Moi University is set to open a constituent college in Gatundu South, Kiambu County. According to the Vice Chancellor Richard Mibei, the new institution will be opened in September 2015.
Prof Mibei informed the press that the new constituent college will be named after Kenya’s independence first lady Mama Ngina Kenyatta. “The college will be known as Mama Ngina University College and will be situated at Ruburi Secondary School,” Mibei revealed.
The college, which is expected to initially admit 300 students, will absorb some of the students of Garissa University College that was closed following a terrorist attack in April, Prof Mibei said.
Garissa University College was a constituent college of Moi University located in Garissa county that was in early April 2015 attacked by suspected Al Shabaab Militia leaving over 147 students dead and several injured. The college was closed down indefinitely with the students being absorbed by the Moi University Main Campus in Eldoret.
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The new constituent college will have centres at Kiganjo Polytechnic and Mutomo Primary School.
The vice-chancellor spoke when Commission for University Education officials, accompanied by members of the university council and Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria toured the proposed location of the new college.
“We are ready and all set to start soon as soon as we get the gazettement, which we hope will be done by July.
“We should be able to bring in students by September this year,” Prof Mibei said.
The college will initially offer diploma courses in business, education, computer studies, IT and arts, before venturing into degree courses in law, engineering and sciences, among others, according to the VC.
It will occupy some of the classrooms in the day secondary school and later embark on hostel construction.
“There are many secondary and primary schools around here and there is a high demand for higher education,” he added.
Mr Kuria said the local community had embraced the new development that would open up opportunities and boost the local economy. “We are excited because this will open up huge investment opportunities here, especially in the areas of housing and marketing of farm produce,” he said.
The MP urged locals to invest in hostels, saying his office and the county government would improve the region’s infrastructure.