Nairobi–based United States International University-Africa (USIU) will build a Sh735 million student centre in yet another reflection of the huge investments that both private and public universities are making to meet increased demand for higher education.
The complex, whose groundbreaking is scheduled for Thursday, will be built at the university’s main campus along Thika Highway.
The building will host a cafeteria and a restaurant which will also be used for practical lessons offered to students pursuing hospitality programmes.
The project will be financed through internal cash reserves and is expected to save USIU costs that it incurs outsourcing facilities for practical classes.
“The building will also host a state of the art gym and an expanded healthcare centre,” said Freida Brown, vice-chancellor of the university. The facility is set to be completed by mid-next year.
The expansion comes at a time when its rivals, among them Nairobi and Kenyatta universities, have announced plans to expand their infrastructure to accommodate rising numbers of students.