Welcome To SEKU School of agriculture and veterinary sciences

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

1.1 Vision
To be a leading Centre of Excellence in Teaching, Research and Innovativeness in Environmental Management, Community Outreach and Sustainable Development globally.

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

1.3 Objectives
(a)    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.
(b)    To develop personnel with the necessary research and policy analysis competences so as to contribute to informed decision-making towards sustainable community livelihoods.
(c)    To produce professionals and technocrats capable of spearheading sustainable development agenda by focusing on sustainable technologies enhancing environmental conservation and management.

1.4 Departments
The School currently has two departments:
(a)    Department of Environmental Science and Technology (EST)
(b)    Department of Forestry Resources Management (FRM)

1.5 Programmes Offered
The three departments offer 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 programmes are designed to produce professionals competent and marketable in conducting further in-depth research work and community extension at the same time appreciating the exigencies of life-supporting systems and anthropogenic influences. The following courses are offered in the two departments:
(a)    Bachelor of Science in Environmental Conservation and Natural Resources Management
(b)    Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management
(c)    Bachelor of Science in Land Resource Management
(d)    Bachelor of Science in Forestry
(e)    Master of Science in Climate Change and Afro-Forestry
(f)    Master of Science in Environmental Management
(g)    PhD in Environmental Management
(h)    PhD in Climate Change and Agro-Forestry
(i)    Diploma in Forestry
(j)    Certificate in Environmental Impact Assessment & Audit

1.6 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. Graduates will also be absorbed in local corporate bodies involved in timber plantations e.g. Panpaper mills, Kenya Power and Lighting Company, KENGEN, Water Companies. They can also take up teaching jobs in many colleges offering environmental and natural resources management as a subject. Other career options available to the School graduates are still film making and environmental and wildlife journalism. 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.


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