Dr. Edward Anino Ag. Dean, Postgraduate studies

History and Mandate

The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) was established in the year 2015 to respond to the surging need for graduate education among neighboring communities who had hitherto grappled with the challenges of access to that crucial level of our Kenyan higher education system. Since then, the School has been on a steady growth path and has proved very helpful to not only the surrounding student community, but also the national student population. Through working with the six teaching schools in the University, the School of Graduate Studies has been greatly relied upon to provide scholarly leadership in the University.

The School is responsible for the administration of graduate studies in the University through fulfilment of six major mandates namely:

  • Admission of graduate students
  • Co-ordination and regulation of graduate syllabi
  • Administration of graduate scholarships and research grants
  • Ensuring effective supervision of graduate students
  • Administration and processing of graduate research theses.
  • Verifying the final list of graduate degree awards.

In the performance of her mandates, the School is guided by the Rongo University Rules and Regulations Governing Graduate Studies. The School has managed to develop rules and regulations that provides a very comprehensive and vibrant systematic approach to the management and administration of graduate studies in the University.

A spacious room has also been exclusively set aside by the University for graduate students who may wish to read and conduct research while at the University. The aim is to provide conducive environment for learning to our graduate students without having to crave for reading rooms with the large number of undergraduate students learning in the University.


The School is guided by an aspiration of being; A World-Class Graduate Centre for the Advancement of Graduate Studies, Research, Innovation and Community Outreach.


The mission of the School is; To Provide a Vibrant Academic Environment that Nurtures Innovative Graduate Scholarship through Efficient Student Admissions, Supervision and Publication of Research Output.

Our pledge is to effectively deliver on the mandates of the school and remain continually committed to delivering to our clients what we promise to deliver.

Management and Structure

The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) is headed by the Dean who doubles up as the Chairperson of the Board of Graduate Studies (BGS). The Dean is responsible for the day to day running of the School. He facilitates the implementation of the decisions and or resolutions of the Board of Graduate Studies.

The Board of Graduate Studies is the body through which the School performs her mandated functions and is composed of the Dean, School of Graduate Studies, two Senate representatives, one representative from every teaching school and the University Librarian.

The current members of the Board are as follows:

  1. Prof. Joseph Aguyoh                                –     School of Agriculture, Natural Resources & Environmental Studies
  2. Prof. J. B. Owuor                                      –      Senate Representative
  3. Prof. Z. Ngalo Otieno                               –      School of Science, Technology & Engineering
  4. Dr. Jonathan Mulwa                                –      Representative School of Business & Human Resource Development
  5. Mr. Joel Nakitare                                      –      University Librarian
  6. Dr. Jane Kembo                                        –       School of Education
  7. Dr. James Abila                                         –       Representative School of Information Communication & Media Studies
  8. Dr. Carren Nyandiba                                –     Senate Representative
  9. Dr. Kesero Tunai                                       –      School of Arts and Social Sciences

Graduate School Board Members

The current members of the Board are :


 Joash Barack Okeyo-Owuor is a Professor of Environmental Biology and Health in the department of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at Rongo University, Kenya. He Holds Ph.D. (Zool/IPM) from University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and M.Sc. (Entomology) and B.Sc. (Agriculture) both from University of Nairobi, Kenya. Prof. Okeyo-Owuor has over 20 years university teaching and over 30 years research experience. He has supervised and mentored over 20 Ph.D., 40 M.Sc. and at least 10 postdoctoral scholars as well as lecturing undergraduate courses and conducting many short professional courses in Environmental Sciences. He has extensive published and written book chapters and well as organizing and participation in many research conferences and workshops at local and international level. He has developed may successful ald funded research and development proposals. He continues to be involved in curriculum development and review at the university level and is a peer reviewer for Commission for University Education (Kenya). Prof Okeyo-Owuor is currently the Programme leader for Environmental Programme at School of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences. He has received several important appointments, awards and recognition at National and international levels. He got a presidential appointment to the Post of Director- Lake Basin Development Authority (Kenya, 1991), Director, Lake Victoria South Water Services Board June 2016), Elder of Burning Spear of Kenya (2009).He is a Director of the Victira Institute for Research on Environment and Development (VIRED) International an NGO based in Kisumu, Kenya.  Professor Okeyo-Owuor is also a member of several scientific societies, has numerous scientific and international linkages and a Lead Expert for Environmental Impact Assessment and Audit (Kenya). He is a representative of the Senate in the Board.  He may be contacted at Department of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Rongo University, P.O. Box 103-40404, Rongo, Kenya, Email: jbokeyo@gmail.com: Mobile: 0728303839

Prof. Aguyo

Joseph Nyamori Aguyoh is a Professor of Sustainable Horticulture and Biostatistics in the Department of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at Rongo University, Kenya. He holds an Msc in Horticulture from Iowa State University (USA) and Phd from University of Illinois (USA). Prof Aguyoh has over 25 years of University research and teaching experience. He has supervised and graduated over 20 Postdoctorate students with various research interests. He has taught courses with themes on Proposal development and Statistical Methods among others. He has published extensively in international peer reviewed journals and presented research findings in local, regional and international meetings. He has been involved in curriculum developments, self assessment and peer review of University programs. Prof Aguyoh is currently the Director of Quality assurance and a member of Rongo University Senate and Graduate Committee. He is also the chief research scientist in the African Knowledge Transfer Partnership (AKTP). He is a representative of the School of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Studies in the Board.He can be contacted at: Department of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Rongo University, P.O. Box 103-40404 RONGO. KENYA, E mail:nyamori2001@yahoo.com


Prof. Z. Ngalo Otieno-Ayayo is an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at the School of Science, Technology and Engineering and Ag Coordinator for the Town Campus in Rongo University. He is currently the treasurer of the African Association of Insect Scientists (AAIS) with its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. Prof. Otieno-Ayayo holds a PhD in Life Sciences from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), Israel. His research interests are in “Emerging Alternative Systems for Insect Disease Vectors and Pests Control” with special attention to recombinant Bacillus thuringiensis var israelensis (Bti) entomocidal proteins. He has had an opportunity to participate in the German Mosquito Control Association’s aerial- and hand-, spraying of Bti in the swamps of Waldsee (Germany) and in the meadows of Wroslaw (Poland) respectively. He also belonged to a research team that worked on integrated malaria control with special emphasis on “Malaria Diagnosis Using Plasma and Combinations of Chemical Reactions” sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Prof. Otieno-Ayayo previously taught at the University of Eastern Africa, Baraton for 7 years (2008-2014), Solusi University in Zimbabwe for 5 years (2000-2005) after working at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology in various capacities (between 1985 and 2000). He was an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Research Fellow at BGU in 1989-90. He is married to one wife and has three children: one girl and two boys. He represents the School of Science, Technology and Engineering.

Contact: School of Science, Technology and Engineering
Rongo University
P.O. Box 106, Rongo-40404, KENYA.
E-mail: zngalo@rongovarsity.ac.ke

Phone: +254723203802



Prof. Jared O.  Ongong’a represents the School of Business and Human Resource Development to the Board of Graduate School.  He is an Associate Professor and Head of Human Resource, Tourism and Hospitality. Researcher in Strategic Management, Human Resource Management and Entrepreneurship Development, with a PhD in Management Science (Entrepreneurship Development). I have over sixteen years of teaching and research experience at University level. Am holding a PhD in Management Science (Entrepreneurship), Master of Business Administration (Financial Management), Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Auditing) as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Education. He teaches Strategic management, Human Resource and Entrepreneurship in the School of Business and Human Resource Development at  Rongo University. Prof Ongong’a has served as a Tutorial Fellow, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor for the last eighteen years. During these years, he has successfully supervised over twenty five Masters and PhD candidates.  Have published eighteen articles in international referred journals, authored four books and contributed two book chapters. I am also an Associate Member of the Kenya Institute of Management.He represents the School of Business and Human Resource Development in the Board.


Dr. Jane Kembo B. Ed. (Hons) UoN, M.Ed. (UoN) Language education and Curriculum Development, PhD in Linguistics. Dr Kembo teaches Language education to students of applied linguistics. In addition, she teaches research methodology, sociolinguistics, second language reading and the teaching of second language reading and writing. Currently, her areas of interest include the use of short texts for developing the four skills of English as a Second Language, in addition to the use of Mother Tongue to teach in school. Areas of research interest include but are not limited to the above. Her areas of research interest also include teacher preparation and development, and materials for teaching language used for instruction. She is currently the Acting Dean, School of Education and a represenative of the School in the Board.


Dr Carren Nyandiba is a Senior Lecturer of Kiswahili in the Department of Languages, Linguistics and Literature at Rongo University, Kenya. She is a holder of   MA Kiswahili from Egerton Universirty and a Doctor of Philosophy in Kiswahili from Moi University, Kenya. She has over ten years of teaching experience at the university.  Besides teaching undergraduate, MA and Phd Kiswahili courses, she is the current coordinator of post graduate studies in the department of Languages, Linguistics and Literature. Dr Nyandiba has supervised several MA students a few PhD students. She has also done extensive research and has publications in journals and book chapters. Her research interest is in the Sociolinguistics, Applied Linguistics and African Linguistics. She represents the Senate in the Board. You can contact her through the Department of Languages Linguistics and Literature, Rongo University or through the email: carrnyandiba@gmail.com , or mobile number +254722647823.


Dr. Fredrick Ogenga is the Head of the Department of Communication, Journalism and Media Studies, Rongo University, Kenya and the Founding Director, Center for Media, Democracy, Peace & Security (CMDPS). He writes expert commentaries for the Daily Nation and Standard mainstream newspapers in Kenya and has contributed several peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles on media, elections, conflict, and peacebuilding in Africa in journals such as Journal of African Elections, Africa Conflict and Peace-building Review, Conflict and Communication Online, Media and Democracy Journal, Global Media Journal, Journal of Journalism and Mass Communication, Africa Journal of Democracy and Governance, and Semiotica – Global Journal of Semiotics. Dr. Ogenga is a beneficiary of the 2014 Africa Diaspora Fellowship (ADF) and recipient of the 2014 African Peacebuilding Network (APN) Research Grant. He has worked as a visiting scholar on media and sociology at the Institute for the Advancement of Social Sciences (IASS), Boston University, USA. In 2015, Dr. Ogenga was appointed a Visiting Researcher at the African Studies Center, Boston University. He is currently a Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington D.C, USA. He is the representative of the School of Information, Communication and Media Studies.  ogengafredrick@gmail.com

Joel Nakitare

Joel Wekesa Nakitare is a Senior Librarian at Rongo University, Kenya. He holds a BSc. In Information sciences from Moi University and Master in Library and Information Sciences Kenyatta University. Mr. Nakitare has 10 years’ experience in different academic libraries. He is technologically savvy with keen interest in adoption and use of web technologies in managing information.   Mr. Nakitare is currently the Ag. University Librarian and a member of Rongo University Senate and Graduate Committee. He can be contacted at: University Library, Rongo University, and P.O. Box 103-40404 RONGO. KENYA, Email: jnakitare@rongovarsity.ac.ke




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