Qwetu Student Residences in conjunction with University of Nairobi (UON) dedicated and laid a foundation stone for the 11th Qwetu Student facility in Kenya called Qwetu and Qejani Chiromo Residences.
The facility will be a 2,800 bed capacity consisting of Qwetu and Qejani Student Residences which will alleviate the current student housing shortage at the University of Nairobi.
University of Nairobi Vice Chancellor Prof Stephen Kiama, speaking at UON Chiromo Campus, said that the location of the facility will enable easy access of school facilities by the students, offer security and reduce the cost of transport.
“The facility will be able to offer affordable housing to both international and Kenyan university students. It will promote diversity where students can socialise and learn from each other,” said Kiama.
He added that the location of the residences will enable the staff members in the school to easily monitor and assist the students.
The Vice Chancellor thanked Qwetu for bridging the gap on issues of accommodation as well as the need for them to offer sponsorships to students.
Acorn Holdings Limited Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Edward Kirathe, said that the organisation under the Qwetu Student Residences will provide sufficient accommodation for university students and mobilise more third party investors to support them in the journey.
He added that Qejani will provide 1,950 beds while Qwetu 850 to ensure that all students have adequate accommodation. “We promise to be a long term partner with UON in developing student housing solutions not only in UON but also other universities,” added Kirathe.
He also said that he will have discussions with the Vice Chancellor on internship programmes and sponsorship for students.
The collaboration between Qwetu and the University of Nairobi is a landmark moment since it marks the start of the school’s biggest project which will provide better accommodation for university students.
By Hannah Njoki and Manu Mumba