Country Representative

Prof. Dr. Fredrick Kassily (Turkana University College) ;

Egerton University (EU)

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Vision: A world class university for the advancement of humanity

Mission: To generate knowledge and offer exemplary education and training to society for national and global development

Egerton University is the oldest institution of higher learning in Kenya. It was founded as a Farm School in 1939 by Lord Maurice Egerton of Tatton. The University is the premier Agricultural public University in Kenya gazetted in 1987, through an Act of Parliament and accredited by Commission for University Education (CUE) in 2013 after the amendment of the University Education Act in 2012. However, the university has broadened to other areas of research and teaching such as natural resources, applied sciences, education, computer science, medical sciences, engineering and business studies. The University’s main campus is located at Njoro, about 180 Kms northwest of Nairobi off Njoro-Mau Narok road. The famous Lake Nakuru, the home of beautiful lesser flamingoes is only 27 Kms away. The University has 2 constituent Colleges which are; Kenyatta Campus and Nakuru Town Campus College. Egerton University is renowned for:

  • Excellent academic programmes.
  • World class Lecturers.
  • World class electronic library resources.
  • Well-equipped laboratories.
  • Quality accommodation for both local and international students.
  • Pristine environment for learning and green atmosphere which is good for studies.
  • Wide variety of recreational facilities.
  • Secure environment within campus and the surrounding.
  • Opportunities for Scholarships though limited to excellent students
  • Work study programme limited to needy students.

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Prof. Nzula Kitaka; Director, Board Member and Vice President of Africa-UniNet

Nzula Kitaka is an associate professor and a researcher of “Aquatic/Water Science” in the department of Biological Science, Egerton University, Kenya. Prof Kitaka graduated from University of Nairobi, Kenya with a B.Ed. Sc. (Hons) Botany & Zoology in 1985 and M.Sc. Hydrobiology in 1993. Kitaka attended a 9 months International Post –Graduate Course on Limnology at the Institute of Limnology, Austrian Academy of Sciences in 1992. She obtained a PhD in 2001 at the Faculty of Medicine & Biological Sciences, University of Leicester, UK, specializing in Limnology.

Prof Kitaka has been involved in several collaborative research projects either as a PI or researcher; among them, Country Manager in 2003 and a researcher in the European Union INCO-DEV Fingerponds project on integrated Aquaculture in East African Wetlands geared towards improving the livelihoods of the wetland communities without harming the natural environment; Researcher in the Dutch Government funded projects under DUPC in collaboration with UNESCO-IHE- ECOLIVE (Ecology of livelihoods in Nyando Wetlands); PI in Environmental Flows for the People and Ecosystem in the Mara River Basin (MaraFlows Project) and PI in “Co-Management of Wetland Ecosystems and Irrigation for enhancing livelihood in Lake Victoria Basins”; Researcher and Kenyan Project coordinator of “An Earth Observation and Integrated Assessment EOIA) Approach to the Governance of Lake Naivasha, Kenya” project which was a collaborative research between Egerton University & University of Twente-ITC (Funded by WOTRO); A Technical Director in the “Transboundary Water for Biodiversity in the Mara River Basin, Kenya” project, contracted by The Florida International University Board of Trustees; a Team leader of “Nile Ecosystems Valuation for wise-Use” (Nile-Eco-VWU) funded by CGIR in collaboration with other 6 institute in Africa and Europe among others.

Kitaka was one of the founders of “Tropical Limnology Course” (Troplimno – a three weeks course from 2004- 2008) in collaboration with Austrian Academy of Sciences. The course evolved becoming one of the major regional programmes in training water scientists and managers. Prof Kitaka has been one of the coordinators in the initial Limnology of Wetland Ecosystems (LWE) of UNESCO-IHE, The Netherlands (2009-2012) which transformed to a Joint Degree in Limnology and Wetland Management (LWM) in Collaboration with Egerton University, BOKU & UNESCO/IHE- Delft from 2012 to date and newly launched Joint Master’s Degree in Ecosystem Aquatic & Ecosystem and Environment Management (AEEM) in partnership with Egerton University, Addis Ababa University (AAU), Bahir Dar University (BDU) and Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR), majorly funded by Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC). These programmes have provided in-depth insight in translation of theoretical knowledge into practical approach to enhance research skills towards wise use of aquatic systems and ecosystems services for livelihoods enhancement, particularly in tropical systems in developing countries.

In 2013 & 2018, Kitaka partnered with Loughborough University in UK to host the 36th and 41st WEDC International conferences at Egerton University Prof Kitaka has been involved in professional networking and advocacy in the region through Eastern Africa Water Association (EAWA), launched in December 2003 with the support of the ADC as a former Secretary and national Chair. EAWA intensified regional and international collaboration in water sciences and technology in order to tackle the local societal challenges in water and sanitation, particularly in enhancing linkages between communities, water scientist and policy makers. She has also been a member of ARCA-Net Consortium: Alumni Raising Crises-&-Conflict Awareness in 2005-2010. ARCA-Net was a consortium of worldwide professionals from different sectors in partnership with Free, Humboldt, and Technical Universities in Berlin & Max Plank Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law addressing issues related to Nexus of Natural Resources and conflicts: Prevention & Resolutions, Coping strategies focusing on different cases worldwide.

She was one of the lead persons on the Info Dev Growing Innovator and World Bank project which developed “East Africa Climate Innovation Network” (EACIN) a collaboration initiative of Egerton University, African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), South-South Global Assets and Technology Exchange (SS-GATE), University of Dar es Salaam, National Agricultural Laboratories (NARL), Uganda, Practical Action East Africa, Rwanda & University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Funded by World Bank)

On Policy advisory, Prof Kitaka was appointed as a member of the Scientific Advisory Council (SAC) for the ERA Net “SPLASH” project: European Union Water Initiative European Research Area Network (EU-WI Era-Net) ERAC-CT-2006-036268 and was a Council member for the Kenyan National Council for Science and Technology (NCST) 2010-2013 which transformed to “National Commission for Science & Technology (NACOSTI). In 2014 Kitaka was appointed a member of the National Steering Committee for NETFUND Green Innovations Award (NETFUND-GIA) under the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.

Prof Nzula Kitaka is one of the directors of Local Ocean Conservation (LOC-WTW) protecting Sea Turtles in Watamu, Kenya. She has supervised several masters and PhD students and published widely in referred journals, publications and book chapters

Kibabii University (KIBU)

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Kibabii University is a Public University situated in the Western Region of Kenya in Bungoma, County. It is one of the fast growing and dynamic Universities in Kenya, in the region and globally. The University Vision is to be a dynamic, global University of excellence in Science, Technology and Innovation. Its Mission is to achieve excellence in generation, transmission and enhancement of new knowledge in Science, Technology and Innovation through quality Teaching, Research, Training, Scholarship, Consultancy and Outreach programmes. Kibabii University was established to directly or in collaboration with other institutions of higher learning and stakeholders to provide facilities for university education (including technological, scientific and professional education), the integration of teaching, research and effective application of knowledge and skills to the life, work and welfare of the citizens of Kenya. Other mandates include: to participate in the research, transmission, preservation and enhancement of knowledge and to stimulate intellectual participation of students in the economic, social, cultural, scientific and technological development of Kenya; and to provide and advance university education and training to appropriately qualified candidates leading to the conferment of degrees and awards of diplomas and certificates to contribute to manpower needs. The University engages in the discovery of new knowledge and skills that address scientific, socio-economic and technological concerns nationally, regionally and internationally. The activities of the Austrian-African Research Network including teaching and training, mentorship, internship/placement, research and innovation, and resource mobilization, through strategic partnerships therefore fall within the realms of the University mandate. Kibabii University will therefore contribute immensely towards the scientific discourse and share its research outputs with other stakeholders within the Africa-UniNet.


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Benedict M. Mutua; Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Planning, Partnerships, Research and Innovation)

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Benedict M. Mutua is a full Professor of Water Resources, Hydraulics and Environmental Engineering. He is currently the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Planning, Partnerships, Research and Innovation) at Kibabii University, Kenya. He obtained his PhD in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering from the Universität für Bodenkultur (BOKU) Wien (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria. He obtained his MEng. Sc. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Melbourne, Australia where he specialised in Hydraulics Engineering. He also obtained another MSc. in Water Resources Engineering from Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel where he Specialised in Water Resources Engineering and Systems Management). He obtained his BSc. in Agricultural Engineering from Egerton University, Kenya. In addition, Prof. Dr. Ing-Benedict M. Mutua obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Water Resources Management from Tel Aviv University, Israel and a Diploma in Soil and Water Engineering from Egerton University, Kenya. He has also done a number of Postdoctoral Research studies in different countries. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Benedict M. Mutua started his teaching and research career in 1990 at Egerton University, Kenya. He has a wealth of experience in teaching, research, administration and Project Management. He is currently the Team Leader and Principal Investigator for a number of on-going European Commission funded projects (Under Erasmus+) including the AHEAD Project at Kibabii University, the Austrian Partnership Programme in Higher Education and Research for Development (APPEAR) between BOKU and Egerton University in Kenya. He jointly with Faculty from BOKU University, Vienna Austria completed EU funded Projects under the 6th and 7th EU Frame Work namely; Waterman Project focusing on Water Resources Management in Eastern Africa, ROSA Project focusing on Resource Oriented Sanitation and reuse of treated wastewater in Eastern and Western Africa; CLARA Project focusing on Integrated Water Supply and Sanitation in Rural and Peri-Urban Areas in the Eastern, Western, Northern and Southern Africa.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Benedict M. Mutua’s research interests include and not limited to; Applied Hydraulics, Fluid Mechanics and Dynamics, Water Resources Engineering, Climate Change and Applied Hydrology. He is experienced in the application of Hydraulics and Hydrological models in solving Water Resources challenges in River Basins, Flood prediction, Drought assessment and forecasting as well as in Climate and Land use change studies. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Benedict M. Mutua is involved in a number of Community outreach and Extension Services especially in the area of Water, Sanitation, Health and Education. He has recently developed a Simplified Planning Tool (SPT) for Integrated Water Supply and Sanitation in Small and Fast growing Towns in Kenya. He has presented his research work in many international conferences. He has supervised many postgraduate students both at MSc., PhD and Postdoctoral levels and has published several scientific articles in reputable Journals. He has also published a number of books and book chapters. He has been invited as a Visiting Professor in many Universities globally. He is currently serving as a member of the Jury Board at the Pan African University (PAU) at Tlemcen University, Algeria in the Water Engineering Programmes. He is a member of several International, Regional and National Professional bodies. He serves as a member of the Editorial Board in a number of International Journals. He is also a member of several International Scientific Conference Committees. He is an External Examiner for several Universities. He has won several European Union, African Union, Regional, National and other Internationally funded research projects. He has traveled widely and has collaborative research activities and joint postgraduate students’ supervision in several countries. He has been trained in many professional short courses both nationally and internationally. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Benedict M. Mutua has received several recognitions as a Professor, Mentor, Manager, Administrator, Leader and Researcher. He desires to continually provide an all-inclusive leadership with a focus built on three (3) pillars namely; the People, Processes and Products.