RPE AT A GLANCE
Research, Production and Extension (RPE) Division is one of the three Divisions in the University. The Division was set up when JKUAT, then JKUCAT became a constituent College of Kenyatta University in 1987 under the headship of a Deputy Principal. In 1994 when JKUAT attained the charter to operate as a fully-fledged university, the headship changed to a Deputy Vice Chancellor.
The Division is currently headed by Prof. Esther M. Kahangi, who has a wealth of experience in research, production, extension and technology transfer activities. The current Registrar is Mr. Cyrus C. Kamau who is experienced in research and research management. The office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (RPE) coordinates the following services:
- Research including fundraising and dissemination
- Production and income generating activities
- Extension and technology transfer services including shows and exhibitions
- Linkages services including community collaboration services
The mandate of RPE is performed through various Directorates, Departments, Institutes and Centres as follows:
Directorate of Research headed by Dr. Patrick Mbindyo. The Directorate facilitates all research activities including research funding and monitoring of projects. The Directorate also organizes the annual scientific conference and maintains data on all research activities in the university. JAGST, a peer-refereed journal is housed in research directorate.
Directorate of Production and Innovation headed by Prof Martin Obanda. The Directorate aims at transferring JKUAT innovations into income generating activities. The directorate also coordinates the income generating units (IGUs) within the university. Some of the IGUs are Farm Machinery; Livestock; Crops; Bookshop; Cafeteria; FOTEC; CPC and Engineering Workshops.
Extension and Technology Transfer Directorate headed by Dr. David Kagima. It spearheads the transfer of technology developed at JKUAT to end users. This is done through shows, exhibitions and television programmes.
University Community Collaboration Department headed by Prof. P. G. Ngunjiri. The Directorate is responsible for nurturing good relations between JKUAT and its neighbouring communities.
Linkages Department headed by Dr. Mwikamba Kaibui. The Department coordinates all linkages activities in the university including monitoring the activities of all collaborations.
Chemistry Products Centre (CPC) headed by Dr. W. Waudo.
MAJOR RESEARCH CENTERS
- Institute of Energy and Environmental Technology (IEET) headed by Prof. R. Kinyua;
- Institute of Biotechnology Research (IBR) headed by Prof. A. B. Nyende;
- Sustainable Materials Research and Technology Centre (SMARTEC) headed by Eng. C. Kabubo;
- Water Research and Resource Centre (WARREC) headed by Prof. Bancy Mati and
- Sino Africa Joint Research Centre (SAJoReC) headed by Prof. R.W. Gituru.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor (RPE) provides secretariat for the following Senate Committees:
i. Research, Printing and Publications
iii. Income Generating Units
iv. Community Services
v. Tuition Farm