The Faculty of Environment and Resource Development (FERD), Egerton University was established in 1998. The Faculty places great emphasis on integrated multidisciplinary research embracing the different compartments of the environmental support system. This research approach is now well recognized as one of the plausible platforms for formulating problem-solving strategies and in devising optimal management plans. The Faculty has both the physical and human resource infrastructure for deployment in actualizing multidisciplinary approaches in research domains within its mandate. A diversity of human resource capacities and competencies with several years of experience in research and teaching in environmental sciences, natural sciences and geography are housed in FERD.
The Faculty envisions being a centre of excellence in training and production of human resource capacities and competencies for sustainable management of the environment for advancement of humanity.
The mission of the Faculty is principally to:
1. Train high calibre graduates with the relevant knowledge and skills for careers in research, teaching, extension and consultancy.
2. Conduct multi-disciplinary and problem oriented research.
3. Offer consultancy services in all aspects of environmental management.
4. Create environmental awareness through outreach services.
The Faculty of Environment and Resource Development, Egerton University, is dedicated to achieving excellence in Education and Research in Basic and Applied Environmental and Natural Resources Management and ecology through a quality management system which is continuously undergoing improvement to ensure customer satisfaction in line with ISO 9001:2000.
The Faculty members are dedicated in carrying out their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the realization of quality objectives which have been set, and, in addition, will review these objectives from time to time to ensure that they are in line with the vision, mission, and quality policy of the Faculty.
The Faculty has the following departments:
v Department of Natural Resources (NARE)
v Department of Geography
v Department of Environmental Sciences
To conduct research activities in the areas of environment and thereupon contribute for research-based teaching/learning process and enhance the quality of education, several committees have been established under the Faculty of Environment and Resource development. The following are the committees in operation:
v Faculty Management
v Research and Publication
v Liaison, Linkages and outreach
v Mau complex Regional Centre of Excellence (RCE)
v Postgraduate Affairs
v Undergraduate Affairs
v Technical staff Affairs
v Examination Affairs
v Environmental Conservation Week
v Environmental Management Systems Core Committee
COURSES OFFERED AT THE FACULTY
Currently, FERD offers the following undergraduate and postgraduate courses:
Department of Environmental Science
v Certificate in Environmental Impact Assessment
v BSc in Environmental Science
v MSc in Environmental Science
v Doctor of philosophy in Environmental Science
Department of Geography
v Certificate in Geographical Information systems
v BSc in Geography
v MSc/MA in Geography
v MA in Urban Management
v Doctor of philosophy in Geography
Department of Natural Resource
v Certificate in Eco-tourism and Hospitality Management
v Diploma in Eco-tourism and Hospitality Management
v BSc in Natural Resource Management
v BSc in Eco-tourism and Hospitality Management
v BSc in Wildlife Integrated Enterprise Management
v BSc in Integrated Forest Resource Management
v MSc in Natural Resource Management
v MSc in Dry land Management Science
v Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Resource Management
v Doctor of Philosophy in Dry land Management Science
Each academic program in operation under FERD has its own specific objectives.
Academic staff members in FERD are active researchers as well as teachers, thereby ensuring that students are taught and supervised by competent professionals. We recognise our staff as our most valuable resource and we continue to motivate them through:
v Provision of equal opportunities for men and women
v Encouragement of participatory management
v Continued staff training
v Provision of conducive work environment
v Continuous staff appraisal
v Efficient handling of personal matters
Our students participate in extra-curricular activities through various clubs. Such activities enrich students’ education and expose them to real life situations on environmental management. In each semester, our students participate in outreach and awareness creation activities in and around Egerton University. Currently, the following clubs are registered with the Faculty:
v Youth Wildlife Enterprise Movement (YWEM)
v Geography Society of Egerton University (GEOSEU)
v Natural Resources Club of Egerton University
v Egerton University Ecotourism Association
FERD has a rich history of exchange programmes and collaborative arrangements with leading environmental management institutions, professional associations, and Universities around the world. The Faculty recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, U.S.A. Other established links with international and local institutions that share common mission and vision are as follows:
v Ludwig-Maxmilian University of Munich (LMU) (Germany)
v National Environment Management Authority
v Lake Nakuru Hotel, Ecotourism and Management College
v Forest Action Network
v Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources
v Kenya Forestry Research Institute
v Kenya Wildlife Service
v Kenya Forest Service
In line with the above, FERD also encourages students and members of staff to participate in national and international seminars and similar academic events, regularly. Exchange programs involving scholars and professors from institutions with which the Faculty has linkages strengthen the bonding of relationships with academics from reputed universities. To meet the requirements of the human resource market, FERD has completed the revision, of the existing undergraduate and master level curriculum.
In addition, to enhance the competency of Faculty members, FERD is regularly involved in the following activities, as well:
- Environmental Conservation Week: Egerton University implements a strategy to promote afforestation, water conservation and waste management in and around the University. In line with this objective, the Faculty of Environment and Resource Development is responsible for organizing the annual Environmental Conservation Week where stakeholders participate in various conservation activities. For instance this year’s launching of Environmental Conservation Week will take place any time from now once the rains stabilise. Egerton University staff, students and APA Insurance staff will then plant trees at Ngongogeri Farm, Egerton University, where the Faculty has been allocated 20 hectares of land towards establishing a nature park.
- Conservation of Mau Catchment: the Faculty of Environment and Resource Development spearheaded the establishment of the Mau Regional Centre of Excellence (RCE), a United Nations University affiliated centre and hosted within Egerton University. The RCE brings together stakeholders from within the region with the aim of enhancing environmental conservation.
- Development of an Environmental Management System (EMS); ISO 14001: The Faculty of Environment leads a team constituted by the University Management in developing and sustaining an Environmental Management System (EMS) based on the International Standard ISO 14001. The EMS, together with the ISO 9001- 2008 Standard, will be the mechanism for achieving the University's Environmental Policy. Egerton University is working towards certification by December, 2014.
Research and Publication
One of our main missions is to become a leading research centre in environmental and natural resources management studies. In order to reach this goal, a comprehensive strategy and plan has been identified and formulated. One of the research development strategies in FERD is to acquire more research funding from both local and international agencies. In addition, efforts to increase publications from academic Faculty members in refereed journals and research paper presentation in local and international fora has been made possible through the acquisition of research funding and strategic cooperation at the international level.
Since the establishment of the FERD, we have received research funding not only from government agencies and organizations but also from international bodies and organizations as well.
FERD publishes quarterly research Journal of Environment Natural Resources Management and Society (JENRS).
Research direction for the Faculty of Environment and Resource Development
Energy / Food
• Sufficiency Agriculture
• Geographical information management system
Water Resource (Fresh Water / Brackish Water / Brine)
• Sustainable Water Resource Management
• Warning system
• Resource Management for Sustainable Tourism (Water, Landscape, Activities, Culture, Lifestyle, History etc.)
Environment (Soil, Water, Air, Noise and Waste Materials)
• Environmental Remediation Technology
• Clean Technology for Environmental Development
Extension and Consultancy Services
The Faculty provides extension and consultancy services in various fields of expertise. This includes training, education and facilitation, environmental monitoring and impact assessment, environmental planning and management, environmental and natural resources assessment, environmental law and policy, GIS and environmental economics.
- Monitoring continuously the effectiveness of ongoing programmes.
- Evaluating the emerging needs of society at large, and developing socially relevant academic courses/programmes.
- Fostering international relations to facilitate access to innovative programmes and support.
For further information contact:
Faculty of Environmental and Resources Development,
P. O BOX 536-20115,