M.A. in Urban Management - Egerton university | Educartis

Njoro
2 years
Master/MBA
On Campus

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Course Overview

Urbanization is an irreversible trend worldwide with close to 50% of the world population living in urban areas and involves a multitude of social, economic, demographic, environmental and spatial aspects. Many developing countries, including Kenya have recorded unprecedented rates of urbanization that has challenged the capacity of many local authorities to tackle the attendant challenges. The pace of urbanization in the developing countries has posed several challenges to planners, managers, policy makers and researchers and thus need to develop innovative programmes that would train human resources to effectively manage emerging challenges in our urban societies.

The increase in urban population in many developing countries has posed many challenges to management of these cities, challenges that tend to transcend traditional urban management fields/professions. The Masters of Science in Urbana Management programme at Egerton University intends to fill a gap in the training of urban managers for our urban systems that has traditionally been undertaken by professionals trained either in the field of planning, legal studies, financial management etc. and that has proved inadequate in tackling the emerging challenges of urban societies. The complexities of problems in our urban societies call for managers who will not only be prudent resource managers but able to mobilize resources for growth and development of urban centers.

These are managers who are able to look for and create opportunities that can help expand the urban economic base and make linkages with the surrounding region. The programme intends to generate managers not only with skills to effectively manage our urban centers but also be keen team players and coordinators of various actors. The practicum aspect in the program is meant to enhance the practicability of the solutions that students may propose and strengthen their hands-on approach to tackling urban problems.

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How This Course Will Benefit Your Career

The Master of Science programme in Urban Management at Egerton University will provide both basic management techniques and analytic skills necessary for sustainable and effective management of rapidly evolving urban environments. The curriculum provides every candidate with the opportunity and responsibility to develop a preferred specialty in one or more key areas of practice, such as environmental management; health systems planning; environment impact assessment; urban land use planning; and environmental hazard management.The curriculum seeks to build studentsā€˜ professional judgment skills through applied course work and field experience, while instilling awareness of, and appreciation for, research and theory from many contributing disciplines. In this way, it will contribute to training and building capacity/skills for our urban managers who will appreciate a multidisciplinary approach in sustainably managing the major challenges that our urban societies face. The graduate of the programme will be expected to develop skills that would enable them undertake situational analysis of the urban areas in regard to human settlements, planning and management issues, develop monitoring and evaluation tools for urban projects and generally be managers who are able to co-ordinate various actors in the urban management.
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Admission Criteria

For admission to this programme, applicants should have at least an Upper Second class division or its equivalent in a field related to urban management from a university recognized by Egerton University Senate. Candidates with a Second Class degree Lower Division. with at least two years work experience in urban management related fields will be considered for admission. The faculty may recommend the admission of students who do not meet the above requirements but show strength in their practical fields that may warrant such admissions.

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