The visionary Konza Technopolis in Machakos is set to have a10 billion graduates-only information technology university on a 22-acre plot.
The institution that will be called the Kenya Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (Kenya Kaist), will be established by south Koreans and modelled after the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (Korea Kaist).
Visiting Kaist global president Sung-Chul Shin said the facility will train students on industry-specific courses enabling Kenya and the East African region to develop adequate manpower that will provide technological solutions locally.
Kenya Kaist is set to admit its first batch of Masters and PhD students in three faculties —Mechanical, Electrical and ICT Engineering, Chemical Civil and Agriculture Engineering/Biotechnology, and Basic Science Education in 2021.
The Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA) chief executive John Tanui said that the Kenya Kaist, whose infrastructure development was set for completion within the next 42 months, will help curb the brain-drain menace.