Kenyatta University is set to put up a KES5 billion hostel under a public-private partnership after the government authorised the project.
The Africa Integras (an American Company) will now design, build, finance, and operate the student hostels and transfer them to the university at the end of the concession period.
“Kenyatta University will not only provide more accommodation for the undergraduate students but for the first time accommodate post-graduate students and married students who are increasing in number every year,” said a statement from the university.
Students who are unable to secure accommodation on campus seek hostels outside while others are forced to travel long distances from their homes.
The hostels project will be located at KU’s main campus and is designed to accommodate over 10,000 students.
KU is headed by vice-chancellor Olive Mugenda.
“The project is quite timely as it will not only ease the accommodation pressure at Kenyatta University, but also provide a model that can be replicated by the other public universities,” added the statement.
The project will be unveiled on June 19 by the government through the Ministry of Education, the National Treasury and the Private-Public Partnership unit.
On Thursday, Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi said the government would continue to support higher learning institutions so that they can offer quality education.
“We want to produce graduates who will be job creators. We can only achieve that if we invest in facilities in those institutions,” said Prof Kaimenyi at a forum at Kenya Institute of Curriculum development.
Some 67,124 students will join public universities while 41, 550 students will join public colleges in September.