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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 term.

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.

 - CAJ 


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