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Department of Kiswahili and Other African Languages

The department of Kiswahili and other African Languages (KOAL) of Maseno University offers a Bachelor of Arts programme with Information Technology (IT), and postgraduate programmes in Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in language, linguistics and literature in Kiswahili and other African languages. The department stands as a centre of excellence in training Kiswahili and other African languages, promoting cultural diversity and advancing external relationships with other partners. KOAL services students from the faculty of education and the department of communication and media technology. Plans to offer Kiswahili as a core subject in the university curriculum are in progress.

As Kiswahili continues to gain prominence both as a national and official language in Kenya, a lingua franca of the East Africa Community states, proposed as one of the official languages of the African Union and taught at various universities globally, the department is already undertaking the initiative of establishing viable programmes so as to produce graduates of Kiswahili who can meet the envisaged demand in future.  Thus the department is in the process of reviewing its programs in order to conform to socio-economic and political changes and transformations worldwide. The review is taking into account the dynamics in higher education, Kenyan constitution and Kenya Vision 2030.

The department also plans to introduce new market driven programmes such as: Translation and Interpretation, Editorial and Publishing, and a full programme of the African languages.  Maseno University strategically positioned on the trans-border high way, is a converging point of African languages and cultures taking into cognisance the spread of community identities across nations and regions. The African language programme that is under review intends to attract students, scholars, researchers and artists across regions. The Kenyan dream of being an industrialized state will be achieved through absorption of expertise, professionals and consultants in translation, publishing and editorial firms, media houses and non-governmental organizations.

Both Master of Arts (MA) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Kiswahili Studies seek to strengthen the knowledge base of Kiswahili scholars, enabling them to undertake critical analysis of important language, linguistics and literary issues, to conduct and co-ordinate multidisciplinary research, and to disseminate information and data for sustainable use of the language.  The knowledge gained by those specializing in Kiswahili Studies will enable adequate analysis, translation, research, teaching and examination of the language leading to effective revitalization and restoration of African languages, and Kiswahili as a national, regional and international language.

Vision:
To be a centre of excellence in training Kiswahili and other African languages scholars

Mission:
To provide students and scholars with professional and technical skills in linguistics and literary studies in Kiswahili and other African languages, in preparation for further studies and career opportunities; promoting cultural diversity and advancing external relationships with local communities, African universities and other institutions of higher learning around the world.

Specific Objectives:
1. To review Kiswahili curriculum, and to create and implement African language curriculum
2. To enrich Kiswahili and African language course with more practical oriented
programs
3. To ensure collaborative quality teaching and learning among staff and students
4. To strengthen research capacity of academic staff through organizing annual departmental and
international seminars and conferences.
5. To publish at least one journal issue per year.
6. To initiate establishment of a language laboratory
7. To create an effective and efficient monitoring and evaluation system of departmental daily       
Operations and examination management.

 

 

 


Dr. Florence Ngesa Indede
Chair of Department
Email: indede2001@yahoo.com
Address: P.o.Box 333 Maseno
Professional Qualifications: B.ed and MA (University of Nairobi) PhD (Maseno University)
indeed@maseno.co.ke

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Dr. Ernest Sangai Mohochi

Email: smohochi@gmail.com
Address: P.o.Box 333 Maseno
Professional Qualifications: BA, MA, PhD (Egerton University)

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Mr. Owen Ouko Mconyango

Email:omconyango@yahoo.com
Address: P.o.Box 333 Maseno 
Professional Qualifications: BA, MA (University of Nairobi)

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Mr. Gilbert Kiptanui

Address: P.o.Box 333 Maseno
Professional Qualifications: BA, MA (University of Nairobi)

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Mr. Jonathan Muga Onyango

Email: jonamuga@yahoo.com
Address: P.o.Box 333 Maseno
Professional Qualifications: Bed (Kenyatta University), MA (University of Nairobi)

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Mr. Philip Visendi Lumwamu

Email:phillipvisendi@yahoo.com
Address: P.o.Box 333 Maseno
Professional Qualifications: Bed, MPhil (Moi University)

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Mr. Martin Mulwale

Email: mulwalemartin@yahoo.com
Address: P.o.Box 333 Maseno
Professional Qualifications: B.ed, MA (Maseno University)

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Mrs. Deborah Nanyama Amukowa


Email:dnanyama@yahoo.com
Address: P.o.Box 333 Maseno
Professional Qualifications: BA (Egerton University), PGDE (Kenyatta University) MA
(Maseno University)

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Ms. Beverlyne Ambuyo Asiko


Email: bevily2005@yahoo.com
Address: P.o.Box 333 Maseno
Professional Qualifications: B.ed and MA (Maseno University)

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Mr. Bernard Odoyo Okal

Email: benardodoyo@yahoo.com
Address: P.o.Box 333 Maseno
Professional Qualifications: B.ed and MA (Maseno University)

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Postgraduate Programmes


PhD Kiswahili


MA Kiswahili

 

Undergraduate Programmes