The decline in the contribution of the Agricultural sector to Kenya‟s Gross Domestic Product has been attributed to, among other things, poor technologies, and lack of well-trained manpower in this sector. The Agricultural Engineering programme at Egerton University covers areas such as Soil and Water Conservation, Farm Power and Machinery, Irrigation, Agricultural Structures, Agricultural Processing, and Renewable energy, which are all crucial in enhancing the performance of the Agricultural sector.
The programme has thus been designed with emphasis on practical approach incorporating the current advancements in technology to satisfy the technical manpower requirements for the Agricultural Industry and to achieve Kenya‟s development goal of industrialisation in the year 2030.
The main aim of this programme is to train and graduate agricultural engineers. At the end, the programme will produce an engineer who will be able to:
All candidates admitted to the degree programme of Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering (B.Sc. Agricultural Engineering) at Egerton University must satisfy the minimum entrance requirements stipulated in the common university entrance regulations.
In addition, candidates must obtain at least the minimum grades in the following cluster subjects at Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (K.C.S.E).
Those holding qualifications equivalent to the K.C.S.E above from institutions recognized by Egerton University Senate may also be admitted.
Admission may be offered to outstanding diploma holders in engineering disciplines who have passed with a credit or above or their equivalent from institutions recognized by Egerton University Senate. Such cases will be treated on individual merit.
Transfer of credit up to a maximum of 30% of the total CF may be considered for diploma holders based on the guidelines stipulated by the Senate.
Self-sponsored applicants shall be required to meet the University and Faculty admission criteria.
Mininum Entry Requirements for Bachelor's Degree
The entry requirements set out below are only minimum, and they in no way entitle an applicant to a place in the University. Applicants must:
Meet additional entry requirements as may be specified by the respective Department, Faculty, School or Institute.
To be admitted for a PRE-SERVICE DEGREE PROGRAM, a prospective candidate must have all the requirements set up by the joint Admission Board (JAB), with a prospective IN-SERVICE student must have completed a diplomaprogram in the relevant field and graduated with at least a CREDIT.
This BSc. Agricultural Engineering programme shall be covered in five academic years each consisting of two semesters of 17 weeks each.
All students are expected to undergo an Internal Engineering Practice and an external Industrial/Field Attachment each lasting 8 weeks after the third and fourth years, respectively.
Listed below are the various disciplines in which the Agricultural Engineering courses fall and their corresponding digits:
1- Introductory Courses
2- Electrical courses
3- Farm Power and Machinery
4- Processing and Structures
5- Soil and Water Engineering
6- Field/General Experience