Chicago-based Loyola University has begun plans to set up a campus in Kenya, which will serve the East African region.
The campus is being built on a 75-acre parcel of land in Molo, Nakuru County at a cost of Sh2.7 billion ($24 million), Nation reports.
Rev Dr. Kizito Kiyimba, a representative of the university who is spearheading the project, said the university will offer programs including data science and business studies, with a focus on entrepreneurship, education, science, engineering, among others.
“The university has over 250 learning institutions across the world, with 20 in the US. The Molo one will serve Kenya and the larger East Africa region,” Dr. Kizito told Nation.
The institution will be constructed in three phases, with the first one beginning in June this year and ending by December 2023 while the other two will be completed by 2024.
Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui pledged his support for the project when he met a delegation from the Catholic-run university.
“My administration will fully support the establishment of the university, which I believe will change lives in Kenya and East Africa. We welcome its construction because learning institutions are drivers of development,” said Governor Kinyanjui.
He added: “With the establishment of the university, Molo has distinguished itself as the hub for international learning institutions, including St Andrews Turi International School.”
Founded in 1870 by the Society of Jesus, Loyola is one of the largest Catholic universities in the United States. It offers over 80 undergraduates and 140 graduate/professional programs.