Message From the Chairman
DR. Humphreys W.Obulinji
Welcome to the Department of Geography. The department is one of the three (3) departments in The Faculty of Environment and Resources Development (FERD). The department was established in the year 1989, three years after Egerton became a full-fledged University. The Department’s vision is to be a world class centre of excellence in geographical teaching and research. The core function include: teaching and evaluation of students; research, community outreach and publication; and student advising. The department is committed to offering the highest quality services and products to our customers in a professional way and with integrity.
Geography as a discipline is concerned with: location, the interaction and association and the temporal changes that occur in in both physical and human phenomena over time and in space. Cognizant of this fundamental role of geography, the department has designed its programs to capture the distribution of people and their activities, physical and man-made features, ecosystems and dynamic and changing interactions between humans and the physical environments in a spatial context. Geography’s main concern is, therefore, to ensure sustainable spatial systems in the process of development. The department is, thus, strategically positioned to use modern spatial technologies (Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing and Computerized Cartography) to train manpower that will have a competitive edge in the job market and provide solutions to the challenges arising from man-environment interactions. - ranging from the physical space and geopolitics, to population growth, development and environmental degradation. Through the best practices adopted by the University, the department aims at the highest level of standard in generating and disseminating knowledge for the betterment of humanity.
Traditionally, the department has and is still a service department- offering courses to the Faculties of Education and Community Studies (FEDCOS), Science, Arts & Social Sciences (FASS), and School of Distance Learning (SoDL). The service courses lead to the award of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Education (Arts and Science)), Bachelor of Science (Military) degrees, and Diploma (in Education). In addition, the department offers Bachelor of Science (Geography), Master of Arts/Master of Science (Geography), Master of Arts (Urban Management), Doctor of Philosophy (Geography), Doctor of Philosophy (Urban Management) and a Geographic Information System (GIS) certificate programs. Specifically, the department offers training in a number of thematic areas with long term plans to expand capacity and coverage:
- Agricultural Geography.
- Biogeography - Conservation issues – Bio-geographical studies.
- Climatology - Climate Change and Livelihoods and climate change modelling.
- Economic Geography.
- Regional/Rural Planning and Development (Urban Geography/planning, Rural Development, Integrated Rural Development & Management of ASAL).
- Industrial Geography and Rural Urban Dynamics.
- Urban Geography/Planning - improving on existing infrastructure. Landscape architect – creating and designing for open spaces in urban area.
- Political Geography – Geopolitics.
- Environmental Geography in water related areas/hydrology.
- Geographic Information System and Remote Sensing.
- Geography of Tourism.
- Historical Geography.
- Population/Medical and Settlement Geography and Epidemiological trends (Science dealing with spread and control of diseases, viruses, etc.).
- Cartography – in regard to map production and restoration of old maps through use of GIS and digital mapping techniques.
To deliver in its core mandate, the department continues to have traditional links with local institutions, where our trainees go for field studies and attachment to apply theory to practice and sharpen their skills in various domains studied. These include, among other private and public institutions: Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD), Regional Centre for Mapping and Remote Sensing, Ramani and Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI). Further, the department has bilateral arrangement to host and supervise postgraduate students undertaking their research from Southern Florida University, USA and University of Padova, Italy.