Dr. Cornelius Kibet Serrem
Ph.D. (UCPS, Mexico), M.Sc (UNB,Canada), B.Sc. (UNB,Canada)
Dean, School of Agriculture & Biotechnology
Dr Cornelius Kibet Serrem: PhD in Soil and Plant Science, University College of Postgraduate Studies, Chapingo Mexico; MSc Forestry and Agriculture and BSc. Forestry, University of New Brunswick, Canada
Dr. Cornelius Kibet Serrem is a Senior Lecturer in Soil Science in the School of Agriculture and Biotechnology, Department of Soil Science at the University of Eldoret, Kenya. He holds a PhD in Soil and Plant Science from the University of Postgraduate Studies – Chapingo Mexico, studied and written in Spanish. He also has an MSc in Forestry and Agriculture and BSc in Forestry (Forest Soils Major), both from the University of New Brunswick, Canada. Also, Dr Serrem holds a post graduate Diploma in Soil Mineralogy and Pedology from the University of Ryukus in Japan.
Dr Serrem is an accomplished scholar and researcher. He taught Forest Soils courses and Laboratory techniques at the University of New Brunswick. He also worked with environment Canada (Canadian Forest Service), mapping forest soils, was a Senior Research officer at the Kenya Forestry Research Institute, having been among the founders of the said institute and Head of the Soil Science Division where he worked in Research projects with international and local Organizations like IDRC, ICRAF, CARE-Kenya, JICA, MENR, KARI, DANIDA, SIDA, NGOs and individual farmers Country wide.
In 1994 Dr Serrem joined Moi University as a lecturer and later in 2007 became a Senior Lecturer. He has been the Head, Department of Soil Science. Earlier, he was the representative for the School of Agriculture in the then School of Postgraduate Studies of Moi University. He was also a warden and recently was the Senate Representative at the School of Agriculture. With respect to community and social responsibilities, Dr Serrem has held the positions of chairman in Keiyo North Constituency Development Fund (CDF) for 5 years, Economic Stimulus, Constituency Education Fund, and has been Chairman of Chepkoilel University Primary School, among others.
Dr Serrem has taught a variety of courses in the areas of Soil and Plant Science as well as the Spanish language in Moi and Eldoret Universities and he has been involved in the development of curricula in these areas. He has supervised numerous undergraduate students’ research projects, 12 masters and 3 PhD thesis. He has also reviewed and published manuscripts for a number of local and international Journals both in English and Spanish languages. His research interests are in soil mineralogy in relation to soil types and the use of amendments/fertilizers in relation to farmer’s use/needs and soil conservation in dry land areas.
As dean, Dr Serrem would like to steer the School of Agriculture and Biotechnology, towards achieving world class standards through production of graduates who can share and translate their knowledge into practice to support farmers and industry. With the team of dedicated and highly skilled staff, the school will engage in research relevant to farmer and community needs, catalyze innovation, carry out activities that will generate income for the University and have the passion and drive to make the school a renowned centre of specialized excellence.