University of Nairobi outlines expansion plans
28 July 2014, 20:44
Nairobi -The University of Nairobi Vice Chancellor, Prof
George Magoha, disclosed that the institution would continue investing in
infrastructure modernization and expansion to cope with the rising admissions.
Speaking at graduation ceremony in the capital city, said
the student population stood at 70 000 and was growing.
"As part of moving into the future, we are enhancing
our infrastructural capacity by constructing the 22-storey University tower at
the main campus to house our increasing academic activities and the University
of Nairobi Graduate School. Other infrastructural activities include the School
of Pharmacy complex at Kenyatta National Hospital and the expansion of the
Kisumu campus," he said.
He noted that the university's fixed assets had grown to
over KES100 billion up from KES10 billion over the last ten years.
Meanwhile, 9 000 graduates drawn from the Colleges of
Health Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences were conferred with degrees
increasing the University of Nairobi alumni to 160 000.
The ceremony also witnessed the installation of Dr Vijoo
Rattansi as the fourth Chancellor of the University of Nairobi for a five year
She becomes the first female Chancellor of the
institution and the second non-head of State Chancellor at the University.
Speaking during the occasion Council Chairman Dr. Farah
Idle disclosed that the university's annual research kitty had grown
considerably to KES3.5 billion.
"Our scholars are playing active roles in the
foundation and implementation of policies and programmes that seek to address
societal and universal issues. This
clearly demonstrates our scholars' commitment to debunk myths that universities
have generated into teaching institutions rather than research
institutions," he said.