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Varsity to set up Sh3bn hospital to boost revenue

By NATION CorrespondentPosted Wednesday, September 2 2009 at 14:49
Kenyatta University has announced plans to build a teaching and referral hospital at a cost of Sh3 billion.
Vice-chancellor Prof Olive Mugenda said the proposed 400-bed facility is part of the institution’s ongoing reforms aimed at boosting its financial base and improve teaching facilities.

She said the proposal has been forwarded to the government and once approved, the university will look for donor funding through the Ministry of Education.
“We are positive that the government will help the institution in accessing donor funds because the facility will not only be used by our students, it will go a long way in providing healthcare for our people as statistics show that there is need for more hospitals,” said the V-C.
Prof Mugenda said the university has also acquired the North Coast Beach Hotel in Mombasa to be used as a place for teaching tourism and hospitality.
Donor support
Meanwhile, private universities are appealing for government and donor support in boosting their teaching programmes.
African Nazarene University vice-chancellor Prof Leah Marangu said it was unfair that private institutions of higher learning are not included in funding by either the government or donors yet they contribute a lot in producing quality labour force.
She spoke on Wednesday during a conference on internalisation of higher education institutions convened by the International Association of Universities at Kenyatta University.