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Department of Geospatial & Space Technology

The history of the Department of Geospatial & Space Technology can be traced way back to 1956 when Surveying was introduced as one of the first programs to be set up at the then Royal Technical College of East Africa – the predecessor of the University of Nairobi. In 1960, the Department was relocated to its present location on the third floor of American Wing on Kingsway Road (present day Harry Thuku Road).

From the beginning of 1961, courses leading to the final examinations of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (R.I.C.S) in Land and Quantity Surveying were mounted. The first B.Sc. (Survey) degrees were awarded some six years later in 1967. At various stages in the course of its history, the name of the Department has changed from “Land Surveying”, “Surveying & Photogrammetry”, “Surveying” to the present name “Geospatial & Space Technology”.

To date over 500 students have graduated from the Department with B.Sc. Degrees. Out of this number, 15% have been non-Kenyans. In addition, 15 Postgraduate students have also graduated with higher degrees. During this time, the Department has managed to score many firsts, particularly within the Faculty of Engineering – in which it is housed. For instance, the first Ph.D. degree from the Faculty of Engineering was awarded to L. P. Adams in 1969. In 1970 the Chair of Land Surveying was created with L. P. Adams as the first Professor in the Department. In the same year, the Department graduated the first lady from the Faculty of Engineering – Mrs. T. M. Njoroge.

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