The University of Nairobi will soon upgrade the Kibwezi Research Unit to a semi autonomous university.
This was revealed yesterday when the Makueni Governor, Prof. Kinuthia Kibwana paid a courtesy call to the University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi.
Speaking during the meeting, the Vice-Chancellor assured the Governor of the University of Nairobi’s commitment to introduce Bachelors programs at the research station. In the coming months, an innovation centre will be set up and launched at the facility.
On his part, the Makueni Governor, Prof. Kivutha Kibwanaa welcomed the initiative that will transform people to agriculture entrepreneurs. He noted that the development of the unit into a semi autonomous university will spur growth in the neighbourhood.
The Kibwezi Research Unit was developed by funding from World Bank and sits on a 12,000 acre piece of land. The existing facilities include a nursery school, primary school, a clinic among others.
Going forward, the infrastructure will be improved. A technical team has been formed to work on the details.
Present during the meeting were: Prof. Stephen Kiama, Principal College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, Prof. Madara Ogot, Director, Research, among others.