Kenya, 2010 (and related laws) as far as governance: sharing, management, utilisation, and accounting of public offices and resources; human rights; justice; gender issues;

b). Elections and Democracy – based upon the BRIDGE Curriculum and methodology – aimed at continuing education of professionals in elections, democracy and governance. BRIDGE means Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections,

c). University law and applied research curriculum.

Ms.Koki Muli is the Director of School of External Studies and Continuing Education(SESCE). She is a constitutional and elections expert. She studied in University of Nairobi, Kenya School of Law, University of London. She has also attended Oxford University, UK and Columbia University, SIPA in New York. She is an advocate and certified public secretary of Kenya.

CONTACTS

Director,

School of External Studies and Continuing Education,

South Eastern Kenya University(SEKU)

P.O.BOX 170-90200,

KITUI.

Telephone: Land Line : +254-20-2413859, Cell Phone : +254-716962770, +254-736116989

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School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Background
The School of Humanities and Social Sciences formally the school of Liberal Arts and Sciences admitted its first lot of five (5) students in B.A. Social Work program in May 2010. The number of students in the school is expected to grow to over two hundred (200) by August 2015. At the end of March 2015 the school had eleven members of teaching staff.
The vision of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences reads: "To be a leading unit within the University that promotes academic achievement and excellence in teaching, training, research and consultancy in the Humanities and Social Sciences".  Pursuant to this vision, the school constantly monitors developments in its environment and in the world at large.  This provides it with societal trends and changes both at home and abroad.  The awareness gained enables the school to respond to trends and changes by introducing new academic programmes or modifying existing ones to meet the current demand. The School is currently working on three MA programs: MA Gender and Development Studies; MA Kiswahili; and MA Sociology. The School is also working on a consultancy unit that will give the School an entry point and engagement platform with nongovernmental organisations, government agencies, other organisations and any other interested parties who would want to engage the school in research, consultancy and training services.

Departments
Currently the school has three established departments:
•    Department of Gender and Development Studies.
•    Department of Linguistics and Communication
•    Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Academic Programs
The academic programs of the school are designed, as far as possible, to integrate discipline-specific and general education courses. The discipline specific courses are designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for proficiency in their chosen fields of study or programs. The general education courses, on the other hand, set the foundation of higher education curriculum and provide a coherent intellectual and social experience for all students regardless of their programs of study. We have also established mentorship programs to benefit both students and staff.

Collaborations
The school has intensified collaboration with other schools and partners both nationally and internationally so as to equip students and faculty with relevant knowledge and skills to enable them to better work toward achieving the university college vision of excellence in teaching, research, innovation, entrepreneurship, and service. The school puts emphases on equipping faculty and students in fields such as IT, statistics, entrepreneurship, program management, and social and community service through multidisciplinary and collaborative teaching, research, and training.

Quality
With the ISO 9001:2008 Certification the school has adopted appropriate standards for achieving and maintaining high quality in its teaching, learning and research programs. These standards are enforced through appropriate documentation and review processes.
As a SEKU student in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences students are taught by, and have access to, inspirational academics who are actively involved in a diverse range of research. We offer courses that are intellectually stimulating. We believe that research feeds directly into our teaching, therefore students share in the knowledge of our academics, and become confident, independent learners and unlock their full potential. The field work component for both BA Social Work and BA Gender and Development Students, gives the students the opportunity to take part in the research process thus experiencing how knowledge is created.

Study and careers support
We offer a range of services to help students develop skills for their future, and to help them find work both during and after their course. On their filed practicum students are assigned individual lecturers who encourage them as they develop both academically and personally, enabling them to make the most of their time in SEKU.
A degree from the School of Humanities means more
Our students are taught by highly respected academics who are experts in their fields. Students in School of Humanities have the opportunity to get a great degree from a well-respected university, and with our expertise in teaching and training students, it is expected that students will become independent, critical thinkers. Students grow as persons, acquiring skills that will continue to be of benefit long after they graduate. The experience in the school helps students prepare for their future and make the most of their time at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Joining our vibrant community
During their time at SEKU and in the School students meet new people and gain independence as they have access to the various students clubs and societies for personal and professional growth. Students will find a real sense of community among the vibrant student community.

For further information please contact:
Dean School of Humanities and Social Sciences,
Dr. Paul N. Mwangi, Ph.D.
P.O Box 170-90200, Kitui

School of Environment and Natural Resources Management

The establishment of the School of Environment and Natural Resources Management is part of the fulfilment of making the institution’s major focus on natural resources and environmental management. The existing three departments in the Schoolare mandated to prepare programmes of study geared towards the rational management and exploitation of natural resources and the environment forsustainable development with emphasis on local, national, regional andglobal environmental issues like global warming, climate change, water,& air pollution, waste management, deforestation, soil degradation,etc.

Vision

To be a leading Centre of Excellence in Teaching, Research and Innovativeness in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development in Africa.

MISSION

To train and impart necessary knowledge and skills towards stewardship and sound natural resources management for sustainable development.

OBJECTIVES

(i) To develop personnel with the necessary research and policy analysis competences so as to contribute to informed decision-making towards sustainable community livelihoods.

(ii) To generate the necessary technical knowledge on the impacts of development on the environment so as to encourage harmonious interactions between man and the natural environment.

(iii) To produce professionals and technocrats capable of spearheading sustainable development agenda by focusing on sustainable technologies enhancing environmental conservation and management.

DEPARTMENTS

The School currently has three departments:-

1. Department of Environmental Science and Technology (EST)

2. Department of Environmental Conservation, Management and Extension (CME)

3. Department of Forest Resources Management (FRM)

PROGRAMMES OFFERED

The three departments have started off by focusing on certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate diploma and degree programmes. Postgraduate diploma and certificate programmes lasting one year and 1-3 months, respectively, are organized for people already engaged in environmental management activities. Short courses of 1-14 days have also taken off.

The undergraduate programmes are designed to produce graduates who are both professionally competent and marketable and who should also be capable of conducting further in-depth studies and/or research work at the same time appreciating the exigencies of the interactive physical, chemical, and biological processes that regulate the total Earth System, the unique environment that it provides for life, the changes that are occurring in this system, and the manner in which the changes are influenced by human actions.

The following courses are offered in the two departments:

CURRENT PROGRAMMES

1. BSc. in Environmental Conservation and Natural Resources Management

2. BSc. in Management of Agro-Ecosystems & Environment

3. BSc. in Environmental Management

4. B.Sc. in Forestry

5. Diploma in Forestry

6. Certificate in Environmental Impact Assessment & Auditing

Career Goals and Employment Opportunities

Graduates from the school will gain employment in an ever expanding range of areas including national parks and other protected areas, environmental impact assessment/ auditing and monitoring, environmental education, sustainable forestry, fisheries management, aquaculture, ecotourism and land/ river/ coastal

Conservation programmes.

The school trains professional Environmental Managers with a multi-disciplinary foundation to work in the national environmental agencies like National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), Water Resources Management Authority (WARMA), Kenya Forest Service (KFS), and Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), research institutions like the Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI), Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI), the International Centre for Research in Agro-forestry (ICRAF), National Museums of Kenya (NMK) among others. They will also have capacity to work in international organisations like Nature Kenya , the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), World Agro-forestry Centre, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), World Bank’s Division of Environment, UN-Habitat, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) World Health Organisation (WHO) and all other UN agencies engaged in environmental related programmes and activities. Gradutes will also be absorbed in local corporate bodies involved in timber plantations e.g. Panpaper mills, Kenya Power and Lighting Company etc, KENGEN, Water Companies, etc.They can also take up teaching jobs in many colleges offering environmental and natural resources management as a subject. Other career options available to school graduates are still film making and environmental and wildlife journalism. There may also be opportunities in television channels like National Geographic. Further, the graduates can also work in private consulting firms or run their own private consultancy in environmental impact assessment and audit of large development projects.

ACADEMIC STAFF IN THE SCHOOL

Prof. Jacob Kibwage, Ph.D.

Associate Professor & Dean,

School of Environment and Natural Resources Management

Tel: +254-722-479061

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Dr. Matheaus K. Kauti, Ph.D.

Lecturer & Chairman,

Department of Environmental Science and Technology

Tel: +254-722-606398

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Mr. Heeran Mutuku, MSc

Ass. Lecturer, Tel: +254-725-007789

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Dr. Muusya Mwinzi, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer & Chairman,

Department of Environmental Conservation & Community Development

Tel: +254-722-674 243

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Mr. Charles Ndung’u, MSc

Ass. Lecturer, Tel: +254-722-472706

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Dr. Jecinta Kimiti, Ph.D.

Lecturer & Chairman,

Department of Forestry and Wildlife Resources Management

Tel: +254-721 473341

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Mr. Festus Mutiso, MPhil.

Ass. Lecturer, Tel: +254-723-769694

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Dr. Peter G. Njuru, Ph.D.

Lecturer, Tel: +254-724-147913

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Ms Felista W. Muriu, M.Env.

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Water Resources Science & Technology

Vision

To be a school of excellence in high quality water resources training, research, outreach, technological development and consultancy for the advancement of human well-being.

Mission

To provide an academically stimulating environment that enhances training of highly qualified personnel for water resources development and management through provision of quality education, research, extension and consultancy services.

Objectives of the School

1.To train personnel in water resources sector by offering educational programmes in hydrology, limnology, marine sciences, fisheries and aquaculture at certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

2.To offer extension services and increase awareness on water resources development and management issues among professionals, government officials, local communities, institutions and other key stakeholders.

3.To provide a forum for effective collaboration between the public and the private sectors and other interested parties for development and management of water resources.

4.To offer consultancy services in the development and management of surface and groundwater resources, fisheries, aquaculture, limnology, and marine resources.

5.To conduct research in hydrology, limnology, marine sciences, fisheries and aquaculture and disseminate information and innovative technologies for sustainable water resources development and management.

Core Values

  • Integrity
  • Efficiency
  • Teamwork and Inclusiveness
  • Professionalism
  • Transparency and Accountability
  • Sensitivity to Gender and Vulnerable Groups

Introduction on the School 

There is no doubt that water resources are important pillar of socio-economic development of any country in the world. In the arid and semi arid region that cover more than 80% of the total land area of the Republic of Kenya, water is an extremely important resource. It is on this basis that the South Eastern Kenya University (SEKU) established a School of Water Resources Science and Technology (SWRST). The School is the only one in all public universities in Kenya that is solely dedicated to science of water resources. It is also the only School that has an academic department dedicated solely to hydrology and water resources. The school therefore is unique and has important role to play in building the capacity for sustainable water resources planning and management in Kenya. The vision of the school is to be a globally recognized centre of excellency in the science of water resources.

Currently, the School has four (4) separate academic programmes, namely

(i) B.Sc in Hydrology and Water Resources Management

(ii) B.Sc in Fisheries Management and Aquaculture Technology

(iii) B.Sc in Aquatic Sciences

(iv) M.Sc in Integrated Water Resources and Watershed Management.

Plans are underway to launch other equally competitive academic programmes at M.Sc and Ph.D levels.

The research opportunities in the arid and semi-arid lands 

The School is located in south eastern Kenya in Kitui County, about 160 km from the city of Nairobi. The area in which the school is located is surrounded by gentle hills that drains into the Mikuyuni and Mwita Syano Rivers- the two important tributaries of the famous Tiva river,which eventually drains into the Tana Basin. The location of the School in Kitui combined with the beauty of a typical semi-arid rural environment common to many parts of Kenya, provides an ideal environment for serious academic pursuit. The tropical semi-arid climate, diverse  landscapes and unique vegetation of South Eastern Kenya also provides a broad range of water related issues to study.

Many communities in the arid and semi-arid region of Kenya rely on both surface and ground water resources. Also, a significant segment of the population depends on surface water reservoirs (dams) for provision of water. This provides the staff in the school an opportunity of conducting research on how water resources in this region can be used on sustainable basis. Staff in the School therefore work jointly with our stakeholders and students on various water related research projects. Our students are introduced to various subjects that are important in water resources management such as hydrological processes, surface water and groundwater hydrology,  watershed erosion and reservoir sedimentation, climate change, water governance, water resources and fisheries management, aquaculture technologies, among other equally important subjects.

Since the rainfall in arid and semi arid regions of Kenya is characterised by high inter- and intra-annual variability which induces challenges in the management of water for various purposes, this is a major focus of our research in the School. The School in particular pays special attention to surface runoff harvesting and storage and its subsequent use for various socio-economic activities such as horticulture, irrigation and aquaculture development in arid and semi-arid lands. Other research programmes are focused on the river basin process, impacts of climate change on hydrological systems, fisheries and aquaculture technologies, among others. The location of the School in arid and semi arid environment that is already experiencing the impacts of climate change means that our researchers and students have an opportunity to carry out innovative research studies on the impacts of climate change on water resources, fisheries and aquatic systems. This also means that our students have a wide choice on topics for their undergraduate and postgraduate research projects.

Programmes for students with diverse backgrounds

Most of our students undertaking MSc studies in Integrated Water Resources and Watershed Management are drawn from diverse fields such as earth sciences, geographical sciences, biological sciences, environmental sciences, agricultural sciences and engineering. Our programmes integrate both physical and social sciences, thus providing an all round training for students who are planning to pursue careers in water resources management, assessment and monitoring. All our students are

provided with an opportunity of undertaking a field-based project in their undergraduate programme. This exposes them at very early stage to various research approaches which enhances their problem solving and technical document drafting skills. We also attach our students to reputable institutions in the country where they learn new skills and experience real life working conditions. Our training approach also provides a good grounding for both Bachelors and Masters degree students planning to pursue further studies in hydrology and water resources, aquatic sciences, fisheries management and aquaculture technology, among others.

For further information, please contact the Dean of the School of Water Resources Science and Technology. Email:

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SERVICE CHARTER OF THE SCHOOL:

CUSTOMER SATISFACTION STATEMENT  

In order to achieve customer satisfaction and continual improvement of performance, the School of Water Resources Science and Technology is committed to be a Centre of Excellency in water resources training, research and technological development. In pursuit of this commitment, the School shall strive to achieve the following quality objectives:

1.Regularly improve the implementation of the curriculum of its undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes by planning one month before the start of every Semester.

2.Regularly review the implementation of research projects by holding project implementation meeting on monthly basis

3.Increase the number of publications in refereed international scientific journals.

4.Improve the integration of ICT in water resources research, teaching and learning.

COMMITMENT TO SERVICE DELIVERY

The School is committed to providing the following services in a timely, efficient and effective manner.

NO. Service/Goods Requirements to obtain services/Goods Cost Time line
  Enquiries Specify the enquiry Free Immediate
  Student Admission Complete and submit the admission form Payment of specified fees 2 months
  Course Registration Complete and submit the registration forms Free 2 weeks
  Issuance of course outline Minimum of 25% registered student for a course Free Within the 1st two lectures
  Teaching Payment of full fees Specified fees As per timetable
  Examination results slip Sitting for the examinations at the end of Semester Free 3 months after examinations
  Examination Transcripts Completion of an Academic Year Free At the start of the next Academic Year
  Students and staff disciplinary cases Evidence Free Handle within 30 days
  Official working hours Weekdays  Free  8.00 am-5.00pm 
  Attendance of telephone calls A telephone call Free  In 30 seconds 
  Response to correspondence Receipt of correspondence Free 7 days on receipt
  Clearance of staff and students Completed Clearance Form Free Within 2 days
  Response to complaints, compliments and suggestions Receipt of complaint, compliment and suggestion Free 7 days on receipt

 “Commitment to Courtesy and Excellence in Service Delivery” Any service that does not conform to the above standards or any officer who does not live up to commitment to courtesy and excellence in Service Delivery should be reported to:

THE DEAN

SCHOOL OF WATER RESOURCES SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

SOUTH EASTERN KENYA UNIVERSITY 

P.O. BOX 170-90200 KITUI, KENYA

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