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Medical students will take half of new UoN hostels

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Medical students will take half of new UoN hostels


Six-storey hostel at the Kikuyu campus of the University of Nairobi. PICTURES | BILLY MUTAI | NMG

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Summary

  • Medical students will occupy half of the 4,000 new beds the University of Nairobi (UoN) plans to build through a public-private partnership.
  • The number of beds at Chiromo and Kenyatta medical will increase by 1,000 each while the capacity of the main campus will increase by 2,000 beds.
  • In terms of gender balance, 54% of capacity should be exclusively reserved for male students; 34% for female student use and 11% for mixed use, the institution said.

Medical students will occupy half of the 4,000 new beds the University of Nairobi (UoN) plans to build through a public-private partnership.

The university and the Private Infrastructure Group (PIDG) say medical students have the greatest need for housing because they need to be close to the hospitals from where they receive their clinical training.

Both medical campuses – Chiromo and Kenyatta medical – are fully occupied.

“The proposed project is … 4,000 additional beds, 50% of which will be made available exclusively to medical students, thereby contributing to the critical area of ​​medical education and the associated health care sector,” UoN said. in a tender document. .

The university and PIDG are seeking a transaction advisor for the project to determine its viability.

The number of beds at Chiromo and Kenyatta medical will increase by 1,000 each while the capacity of the main campus will increase by 2,000 beds.

In terms of gender balance, 54% of capacity should be exclusively reserved for male students; 34% for female student use and 11% for mixed use, the institution said.

The UoN says the project will work to make the new hostels affordable for students who currently pay less than the Sh7,500 minimum monthly rent for modern units built by private developers.

“However, rental rates at public universities currently pay less than the 7,500 shillings that market research suggests,” the document said.

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