Engineering and Science Complex

In connection with major global challenges, Kenya has set its own path for development. Vision 2030 has laid out the goal of transforming the country into a newly industrialized middle-income economy within the next 10 years, and key infrastructure projects have been launched accordingly. The Big Four agenda has prioritized food security, housing, healthcare and manufacturing as the main areas of focus for government action. The implementation of these overarching objectives requires a workforce with the adequate set of skills, especially in Science, Engineering and Technology.

The University of Nairobi is the pioneer institution of University education in Kenya and the region. As such, is leading the way into training the next generation of adequately skilled engineers and scientists that will drive Kenya’s development. It is against this background that UoN has elaborated the Engineering and Science Complex (ESC) project, supported by AFD.

About AFD:

The Agence Française de Développement (AFD) Group implements France’s policy on development and international solidarity.

Comprised of AFD, which finances the public sector and NGOs; Proparco, which finances the private sector; and soon, Expertise France for technical cooperation, the Group finances, supports and accelerates transitions towards a more resilient and sustainable world.

We are building shared solutions with our partners. Our teams are active in more than 4,000 projects in the field, in the French overseas departments and some 115 countries, including areas in crisis. 

We strive to protect the common good – promoting peace, biodiversity and a stable climate, as well as gender equality, health and education. It’s our way of contributing to the commitment that France and the French people have made to fulfill the Sustainable Development Goals. Towards a world in common.


On October 29, the Government of Kenya and French Development Agency (AFD) signed two financing agreements to the tune of 35 M € aiming to improve and open up available academic training in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics in Kenya. The signing ceremony was attended by French Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade and Attractiveness, Mr. Franck Riester, ….


UoN has received a grant of Ksh 12 million from the French Development Agency to undertake a pre-feasibility study to assess the viability of the complex, economically and environmentally.