The Government of Kenya and French Development Agency (AFD) have signed two financing agreements to the tune of Kshs. 4.6 B aiming to improve and open up available academic training in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics in Kenya.
The signing took place on October 29, 2021 at the National Treasury of Kenya, between Amb. Ukur Yatani, Cabinet Secretary, National Treasury and Mr. Bertrand Willocquet, AFD Kenya Director, in the presence of French Minister for Foreign Trade, Mr. Frank Reister and University of Nairobi’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Stephen Kiama and Chief Operations Officer, Mr. Brian Ouma.
Approximately KES 4 B will finance the detailed design, construction and seed equipment of an Engineering and Science Complex (ESC) in the University of Nairobi. An adequate and ambitious environmental certification will be sought for the building (LEED Silver, or equivalent international certification).
An additional of grant approximately KES 645 M will help with the creation and launch of the new ESC, by supporting the architects teams in monitoring the building activities, and the pedagogical teams in reviewing of curricula and pedagogy, as well as support to building stronger links with industry and increasing internationalization, in partnership with top French Science and Engineering universities.